Nos 4xx Axle, Getting Put To Use
Posted November 07, 2012 - 10:41 PM
I now have a use for them, and they will form the running gear for a Trac- Vac that I stumbled upon. It is one one those contankerous units, that latches to the side of a Skag zero turn, cumbersome as all get out.Makes the Skag ZTR nearly 9 foot wide, useless as hell.... The owner gave it to me, as long as he gets to borrow the " Re- Purposed Tow- Behind " unit at will. Sounds fair to me...
Hopefully I get it all done before the leaves are stuck with snow to the ground LOL.
So, in short :
one NOS 4XX front axle, and rims: 30 bucks.
Lightly used 4XX front axle, rims , and tires, 35 bucks.
New Kenda tires, 80 bucks.
Trac Vac- zero bucks.
Steel to make new bearings- , well, shorts from my scrap bin- zero bucks.
Bronze thrust washers for the " El cheapo Power Steering Mod"- 8 bucks.
Almost forgot , some Zerks, and a few blending discs :-) ---So that is up in the air bucks -wise, blending discs are kinda spendy LOL)
I might be into this thing for a few hundred + after paint, but well worth it I think. Wish Me luck!
It will have a 2" ball hitch as well as a draw hitch, and be towed behind a 222, 448, Craftsman DLT 3000, Jacobsen LGT 195, and a Cental Park ( MTD) 46 " rider. I'll make the Trac- vac mount work on each deck , in due time. All are right side- discharge, so not so bad...
Sadly, the 8N and 648 lack Mower decks or the gear to run them , so they are out of the running.
- LilysDad said thank you
Posted November 07, 2012 - 11:18 PM
Posted November 07, 2012 - 11:24 PM
Edited by marlboro180, November 07, 2012 - 11:25 PM.
Posted November 08, 2012 - 01:35 AM
Nah, just a Franken Tow- Behind. But , due to the running gear, it will be looking Case- Like in color, anyways. Main machine is a 448, black frame, so that is the theme for the 4 wheel Trac- Vac thing...
Sounds good. Can't wait to see it progress.
Posted November 08, 2012 - 07:30 AM
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Posted November 08, 2012 - 12:11 PM
Damn you for posting about all the fun you are having while I'm stuck at work:)
- marlboro180 said thank you
Posted November 09, 2012 - 11:35 PM
On todays progress, got the frame welded up , and primed. Rolling gear, not " done" yet, but have the main frame for the business end of things welded up, and in primer tonight.
Last pic, which Heim joint arrangement to use for the NOS axle? The big , oversized burly man unit, or the slightly less burly one? Oh , I just love having choices LOL.
Edited by marlboro180, November 09, 2012 - 11:42 PM.
Posted November 10, 2012 - 11:44 PM
Got the wheels in white primer, to match the 448. Finish paint them tomorrow all going well, supposed to be humid here tomorrow.
I had to turn ( ahem, grind and blend) some schedule 40 pipe ends down to fit in my not so - great bearings, but such is life. Thanks TG for letting me know about letting a little slop in the main beam bolt holes, they will be so.
Nuthing like a bigger layout to help clear the crap off the welding/ layout table though :-)
Lemme know what you think, the good, the bad , or encouragement , hopefully the latter...
Posted November 11, 2012 - 05:16 AM
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Posted November 11, 2012 - 11:31 AM
And thanks Moose, I like having some tools around, but it is far from a full " shop " here. After 20 some years in the trades I do however seem to have collected more than enough stuff to get a project off the ground .
- KennyP said thank you
Posted November 12, 2012 - 12:38 AM
Temps are dropping like rock , so the weatherman says, I hope I can still use this thing this year at all LOL...
Okay, enough jibberish, here are some pics- Enjoy!
Edited by marlboro180, November 12, 2012 - 02:07 AM.
- twostep said thank you
Posted November 12, 2012 - 06:25 AM
- marlboro180 said thank you