Building a Hot Rod Tractor

Restorer breaks the rules and ends up with a crowd-pleasing hot rod tractor.

| April 2015

I recently finished restoring an Allis-Chalmers Model C. This is my second Model C; I also have a WD and a G. But on this project, I had some fun and made  this one my way. I used to have hot rods and neat cars – so I made a hot rod tractor.

I began with a 1948 Allis-Chalmers C, which was in bad condition with a stuck engine. As I started to sandblast parts and go through the engine, I knew I wanted this one to be different. I started by making an intake manifold with straight pipes and put a downdraft carburetor on it. I used a Volkswagen carburetor because I had one and it fit. Boy, it really sounds good with the headers. I had to use an electric fuel pump to get the fuel up to the carburetor. I made an aluminum hood that was smaller than the original hood so the carburetor would clear, and it looked a lot better. I used a K&N air filter.

I tried using the governor on the carburetor but that didn’t work very well, so now I have a throttle cable. That works a lot better (plus I can rev the engine to show off the headers). Of course I had to put on new tires. I went with a little bigger tire (11.2x24-inch on the rear) because I like the look of the larger tires.

Then I painted it black with orange trim. It was so much fun doing a tractor my way and my color. If you like to be different, you should try it! You may not want to use a rare tractor; you should probably use something more common, and do it your way. It’s quite a bit of fun, and people like to see something different.

When I showed the tractor at the fair, it drew a lot of attention. People really liked the black paint and the loud pipes. When I started it, people gathered around and asked questions. It was a great experience! FC

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When I saw the John Deere No. 4 Big Enclosed Gear Mower, I had to have it – even if it was in really bad condition. It was found in the Green Bluff area just north of Spokane, Washington. I don’t know what it was used for with those rubber tires. All the sickle mowers I’ve ever seen had iron wheels. I was told that the mowers with rubber tires were used to mow along roads.


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