Last night I started in on my weight box to fit the back of my Massey Ferguson. I tweaked my original design a little to have a better looking box and to have it mount better. My final size will be 14" wide, 10" tall, and 4" deep. Given this box, less the weight of the box itself... I am at 231 lbs filled with melted lead without the weight of the box itself, which will be an easy 20lbs. I am re-using part of a snow plow frame that will be perfect for a trailer hitch welded to the bottom of the box.
I have the main box all welded up and I just need to cut out the plate that will close in the top. The box was made from four pieces because it was way too thick to bend. Next I need to mock up the box to the tractor so that I can drill the holes that will be sleeved for the top mounting bolts. There are two holes in the frame that I will use to secure it at the top. On the bottom, it will sit on the stock trailer hitch. There two bolts will bolt my plow bracket through the stock hitch and into threaded holes in the bottom of the weight box.
One the box is welded up and ground down nice and smooth, the lead will be melted and poured around the hitch plate on the bottom. This way you really don't see the lead, but just the nice smooth square box. I also plan to notch the hitch plate into the box so that it is flush, before I weld it in place.
Then today, I was able to get a little more done... I still need to drill the other holes in the front of the box so that I can weld in my sleeve for the bolt and I also need to add a strap from the rear of the box towards the front of the hitch plate. That curve is right where I need to tap holes to bolt my plow bracket through the stock hitch plate. Just a little more metal to grab, I don't want my front bolt to be tapped into pure lead!
Edited by FirefyterEmt, June 29, 2014 - 11:04 PM.