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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 03:30 PM

First off, I want to say "Thank you" for all the nice comments that have been made on this project.
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As a reminder, this is what the tractor looked like when I got it.
It was missing the engine, gas tank and both drive pulleys.
The front of the engine mount frame had been cut off, the steering wheel was bent and it had the wrong rear wheels.

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This is how it looked when I first built it.

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The first 6 HP Wisconsin engine didn't have enough power so I took it off and mounted a Kohler 14 HP engine on it.
Here is how it looks now.

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Links to post for the Kohler engine swap

http://gardentractor...demaster-11458/

-1 http://gardentractor...ster-1-a-11582/

-2 http://gardentractor...ster-2-a-11641/

-3 http://gardentractor...ster-3-a-11681/

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Links to original build

http://gardentractor...ster-cart-5863/

-1 http://gardentractor...-cart-1-a-5899/

-2 http://gardentractor...-cart-2-a-5927/

-3 http://gardentractor...-cart-3-a-5944/

-4 http://gardentractor...-cart-4-a-5964/

finished http://gardentractor...-finished-5982/

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 03:45 PM

As always, looking great. Thanks for letting us follow along, Ray.
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Posted February 07, 2012 - 04:02 PM

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I admire your talent, vision, and execution.

It's more artistry from a master craftsman !

Great job, Ray !

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 04:15 PM

Ray, you sure did a GREAT job on that project! I can't even imagine the amount of hours you spent on that dude. Great job indeed.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 05:32 PM

An inspired work of art Ray! That looks amazing!
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Posted February 07, 2012 - 05:43 PM

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrat
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Posted February 07, 2012 - 05:45 PM

Beautiful machine! I made the mistake of letting the wife see your pictures. Now she wants one of those also. Thanks for the pictures and great job on finishing it again.
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Posted February 07, 2012 - 07:08 PM

Wow man!I can't add anything to what has already been said.Great....beyond any expectation.Great job man!!!You are a MASTER!!jc
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Posted February 07, 2012 - 07:13 PM

Ray, that is a great looking machine, I got confused between the Wisconsin and Kohler pictures a couple times, great work! As always.
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Posted February 07, 2012 - 07:32 PM

Quite a nice job you did Ray. Thanks for sharing the pics on an outstanding project.
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Posted February 07, 2012 - 08:19 PM

Well done.:yelclap::yelclap:

I've been watching as you went along. Great workmanship.:thumbs::thumbs:
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Posted February 07, 2012 - 08:20 PM

If we had not gone along for the ride with you when you swapped those engines, we would not know that this was not how it was originally made. Superb finish to an excellent project, perfect match of form and function. Hats off to you Ray!! Thanks for sharing :thumbs:.

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Edited by Michiganmobileman, February 12, 2012 - 07:55 PM.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 08:51 PM

Wow, you made that Kohler look OEM to the tractor, looks great,
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Posted February 08, 2012 - 08:49 AM

If we had not gone along for the ride with you when you swapped those engines, we would not know that this was not how it was originally made.


you made that Kohler look OEM to the tractor,

That is exactly the effect that I was trying to accomplish.
I have display boards for all my projects that I set up at the shows that explains some of the work that was done to each tractor.
This way every one knows what is "factory" and what is "home made" but I don't want them to be able to tell the difference until they look at the display boards.

I've seen a lot of things that you can tell that they were home made when you're still 20 foot away from them.
I try very hard to build my tractors so you're not sure until you actually look at the display boards.
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Posted February 08, 2012 - 11:36 AM

Terrific looking results as usual Ray. Congrats on a job very well done. It sure does look like the factory made it.
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