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#1 BairleaFarm OFFLINE  

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 03:01 PM

Some of us have one tractor and pretend like we are all knowing of every tractor out there. Some of us have one tractor that meets our needs. Some of us have a couple tractors for different jobs Some of us have a couple tractors just because we like the brand. Some of us have several brands because we are addicted. Personally I have several because I have issues and they are cheaper than therapy. I have at one time or another owned every wheel horse from a RJ59 up to the D200. My first was a no name 8hp. Since then ive had John deere, allis chalmers, cub cadets and a few others. I still prefer the WH. The ease of deck removal is the best that ive owned. I run ground engaugemnet equipment and use the tractors beyond what they were built to do. Im more of a gear drive kinda guy....

on a side note. I have painted restored bought sold ticked people off hack up fixed modified made people happy and destroyed great tractors beyond repair. ive saved alot of them as well. Ive got a ton of experience on what to do and what not to do I know what I like and know what I hate.

... ive decided to build a perfect tractor. one that does everything i need it to do. The base tractor is a Raider 12. Tractor has been well taken care of. only bad thing is the rear seat pan was hacked up for the 3PH. The kohler runs great and tractor will do a wheelie when the plow gets hung on rocks.

Heres what im starting with....and let the build begin.
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Posted March 13, 2012 - 03:05 PM

The pics...

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 03:32 PM

Nice looking WH.I'll be watching this build.

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 04:33 PM

I will be watching too. Looks like a very strong tractor you are starting with.

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 04:54 PM

The front end and steering.....


I added a forward swept axle. Bigger tires, bigger axles, and forward enough to run a 60" deck. Not that they ever show up around here but the option will be there. I also added the gear reduction steering. I had to redrill the holes to mount the gear box and as you can see there is no longer room for the battery box. Not 100% where ill be putting the battery. The only other issue is it changes the angle of the steering column which makes the dash console not fit correctly. Ive got a fix for that ill get to later.

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 05:06 PM

On mine I raised the seat pan an inch and that gave me room under the seat for a battery big enough to start a diesel and larger rear tires. Only a purist would have known the difference.
Nice project and the 8 speed will be a plus.

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 05:15 PM

One great starter for a build. Great progress too! :thumbs: I'll be watching this!

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 06:27 PM

Working on that chris..... The rear.

I raises the rear seat pan several inches. 1. Because ive got longer legs and 2. I hold the fender pan when plowing sometimes and have pinched it with the tires. I used the seat pan from a 520. It gave the the clearance i needed in the rear for the 3ph and fingers. Turned out decent i think. Still working on seat options and battery fitment.

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 08:41 PM

I just dont like the way that 520 seat looked. Ive got one off a big tractor. Its in better shape and has a place for my elbow. The battery will not fit under the seat without major modification. I can get it in the tool box but the fill for the tranny is in the way. Ive done some measuring and it should fit in front of the gear box close to the motor. Ill know tomorrow if i have time to mount the motor. All the pto linkage was missing when i got the tractor. Ive got the pulley but none of the linkage off the 520 part tractor will work. I need to figure a no cost solution to that.

I bet this tractor came from a WH guy at one time. The front tires and rims were mis matched but both are embossed with Wheel Horse.

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 08:44 PM

You've been busy as a beaver David! I agree the seat you just put on looks much better than the 520 seat.

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 08:52 PM

  • trying to get it done on a no money budget. I need it to plow with for work and pleasure. Hopefully ill have it drivable tomorrow.


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Posted March 24, 2012 - 10:13 AM

Great build, I like what you are doing to that wheel horse.

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 12:08 AM

Interesting build. How about a battery box on the side with lid like some of the big boys have?

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Posted April 01, 2012 - 09:07 AM

wrbourget, your posts were best put as their own thread, as your rebuild is interesting in it's own right. So I split your posts & replies to them into their own thread. You can find it here: http://gardentractor...an-551-rebuild/

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 01:42 AM

A suggestion on the battery delima. Build or cut down the existing battery box and use a motorcycle battery! They have more CA and CCA than these garden tractor batteries and the life expectancy is 3 years rather than 3 months! I know it's not a no cost solution but a solution never the less!




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