georgia farm bulletin

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    chambers bd New Member

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    Their is a Farmer who is putting tractors motors in f150 and mustangs and getting up to 90 mph and 55 mpg!

    Pretty good aye!:big_smile:
     

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    chambers bd New Member

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    'Shade Tree Mechanics' Provide Alternative To High Gas Prices and Poor Fuel Economy

    Throughout its history the American people have been known to pool their talents and resources to achieve great accomplishments in spite of tremendous odds, whether it be turning the tide of the Second World War or putting a man on the moon. Now with gasoline prices at or near $4 per gallon, Gary Brown, a self-employed businessman and farmer in Warner Robins, Ga., hopes the spirit of the American people will again come through in a time of need.

    For the past 27 years, Brown has operated Wholesale Supply Company, which reconditions tractors, backhoes and bulldozers. After gasoline prices reached $3 per gallon after Hurricane Katrina, Brown experienced a 50 percent reduction in his business. He and some of his local friends and fellow businessmen—his brother Rudy, Jimmy McLeod, Donald Anderson, Ray Thompson and D.R. Gottschalk—first became angry about the escalating fuel prices, but then decided to try and do something positive under the circumstances. Now that gas prices have climbed to their current level, Brown is convinced they made the right decision.

    Along with his fellow “shade tree mechanics,” Brown began taking old tractor engines and installing them in used pickup trucks in order to stretch their fuel dollars. The converted vehicles will run on diesel or bio diesel and get upward of 50 miles per gallon. “Pickups are essential for our daily commerce and that is why we chose them first,” Brown said. He noted that many farmers have older model pickups on hand that would be ideal for such conversions. Since farmers also have developed mechanical skills by necessity in maintaining their farming equipment, they have the expertise to make the necessary modifications without a great deal of expense, Brown explained.

    The first experiment involved taking a 3-cylinder Ford tractor engine and installing it in a used Ford F-150 pickup truck with a used Chevrolet transmission. Brown noted the 3-cyliner engine “was not too smooth on idle,” but would attain a speed of 85 miles per hour.

    Another conversion involved taking a 4-cylinder 85 horsepower Perkins Detroit diesel tractor engine and installing it in a Ford pickup truck. The converted engine also runs the truck’s power steering, air conditioning and power brakes. This vehicle can reach 90 miles per hour with a fuel efficiency of 40 – 50 miles per gallon.

    The team has since performed several more truck conversions and has started installing turbo-charged tractor engines in automobiles. Brown reported a recently converted 1980 Ford Mustang gets 50 – 55 miles per gallon. Plans also are underway to do conversions on SUVs. Although all the vehicles converted thus far have manual transmissions, the group plans to work on conversions for vehicles with automatic transmissions, too.

    Brown noted that his purpose is not to sell converted vehicles, but to share the knowledge and experience with others to reduce the dependency on foreign oil. One day he hopes to be able to market conversion kits to enable individuals to modify their own vehicles. To learn more, visit website www.shadetreeconversions.com





    Pictured above is the Perkins Detroit diesel tractor engine Warner Robins farmer and businessman Gary Brown installed in his Ford pickup truck to improve mileage and save on fuel costs.










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