I built this tractor because I go to many tractor shows and festivals where there are lots of cool renovated tractors, huge custom engines, and vintage vehicles. I had a bad case of tractor-envy, but just didn't have the money (and it is BIG money) to acquire one of these tractors and bring it to show condition. So I thought I'd build a small tractor to show what could be done with recycled parts!
I made my tractor out of dolly wheels, an old pump engine, scrap wood, deck screws, a go kart clutch, and assorted hardware I had from previous projects. The price? A little over $15.00. I had no plans when making it. I enjoyed the freedom of building a vehicle from scratch. But I DID have a little inspiration from internet sites like this:
I only used basic tools (that a good garage SHOULD have) like a power drill, socket set, tap and die, etc. The hardest part of the whole project was getting the steering to work, and painting it John Deere green. The tractor was so ugly before painting it in my driveway.
I hope you use these pictures as inspiration for your own projects. I'm driving my tractor in a local parade. My sister and brother are riding in the wagon in the back, pulling an authentic John Deere bell that I mounted at the last minute. Also, this tractor is 98% recycled. Some parts on the exhaust pipe have been replaced. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.
P.S. Why yes! That IS my wimpy lil' tractor passin' a hemi!