My Ole Huffie

| September/October 1990

  • Ole Huffie

  • Ole Huffie

P.O. Box 28 Hardinsburg, Indiana 47125

Ever since I was seven years old I have been interested in old engines. When I turned 16 years old I decided I should build a tractor of my own.

I went to a few shows and looked at all the homemade tractors very close. After I finally bought an old Bolens lawnmower frame that I thought would work, the fun part began.

I spent one full evening just sitting there drawing it out. After that was done it was time for the work to begin. After many, many sleepless nights I finally found the right pulley set up. Now putting an engine on it was a different story. The first time I sat the engine on it, the frame almost bent. So I had to reinforce the frame by welding braces along the bottom.

The first time I drove it it went too slow, so back to the drawing board I went. I reworked the clutch assembly and changed the pulley ratio. Then I was in business and it drove a lot better. By this time I had been working on this 'toy' for five months and had been working every night after school until the wee hours of the morning. I spent about two weeks painting it and my long time dream had been accomplished.

I have shown my 'toy' at many local shows the last year. Most people are really surprised to see that a 16 year old built a tractor, but I couldn't have done this without the help of all my engine buddies, whom I thank very much for their advice. So that's how I got 'my Ole Huffie.'