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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 06:20 PM

The wife bought a new grille rack for her broiler pan so I decided to make a heat guard for the muffler out of the old grille.
I bent it to form around the muffler and clamped it on with stainless hose clamps.

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With the weather turning nice, I've had the cart out running around the yard and working out some of the kinks.
After adjusting both jets on the carb, the engine is running good now.
With the last change to the gear ratio on the drive sprockets, I'm now satisfied with the speed of the cart.

On the negative side ... every time I start the engine, it smokes for a while and then it stops smoking and is fine until I shut it off and let it set for awhile ?
One thing that is not working out well is the steering.
With the bigger engine, hydrostatic transmission and battery setting up front of the wheels, there is a lot more weight than on the original tractor.
This extra weight has made it very hard to turn the front wheel to steer the tractor.
I had built this cart for my wife to have something she and her girl friends can bop around on but I'm not sure that she is going to be able to steer it.

This whole cart just may take some re-engineering.
We're going to try it at a show and see how it works out before I make any drastic changes.


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http://gardentractortalk.com/f12-garden-tractor-forum/53-ridemaster-finished-again-12283/
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Posted March 15, 2012 - 06:38 PM

That was a great idea! I love this build you did an outstanding job!! :thumbs: On another note, just think you can tie a steak to it and it will cook as you drive, and the grease will run right off. :laughingteeth:
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Posted March 15, 2012 - 06:57 PM

Great work! Some of us fake being able to fabricate and then you just do it!! :thumbs:

Geno
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Posted March 15, 2012 - 07:30 PM

Ray, Chris' idea has some merit. Just gotta know when to turn it over. LOL
Neat idea on the guard, Ray. I wouldn't have thought of that!
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Posted March 15, 2012 - 08:10 PM

Good idea on the recycle Ray, hate to see a good piece of metal go to waste. Could you add a larger gear on the steering column and some more chain?
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Posted March 15, 2012 - 09:11 PM

Could you add a larger gear on the steering column and some more chain?

There isn't really room for a larger steering sprocket over the front wheels.
I'm looking into adding pair of sprockets inbetween the steering wheel and the front steering sprocket.
The chain from the steering wheel would go to a larger sprocket.
This large sprocket would have a small sprocket attached to it and another chain would then go from that small sprocket to the larger front sprocket.
This would gear the steering down but would make it so the steering wheel would have to be rotated more to make a turn.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 10:26 PM

Ray, you used a Hydro on this one, give her POWER Steering. She'll be able to turn it with one finger.
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Posted March 15, 2012 - 10:41 PM

Ray, you used a Hydro on this one, give her POWER Steering. She'll be able to turn it with one finger.


You know, that's not a abd idear !

Very good job Ray, clean and neat. I like using thoses cooking grills too, here's a modified one for my twin.

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Posted March 15, 2012 - 11:01 PM

You know, that's not a abd idear !

Very good job Ray, clean and neat. I like using thoses cooking grills too, here's a modified one for my twin.

ALL THIS TALK ABOUT GRILLS IS MAKIN ME HUNGRY! LOL nice job Jesse.
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Posted March 16, 2012 - 04:37 AM

Cool guard Ray.You do come up with the best ideas.
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