Ballard said the truck was filled to above the seatbacks with pack rats' nests, but surprisingly, the original seat was in usable condition, needing only a fresh set of seat covers created by Joe's Upholstery of Cottonwood Falls.
Ballard scrapped the original 2WD GMC chassis in favor of a '79 Chevy 4WD frame and axles. He installed a 3-speed Spicer Brown-Lipe auxiliary transmission which, when combined with a 2-speed rear end, gives the truck a possible 24 forward speeds.
Ballard bought the converted Model A tractor from its original owner. The cowl, hood and grille shell are 1928 Ford vintage and the frame has been shortened by several feet. Ford actually offered conversion kits to turn a Model A into a tractor, but this one was handcrafted by a local couple to use in their garden.
The modified tractor retains its original Model A 4-cylinder engine, which Ballard persuaded to turn again after several weeks of penetrating oil applications. The only modification is a 12-volt alternator.
Ballard had to create his own fuel tank to fit inside the cowl, as the original was badly rusted through. The Model A steering wheel and column were supplied by a neighbor who just happened to have a spare set hanging in his shed.