SHOW STOPPER


| May/June 1998

  • Jet powered tractor

  • Jet powered tractor

  • Jet powered tractor


  • Jet powered tractor
  • Jet powered tractor
  • Jet powered tractor

10300 East Inhofe Road Norman, Oklahoma 73071

This past year I have been having fun showing my jet powered tractor in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Over two years ago, I purchased a surplus jet powered auxiliary power unit from the Air Force. After locating a few missing parts, I got the engine running and then the ideas began to take place. The finished tractor in the photo was completed in April 1997 and shown in Pawnee, Oklahoma, for the first time. The spectators swarmed to my exhibit when I made an engine run, and they also enjoyed the drive-by in the parades (where I drowned out the announcer with the jet engine noise).

The gas turbine (jet engine) was manufactured in 1969 by Air search, model GTCP-85. The frame is a tubular angle iron construction, with a salvage golf cart front end. The front stainless steel tank is for turbine oil, and the main fuel tank under the engine holds 17 gallons of jet fuel (enough for 45 minutes of engine run). The inoperative alternator on the accessory drive was disassembled and the main drive shaft was gear belted to the hydrostatic drive. The hydrostatic rear end is from a 455 John Deere lawn tractor. The engine is started by two 24 volt nickel-cadmium batteries. The John Deere rear-end and John Deere seat blend well with my John Deere stationary engine exhibit.





SUBSCRIBE TO GAS ENGINE MAGAZINE TODAY!

Gas Engine Magazine A_M 16Gas Engine Magazine is your best source for tractor and stationary gas engine information.  Subscribe and connect with more than 23,000 other gas engine collectors and build your knowledge, share your passion and search for parts, in the publication written by and for gas engine enthusiasts! Gas Engine Magazine brings you: restoration stories, company histories, and technical advice. Plus our Flywheel Forum column helps answer your engine inquiries!

Be sure to take advantage of the Square Deal Subscription Program.

  • No Missed Issues.

  • No Renewal Notices.

  • No Additional Cost.

The Square Deal Subscription Program is designed as a paperless transaction with automatic renewals at a preferred low rate.   With advanced electronic notification, a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an easy opt-out plan, the Square Deal Subscription Program is the best value, risk free, eco-friendliest way to subscribe.




Facebook YouTube

Classifieds