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Scrap Box Lawn Tractor

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I decided not to let Terror (Terry Iocco) have all the fun with his Deere John buildup. :D I'd been toying with the idea for a while, but it's his fault I've officially pulled the trigger on this project! :lol:

So far, here's what I've cobbled up-

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The ingredients to this point consist of scraps of Plastruct materials left over from previous projects, and piece of scrap K&S aluminum tube for the rear axle. The front axle and steering column are hollow styrene tube, which in their past life were the shafts of cotton swabs. Wheels, tires, and steering wheel are from a Revell Surfite, and AMT metal axles serve as wheel locators and the steering shaft. Yeah... they need a little trimming!

I'm thinking I'll use the Briggs horizontal-shaft engine from the AMT Surf Slab for power, and I'm toying around with making up a mower deck.

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Sweet! Might try a tractor myself sometime. Maybe there should be a CBP for parts box tractor builds!

Tim

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We should get these fields done by spring now.Thats a cool one Chuck.

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Bend up some straight pins for use as levers and pedals, and made up some side steps with a piece of scrap diamond plate.

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Well... the paint is dry from this morning- so here is the chassis painted and built up. I also began work on the hood, which is made from pieces of .020" styrene sheet.

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Looks like a fun build..thanks for sharing your talent imagination and creativity.

James aka Joker

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Chuck, in all seriousness, you sir are one of the most talented people here that I have ever met ........... Ed Shaver

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Chuck, in all seriousness, you sir are one of the most talented people here that I have ever met ........... Ed Shaver

^^^^^^^What he said!!! ^^^^^^^^^

This is a neat project!

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That's sweet Chuck . I wish ther were a few garden tractors In 1/24-1/25. I'd buy them up .

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oh man.....NUFF' SAID!

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That's sweet Chuck . I wish ther were a few garden tractors In 1/24-1/25. I'd buy them up .

The AMT Indy Turbine car kit comes with a wheel Horse push tractor. It only need a mower deck to convert it into a lawn tractor.

Chuck great job on your tractor. If I might suggest slightly smaller front tires for a more prototypical look.

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Carl

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Chuck great job on your tractor. If I might suggest slightly smaller front tires for a more prototypical look.

That did cross my mind, but I quickly grew fond of the 'oversized' (for this particular application anyway) front tires. I am planning a couple more of these, and I found a set of front tires from an MPC Zinger I think might work.

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Nice work, Chuck thinking outside the box on this one i might try my hand at building one of these.

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You already know how I feel about this. B);)

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I always thought about a monster tractor BIG V8 & BIG TIRES but now maybe also a monster riding mower. ANYBODY care to give one of this a try as I already have too many projects. Someday maybe

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U've sparked sum new ideas Chuck, Dig ur work. ck out mine if u like. I'll b postin mo

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The last 24 hours of efforts...

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Cut open the grille area on the hood, and used a hole punch to make up some hub caps.

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The caps were then painted and attached, and I made up a pressed-steel style tractor seat, and set it up on a spring made from a short lenght of brass scrap.

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What a neat project. It's looking real good now! I like the big front tires.

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Sweet Chuck . Was there any tractor in mind when you started this or just out of your head build?

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Looking good man.That seat is nice thats what mine needs.The hood is cool.Just like a rider hood.Hey! How did you get my block over there?lol

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Sweet Chuck . Was there any tractor in mind when you started this or just out of your head build?

Just out of my head ideas. The hood was sort of inspired by late '50's Ford and Minneapolis-Moline pieces, as far as the shape goes. The color scheme is stolen from an old Scott lawn seeder- I always liked the look of the dark green with orange trim

Progress report for today...

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I added a decal ammeter, and used a photoetched surround. I also used some scrap photoetch pieces to make an ignition key and a throttle lever. The 'Caution' decal is from a Moebius Hudson Hornet.

For the engine...

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I used one from a glue-bomb MPC Wheel Horse, and converted it to a vertical shaft type. The muffler is about the only unmodified kit part on the engine. I still need to add a starter/generator, and yes, that's another Caution label from a Moebius Hornet on the left side of the block! Waste not, want not, right?

And finally...

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Filled in the grille opening with mesh... possibly a scrap of NASCAR window net, but I'm not totally sure what it was 'supposed' to be- I just used it. B)

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Now that right there's is vary cool. Chuck your vary talented man. I wondered what you had in mind for a motor. I need to get me a Mpc wheel horse . I love the recycling of the decals to .

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The AMT Indy Turbine car kit comes with a wheel Horse push tractor. It only need a mower deck to convert it into a lawn tractor.

Thanks

Carl

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This is the Tractor from that kit that I built quite a few years ago. I still have the rest of the kit (The Lotus, plus, I have a sealed kit of the Lotus and the Tractor in my "stash.)

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Kind of left out one detail- not sure if I'll have enough room for a belly-mounted mower under the running boards- might need to go with some diabolical-looking sickle bar mower. B)

Then again, still needs a drawbar... what's a tractor without a drawbar????

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A sickle bar would look cool on this . I agree with the draw bar to. Are you gonna do a 3point hitch?

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