My Dad Made A WORLD WAR II VICTORY GARDEN TRACTOR

Another Story About Another No-Name Tractor


| November/December 1994



Checking the condition of the belts

My sister-in-law took this picture when we took this tractor out of the moth balls (or storage). We were checking the condition of the belts I already had the chain and sprocket on.

R.R. 2, Box 325, Crawfordsville, Indiana 47933-9457

To start with, my Dad knew machinery and also was a good mechanic. World War II broke out with the Germans starting it, in 1938 as I remember. Most of you GEM readers remember the same as I do. We really didn't get into the war until Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, in December 7, 1941.

Anyway, my family had a pretty good sized garden patch which took a lot of work, so my dad decided to make a garden tractor. First it was a two-wheeled affair with a 4 HP Cushman boat and binder style vertical engine, with a 14 x 3 inch flywheel. Dad made a frame out of x 2 x 2 angle iron, 18 inches wide by 3 feet long with a Model T Ford rear end for it. It had handle bars and cut down horse-drawn cultivators.

The Cushman engine had a hand clutch on it, and when Dad engaged, threw the clutch in gear, it was chain driven, with #50 chain drive. This would make the cultivators dig in real deep and break the wood shear pins in the horse-drawn cultivator sheaves; also sometimes this would break a Model T axle. Dad broke a lot of axles; then decided he needed something heavier made. Then came the changes.

He used the old original frame and mounted it inside the new frame, which was also made of x 2 x 2 angle iron. It was about 20 inches wide, by six feet long. He set the frame of the two-wheeled tractor inside the new frame, which was 20 inches by six feet long. He also used a Model A truck rear end differential, that was heavier made, to eliminate axle breakage.

He used a Model T front axle and wheel hubs, and wish-bone parts for the front end, but cut everything down to size. He cut the Model A truck rear-axle and housing down to 48 inches wide.