I would like to nominate my 1976 Cub Cadet diesel puller. We had gotten it around 6 years ago as a grass cutter and as a back up just in case. It came equipped with a 12hp Kohler k301 gas motor and 3 speed transmission. After using it for about 2 years the motor was getting tired so me and my dad decided to park it until we got time to replace it as we had gotten another back up mower for the time being. During that time me and dad were in full swing with pulling, he had his 128 cub with a 16hp and I had my 124/128 to play with. After the season was done a good friend of ours, Bob rowan did some work for a gentleman and was given 3 diesel motors out of refrigerated trailers, so my dad and him brainstormed the idea of putting them in the cub and making them diesel pullers. Of course coming from a gasser back ground we knew hardly anything about them other than being huge and heavy units and that they spin counter clock wise (would explain why we had 3 reverse and 1 forward gear!) So the next season came and my dad, bob, and bob's grandson had the pullers up and ready to go and they had gotten a lot of feedback and looks, so with that it was my turn to build one.
After saving up for awhile I came across a Kubota d-1105 out of a zero turn and purchased it. After it got here we needed a frame and sheet metal, so we went to the shed and pulled the 1200 out of storage and prepped it for its new life. After planting the big diesel inside we ran into a few problems. The motor with the radiator was longer than the frame, so we had to extend the frame 6.5 inches to accommodate the radiator and the front grille piece and hood. The next thing to address was to strengthen the frame. Though the cubs come with a heavy duty frame already, I don't think the engineers had any idea that a 3 cylinder Kubota would replace a 12hp kohler, so we added some extra padding on each side of the frame were the engine mounts to the frame to keep it from twisting the frame severely and breaking the mounts off. After that was done we moved the steering tower over to allow the clutch assembly to fit in under the dash, and make mounts for the clutch assembly and bolt it to the frame. After wall that was done, it was time to drill holes in the dash for my gauges so I could monitor the beast under the hood and make sure everything was running properly. After having my dad help configure the wiring and plumbing, it still needed to be painted and have her new set of wheels put on. The original colors were pretty faded at the time, so I decided to do white with blue racing stripes (at the time I was driving a dodge neon r/t and I loved how the 2 colors went together). Though we never got around to applying the stripes, we did manage to get the wheels put on which were a pair of Dick Cepek giant pullers. They measured 26x12x12 and up front I had a pair of tri rib tires. After final assembly and having a few times to start it up, it was ready for pulling season. After placing 4th for the first time out with something I had never been on, I decided it was time to change things up a bit. Since then, ive added vogel manufacturing vm 09 tires on the back, custom made fenders to replicate the international harvester look, custom side frame covers and a new front weight bar bracket along with new front wheels which were lighter than the tri ribs I had. Everything that was custom made was made by my father, which without him I could've never had this amazing machine in the first place. The fuel tanks, fenders, frame covers, seat and battery box under the seat were all made by him. Its been an awesome 3 years ive had this machine and I look forward to the next item I add to it. Its amazing from how this started out as a regular cub meant to cut grass, to a smoke belching, diesel consuming monster and I wouldn't have it any other way. I would like to give a special thanks to Bob rowan, Robbie Clark,and my mother. And a very special thanks to my father, who without his help and knowledge, it wouldn't be where it is today and im very thankful for him and the lord above! For anyone wanting to see the original diesel visit my YouTube page. There youll see all the diesel guys and a few odds and ends there, and why your there why not throw a like or subscription my way id greatly appreciate it! Thanks for an amazing website guys!