DIY Tractors of Poland

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For independent farmers in Poland in the 1960s, it was nearly impossible to acquire a tractor. Any agricultural machines made in Poland during this period went to state-owned farms, and were too expensive for a private farmer to purchase.  Plus, they weren't tough enough for mountain farms. 

So enterprising farmers built their own tractors, using decommissioned army vehicles, pre-WWII German machines, and anything else they could find.

Photographer Lukasz Skapski traveled throughout the Polish countryside to document these homemade tractors, and found vehicles that could climb very steep roads, go faster than allowed, and were still trucking after 40 years.

Photo by Lukasz Skapski, courtesy Zak Gallery

Link - via darkroastedblend

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About everyone in my dad's home town has got one of these mash ups. My favorites are the ones that are motorcycles. Gas is really expensive there so it also saves on cost of carting things.
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