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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted December 21, 2011 - 12:15 PM

Towards the end of the build on this tractor, I decided to make an implement to tow behind it.

I had gotten this rock rack that went with the 3-point hitch on the R/T tractor.
I decided to use it to build a "York Rake" for the Shaw tractor.

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This is a small York Rake behind a garden tractor.
It is the style I'm interested in but mine will be larger.

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A few weeks ago I saw these small steel wheels on ebay.
They are cultivator wheels off a 1936 Sears Handimam 2-wheel garden tractor.
These wheels gave me the idea of building a tow behind rake for the Shaw tractor.
The wheels are 10 inch diameter and 4 inch wide.
Here are the ebay photos.

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The wheels are sand blasted and primed and have been fitted with bronze bushings.

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The yard roller that I have has a standard ball type coupler on it in so I put a hitch ball on the Shaw so I could tow the roler behind it if I wanted to.
In keeping with the "period correct" looks for the year of the tractor, I found several of the old cast iron trailer couplers on ebay.
I bought this one because it is an unusual design that I've never seen before.

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Here is the coupler taken apart.
The "ball clamp" is hinged at the top and one side rotates up so the coupler can be set down on the hitch ball.
The ball clamp is then closed and then the U-strap is slipped down over the front of the coupler and tightened with the hand knob to keep the coupler secured on the hitch ball.
The U-strap is bent out of shape and will not fit down on the coupler right now.

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After the U-strap has been reformed and the coupler was sand blasted and is ready to prime.

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This is where I figure all the rake parts should set in relation to the tractor.
The rear tractor wheels are 44 inch wide and the rake is 49 inch wide so that will work well.
The wheels for the rake are about 35 inch wide and should allow for the rake to be rotated.
Now I;m ready to start bending the steel tube for the upper frame.

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Posted December 21, 2011 - 12:41 PM

Ray, That is going to be very cool. Way to go and I will wait for more updates.
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Posted December 21, 2011 - 01:40 PM

That is going to be pretty darn neat, Ray. Everyone will be asking where you bought it at. LOL
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Posted December 21, 2011 - 06:40 PM

Ray, that will be an awesome addition to the Shaw, can't wait to see it completed.
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Posted December 21, 2011 - 11:02 PM

That is going to be pretty darn neat, Ray. Everyone will be asking where you bought it at. LOL

Technically .. as long as I didn't use the word "factory", I could say that it was original equipment that was designed specifically for the tractor and I wouldn't be lying ( but it sure would be misleading ).

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 06:12 AM

Going the extra mile for the steel wheels and trailer coupler !!! Ray your attention to details is just fantastic !!!! Al
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 06:47 AM

Great build Ray, never seen a trailer coupler like that one before.
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:09 PM

A section of U-channel is bolted to the underside of the trailer coupler.
The coupler is set on a jack stand to keep it in place.
The piece of wood underneath the coupler is so I have something to set the end of the frame rails on while they are being lined up for welding.

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The rake axle is being lined up to the tractor.
A section of angle iron is clamped to the side of each rear tractor wheel so the rake axle can be centered between them.
I measured from the coupler to each side of the rake axle to get it
square with the tractor.
Two pieces of wood are clamped together under the wheels to keep them from rolling.

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One of the upper frame rails is being bent into shape.

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Both frame rails are being checked to make sure they match each other.

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The axle end of the frame rail is being flattened so it will match up to the 1 inch square tube that is on the axle.
The other end of the frame rail is also flattened some so it fits along the side of the coupler.

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Both frame rails are tack welded in place.

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There is a section of 1 inch square tube on each end of the rake axle.
These have a locking bolt in them to tighten down on the axle shaft and keep it from rotating.
The end of the frame rail is welded to the 1 inch square tube.
This allows the axle shaft itself to be replaced if it should ever get bent.

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The front ends of the frame rails are welded to the sides of the coupler.

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Here's how the finished upper frame looks so far.
There is a section of angle iron welded in between the frame rails to support them.
The brackets for the lever to raise and lower the rake will also be mounted to this angle iron.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:30 PM

Great progress Ray. Great idea for having a replaceable axle.
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:47 PM

Ray, it's coming along well. It'll be amazing as always, I'm looking forward to it.

Are you paining it the same colors as the tractor?
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 12:50 PM

That looks fantastic, Ray. Better than 'factory'. The rake is going to look real nice behind the tractor.
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 01:08 PM

Are you paining it the same colors as the tractor?

Yes .. gray frame with green wheels and rake.

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Posted December 22, 2011 - 01:47 PM

Nice nice nice, your fabrication work is just great. When you are done that combination is going to look like about a 1/3 to 1/2 scale piece any small town USA road dept. could have had in the 30's or 40's.
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 03:43 PM

Nice nice nice, your fabrication work is just great. When you are done that combination is going to look like about a 1/3 to 1/2 scale piece any small town USA road dept. could have had in the 30's or 40's.


That's what it reminded me of... couldn't figure out why it looked so familiar.
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Posted December 22, 2011 - 04:02 PM

Awesome work Ray! I just love watching each build progress.
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