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Posted October 21, 2012 - 10:58 PM

From my Daughter's Journal (if she could write)

Today my Mommy had to go to work. I miss her when she does, but usually I have my big brother and sister to entertain me, so it's not so bad. Only today... they had to go help Aunt Kelly move some furniture. My Daddy looked at me and said “Sorry Kiddo, you're stuck with me.”

It wasn't too bad. He watched some TV shows with me in the morning while I ate my Cinnamon Toast Crunch and drank my Apple Juice. After he helped me get dressed, he turned the TV off, said something about his brain melting (can they DO that?) and carried me outside.

We spent all day together. He worked on his snow plow while I gave directions and tested the steering wheel integrity. I also verified the switches all clicked. I wish he had left the key in it. I think it would be fun to take a solo lap.

Anyways, Daddy got the plow thingy done. He was pretty happy and I think he did an OK job. He said he couldn't have done it without me. Here I am showing off what my Daddy and I did.

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Posted October 21, 2012 - 11:27 PM

This morning My Wife, Son & Older Daughter all left the youngest & oldest alone together. I'm sure they all expected mayhem to ensue, but my little squirt was a trooper today. After watching some really mind numbing stuff while she ate breakfast, we went outside to finish my pet project for the day. My Snow Plow bracket.

Thankfully, I had just enough time this morning to do the welding I needed to before the big kids all left and she came outside.

She "drove" the tractor while I took measurements
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and was a great girl by sitting on the other tractor while daddy had to run the torch for a few seconds. She even looked the other way when daddy told her to.

Anyways, the plow needed some side to side containment. I used to use a couple brackets mounted to the frame, but they were always bending and the addition of the bumper made that system impractical.

I had hoped to have something move up and down with the plow, but the hood tip out made this difficult to do and nearly impossible to engineer with what I had laying around to work with.

First, I took some scrap angle iron that had been in the hopper at work,
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Cut it to length and re-manufactured saddles to go around the pipe of the bumper
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Added a piece of 1.75 x .75 steel to it (1st picture before welding)
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Cut a hole in the top of the C channel plow frame and bolted it all together after a quick flat black paint job. (Loran said "OOOhhh Priddy Daddy" LOL)
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I have about 2" of ground clearance. I may be able to trim some if I redesign the "drop stop" but the property is pretty flat & I will look for issues as I start using it.

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Posted October 21, 2012 - 11:34 PM

Looks like a good way to do it Alan. I know that bumper can take anything you throw at it. When it was on the Caterpillar I did the hop up and down on it like an idiot test and it survived LOL.

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Posted October 21, 2012 - 11:35 PM

Looks like a good way to do it Alan. I know that bumper can take anything you throw at it. When it was on the Caterpillar I did the hop up and down on it like an idiot test and it survived LOL.


Video?

(BTW, Thanks again for the bumper)
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Posted October 21, 2012 - 11:39 PM

No video Alan, cause it wasn't worthy of winning $10,000 on America's Funniest Home Videos. LMAO

Also, no problem, it was more round than what suited the Caterpillar's styling ques. lol

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Posted October 22, 2012 - 04:57 AM

'Really mind numbing stuff' Your daughter watches the Sunday morning political interview shows?

Edited by Cat385B, October 22, 2012 - 04:57 AM.

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Posted October 22, 2012 - 05:46 AM

Great helper you had there. Glad the steering and switches all work good (or at least they did). :bigrofl: Your fix looks well thought out.
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Posted October 22, 2012 - 06:50 AM

Looks good! But, to get more ground why not 'flip' your design? You could put the flat piece on the C channel of the plow and cut a hole into the angle; this way you would not have to worry about the ground clearance of the bar.
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Posted October 22, 2012 - 06:54 AM

Looks good! But, to get more ground why not 'flip' your design? You could put the flat piece on the C channel of the plow and cut a hole into the angle; this way you would not have to worry about the ground clearance of the bar.


Hood tips forwards and would be damaged if i forgot, had the plow up and flopped the hood open.

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Posted October 22, 2012 - 08:19 AM

Thats great. What a great story to tell in her words. Well done!
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Posted October 22, 2012 - 09:39 AM

Nice job of fabrication Alan, both in story and the new repair. Those are keeper cute pictures too.
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Posted October 22, 2012 - 10:23 AM

Alan it sounds like a great day. Quality time with your daughter and getting a GT related problem sorted out all at the same time. Sweet!!
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Posted October 22, 2012 - 11:09 AM

I'm glad to see your daughter already has a vocation of doing Quality Assurance! I'm happy to hear the steering wheel integrity passed, I'd hate to hear about you driving the tractor and the wheel came off in your hands. :bigrofl:

As others have said it sounds like it was a great day. You got to spend some good time with your daughter and still got something done. I also like your fabrication. I have a blade for the front of mine but I need to figure out how I can tie it into the lift I have in the back. Maybe work on it this winter.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful day with your youngest!
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Posted October 22, 2012 - 05:12 PM

Cutest tractor mechanic I've ever seen! I wonder where she gets her looks.
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Posted October 22, 2012 - 05:29 PM

Cute helper. All mine does rigt now is drool on the seat but in time he will be testing those switches.

My oldest daughter used to come out and line up my sockets and play house. This is the mommy socket this is the daddy....
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