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#121 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted January 15, 2013 - 10:24 PM

Zip ties and duct tape

 

 

 

 

Wont that thing attract every bug in Texas?

 

As dusty as it is when I mow, I don't think I'll have a bug problem. Boy I need to talk with those Traffic guys more.

If all goes well I should be able to do this at 3:00am. :ok:



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Posted January 16, 2013 - 05:35 AM

Larry, if you had the front grille like this one. it would fit easier.

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Posted January 19, 2013 - 04:55 PM

KennyP the reflector is a solid piece so mounting the led strips are not an issue. Got the bumper on, and started refreshing the paint. Checking the 12v elecrical and cleaning the ign sw and pot sw contacts.

 

 

 

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Posted January 20, 2013 - 09:58 PM

It looks like Red will be getting a head light upgrade with the refresh. Painting is done, all a matter of assembly now.

 

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Posted January 21, 2013 - 06:40 AM

Those lights will help. Do they get very warm?


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Posted January 21, 2013 - 09:58 AM

Those lights will help. Do they get very warm?

 

Thanks Kenny, a valid point, so before I install these, I did one final test. I removed the bridge rectifer that was supplying the +12 volts to the 1156's and fed straight 13.4 VAC to them. This would be the maximum the tractor can supply to these lamps, and the most heat that they could generate. I cliped a meat thermonitor below the 1156 and let it run fir 15 minuets or so. looks like around 125 degrees, then to find the 1156 max temp I placed the probe on top of the bulb, looks like 150 degrees. For the full 30 minuets of testing I could place my fingers on the led heat sinks, they were only warm (from the 1165) mostly. I think this will work fine. 

 

I am impressed with my camera at how well it filtered the brightness and glare from the direct pictures of the lit bulbs. I am still seeing spots from the brightness.

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Posted January 21, 2013 - 02:12 PM

Getting there, Front is on, and all wired in.

 

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Posted January 21, 2013 - 03:09 PM

Boy, that is lots of clean and sparkly right there.


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Posted January 21, 2013 - 03:22 PM

That sounds like it will do well for heat. Tractor looks good.


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Posted January 21, 2013 - 04:57 PM

Red is finished (except for the night pictures of the lights) I think I will like mowing this spring with Red. The steering feels completely different, no slop, and when I kicked the deck on it sounded like a very large vacume, no bearing noise at all. I don't even need to lower the bumper to raise the hood.

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Posted January 21, 2013 - 05:03 PM

That looks great, Larry! Fine job!


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Posted January 21, 2013 - 05:46 PM

Thanks Cat385B and KennyP, I have been told that I could be dangerious with an airgun paint sprayer, cause of the job I can do with rattle cans. My 13 gallon air compressor started throwing sparks, the motor has given up, and I am looking at getting a new 20 gallon compressor. Can't get much bigger as the shop only has 110.

 

 

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Posted January 23, 2013 - 08:54 PM

Still working on the led lights, first try didn't work well, so I re did the reflector. Will see how well this looks at night this weekend. Even with the lights off you can tell the reflector is shiney.

 

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Posted January 23, 2013 - 09:34 PM

Sorry to hear about the compressor, Larry. I have a 110 vertical that has done everything I ask of it. I think it's 27 gallons?

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What I don't like is the direct drive instead of a belt. Boy, is that thing loud. Belt driven one for me in the shop when I get it done for sure.


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Posted January 23, 2013 - 09:54 PM

That CH compressor is the same one that blew up last fall at our work. They aren't designed for much more than pumping up tires once in a while.

BTW, my bumper showed up today (thanks for the link).
They are nice aren't they? And what's that say? Made in USA? Huh?
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