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#1 Cvans OFFLINE  

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 09:17 PM

This afternoon I started another conversion. 2 years ago I did a Bolens GT2000 conversion and installed a loader on it. In that one I used a Kubota Z620, 16hp. I have used and enjoyed this tractor so when the opportunity came up last week to pick up another one of these tractors for $400.00 I jumped on it. Below is a photo of both of the tractors.

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I like these tractors because they come with power steering, 2spd. hydro, dual hydraulics, and cruise control which is just an electronic lock on the hydro pedal. They are also easy to get on and off which is an asset when your getting older.
Started the project at 4pm and by 5:20pm the engine was out and I was stripping off the parts that I don't plan to sell with the engine.

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After getting done with the engine it was place on a dolly and rolled out of the way. Then using the other Bolens the Yanmar was brought into the shop and placed on the hoist. By 7pm the engine was setting in it's rough position along with the radiator.

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Unfortunately I'm dealing with an abscessed tooth that has slowed me down. I'm on antibiotics for it but was told this will not help with the pain. So until my appointment on 10/02 this is going to be an off and on project. I'm going to try and take a lot of photos along the way as I've been pretty lazy about doing this in the past. If I'm up to it tomorrow the plan is to machine a drive shaft adapter and maybe get some motor mounts fabricated.
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Posted October 26, 2012 - 10:22 PM

Sorry to hear of the tooth problem. But this should be very informative to follow. Looks great so far!

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 10:27 PM

It sure does look great so far. Pretty fast work if you ask me.

Sorry to hear about your tooth. Mouth pain is one of the worst. Robs you of sleep, and is a constant bother till the dentist. Good luck with the tooth.

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 10:56 PM

Wow, you don't mess around! Thats some quick work, and I look forward to following this build! Sorry to hear about the tooth, there is no pain quit like an abcessing tooth. They can make you feel like beating your head against a wall. :wallbanging:

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 11:09 PM

Thanks for the pain support. Right now I have enough pills in me to make it livable. It does look like I got a lot done but up to this point is was mainly unbolting things. The real fun is just beginning. Things will progress much slower now. I have to get the rubber mounts ordered tomorrow. Please help me remember. :D

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 11:15 PM

Looking good Chris, and I look forward to following this build. An abscess is painful for sure. Hope you feel better SOON!

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 04:43 AM

Chris,I will be following this one. Sorry to hear of your tooth trouble,hope you get it fixed up quickly.

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 06:01 AM

Oh good lord.....I've had that tooth issue...don't wanna sleep, talk , eat , breath. Doctor told me to take antibiotics and of course they didn't work. I talked to a pain management doctor and he gave me a remedy that worked instantly. It works for damn near everything. He said instead of taking 800mg ibuprofen or 800mg motrin, go to family dollar and buy a cheap bottle of tylenol and cheap bottle of ibuprofen. Take 2 ibuprofen and 3 tylenol at same time. the mg's are less even tho its more pills but when you do it that way, as soon as the ibuprofen takes the swelling down, the tylenol is right there to do the pain relief. If you take them at different times, by the time the tylenol kicks in, the swelling has already come back and the tylenol cant get to the pain source. Sounded complicated but I was willing to try anything....now i use that method for everything and even my haunting back pain that seems to come around at the worst time. Enough from me, congrats on the Bolens and I hope you get to keep pluggin along.....

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 06:28 AM

Thanks for the pain support. Right now I have enough pills in me to make it livable. It does look like I got a lot done but up to this point is was mainly unbolting things. The real fun is just beginning. Things will progress much slower now. I have to get the rubber mounts ordered tomorrow. Please help me remember. :D



Chris? You're supposed to order the rubber mounts today.
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Posted October 27, 2012 - 07:09 AM

:ditto: :yeah_that: Have you ordered them yet?
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Posted October 27, 2012 - 09:42 AM

Thanks for the reminders guys. It really did help. :thumbs:

My wife is an RN and just to confirm what farmlife is saying about Tylenol and Ibuprofen, it does work very well when take alternately. I've been doing this for the last two days and it works good. I do have higher powered medication for my back but refrain from using it because is makes me groggy.
Now I better git to McMaster Carr and order some mounts. :D

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 12:20 PM

:dancingbanana: Mounts are ordered and ship Monday :dancingbanana: Thanks guys!

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Posted October 27, 2012 - 09:52 PM

Today was the day to fabricate the crankshaft adapter. Needed to adapt the Bolens drive shaft to the Yanmar crankshaft.
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First thing was to fabricate a stub shaft that would fit the machined recess in the Bolens flange and weld it in place. Then place the the shaft assy. in the lathe and turn down the flange so it doesn't interfere with the bolts on the new flange.
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Next was the fabrication of the new flange, boring to fit the stub shaft, beveling the bore on one side for welding to the shaft.
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Then the new flange is welded into place and the shaft is returned to the lathe to cool. Next is facing to remove any distortion that may have occurred from welding. Lay out and drill the holes to match the Yanmar crankshaft. Then a final check of the run out. In the past I've drilled the holes in the flange first and have been disappointed with the end results.
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Now the sweating as I walk to the back shop to see if it is going to work. Thankfully it did. Being a shade tree machinist doesn't instill a lot of confidence.
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Posted October 27, 2012 - 11:09 PM

Thanks Chris for the follow thru, I am getting ready to do one similar to this. I'll be watching for your next updates. :thumbs:
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Posted October 28, 2012 - 03:25 AM

Nice looking adapter. The pics are a great help in understanding what you did.
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