Monday, March 7, 2011

Mini John Deere 430

I built this 1/2 scale John Deere 430 tractor from a 1966 Cub Cadet 102. This JD was a real challenge, I had to learn how to work with fiberglass for the nose. I made an aluminum part the exact shape of the nose, and then made a fiberglass mold of it, then made a fiberglass part from the mold. The rest of the build was similar to the other 2 I've done. I have 120 hours invested in this machine.

This is not my tractor, it was built for a gentleman who lives about 20 miles from me. He saw the first 2 mini's I built (the IH 826, and JD 2030) and hired me to make this one.

This is the tractor at the end of August 2010

This is the real, full size tractor that I was replicating.

Here is the finished tractor.

This is a good shot of the hand-made, fiberglass front end, showing the quality of paint I shoot for...
This is a picture of all 3 of the mini's that I've built. The first JD has been given to a friend by my parents and I for a retirement gift. The IH is mine, and the last JD lives 20 miles from me.

After I took these pictures, I painted all of the bolts on the hood the same color as the sheet metal.

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