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Too Much Fun

Full-Size Fun From Pint-Size Tractors

| February/March 2003

  • Michael with his small-scale creations.
    Michael with his small-scale creations.
  • John Deere
    Michael built the John Deere to mimic an early 'unstyled' unit.
  • Farmall copy
    The Farmall copy was built to look like an early F-12.

  • Michael with his small-scale creations.
  • John Deere
  • Farmall copy

We're having so much fun here in the South at festivals and parades, I thought I'd take a moment to share my toys with the readers of GEM.

I put these tractors together using transaxles and Kohler K engines that have a combined starter/generator from older (1970s) Cub Cadets. The steering gears were recycled from a planter bottom unit, and the rear wheels are from an import car. I modified the wheels, adding spokes and 15-inch hay rake traction tires.

After rearranging the parts, adding some oil field pipe (steering gear tube) and feed mill screen (in place of a radiator), I think I got what I wanted, which is the appearance of an IHC F-12 and an unstyled John Deere. My thanks to John Hiniker in North Mankato, Minn., for supplying the decals.

Contact engine enthusiast Michael G. Cobb at: P.O. Box 1301, Texarkana, AR 75504.


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