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#301 marlboro180 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 15, 2012 - 09:16 AM

Posted Today, 08:10 AM
yeah, it looks like it has a flat spot to me.


I agree, but not that big a deal to straigten out . Maybe the seller could send a picture that is not all fuzzy.
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Posted December 16, 2012 - 08:06 AM

I agree, but not that big a deal to straigten out . Maybe the seller could send a picture that is not all fuzzy.


He's not sure he can work out shipment anyways so it not work out anyway. Oh well, off to search.

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Posted December 16, 2012 - 09:36 AM

Brake Rotors & Torque Converter.........a PERFECT marriage.

So you ever go to the dump, transfer station, scrap yard and come away with something you paid $2 for.....having no idea what you'll use it for BUT by the time you get home you have an idea? Well, that happened yesterday.

By the time I got home I had visualized how the torque converter might just fit perfectly inside my rear rim and how it might line up with the bolt holes. Not so lucky on the bolt hole bit but after taking a look at it I realized I could fabricate a backer that would bolt to the rim and then to the torque converter.

Ahead of take the converter to a fabrication shop and having something made I looked around my shop for something that might work. Well, a short while ago I changed the breaks and rotors on my wife's van and I for some reason I kept them laying around. I tried the back rotors first and the fit within the space perfectly but the inner hub was too thick. Then I tried the front rotors and (insert angels singing) they not only fit perfectly but the center hub fit perfectly within the slight indentation at the center of the hub.

So, to make a long story short.....I will be heading to my local transmission shop tomorrow to pick up a second used torque converter and bolt it to the second rotor I have here in my shop.

Here are a couple pics to start with and I'll post more as the project comes along. I have the holes that will be used to bolt the rotor to the torque converter drilled and ready to go. Now to drill the holes that will mount the weight to the wheel. I haven't yet figured out the best way to "square" the holes on the rotor so my lag bolts will fit snugly since I will have to insert the lags before bolting the rotor to the torque converter.

In the end I will have added 64 lbs. per wheel (128 lbs. total). If I fill the torque converter with liquid I might get a few more pounds out of them. Not bad for $2!

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Posted December 16, 2012 - 09:53 AM

Neat idea. But won't they stick out quite a ways?
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Posted December 16, 2012 - 06:39 PM

Neat idea. But won't they stick out quite a ways?


It actually doesn't stick out very much. I hope to have pics to post later tonight. Without the rotor attached the torque converter doesn't stick out beyond the rim at all.
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Posted December 16, 2012 - 07:26 PM

Folks, stay tuned for a 'first ever' in the GT world. I don't believe I have ever seen, heard, or been a witness to the making of a torque converter into wheel weights. This is a first.

First guy that comes on here and says 'oh, we did that all the time when the mule died and we had to get a Moline!' is gonna get a virtual noogie.
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Posted December 17, 2012 - 01:15 AM

Wheel weight.....check! It still needs a decent cleaning, priming and a CASE paint scheme but my first wheel weight is installed. I'll hit my local transmission shop tomorrow to begin my search for my second wheel weight (i.e. torque converter) and get it installed ASAP.

Cat.....thanks for the vote of confidence. I love re-purposing and having limited equipment to fabricate means I'm always on the lookout for things that I can use that someone's already done the "fabricating" for me. They won't be stock but I think once they are covered with some paint they'll look pretty good.

Kenny....as you can see, even with the rotors attached the wheel weight doesn't stick out but an inch or two.

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Posted December 17, 2012 - 07:19 AM

That's a pretty neat idea.

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Posted December 17, 2012 - 07:28 AM

What is the diameter of the torque converter you are using? That looks good to me! I forget these have large rear wheels, not the 12" I am used to.

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Posted December 17, 2012 - 07:37 PM

What is the diameter of the torque converter you are using? That looks good to me! I forget these have large rear wheels, not the 12" I am used to.


Approximately 12" diameter.

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Posted December 17, 2012 - 07:45 PM

UGH! Where are my teenage boys when I decided to try and use their GOPRO to record my maiden voyage on the tractor?

I've moved snow twice today....once at 5:30 a.m. and second just a few minutes ago. Total of about 6-8 inches total. A few hiccups........

1) lost the handle on the snow chute turner (i.e. drill)......but luckily I found it and reattached it with a new screw and a lock washer.
2) busted the ties on one side of the chute that connects the wire to the chute.....zip ties to the rescue!
3) lost a tiny set screw in the drill (i.e. chute turner) that allows me to switch between High, Low and Lock.
4) I can't see my switch for the reverse light in the dark but it's not that hard to find on the dash face.....I'm thinking a switch with a built in light might be in order.

Okay, back to my embarrassing admission. I couldn't figure out how to use the GOPRO........

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were the only shots I got for all my effort. Sorry guys, no video just a goofy pic of me and a blurry pic of the neighbors lawn ornaments. :wallbanging: Better luck next time.

Edited by Moosetales, December 17, 2012 - 10:46 PM.

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Posted December 17, 2012 - 10:28 PM

That's funny stuff Moose LOL .... Just throw the GoPro at the loose screws, and all will be well in the spring when ya find 'em...
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Posted December 17, 2012 - 10:57 PM

That's funny stuff Moose LOL .... Just throw the GoPro at the loose screws, and all will be well in the spring when ya find 'em...


I'll let you know when I find the screws!

BTW, how similar is this tractor to the one you use for your profile pic?

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Here's the link for the add on Craigslist. Looks pretty cool.

http://maine.craigsl...3463956167.html

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Posted December 18, 2012 - 08:20 AM

That is pretty much the same, except his still has the PTO on the rear fender, and much narrower tires than ours. At the price being asked, I would not hesitate one moment ...

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Posted December 18, 2012 - 09:44 AM

that looks to be a pretty good price.




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