Some parts have already been powder-coated or primed and painted. Most of the tractor will not be refinished until after fabrication is complete. The plan is to get it rolling, fired-up, and run it a bit. Maybe that way the worst leaks, and design flaws can be fixed before everything has a nice new finish. Then again, this project might look so cool in rat-rod condition, it could stay that way. We will see.


The original 8N engine block and cast iron oil pan are also the frame of the tractor. The V8 engine block already had four threaded holes in the front that were used to attach the bracket for the axle carrier. but additional support is required to keep the axle from twisting and breaking loose. A sub frame is required to connect the lower part of the transmission to the axle carrier.

Lower Support Frame

Two pieces of 1-1/2" square 1/4" thick heavy tubing were used for the frame rails. These may be a bit of overkill, but weight isn't an issue for a tractor, heavier is usually better. The front corners were mitered to make a "U" shaped frame that will attach behind the front axle support. Short mounting tabs were cut from 1-1/2" x 1/4" flat bar. Holes were drilled to match up with radiator support and transmission bolts before welding the tabs to the frame. 7/16" UNF hex nuts were welded to the back side of the front tab so there will be no need to hold those with a wrench. It is usually better if hardware on the back side of anything is captive.

Everything was tack-welded then bolted in place to check the fit and dimensions. After welding the fit was checked again to make sure nothing warped. Then the entire assembly was cleaned, primed, and painted.

Lower Support Frame
Lower Support Frame
Lower Support Frame
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Snazzy! The intent was to make this easy to remove if I ever need to get to take the oil pan off.


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