Something Different

Not Just ''A Little Different,'' A Lot Different

| October/November 2001

  • Briggs & Stratton engines

  • Planet Jr. garden tractor

  • Briggs & Stratton engines
  • Planet Jr. garden tractor

A very carefully orchestrated medly issues from this unique arrangement - all 15 engines date from 1949-1957.

When I started my project, it was supposed to be 'a little different,' but after three years it turned out to be 'a lot different.'

In 1998 I modified a Planet Jr. garden tractor and installed five Briggs & Stratton engines on it. I called it 'A Little Different.' My wife and I had so much fun showing it at engines shows she said I should try to build a bigger tractor. Sooo, along came 'A Lot Different.'

I used a Simplicity transaxle walk behind. It has six forward speeds, two reverse. I beefed up the gears, but I didn't build it to pull, just to show the engineering of it. It has dull 6 x 12-inch tires, and you steer by lifting the front wheels and turning left or right. It is 11 feet, 7 inches long, 44 inches wide at the wheels, and weighs about 1,000 pounds. It has disc brakes and 15 Briggs & Stratton engines, all manufactured between 1949-1957, all modified, and all running on a special fuel mix.

It has 33 operator controls, 27 separate cables, five compression releases, four jackshafts, 24 belts, 13 idlers, 48 pulleys and 12 clutches. The 15 engines each have a 1 x 6-inch straight exhaust pipe, and it sounds like one big engine when they are all are running at the same time.

Kenny Ryan's first foray into something 'a little different.' Five Briggs & Stratton engines, one frame.


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