Video: Big Bud tractor restoration

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There’s not much that’s better than a massive Big Bud tractor, and there’s not much that’s worse than one that’s falling apart, so the boys at Montana’s Welker Farms decided to restore their 1978 525hp Series 2 KT450 model – and film it.

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"This is our second Big Bud on the farm and has been working the fields since 1981," they write. "After many thousand hours the original Cummins engine had low compression and was starting to fail. Rust was replacing paint and the cab interior showed its age.

"After deciding to do a rebuilt we came across a 1984 Versatile 1150 with an excellent engine but bad transmission," they add. "After looking into our options we decided this would be the perfect power plant for our Big Bud.

"This project took over three months, between three guys, and the results were more than we hoped for. I hope you sit back and enjoy a glimpse of what it took to make this beast live again."


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