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#1 fordmustang1984 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 05:05 PM

I started building a homemade tractor severalo weeks ago, and finally found time to post it, after m.jordey reminded me.

I started with the homemade tractor i bought last fall. it had a 1961 or so MG Midget engine and transmission, with the axle from the car narrowed up. After rewelding the tiny axle shaft twice, I got tired of it, and parked it. Then, I went to a swap meet several weeks ago, and bought a 22 hp Onan with a dual hydrualic pump. I took the pump off when I got home, and got the motor running. Then I pulled the motor out of the other tractor, and cut off the front of the frame behind the axle. The old front axle was junk for this project. Then i lengthened the frame, and added 2 crossmembers then serve as the engine mount. I drilled the holes, and test fit the engine with two bolts that are way to small.

Today, I had sme free time in shop at school, so i built my new axle pivot. It will be welded to the crossmembers that the engine bolts to. The axle will be a Massey ferguson MF12 axle that I am going to build a pair of heavy duty spindles for with trailer hubs. The new rear axle will be a narrowed 8 lug one ton truck axle with duals. The will be hydrualicly driven of the first half of teh pump, while the other half powers the 3 Pt hitch, and FEL.
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Posted June 01, 2010 - 05:11 PM

That's what we want to see.:thumbs:

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 05:15 PM

Looks like your off to a good start.
I'll be shure to keep checking back and watching your progress :thumbs:

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 06:52 PM

Looks like a fun project!

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 07:20 PM

Great project! Word of caution, and trying to be helpful, not critical: How thick is that angle-iron? Are you going to add more to the angle? That alone will be subject to twist & sway. I would suggest stiffening it much more.
The dual pump will be super. What will you be using for speed/direction control? You could always get a control off a Case tractor, & configure it for foot control....great for operating FEL.

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Posted June 01, 2010 - 08:55 PM

Thanks! Its is all 1/4 inch angle, and when I add the FEL, it will get a lot of bracing, and i large subframe. I was thinking about a variable flow valve, connected to a footpedal with lever in the fender box for direction, unless i find a valve out of a case tractor.

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Posted June 05, 2010 - 10:28 PM

Today i got the axle pivot i mad welded in, and the axle mounted. The custom spindles i make have to raise the axle, and set the tires out more from the frame slightly so they dont hit. The tires there noe clear fine, but i would like them the be a little bigger. Then i rolled it out of the garage, and put the axle i'm narrowing for it on a cart so I could roll it in, dual wheels and all. Tomorrow i'll start to cut the tubes and weld it back together.

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Posted June 05, 2010 - 10:38 PM

With the full subframe, you'll be good to go!

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Posted June 06, 2010 - 06:23 PM

Ok, the axle is shortened, and welded to the frame, just no pics of it attached.
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Posted June 06, 2010 - 06:45 PM

That's quite the project there Alex, almost looks like your making dualy pu truck.

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Posted June 06, 2010 - 06:55 PM

Almost, but the duals wont always be mounted. Right now the outer wheels are off so it fits in the garage.

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Posted June 06, 2010 - 06:57 PM

Can i use the differential housing as the resivoir for the hydro drive? It is a full floating axle, and should hold a few quarts, or about gallon of oil.

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Posted June 06, 2010 - 07:02 PM

Your rear needs heavier oil, like 85/90 gear oil. You'll need to build or buy a separate reservoir for the hydro.

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Posted June 06, 2010 - 08:45 PM

Ok, then the left fender box will be the hydro drive reservoir, while the right holds the battery and valve sets. The loader tank will be the subframe and uprights.

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Posted June 07, 2010 - 04:39 AM

This is going to be good.Your making great progress already.