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#1 thirdroc17 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 01:50 PM

Technically, she's not "finished" but she's ready enough to go. I don't build trailer queens, and I am NOT a body man, so ignore the runs in the paint, the various shades of paint from different sources over the course of more than a year, and ignore the ripples I didn't get out of a hood that was originally crushed. Ignore everything else that can be seen when standing within 100' as that is my standard. Look ok from 100' or farther away.

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Someday I'll get around to making a cover the headlight hole.


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Always wanted to make my own muffler, and now I have.



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Originally a rubber mounted 10hp, Kohler, now a solid mount 16hp that's been well warmed over and should be making a solid 20hp.



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Edited by thirdroc17, September 23, 2012 - 11:49 AM.


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Posted September 19, 2012 - 04:16 PM

I think it looks very nice. Looks like it is ready for some snow.

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Posted September 19, 2012 - 07:04 PM

As soon as I saw the engine I knew it was "High Performance". Nice looking Horse!
I bet the roller chain on the fronts really help the steering on packed snow/ice.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 09:02 AM

Thanks guys.

I've run a single chain on a front tire in the past as an experiment. It seemed to help. Fortunately, from another project, I had enough used, worn out chain to do both. Buying new roller chain for tire chains isn't in the budget, but patience will sometimes provide....

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 09:46 AM

That chain on the front tires does seem like it might grip on slippery going.

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 04:42 PM

Wow Dale, she looks like a real beast! I can't see any of the flaws that you mentioned. I think the paint looks fine too andI love the look of the muffler!

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 07:59 PM

Dale, do you have any info on building your own muffler? Is there an article here on it?

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Posted September 20, 2012 - 11:00 PM

I was wondering about that extended hood... I see why now!!! That looks like one heck of a tuff snow machine! THANKS!!! Now we won't get any snow! Get ahold of me on a headlight bucket and lens or an escutcheon plate. I still owe you my friend!

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 09:02 AM

I chose pictures carefully, I could show some where you'd see the paint imperfections in grand detail!!!

I wanted a high flow muffler, but also wanted something quiet. I'm not sure how quiet it is as I've only ran it in the shop, and everything is noisy in there.


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This pretty well explains the muffler. I drilled enough 1/4" in both the incoming pipe and out going pipe to exceed the area of the 1 1/2" ID of the pipes. Then just welded the incoming to the opposite side of a 4" exhaust pipe, and one end to a piece of 16 gauge sheet. Welded the sheet to the back so the pipe exited the front.


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Drilled a hole in another piece of sheet, set it over the exit pipe and welded everything. Since I'm a crappy welder, it took several beads to get things half way air tight.


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The exhaust gas comes in close to the front, divides through the 1/4" holes, travels to the back, divides though the 1/4" holes, and shoots straight out the front.

My original plan involved adding packing along the interior of the muffler, but kind of ran out of room. If I do another, I might try 5" pipe for the muffler body.




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