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Porsche Diesel
... no they haven't stuffed a TDI lump in a Cayman (yet)...
About this creation

In the 1950s, Professor Porsche's tractor related ideas finally came to fruition. With backing from the steel maker Mannesmann, he opened a joint venture production facility in the old Zeppelin factory to produce his handsome and effective tractors. It was a great success, with around 125,000 built and these beasts of burden are highly prized by collectors today.

They were available with 1,2,3 or 4 cylinder air-cooled diesel engines with seperate and interchangeable blocks and heads. This model is the 3 cylinder 'Super' version, with around 40 horsepower from it's 2.5 litres. Eagle eyed vintage technic fans will recognize the implement attached to it...



I think it's a pretty little thing.. the lever controls the raising / lowering of the implement attached to it with a smooth over-centre action.



The bonnet lifts to reveal the working 3 cylinder diesel engine, driven by the rear wheels. There's also a power take-off to turn the implement, working steering and a pendularly (is that a word ?) suspended front axle.



What Technic fans would call the money shot - the conundrum of getting the steering mechanism to pass through the propshaft is solved with a free-wheeling clutch gear. The support mechanism for the implement is related to that used on the original 851 Lego tractor from the 1970s, although I did beef it up. This is deliberate - I wanted to be able to attach any implement designed for that classic set.



Granny likes clambering over rocks... this is a nice change of pace for her - the last vehicle she was seen in was a top-fuel dragster!



She'd do some harrowing if only she could reach the lever to lower the harrow..



Thank you... I worked on a farm once; it was harrowing *groan*. Sorry...



Curves.. gotta love em! I'm reasonably happy with the shape of the bonnet.



And here it is with the classic 851 tractor which inspired me 30 years ago and still does. Although it's the same size there is hardly anything in common between these two..



With thanks once again to Steffen Rau, whose fault it is that I keep building models for maxifigs.. he had the idea first.




Comments

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  February 3, 2014
what can I say. my brother had the original tractor when we were kids. I still remember it as if it were yesterday. Your version is overwhelming. Stephan
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  July 1, 2013
Machine Gun Granny, and her Kamikaze tractor! Run!!
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  May 27, 2013
Very Good Design
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  May 9, 2012
Really nice.
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  April 15, 2012
I love this and all of your antique cars! Great work.
Nick Barrett
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Chris Melby
  March 12, 2012
Old school cool!
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  March 12, 2012
Quoting Lola TruckDriver found this today: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2012/03/10/hemmings-find-of-the-day-1960-porsche-diesel-standard/ cool close-up pictures on the actual ad. Enjoy.
Thanks Lola. That was a real treat :-)
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  March 12, 2012
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  January 21, 2012
Ahh the pictures are back! I love the shaping and the Technic functions! That's so cool, Nick. Oh and the picture with the 851 tractor is so cool. Great job!
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  January 20, 2012
YES - (seen on flickr) ravishingly beautiful!
  December 8, 2011
I'd really like to see the photos of this Porsche tractor. It's a pity that they are not back online, yet. By the way: You actually CAN order a Diesel engine for the Cayenne and the Panamera. It's a 3 litre V6 Turbo Diesel with 245 HP (Cayenne) or 250 HP (Panamera), but it's still a Diesel ;-)
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  July 19, 2011
Great work on shaping the curves to well. Superb brick sculpting.
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  June 21, 2011
Quoting Tom Simon Yes, the shaping did come off well, along with the technic paydirt. I count on you to treat maxifigs right and give them a life worth living. Your torturing them (and us) with the puns is just the price that has to be paid, I guess.
Nothing comes for free.. ;-)
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  June 21, 2011
Yes, the shaping did come off well, along with the technic paydirt. I count on you to treat maxifigs right and give them a life worth living. Your torturing them (and us) with the puns is just the price that has to be paid, I guess.
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  June 18, 2011
Wow, really cool work here. You just have to love that nicely rounded bonnet. So delicious! This tractor belongs to the little things that make my day! ~Cheers
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  May 29, 2011
Very nice, I like the studded front, it gives it a great shape and a great look. Cool!
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  May 29, 2011
Quoting Polomoche Mann I think your version is more realistic around the front wheels'steering mechanism. Nice bonnet, too! Will maxifigs sit on the same area of studs as standard technic figures?
Yes, they're slightly bigger but the body can be built to suit wherever they happen to be.
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  May 29, 2011
I think your version is more realistic around the front wheels'steering mechanism. Nice bonnet, too! Will maxifigs sit on the same area of studs as standard technic figures?
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  May 26, 2011
The shaping work on the front end is really amazing! Keep on your unique style.
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  May 25, 2011
Lol!! The kind of Porsche that does not bury itself into mud... You really have the "lego" eye to catch the shape of this old one! Nice job as usual! ^^
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  May 23, 2011
Beautiful design and flawless build! Congrats on the blog post as well!
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  May 23, 2011
Quoting El Barto ! Did you know this was on Brickpop? http://brickpop.com/
Cool! Thanks El Barto. Nice to see it there.
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  May 23, 2011
Did you know this was on Brickpop? http://brickpop.com/
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  May 23, 2011
superb tractor!
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  May 23, 2011
nice thanks for the encoroging comment my parents a very happy about the comment you left for me on my 94 jeep
Nick Barrett
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Mitchell Andre
  May 22, 2011
Nice one!
Nick Barrett
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Hunter Russ
  May 22, 2011
Wow this is awsome! Please check out mine http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/259703
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  May 22, 2011
Again some excellent work!
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  May 22, 2011
awesome design! the curves are brilliant, they add instant coolness and sleekness. great job!
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  May 22, 2011
Wonderful - the shape is perfect and it has studs all over! I like your building style very much. (851 was one of my first technic sets - and is still one of my favorites. I still build it from time to time.) And thank you for the reference.
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  May 22, 2011
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 i m working on a solar pneumatic robot...it s sunny, best time!...i 'feel' a little too! lol! i have arms-pinces, working, but, the compressor design is...to be pushed further...lol!
You're right about the 'feel' - a good technic model is endlessly playable. Good luck with your robot - sounds intriguing.
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  May 22, 2011
to finish, i ll add that i fully appreciate the comparative pic at the end! i also wish someday you video your creations, to see them work! i see the clutch, but, i fail to understand how you use it, or make it work...yet! don t bother investing trying to teach me, as i m not focused on that now! excellent work nick!!!
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  May 22, 2011
i m working on a solar pneumatic robot...it s sunny, best time!...i 'feel' a little too! lol! i have arms-pinces, working, but, the compressor design is...to be pushed further...lol!
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  May 22, 2011
That's some nice lookin' iron, Nick! Well built!
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  May 22, 2011
such cool historic topics you have nick! bravo! of course, i did nt know that!...and i love cars! i know about them qite a few things...and yet with you...i don t know much...lol! it s so cool! wow! a porshe tractor! i really wish i someday get the money to ask you to go to your house...just to FEEL those models!!! man, technics are unbeatable for the feel!
  May 22, 2011
A model with studīs great.
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  May 22, 2011
I saw one of these at the Royal Cornwall Show last year. It was almost as pretty as a Massey Ferguson 135 and I see you have Lego's version of it too, you lucky bugger!
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  May 22, 2011
Very nicely built, I like the red /silver stripe combo.
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  May 22, 2011
Nice! I like it!
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  May 22, 2011
Nice tractor. I'm going to have to show this to my father at some point, he's nuts about old farming machinery.
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  May 22, 2011
Nice 'n curvy!
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  May 22, 2011
Excellent work on the bonnet, getting it to curve round like that, and the money shot well resolved. I also like the thing on the back, is it a crop sprayer? (tractors are lost on me). Just overall lots of cool little things packed into even littler spaces
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  May 22, 2011
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe Yours is definatly better than teh classic LEGO model (which also inspired me heaps in those days). Good SNOT-work on the bonnet. Good presentation. -And good thing it turned out to be a tractor, and not what I feared when I read the title of the MOC... ;-)
Hehe... I know what you're thinking - my worst nightmare!
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  May 22, 2011
Yours is definatly better than teh classic LEGO model (which also inspired me heaps in those days). Good SNOT-work on the bonnet. Good presentation. -And good thing it turned out to be a tractor, and not what I feared when I read the title of the MOC... ;-)
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  May 22, 2011
I love the granny at the wheel, great MOC!
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  May 22, 2011
Fantastic Technic MOC!! Great features, great bodywork. Looks simple but isn't and that's a neat trick. 10/10
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  May 22, 2011
You can never have too much lego Nick! I'd love to see where you keep and how you store it all, i'm in the process of tidying and sorting to take pics of my Legoboratory :)
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  May 22, 2011
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera Is your massive red lorry still alive?
Yes it is :-) I have WAY too much Lego. This is a good thing.
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  May 22, 2011
If you could call a tractor beautiful this would be the one! Really nice work on the bonnet, I love your technical solutions! I really struggle with technic I blame a lack of practice. Keep them coming Nick can't wait for the next one! Is your massive red lorry still alive?
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  May 22, 2011
If you could call a tractor beautiful this would be the one! Really nice work on the bonnet, I love your technical solutions! I really struggle with technic I blame a lack of practice. Keep them coming Nick can't wait for the next one! Is your massive red lorry still alive?
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  May 22, 2011
Quoting MortalSwordsman . I didnt know that Porsche made Deisel Tractors. I wonder what the 0-60 time is? ;). 50 mins until the race starts - come on Hamilton! Excellent and detailed moc yet again.
Go, Lewis, Go! It's the pedal on the right, mate...
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  May 22, 2011
I didnt know that Porsche made Deisel Tractors. I wonder what the 0-60 time is? ;). 50 mins until the race starts - come on Hamilton! Excellent and detailed moc yet again.
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  May 22, 2011
very detailed good job
 
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