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Posted February 18, 2012 - 12:59 PM

The transmission and engine mounting frame are ready to set back down on the floor.
This is a heavy unit but I felt that this was still light enough that it could be moved with my lift cart.
The transmission is tilted back onto the lift table and supported by wood blocks.

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then I rolled the stand out of the way and set the transmission down so it is resting one some support blocks.

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Most of this week has been spent sanding down a lot of the parts and getting them painted.

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Posted February 18, 2012 - 02:42 PM

Looking great as always Ray! I wish I had your motivation!
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Posted February 18, 2012 - 02:52 PM

That's gonna be a nice looking machine. Great job, Ray!
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Posted February 18, 2012 - 02:55 PM

Ray, that looks great. I hope my Elek Trak repaint turns out just as good as yours.
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Posted February 18, 2012 - 02:56 PM

Looks great! That thing looks pretty heavy, it could definitely do some damage if it fell. Its going to look amazing put together!
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Posted February 18, 2012 - 06:24 PM

It's almost like looking at pics of new parts Ray. You are doing a great job as usual. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more updates.
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Posted February 21, 2012 - 12:56 PM

Time to start putting this back together.
The main frame is set down onto the pivot shaft on the top of the transmission.

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then I supported the rear of the frame with the lift cart and assembled the rear axle arms and wheel hubs.
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The rear wheels were bolted on and the tractor was set down on the rear tires.

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the front of the tractor was jacked up and the front wheels were bolted on.

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Here's a view from the rear.

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Because this is going to be set up as a mower and not a garden tractor, I'm using a lawn type tire tread instead of the normal tractor lug style.

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The front tires have about 3/8 inch clearance between the tire and the back of the front plate.

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It's time to get out the reel mower units and start soaking them down with a degreaser.
They have some real heavy grease on them so I want to be able to let them soak for a few days before I wash them off.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 01:09 PM

Ray this is the restore I been hopeing to see for a long time and your off to a great start.
I cant wait to see how the mowers get put on it.
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Posted February 21, 2012 - 01:13 PM

Awesome job so far Ray!!!

Like wilberj posted above, I cant wait to see those reels on it.
Are those actual Bolens reels that were meant to fit the Ridemaster?
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Posted February 21, 2012 - 01:25 PM

Looking great ,Ray. :thumbs:
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Posted February 21, 2012 - 01:35 PM

Looks good so far. Those reel mowers will be a nice addition!
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Posted February 21, 2012 - 02:48 PM

Like wilberj posted above, I cant wait to see those reels on it.
Are those actual Bolens reels that were meant to fit the Ridemaster?

The reel mowers are not Bolens units.
They are a 3-gand setup that was designed to be pulled behind a tractor.

The Ridemasters had a reel mower setup that actually fit up under the tractor but the Bean cutler never had a mower setup.
After all this time, I still haven't decided if I want to make these so they are pulled behind or actually mount them up under the tractor.

Here's a photo of a Ridemaster with the reel mowers on it.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 05:32 PM

Great progress there Ray, nothing like rolling chassis status.

You should mount them underneath, you need a good challenge trying to get them all to lift, lower, and float together and separately lol.

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Posted February 21, 2012 - 05:55 PM

This will be a fantastic build thread Ray! I really like the looks of it so far! Is that the original color?
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Posted February 21, 2012 - 05:58 PM

Coming along nicely, that's going to be a sweet mower,
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