My John Deere Automobile

Model T Ring Gear

M. W. Tichenor

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Rt. 1, Box 58, Kinsley, Kansas 67547.

This automobile is homemade; painted John Deere green with John Deere yellow wheels, powered with a John Deere open flywheel, 1? HP single cylinder water cooled gas engine. The chassis is a Model T Ford, shortened 3 feet with the engine in the rear compartment and on top of the frame. It has a 1951 Hudson radiator across the back with thermo siphon cooling (no water pump); an old 4 cylinder Chevrolet transmission with 3 forward speeds and reverse; a V belt drive from the engine to a jack shaft, and uses a belt tightener idler pulley for a clutch. These is a chain and 2 sprokets off of a Baldwin combine going from the jack shaft to the front end of the transmission; another chain and 2 sprokets off of a Massey Harris combine going from the rear end of the transmission to the Model T Ford differential.

I took the Model T ring gear off of the spider cage and put the Massey Harris sproket on in its place; cut 2 holes in the Model T differential housing for the chain to pass through. It has Model T, 30 x 3? wooden wheels with hard rubber tires. The tiller bearings are from a horse drawn B & O ridge buster, and right hand controls.

The brake pedal is from a 1927 Buick, the lever on the right hand outside is the clutch control lever and is from a B & O horse drawn ridge buster. It has a Cushman Motor Scooter carburetor on it so that I have throttle control--does not use a governor control. Use a 2 gallon oil tank from a furnace to supply gasoline to the Cush-man carburetor.

I removed the John Deere 'make and break' spark plug and made an adapter plate and use a Model T spark plug and a Model T coil and hot shot for ignition, the points of which are from an old toaster.

Have a Model T crank on the right side to start the engine; a Model T type choker wire below and aft of the crank to get the engine started. I gave $1.00 for the engine and 25 gallows of roofing stain at a farm sale.

I installed a crankcase breather in the hole where the magneto drive was; use Phillips Trop Artic oil in it, and I never have to add oil. It has a buggy step on each side, wagon type brakes controlled from the Buick brake pedal. I have a throttle and spark and ignition switch under the right front edge of the seat, so that I can have my right hand on the throttle most of the time. The Buick clutch pedal is hoped up as a foot feed. The seat is wood painted black to look like leather. The body sides are Masonite.

I have driven it hundreds of miles in the last 3 or 4 years in parades and up and down country roads and haven't had a speck of trouble with it. It will go most anywhere you want to go, but I haven't tried to get it licensed.