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Project by DaleMaley posted 12-18-2017 02:40 PM 988 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 1985, I used a 1980 paper U-bild plan to make my young son one of these tractors. Then we moved 3 times in 4 years, and it got sold at one of our moving garage sales.

Now, my grandson loves tractors….....and loves to take stuff apart and put it back together again. I decided to build a new tractor, and design it so it can be assembled and dis-assembled.

The seat just sets on dowel pins, so it can easily be removed.

I designed the new tractor so the RH vertical panel can be removed using 3 bolts. Once you remove the side panel, it exposes the unique rope steering system design. 1/4” diameter rope is wound around a 3/4” oak steering shaft…..then the rope runs through a pulley on each side….......then up to the front steering axle. The steering system works remarkably well.

The 2 rear fenders are 3/16” thick Luan plywood. I soaked them in hot water for a couple of hours before I bent them by hand.

The old 1980 plan calls for 5/8” thick plywood, but I had a hard time finding any 5/8” thick plywood at the big box stores….......so I used 1/2” thick plywood instead. The 4 wheels are also made of plywood. I used enamel paint for its durability and gloss shine.

I think my grandson will have a ball taking this new tractor apart, and riding it.

You can see my Trials & Tribulations at my woodworking web site.

You can still buy the U-bild paper plan, see my web site for how to order it.

Thanks!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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DaleMaley

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#1 posted 12-18-2017 02:43 PM

Here is the old 1980 U-bild paper plan photo….......

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#2 posted 12-18-2017 02:45 PM

Here is the portion of the paper plan showing the unique rope and pulley steering system….....

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 12-18-2017 02:47 PM

it looks like you got a very nice finish on this tractor ….and being able to take it apart ..and then put it back together …....is a very great idea ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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DaleMaley

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#4 posted 12-18-2017 02:50 PM



it looks like you got a very nice finish on this tractor ….and being able to take it apart ..and then put it back together …....is a very great idea ….GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Thanks!

I used 1 coat of Zinsser white primer first, then 2 coats of enamel. I hand-taped the tire outlines on the outside an inside of the wheels.

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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htl

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 02:53 PM

Great project!!!
I thought it was bigger till I saw the cup but that’s just right for a little one for sure.

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#6 posted 12-18-2017 03:05 PM



Great project!!!
I thought it was bigger till I saw the cup but that s just right for a little one for sure.

- htl

I always try to include the coffee cup on all my projects, so viewers can see the scale size of the item. In fact, a couple of times I forgot to include the coffee cup on a project, and friends replied back complaining that I forgot to include the coffee cup :)

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#7 posted 12-18-2017 03:43 PM

This is wonderful Dale it looks fantastic.I bet your grandson will adore it.

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#8 posted 12-18-2017 04:57 PM

Really cool.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#9 posted 12-18-2017 05:49 PM

WOW! + + + WOW!

Perfect playmate for my avatar (TaNader)!

But it should have been orange and white, or orange and black! Even red; I used to live about 5 miles from the Case/IHC tractor factory in Fargo, ND.

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DaleMaley

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#10 posted 12-18-2017 06:04 PM



WOW! + + + WOW!

Perfect playmate for my avatar (TaNader)!

But it should have been orange and white, or orange and black! Even red; I used to live about 5 miles from the Case/IHC tractor factory in Fargo, ND.

In Central Illinois, most of the tractors are green!! Only a few of those red ones around :)

- ralbuck


-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#11 posted 12-18-2017 06:38 PM

You have done a wonderful job on this tractor and the kids will love it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#12 posted 12-18-2017 07:08 PM

Wow, what a difference a coat of paint makes!!! :)
Looks like hours of enjoyment. Makes me wish I fit on it.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#13 posted 12-18-2017 07:47 PM

That is awesome! How many hours did it take you?

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#15 posted 12-18-2017 09:33 PM

A nice return rework job for the family there Dale.

You know that your original tractor if constructed with the same detail is possibly in some up market gallery with a price tag on it matching a Sam Maloof or George Nakashima creation!

Wouldnt it be great to actually track it down and revisit it with your grandson!

-- Regards Rob

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