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#451 Moosetales OFFLINE  

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Posted November 19, 2013 - 08:20 PM

Ok, so they're not the ideal pics of the new treads but it will have to do until a sunny day comes around. I'm pleased with the result for sure. I did not realize until they were on the tractor that the center rib is slightly raised above the other ribs. I hope to install "poor man's power steering" at some point which will assist with steering even more.

 

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Thanks to all who chimed in. Now to see how they do in my neck of the woods with snow on the ground.

 

 


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Posted November 24, 2013 - 09:50 AM

You know when you pass a junkyard and something catches your eye? Well, that's what happened this past Friday. I'm on the hunt for a Pantograph windshield wiper for my cab and school buses often have just what I'm looking for. So as I passed the junkyard I saw three buses and hoped for the best. The owner sent me back to the yard to take a look.

 

After searching all three buses I came up empty handed.....well that's not entirely true. One bus had been converted to a mobile "home" so there were remnants of the previously dweller's life....pots, pans, fork, etc. The other bus had been the home away from home for a band. The band had left their mark on that bus for sure...various alcohol empties, guitar pics, electric bass cords, ticket stubs, etc. The last bus was chock-a-block full of whatever so I could get a peek inside.

 

Well, if you think I was going to leave that yard empty handed you are sorely incorrect. In one of the buses there were two "defrost" fans on the dash...you know the old school type fans. With an old screw driver, a spoon and a pair of nail clippers I was able to extract the fan and the switch.

 

I got the fan back to the front office and the owner quoted me $10 for the fan. We tested it......and you guessed it.....it did not work. The yard owner tossed it my way and said I could have it for FREE. I got it home and tried and tried....even elicited the help of my "electrical wizard friend". Before we gave up (i.e. tore it apart just to see how it works) my buddy had the brilliant revelation that the two wires (one red and the other orange) were likely the feeds for the "Hi" and "Low" speeds on the fan and that the motor housing was probably the ground. Well, we touched the motor housing to the negative lead on the battery and touched the red/orange wire to the positive and she screamed to life.

 

I took the fan home and promptly cleaned it up and gave it a new paint job, sticking to the color scheme of my cab. I'm off to install it in my cab in just a few. I believe with the high and low speed I should be able to circulate enough air to cool things down should the cab get too hot AND I've solved the problem of my window fogging up should that become an issue. Here's a pic of the before and after.

 

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Posted November 24, 2013 - 11:26 AM

Good score!


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 01:22 PM

Nice score, can't beat the price either!


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Posted November 25, 2013 - 01:26 PM

Nice score, can't beat the price either!


Hey, did you ever figure out the part you needed for your Case (throttle, carb or choke related)?

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Posted November 25, 2013 - 02:23 PM

DOH, I knew I forgot to do something, check your inbox, I'll get to that now. Thanks for the reminder.


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Posted December 15, 2013 - 12:58 AM

I've been working hard to get my rig ready for the snow. My big projects have been:

 

1) rigging new LED lights to the front and back

2) developing a switch box in my cab to run all the lights/fan

3) adding a fan to assist with defogging the windshield and offsetting the heat that I've captured coming off the engine

4) adding a strobe

5) and finally, adding an electric snowcaster chute turner

 

Here's a quick video clip that shows all of the above in action.

 

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Posted December 15, 2013 - 07:13 AM

That turned out really nice! Good work! Got any pics of the switch panel?
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Posted December 15, 2013 - 07:43 AM

Impressive! Thanks for the video!
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Posted December 15, 2013 - 12:58 PM

Excellent video! Thanks for sharing


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Posted December 16, 2013 - 10:04 PM

That turned out really nice! Good work! Got any pics of the switch panel?

 

Here are a few pics of the switch box. The first set are of my original design....I used RCA plugs as my interface. I struggled with the concept for a while and then figured out how to wire it but alas, when I was all said and done, I had neglected to take into consideration the space between the back of my switch box and the cab wall so I had to either re-drill holes in my roof or re-design my wiring....I opted to re-design my wiring. If there are those that would be interested in using RCA plugs I can share a bit more about what I learned (kinda a "how to").

 

Donor CD changer I got my original RCA plugs from.

 

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Switch box as originally designed.

 

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(I acquired the three additional ports to the far left from another donor machine that I had laying around.)

 

Switch box re-designed....I left the RCA plug ends in place and routed my wiring through the holes.

 

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(Far left port labeled "PWR" is for power coming into the box. The port labeled "Reverse Light" is carrying power out of the box to my reverse light that's switched at the back of the cab. And the port to the far right labeled "Wiper" is for power out to my new electric wiper motor.)

 

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(I grounded the switches to the box and the box to the cab.)

 

Switches

 

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And finally, the finished product.

 

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(This photo was taken after getting the box installed but now yet all the wiring running to it tucked nice and neatly out of sight.)

 

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(And finally a pic of the switch box in service.)

 

Here's what my switch box is connected to.

 

Front LED light.

 

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Reverse LED light.

 

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Switch/Handle for my reverse light; sure is nice to have something to hang onto when I'm looking over my shoulder to back up.

 

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Fan with HI/Low speeds; for defrost and to cool things down should it get too hot in the cab.

 

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And side marker lights and strobe (can't see strobe really well but it's in the center on top of the roof).

 

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Posted December 17, 2013 - 07:41 AM

That's a really nice set up, thanks for getting back to me so quick!
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Posted November 09, 2014 - 06:05 PM

Winter is a coming and I've been readying my 444 for the work ahead. I ran into a snag that I'm hoping someone may be able to help me with.

 

In checking things out I inadvertently pulled down on the throttle cable and the clip popped off. Now I can't get it to go back on and I'm wondering if the nib on the end that goes into the bracket snapped off. Without the cable between the clip and the bracket the clip works as expected but not with the cable in between.

 

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Thanks.


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Posted November 22, 2014 - 05:23 PM

Well I got the answer I was looking for. I ordered a new throttle clip and yup the old one was broken for sure.

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Posted November 23, 2014 - 07:45 AM

Good repair techniques have to be practiced and perfected constantly . The seat time in between jobs gives a person lots of time to think about what comes next .


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