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New look for aging cabs

Replace your tractor cab interior with premolded parts.

I f your tractor is pushing 10 years old, it may be time to replace the cab liner. And Fehr Cab Interiors has just the equipment to do it.

The company recently purchased the molding machine needed to make the preformed plastic parts now common in tractors built in the last 10 to 15 years, in which the acoustic cab foam is laminated to plastic. Cab interiors before that time were made of vinyl with the foam laminated on behind them, and everything had to be glued in.

Fehr makes kits for 20- and 30-year-old tractors as well; in fact, they account for the majority of its business.

Benefits of new. Replacing your tractor cab's liner has three advantages, Fehr says. First, it improves the sound quality of your cab. Dirt and debris can cause the liner foam to harden and deteriorate. When that happens, the sound waves bounce back and forth off the walls because the foam can no longer absorb them. That noise can damage hearing.

Second, a new cab interior increases comfort. "If you work day after day, and if your tractor is rattling, noisy and ugly looking, it doesn't help the atmosphere at all," Fehr says. "A new interior makes you feel less miserable."

Third, a new interior can increase resale value of your tractor as much as $1,000, based on what Fehr has observed. "It makes it look like it has been taken care of," he says.

Do it yourself. Parts are sold in a kit so you can do the work yourself in anywhere from two hours to a day. Everything is precut and ready to install.

Fehr says buying a kit is cheaper than going to the original manufacturer. There each piece is sold separately and can total $900. With the Fehr kit, everything you see in the cab, from the headliner and side panels to the floor mat and adhesives, is included and sells for around $300, depending on brand, model and year. The company uses only OEM materials and offers a variety of colors to match any cab.

The new kits made of preformed plastic are slightly more expensive than the kits for older-model tractors. But they provide a more detailed, finished look and are easier to install. "You just pop out the old one, throw it way and put the new plastic piece in," Fehr says.

The company will make the premolded parts starting with the Case IH Magnum (1988 and newer) and will move on to other makes and models as demand warrants.

For more information, contact Fehr Cab Interiors, Dept. FIN, 10116 N. 1900 E. Rd., Fairbury, IL 61739, 815/692-3355.

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