A HOME MADE TRACTOR


| November/December 1976



Carburetor and manifold is from a Model T Ford truck

Route 2, Box 86, George, Iowa 51237

I'm sending four pictures of a tractor I made 32 years ago in the summer of 1944. It was made almost entirely of junk and salvage parts. Parts of many different cars and trucks were used; only the motor and radiator came from the same car, a 1928 Chevrolet. The transmission came from a 1929 Chevrolet truck, is a 4-speed. Almost every part was made before 1930. It was built to fill a need as tractors and horses were scarce and high priced. It was designed to pull horse equipment we had at the time - and it did very well.

It was used nearly 10 years and as parts and repairs became harder to get it was left to set in the grove about 20 years before I restored it - 30 years after it was built. It is painted Ford gray and blue is being used around the farm for light work. It was driven in two antique parades this summer.

I am writing a description of each of the four pictures. I feel this is the best way to show how the tractor was built.

#1 - A view of tractor shows Model T Ford gas tank mounted above engine using iron from buggy tires. Frame was cut from back end of GMC truck, made in late twenties - that was shortened and made into a tractor as it sold for more money than the truck was worth. This was done by a salvage dealer in George, Iowa. I saw the piece he cut off and used it for my tractor. Front wheels were made by removing wood spokes from 1929 Dodge wheels and bolting brake drum directly to hub. 15' rims were welded to drum using short spokes of scrap iron. Front tires are 5:00 x 15 and rear 9:00 x 20, velocity type governor mounted between carburetor and manifold is from a Model T Ford truck

#2 - A view shows exhaust manifold mounted upside down to point upward at front of tractor. As no muffler could be found to fit, we made one using stack from old cob burning tank heater. Three circles were cut from top of heater, one was welded in center of stack as a baffle after drilling 5 -?' holes in it. The others were used for top and bottom. Scrap pipe of proper size was welded to each end of proper angle. Old car air cleaner is mounted on top of old oil bath air cleaner of unknown origin, and is mounted on tractor frame using angle iron which came from old McCormick binder platform. Horn is from 1929 Chevrolet truck.