It was challenging and very enjoyable to build this piece. The iconic lime green Steiger tractor was the muscle tractor of the 1980’s. They had outstanding lugging power are so reliable that many of them are still operating today. They are still being built by new owners, Case IH, and the new models are now painted red and black. The commission was for an eight wheel, articulated 1984 Steiger Panther, built to scale, that could be used as a mailbox. It was built with 1.5 mm steel plate, steel rod, motorcycle conrods, truck gudgeon pins, MF 397 exhaust pipe, the grill is actually from a recent model Steiger (a red one), the drawbar hanger is a disc brake caliper housing from a car, and there are numerous gears,bearings, uni-joints, bolts, washers, etc. The headlights are stainless steel. The base of the stand is a drive gear from a Caterpillar rubber tracked tractor. SOLD On the night of 23rd of January 2013 some low life stole this sculpture. If anyone comes into contact with it, please send me an email so it can be returned to its rightful owner.
early days – basic frame and mudguards cab layout – dashboard added later
the pedals are clutch, brake and decelerator
rims, hubs and wheel nuts cab and air intake / filter
tread pattern axles/wheels / mailbox door (grill) and hinges
articulation point starting to look like a tractor
dashboard / pillar instruments drawbar / PTO / hydraulic couplings
undercoat for Steiger and its stand the mail sits in the engine bay
finally start with the iconic lime green ready for delivery
1.5 m long / 1.1 m wide / 1 m high and its heavy
ready to use by a satisfied customer in central west of NSW, and yes they do own a Steiger.