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#1 marlboro180 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 07, 2012 - 10:41 PM

Well, last year I happened across a NOS axles, and there it sat in the shed. Then another front end was too good to pass up, so there it sat , in the shed as well.

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.

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Posted November 07, 2012 - 11:18 PM

Oh my.....looks like you are creating a frankintractor based on all the bits and pieces you've got going there. I wait with baited breath to see the process as well as the end product. We've got snow falling here so my leaves will stay where they are, protected by a nice thick layer of snow. :D Keep it safe and have fun.

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Posted November 07, 2012 - 11:24 PM

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... :rocker2:

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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... :rocker2:


Sounds good. Can't wait to see it progress.

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 07:30 AM

Following this one, hope you have more time to build than I seem to have. My time seems to disappear in just repair and maintenance issues.

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 11:02 AM

Nice project. Thanks for posting. I'm looking forward to seeing it take shape.

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 12:08 PM

Got the tires off one pair of rims this morning , and prepped rims for paint. Found some steel pipe in the rafters for the main part of the frame. Mocking it up this afternoon.

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 12:11 PM

Marlboro,

Damn you for posting about all the fun you are having while I'm stuck at work:)
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Posted November 09, 2012 - 11:35 PM

Well sorry Moose, maybe this weekend will have some fun for ya.... Tell you what, 3 weeks ago I smoked a belt on the Craftman DLT 3000 chopping leaves on the 4 acres here... Mr's M wanted to go cut some more, but the belt was fried. No more....Happy wife, happy life LOL

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.

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Posted November 10, 2012 - 11:44 PM

Got the running gear kinda in order, decided to make it four wheel steer, if for no other reason than " Because I can " :rolling: And I have felt that regular running gear does not follow so well. I dunno personally, but easiy enough to change if this goes poorly.


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...

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Posted November 11, 2012 - 05:16 AM

Looks good to me. Are you going to make this a 4 wheel steer?

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Posted November 11, 2012 - 07:40 AM

Nothing but awe and thumbs up from Maine. It's coming together nicely. How exactly does the four wheel steering work? Oh to have a full set up (shop) as you have.

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Posted November 11, 2012 - 11:31 AM

Yes Ken, my intention is to make it four wheel steering. One axle faces forward, one backward. A rod goes between the front right, and back left steering arms.

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 . :thumbs:
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Posted November 12, 2012 - 12:38 AM

Atfer doing work at Pops house, and some " Honey - do " list today, I got a little more work on this thing done. 4WS steering linkage, done. Front NOS axle heim joint upgrade, done. Heck , even got the rims painted :-)

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!

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Posted November 12, 2012 - 06:25 AM

Looks good! May be a bit yet before it's ready for use then?
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