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I am going to nominate my latest haul. The history of this tractor is unclear, due to the previous owner not asking anything about the tractor when he bought it 8 years ago out of Eastern Pennsylvania. However, he did not do anything to it or with it himself, so it sat all this time, either inside or outside depending on available shop space. He listed the tractor on Craigslist and I bought it. As some of you knew I had been wanting a homemade tractor for some time now.
After tinkering on the tractor for two hours it was running and driving around the yard. Power is provided by a UC-60 International Harvester power unit from the 1940s as it is a Continental Y69 sourced engine. This chain drives a late 1930s Dodge 3-speed transmission, which finally chain drives a 1950s Pontiac rear axle. If white wall tires isnt class I dont know what is, mabey the three brake pedals, none of which operate both brakes simultaneously. Or could it be the living room furniture that offers a little comfort until you realize it tilts opposite of direction of travel every time you change direction. Maybe some open chains near your feet when you let out the clutch pedal you cant really reach easily is that extra bit of class to tip the scales. Speaking of tipping the scales, that concrete might set that idea in rock solid form.
Now the big quiestion, what is it? I am going to take a shot and pick a decade of manufacturer, key off the styling a branding, and make up a model. 1970s International Harvester Custom Crop.
My plans for this tractor include leaving it mostly alone except to refine the operator controls slightly to make it easier and safer to operate, and swap out the dryrotted tires for ag lugs and tri ribs. I am slowly debating implementation for this tractor, possibly a plow or grader blade is in its future. If only I knew of the original intended task this tractor was built to handle, I would equip it accordingly. As most of you guys know, the Custom Crop has found itself a home where it will get well deserved exercise and shown to future generations of tractor gurus in hopes of prolonging the hobby, and stimulating the creativity of the newest generations.
- Craig., tiretrx and GeorgeT have said thanks