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#1 massey driver ONLINE  

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Posted May 12, 2012 - 07:52 AM

http://gardentractor...d-iam-a-whuzzs/Posted a link to show the first cab build and how they look similar .My Grandson after driving the Ranger without a cab [freezing his butt] decided that he wants a cab on the one that he drives. So I've been playing around with that for the last week.I made it pretty much the same as the first one.The sliding back window is out of a[ Ford Ranger ] LOL and the wiper motor is out of a Ford Windstar's back window.The roof and back panel are again made out of swatter canvas.I like that the canvas is water proof pretty light and has the built in stiffener bars.The front windshield is again laminate [safety glass] and the front window tips out on the bottom to allow air flow thru the cab on warmer days.With the window opening like it does it also keeps lots of dust from entering the cab as well. Heres some pics of it completed minus doors.They'll be made later on towards fall time,or when time allows. I put a pic in of the other Ranger's cab so you can see the resemblance.

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Edited by massey driver, May 12, 2012 - 08:18 AM.

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Posted May 12, 2012 - 08:05 AM

That looks great Larry! I'm sure that your Grandson will appreciate that come winter time!
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Posted May 12, 2012 - 09:52 AM

Those cabs are awesome! Very professional build quality and nice features. Nice work Grandpa!
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Posted May 12, 2012 - 08:30 PM

no words... :thumbs: :thumbs:

except, do you have shots in earlier stages of build?

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Posted May 12, 2012 - 08:54 PM

no words... :thumbs: :thumbs:

except, do you have shots in earlier stages of build?


so sorry I didn't take any pics of the build just of what you see.Larry

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Posted June 16, 2012 - 08:46 AM

Started building doors for the Ranger.I had to make a door post first and then make the front part of the door that mounts to the hinges.The next part was to start making the frame that mounts to the front part of the door.Everything has to be made in two's only some stuff has to be cut and made for the other side.Sure glad to have the tubing bending jig now ,its a lot faster then cutting and welding back every corner etc: I still have to do some gutting and welding but not nearly as much.

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Posted June 26, 2012 - 07:30 PM

Cab looks great and the doors are coming together nicely,

That tubing bender, what's it's max/min sizes? And will it handle round?
Something like that could make custom exhausts possible too.
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Posted June 26, 2012 - 08:10 PM

That tubing bender, what's it's max/min sizes? And will it handle round?
Something like that could make custom exhausts possible too

Its a round tubing bender that I'am using I bought it from Princess Auto in Winnipeg I bought the square die and made a holder so that I could use it in the same tool.I have a post in here in tool shed take a look thanks. Larry

Edited by massey driver, June 26, 2012 - 08:17 PM.

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Posted June 30, 2012 - 06:45 AM

I finally got the door frames finished just need to paint them up and install the canvas outer shell.If you look close you can see the automotive weather striping along the edge of the door frame.The doors close and seal really nice to the Rangers sides etc:One of the tough things to do was to make the door catches and around the gas tank fill cap.Once The canvas is on I'll beable to cut a opening for the side window.What I'am going to do is make a cardboard template of the window area [before I cut the opening in the canvas] then go to the wreckers and see what sort of side window I can find that will fit best.Once I figure out what glass fits the best then I'll make a frame out of 1/2" flat steel bend it to fit the window,rivet it to the canvas and use the same type rubber that I used to install the windshield and then It'll have nice side windows as well.Larry

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Posted June 30, 2012 - 09:29 AM

You ought to get your grandson started in the cab business. With your leadership it is bound to be a success. :thumbs:
You do really nice work!

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Posted August 03, 2012 - 08:49 AM

Finished the doors for the Ranger so now it can be closed up for cold weather use.I used swather canvas for the lower part of the doors [same stuff used for roof and back panel] I did change my mind a bit and went with safety/laminate glass for the side windows.This way mud dirt etc: can be wiped off without scratching them if I would have used plexiglass/lexan.The only downside to using glass is that it probably doubled the weight of the doors. Still have to buy and install a cab heater.But its done and ready to use and best of all keep warm and dry.LOL Larry

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 12:17 PM

Fine quality work, right here in the USA. :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs: You've got this science mapped. :worshippy2:
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Posted August 07, 2012 - 03:31 PM

Larry,that is great work you do,looks really good.
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Posted August 07, 2012 - 05:48 PM

I wonder if a factory cab could look any better. Looks very good.
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Posted August 07, 2012 - 08:15 PM

Thanks to everyone who likes the cab.I know its not a GT but its still a cab even if its not related LOL.However the next cab is going to be for the Kubota BX 2350 just not sure when I'll tackle that one,I still have some thinking to do as to what I want it to look like.Larry

Edited by massey driver, August 07, 2012 - 08:20 PM.





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