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#1 drbish ONLINE  

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 06:07 PM

Here is a picture of of a 80 horsepower turbine engine  tractor,it was never put into production and placed in the Smithsonian Institution on Sept 1 1967. It was displayed July 20,1961

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 07:27 PM

Look on YouTube, a very talented tractor guy reproduced it and has a working copy.  Its the neatest thing to see and hear. 

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=q97nIPVjXNg

 

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 07:34 PM

Its probably one of my favorites to read about,

 

http://www.antiquefa...ne_tractor.html

 

This has some pictures of the other interesting setups, including the Ford turbine powered monster and the Allis Chalmers fuel cell machine. 

 

http://www.yesterday...s/artint207.htm

 

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 07:43 PM

I've seem the video, IH made a prototype turbine powered truck also, but it too was never put into production.
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Posted March 17, 2014 - 08:04 PM

I've seem the video, IH made a prototype turbine powered truck also, but it too was never put into production.

 

I didn't know that.  International Turbostar seems to be the name on the cab.

 

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 08:33 PM

Its probably one of my favorites to read about,

 

 

 

That tractor is only about 20 miles from me. It's at the I&i club grounds in Penfeid Il.   I have seen it many times. It quite a unique creation.  Rick


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 08:40 PM

That tractor is only about 20 miles from me. It's at the I&i club grounds in Penfeid Il.   I have seen it many times. It quite a unique creation.  Rick

 

Did they ever get it running, Rick?

 

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 08:46 PM

Did they ever get it running, Rick?

 

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Not to my knowledge.   I think the biggest problem with it was keeping the front end on the ground. That and having to gear it way low to slow it down. Rick


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 08:59 PM

Not to my knowledge.   I think the biggest problem with it was keeping the front end on the ground. That and having to gear it way low to slow it down. Rick

 

I imagine!  When you have something spinning at 12000 RPM, I bet you have to gear it down before you blow a hydro pump out to the sky. 

 

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 09:01 PM

That's the first I've heard of that prototype :thumbs:

 

I know that IH did a lot of them over the years. 

 

What I find even more interesting than the turbine on this one is the styling.

 

Just to look at it, it could be a tractor that is being produced today.

 

Pretty danged impressive when you compare it to the styling of the tractors being produced in the early 60's when it was designed

 

 


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 09:10 PM

The truck was actually road tested, and left a trail of burned trees from the flames shooting out of the stacks.




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