Another Toy, 'Lil John'

| January/February 1992

  • Lil John Tractor

  • Lil John Tractor

Rt. 2, Box 148

Horse Shoe, North Carolina 28742. All of us enthusiasts enjoy the efforts of others, as we make our hobby all it can be. Tom Copper mentioned in the April '91 GEM in 'Another Homemade Mini Tractor' being impressed by the ingenuity of the people who ride around on their toys at shows. This gives us all a challenge to tax our own abilities.

Our 'Lil John' is actually the remains of a well worn IH Cub Cadet I acquired in some scrap trading. I could only use the rear end and frame to build the tractor. We collect John Deeres and have an unstyled B, a styled B, a 50, a 520N, and an H. So, we needed a toy to match our displays at shows and parades.

I used a Volkswagen steering gear, some cultivator scrap parts, old lawnmower and go cart parts for the front end; sheet metal and rat wire for the 'radiator'; a 10 HP engine and belt drive to attach to the Cub Cadet clutch and throw out bearing.

We were able to color coordinate the seat (which we can ride together) and top with striped canvas with fringe, from a local fabric store.

Our IH friends think it's terrible to have made 'Lil John' from a Cub Cadet but that's part of the fun, because it's really nice to ride across a show grounds in the shade when it's hot.