The Toy

By Staff
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This is a picture of a homemade tractor I call my toy, that I purchased last spring. The tractor was built by Carl Fredrikson of Audubon, Iowa, in the late 50's. The Fredrik son family were blacksmiths and only recently retired; the business was auctioned

R.R. #2, Box 169, Audubon, Iowa50025 

After I purchased the tractor, I had to remove the engine and do
some repairs on the drive line. The magneto required extensive
work.

The engine is a V4 Wisconsin with a gear reduction box. The
transmission is a 4-speed from a Ford truck. The rear end is a cut
down ’49 Mercury. The 12′ front wheels are from a Crosley
car. Top speed at governed r.p.m.’s is 15 miles per hour.

The tractor has a front mounted blade that Carl used to clear
snow from drive ways and parking lots in the winter. He said he
could angle the blade, and at a grocery store he would start near
the building and drive around and around the building, working
farther away each round.

Carl said he originally built the tractor to mow with. He was
going to build a sidemounted sickle bar mower and was going to run
it with hydraulics, but he never did build the mower. I installed
an IHC easy ride seat this fall. I have a pair of 24′ tires to
put on it.

I broke and shattered my ankle in October. Doc says six to eight
months to heal, so most everything is on hold till I can get around
again.

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