Time-Lapse Big Bud Tractor Restoration

This video is a Time-Lapse the first Big Bud tractor on our family farm in Montana. 23,000+ pictures were taken during this restoration from two GoPro cameras over a period of 7 months. The Big Bud 350 began its life on the Welker farm in 1971 when my grandpa James and his brother Howard purchased it new from Big Bud Tractors in Havre, Mt. With all the advancement in farming through equipment and technology, the Bud slowly became obsolete. At 350hp the old girl just didn”t have the power nor the hydraulics to pull a 57ft air drill. Unwilling to let the Big Bud end up in the farm equipment graveyard, we decided to attempt a major upgrade via powerplant/hydraulics/electronics. Three years ago I found a rolled semi truck with a rebuilt N-14 435hp Cummins and a nice Eaton Fuller 13 speed transmission. We didn”t have to change out the axles on the Bud as it already had 80,000 lb Clarks. The aged open center hydraulics were replaced with a load sensing closed center pump and an electric valve body with rocker switches in the cab. The cab was completely gutted and the original dash removed and replaced by a custom dash resembling the style in newer Big Bud tractors. Sound proofing insulation and a new air ride seat makes for a very comfortable ride. With all the upgrades and a Trimble 750 gps, this Bud should make for a great seeding rig. We still have some bugs to work out, but overall we are very pleased with the outcome and are thrilled to keep farming with the same tractor our grandpa used.I want to give a special thanks to Cyberlink for their amazing support. Video editing with Power Director 13 Ultra has been amazing! Never once did Power Director freeze during the editing of this video. I am very impressed with how smooth and responsive this software is and not to mention the fast rendering. I recommend Power Director 13 to anyone looking for new video editing software.

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