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Posted September 06, 2013 - 09:23 PM

Hey, home computer key board crapped out. Sorry for the delay. Just posted pics so take a look and let me know what you think.

I like it. The bottom window looks great. and excellent visibility.  Is it just me or does your glass have uv tint.


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Posted September 06, 2013 - 09:27 PM

I like it. The bottom window looks great. and excellent visibility.  

 

I was a bit timid about cutting the bottom window but in the end I am sold on the idea. I had thought of making one large window but in the end the middle cross member is right where my back rests so I thought it would be good to leave that in for support and I'm glad I did. I went with green tinted glass although I was hesitant about it and I'm super glad I did. Thanks for the feedback.



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Posted September 07, 2013 - 08:33 AM

It looks excellent!


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Posted September 09, 2013 - 06:25 AM

Yesterday was productive...at least in concept. It took the day working out  the kinks of how to enclose the cab in the front. Here's what I have so far.

 

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I'm fabricating the front enclosure out of 1/4" wood panels for now and then will either use metal or glass for the final product. The top "flap" will flip up when I need to raise the hood. The bungee cord is temporary but I will be using the same concept in the final product.



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Posted September 13, 2013 - 12:23 AM

I've been slowly making progress on the front enclosure for the cab. Just for the fun of it I fired up the Case to see if my mock up design for the front enclosure was going to capture enough of the heat coming off the engine. Well, not only will I be getting enough volume but as you can see I'll be TOASTY warm.

 

Highest temp the meter would read....

 

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Then the meter crapped out...

 

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Guess it's time to break out the shorts in preparation for winter snow blowing.



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Posted September 13, 2013 - 05:28 PM

You might want to fix so you can regulate the flow if you get cab buttoned down tight it will get down right uncomfortable during long work periods.   


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Posted October 15, 2013 - 07:53 AM

Progress is a little slow these days on account of a herniated disk. Time and Physical Therapy is doing to trick and I've rounded the corner and can see light at the end of the recovery tunnel. I've been cleared to resume moderate work in the garage so I've been hard at work getting the front panels and doors fabricated. My plan is to construct them out of wood this year and see how they work. If my designs go as planned then next year I'll be onto metal fabrication and glass windows in the doors.

 

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Since the pic above I've added the lower panels so the cab is now enclosed on that side.

 

To construct my doors I went out and purchased a biscuit joiner....great invention and super easy to use. Now to see out the pieces hold together

 

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My plan (emphasis on PLAN) is to use the shrink tight plastic you put on drafty windows during the winter months. I use it on one of our windows in the house and the stuff is surprisingly tough. I'll keep you posted on just how well it works....if at all. Here's the stuff I'll be using.

 

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I'm still working out a system to address heat overload in the event I end up capturing too much heat in the enclosed cab. So far the best option is a Speedo and flip-flops but getting to the cab might be a little dicey. Your ideas are welcomed.



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Posted October 15, 2013 - 08:25 AM

I love excuses to buy a new tool :thumbs:  The cab looks great.


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Posted October 15, 2013 - 08:54 AM

That looks really nice! I also love the Speedo and flip flop idea lol, that could make you a YouTube sensation!
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Posted October 16, 2013 - 09:31 PM

I spent some time in the garage tonight pondering my dilemma of ways to cool the cab down this winter should it get overheated.

 

Idea #1--fabricate a tube that would have a flow valve built inside that could shunt heat into the cab or out the front panel of the cab.

 

Idea #2--divide my cab door windows vertically which would allow the rear (thinner) window to either slide forward on a track or tilt outward on a hinge type mechanism (see pic of my mock up below).

 

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So I now turn to you guys for some help. What are your thoughts about my ideas and what might you do to solve my dilemma? Thanks.

 



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Posted November 11, 2013 - 09:30 PM

Great work!  Not sure how I missed the threat for so long. 


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Posted November 18, 2013 - 08:34 AM

Just dropped off my new 5 rib tires to be mounted on freshly painted rims. Tubes needed to be order so I should be able to pickup tonight and get them on the tractor.

 

Electrical wiring in the cab is nearing completion. Just waiting on a few lighted switches to come in the mail and an electric wiper motor to make it's way to my mailbox. I'll post some pics once it's complete.



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Posted November 18, 2013 - 07:29 PM

Tell you what you can do to remove some heat buildup. In the back on each side above window lay out a design that looks just like damper control on a weber grill. Make stencil so you can transfer to a round plate to get all holes lined up. I went on line to Harborfreight to make sure they still carried knockout punch kits they do $25 .Then pick size to fit your room you have.When you make stencil use one of those small spring loaded center punches to mark for starter drill holes. If you ever need holes in sheet metal larger than regular drill bit these tools are big time saver.


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Posted November 18, 2013 - 08:01 PM

First things first. I'm on daddy duty tonight so installing the tires will have to wait but it doesn't stop me from sharing a pic of them sitting pretty.

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Posted November 18, 2013 - 10:52 PM

I'm with gopher, use sliding or rotating vents. After you have determined it warms up too much in there.


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