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#1 VTXrider OFFLINE  

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Posted November 27, 2012 - 08:23 PM

I picked up this Bush Hog tractor from an ad on CL. Exactly what I am trying to do with my 1980 MTD 990.

The backyard engineering is very good. The PO extended the front frame and stuffed a Briggs 16 under the hood. It is the same motor as a 990. The front differential is from a golf cart and home made 4WD which can be disengaged. The FEL is completely home brewed and runs on a pump behind the grill.

The only problems found so far is the starter and battery are weak and the bucket cylinder is a bit small.

The tiller is modified to except the Honda motor. Did a nice job adapting it. It may be a bit under powered at 8hp. He never got a chance to try it with this different motor. The CL ad showed no motor on the tiller.

The grader blade has an electric tilt actuator and is reversible. Needs to be cleaned an painted. Gave the owner his asking price of $1500.

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Posted November 27, 2012 - 08:39 PM

Welcome! Glad to see that you have joined and that you bought the bush hog! That is a really sharp one of a kind GT!
Thanks for posting the pictures!
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Posted November 27, 2012 - 08:41 PM

Welcome to GTTalk VTXRider. Glad you decided to join our little group. It looks like you got a pretty good deal and I think the home fabrication is pretty good. It should serve you well

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Posted November 27, 2012 - 08:42 PM

Welcome to the forum.Glad to have you with us.
Nice looking tractor.
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Posted November 27, 2012 - 08:57 PM

:welcometogttalk:
Man, that's a monster. Congrats on a great looking tractor & thanks for joining & doing an intro.
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Posted November 27, 2012 - 09:09 PM

WOW that is one tough looking BH....i would love to see more detailed pictures.btw way i dont think you got hurt at all on the price.

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Posted November 27, 2012 - 09:10 PM

Awesome engineering and I am definitely interested in the front axle system since I have a golf cart axle laying around. The tiller is of a design similar to something I was going to build myself. Anyway, looks like a solid set up and hope it serves you well for years to come. Happy tractoring.

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Posted November 27, 2012 - 09:16 PM

:welcometogttalk: That is one nice rig, and a good price too. :thumbs:
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Posted November 27, 2012 - 09:51 PM

Very glad you bought it and joined us here. I sure do hope you plan to post some close-up pics of how it is engineered. I think it's very much worth what you paid!
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Posted November 27, 2012 - 10:19 PM

Welcome to the site! That is one tough tractor! I would also like to see some close up shots of the front axle. Have fun with your new to you tractor, I know I would...
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 04:33 AM

That's a nice GT. Congrats on the find.....glad to have ya with us. :welcometogttalk: thanks for the pics.....we always love pics here!!
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 04:42 AM

Welcome! That is one cool BH. I'll go along with the rest. More pics are needed. Hope it serves you well.
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 09:44 PM

Awesome engineering and I am definitely interested in the front axle system since I have a golf cart axle laying around. The tiller is of a design similar to something I was going to build myself. Anyway, looks like a solid set up and hope it serves you well for years to come. Happy tractoring.

WOW that is one tough looking BH....i would love to see more detailed pictures.btw way i dont think you got hurt at all on the price.


Here is the link to Photobucket with some detailed photos of the Bush Hog.
http://s1287.photobu.../Bush Hog D4-7/

I have not written descriptions yet.
Contacted the PO tonight for info on his mods. The rack and pinion setup is from an EZ Go golf cart. The front differential is an Eaton or Melex or Spicer. Any one of which would serve the purpose. It is mounted underneath to pivot by using parts from golf carts and making the front pivot from a close fitting pipe inside and the bracket you see bolted to the front frame.
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 09:50 PM

Now I can see that it still has the factory transaxle. So I assume the front diff is connected via driveshaft to the transaxle brake shaft, where the OE brake drum attached. Is there some sort of clutch on the shaft, or pin, to where 4WD can be disengaged? Great idea driving the front end this way, and the Bush Hog transaxle is PERFECT for such a drive setup. Only bad thing is, that really puts an extreme load on the small sliding cluster gear on the top trans shaft. Still, gotta love how it came together!

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 06:42 AM

Wow thanks for the pictures! Still trying to figure out how it all goes together back at the transaxle. The guy did a great job! Moved the gas tank to the front, moved the battery under the seat. How about the brakes? Does it still use the original brakes?
Look forward to seeing and hearing more!
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