Built-from-scratch homemade tractor, or doodlebug, keeps on ticking.
A special attachment on the “Chili Dipper” makes it possible to move heavy automobile engines into buildings that have low entrance doors.
The Chili Dipper is especially handy at smoothing dirt roads in the spring.
Piles of dirt can be leveled with the front blade.
The scoop on the back holds about five wheelbarrow loads and can be loaded and unloaded easily.
Author Clell Ballard and his then 6-year-old son beginning a log house building project with the Chili Dipper. Clell was able to accurately position heavy logs as his son activated the electric winch motor. The Chili Dipper also came in handy hoisting log rafters up to the roof level.
The power supply for the rear hoist that consists of a Model A starter motor, Hotpoint washing machine belt, old car transmission and a winch created from an old car steering box.