| August/September 1994

  • Ford-Chevy-Deere Tractor

  • Ford-Chevy-Deere Tractor

N892 Hwy 149, New Holstein, Wisconsin 53061

This is my attempt at building a half size John Deere 4455. I've built a McCormick-Deering W-30 and No. 8 trailer plow in size and a 20-35 Lauson tractor in size. All of the other models are on steel wheels, so this tractor is pretty modern for our place. My wife and I also have 21 fall size tractors on full steel wheels of various colors.

I have always enjoyed the tractors, engines and models at the shows and enjoy building models myself.

The reason I call our 4455 Ford-Chevy-Deere is because these are the parts I used in building this project. The engine is a 1972 Ford Pinto four cylinder, 1600 cc engine, with a timing chain, not an overhead cam. The engine is rated at 54 HP at 4600 RPM. The power is run through a four speed Pinto transmission to the roller chain and sprockets and jack shaft into a 1960 Chevy Corvair transaxle. By doing this it gives me a second transmission and rear end combination. The ground speed is very comfortable. The rear rims were modified to fit 15-inch tires which are the same size as some self-propelled hay bines which made it possible for me to use lug type tires. The front steering is racked and pinned with Vega spindles. The front rims are from a utility trailer with lawn mower rear tires. It is not a power assist front, but looks like one. The front fenders are from a utility trailer that I modified some. The hood, steering wheel, seat and rear fenders I bought from John Deere and modified. People ask where I found those front suit case weights. I made them out of wood. The side screens are from a junked 3010 John Deere, I just shorten them in both directions. The rear axle shafts are just for looks. It also has three point hookup.

I worked on this project off and on over a three year period. There were plenty of mistakes and things I would arid should have done differently, but it turned out much better than I figured it would.

I hope this may help someone who's thinking about building a model. It takes time but it's enjoyable and different. I'm working on another one now, and that may be another story someday.