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#1 LilysDad ONLINE  

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 12:27 PM

I remembered this article in Mother Earth News from back in the 70s. A compact tractor built using a VW transaxle and steering. Have any of you ever actually seen one of these??

http://www.motherear...tor.aspx?page=4

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 01:11 PM

Maybe it was the multi-equipment carrier, build for the third world? Exported and payed by german government for some states in africa, I think. If I find a picture, I'll post it.

EDIT: This tractor is using the VW engine and a HURTH transaxle - not as described in the article. The Photo

traktor1.jpg

2. EDIT: this is the tractor I described, using VW engines and transaxles. The texture says, that only 20 exemplars were manufactured.

GTZ.jpg

Edited by jd.rasentrac, August 08, 2012 - 01:43 PM.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 01:11 PM

Thats something I'd like to see! Its amazing what people can think of making out of things that were not intended to be used the way they were made.

Edited by Nato77, August 08, 2012 - 01:13 PM.


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Posted August 08, 2012 - 01:56 PM

I remembered this article in Mother Earth News from back in the 70s. A compact tractor built using a VW transaxle and steering. Have any of you ever actually seen one of these??

http://www.motherear...tor.aspx?page=4





I was kind of hoping for a photo of it. :mecry:

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 02:01 PM

I was kind of hoping for a photo of it. :mecry:


Sorry Maynard but I think you don't find photos from a L&GT. It can only be the 2. edit carrier, because it uses all the things, you'll find in the mother earth article :thumbs:

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 02:45 PM

Never seen one, but it sounds like a cool combo!

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 03:34 PM

I too remember that series and wanted to build one. I must have kept the magazines with that build for 15 yrs.
I was once a very avid reader of Mother Earth News and practiced the lifestyle. Then they got too political for my likeing and I quit subscribing.
Alas I no longer have them. It was a neat and well thought out home build project.
At about the same time my wife's uncle built a homebuilt tractor with a 12 hp Wisconsin running through a Dodge Power Wagon Transmition to a narrowed Dodge Truck differential and he used a Volkswagen front axle narrowed up front.
He drove off the motor with a v-belt drive(competetion could not believe it worked) and was unbeatable with it pulling for about 6 yrs straight.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 04:36 PM

Maybe it was the multi-equipment carrier, build for the third world? Exported and payed by german government for some states in africa, I think. If I find a picture, I'll post it.


No, this is a home built tractor, using a Kohler engine (or what have you).

You can still buy the plans from Mother Earth.

Edited by LilysDad, August 08, 2012 - 04:37 PM.

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Posted August 08, 2012 - 05:10 PM

There was a company that made tractors using VW motors, there is at one around Eastern Oklahoma.
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Posted August 08, 2012 - 10:50 PM

The company that built VW powered tractors was BUNGARTZ if I remember correctly. Saw a few at a show once, mighty cool machines, I will see if I can locate the pics I took of them.
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Posted August 09, 2012 - 02:40 PM

I saw many tractors like the one in the bottom picture during the six years I was stationed in Germany

Maybe it was the multi-equipment carrier, build for the third world? Exported and payed by german government for some states in africa, I think. If I find a picture, I'll post it.

EDIT: This tractor is using the VW engine and a HURTH transaxle - not as described in the article. The Photo

traktor1.jpg

2. EDIT: this is the tractor I described, using VW engines and transaxles. The texture says, that only 20 exemplars were manufactured.

GTZ.jpg



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Posted August 09, 2012 - 10:14 PM

There was a Bungartz dealer in Chambersburg, Pa . I know 2 guys that collect them, one has 2 and the other has like 4 or 5.
I don't know if Creedin or Skinner are on this forum, but they were both at Dover show last year.
Skinners' got alot of neat attatchments, like a sickle mower and a single bottom rollover plow.

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 07:13 AM

EDIT: This tractor is using the VW engine and a HURTH transaxle - not as described in the article. The Photo

traktor1.jpg

2. EDIT: this is the tractor I described, using VW engines and transaxles. The texture says, that only 20 exemplars were manufactured.

GTZ.jpg


I wonder what the rated horse power was? How did they detune the engine?

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Posted August 10, 2012 - 09:53 AM

Hi John,

they used differend engine-Types. First was a Beetle 20 hp gasoline engine, but they also used two throttled GOLF Diesel engine w/ 28 hp. Lowest power engine was an english PETTER-Diesel w/ 20 hp. And in Nigeria / Africa they used a 58 hp PEUGEOT engine from France.
You'll find this describtion in the second photo.

The VW flat-4 industrial engine was also used in combine harvesters and other machines.

First I didn`t understand your posted article and so this discussion became a lil bit :offtopic: now.

Edited by jd.rasentrac, August 10, 2012 - 09:55 AM.


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Posted August 10, 2012 - 10:21 AM

I've been looking high & low for a piture of the Mother Earth News tractor and find nothing. I found it to be unique amoung home built tractors, since they included a rear 540 rpm PTO.
J.D. don;t feel bad about taking things a bit off topic on this thread. I find your experience with European tractors adds a lot to the forum.

Edited by JD DANNELS, August 10, 2012 - 10:21 AM.





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