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Poor mans tractor cab, Farmall H with a heat houser


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#1 tractormike OFFLINE  

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Posted December 17, 2011 - 05:14 PM

Here are a couple of pictures of my new "heat houser" installed on my snow duty Farmall H. Back when I was on the farm we had 2 of these "heat housers" on different tractors for doing chores in the winter. They certainly helped in the dead of winter shielding you from the wind and actualy throwing some engine heat back to you. This was before tractor cabs had become popular and the 1950's vintage tractors we were farming with at the time never had cabs built for them.
This one fits pretty well and does a good job getting engine heat back to you by directing the air coming off of the radiator fan past the engine and up to the driver. This one is still built out of the same heavy green canvas material as the ones I used to use. The nicest thing is this windshield is crystal clear! Our old ones on the farm had yellowed and clouded over from age and were hard to see through.
Oh the good old days!!

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Edited by tractormike, December 17, 2011 - 05:28 PM.

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Posted December 17, 2011 - 05:19 PM

Nice Mike, I didn't notice the windsheild until I read about it lol.

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Posted December 17, 2011 - 07:05 PM

That's a simple and effective solution to a problem! Must've been invented by a farmer who was tired of being cold. I may try something like that if I ever get any shop time!

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Posted December 17, 2011 - 07:10 PM

I spent a lot of time moving snow inside one of those on the same size tractor. You really come to appreciate their protection from the wind. If I remember correctly they also did a good job of keeping your feet warmer. Thanks for the memories.

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Posted December 18, 2011 - 01:58 PM

I hadn't seen one of these in awhile but I know they are very effective. That windshield is amazingly clear. Thanks for the post and the pics.

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Posted December 18, 2011 - 02:11 PM

Thanks for the Photo's. I can remember when I was a young boy, Dad would put me out in one of the fields disking corn stalks down on one of our A/C WD-45's. I have several hours in one of those heat housers. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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Posted December 18, 2011 - 03:13 PM

Being mostly a small town and suburban guy I've never seen one of those before. Thanks for the pics. It looks like a practical solution to the "freezing to death on the tractor" issue.

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Posted December 18, 2011 - 04:20 PM

I remember those. That is a very clear windscreen for sure. Thanks for posting that.

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Posted December 18, 2011 - 04:26 PM

Thanks for posting the pictures Mike, been a while since I'd seen one mounted up.

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Posted December 18, 2011 - 04:59 PM

We tried one of those on a D9 Dozer, we turned the fan around so it would pull air through the radiator. But with a 60" fan and all the dirt in the radiator, it was like getting sandblasted in a blast furnace.

It didn't take long to remove it.

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Posted December 18, 2011 - 09:18 PM

I wonder if something like that could be made to work on a small scale like a GT?

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Posted December 18, 2011 - 09:27 PM

I think it's very possible with a little thought. The only thing is that most GT's don't have a fan to move the air, so you'd have to add one somewhere.

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 01:45 PM

yea I figured you would have to have some kind of fan to move the air back to the operator. hmm the wheels are starting to turn! lol

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 01:56 PM

I spent a lot of time moving snow inside one of those on the same size tractor. You really come to appreciate their protection from the wind. If I remember correctly they also did a good job of keeping your feet warmer. Thanks for the memories.


Chris, I did the same thing on the same kind of tractor. an H.

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Posted December 19, 2011 - 02:39 PM

Yes there are still some hold outs out there. I think Marvin Van Sicle has had the same heat houser on his H for 30 yrs. His windshield shows it's age.
And he told me last week he had put it back on for this winter.