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#1 massey 16 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 27, 2013 - 08:03 PM

Has any one put a 305 or 350 small block chevy in a garden tractor I have a spare garden tractor and a 305 and 350 sitting at home. Would you leave the automatic transmission attached to the engine? Would you use the original rear end? Ps the tractor is a shaft driven manual transmission.



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Posted May 27, 2013 - 08:08 PM

i was goin to do it. but something tells me a v8 will chew the transmission gears right up.  would be cool though



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Posted May 27, 2013 - 08:58 PM

Why not use a narrowed auto rearend???



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Posted May 27, 2013 - 09:08 PM

With a stock tranny, if you opened the throttle, something WILL pop!  And most GT hydro units are only capable of putting 25hp MAX to the ground, so there would be no point in doing it, at least for me.



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Posted May 27, 2013 - 09:08 PM

Why not use a narrowed auto rearend???


That's what you would have to do it.

I've thought about it but I would think gearing would be an issue. Maybe use stone sort of gear reduction.

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Posted May 27, 2013 - 10:02 PM

There are several V8 powered garden tractors on YouTube. 

Upgrade your health insurance and life insurance first - and buy a NASCAR approved helmet. 


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Posted May 27, 2013 - 10:18 PM

So you want to put a V8 in a GT with a car trans. The GT rearend won't be strong enough to take the extra power, so you install a narrowed car rearend. I'm starting to think its not going to be a GT anymore :D   Take a look at what the guys (and gals) do here in the summer.  http://mnminnerods.com/gallery.php

 

I think you would probably be better off starting with a different chassis that would take the extra power and so you can enjoy your toy you make.



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Posted May 27, 2013 - 10:26 PM

I agree with kris. On the show gearz with Stacey david he had a v8 powered bar stool that used a 350? and a hydro rearend out of a mower. Search it up on youtube theres plenty of videos of them out there. I seen a video of v8 powered cub cadet pullers and even a jet turbine powered bolens!



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Posted May 28, 2013 - 03:07 AM

There used to be a full sized farm tractor up home that had a. 289 Ford motor in it. The say it would run 40 mph. He had to add a second tranny to gear to low enough to be usable.

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Posted May 28, 2013 - 09:32 AM

  

With a stock tranny, if you opened the throttle, something WILL pop!  And most GT hydro units are only capable of putting 25hp MAX to the ground, so there would be no point in doing it, at least for me.

 

Then he should just use a Ford motor :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:  :bigrofl:

 

 

Here are two sold on Cincy CL a while back, I saved the pics, no idea of what either has in it other than the one being a Massey. 

 

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Posted May 28, 2013 - 10:10 AM

I was at a gt pulling event that had a "hydro V8" class. They were all running SB Chevy's in hydro cub cadet's. They said they were using the cubs "slightly modified" original hydro/rearend. I just happened to be driving by the event when they were running the v8's, those things really go. Here's some pic's I took, notice there's no radiators, short runs on alcohol I believe.

 

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Posted May 28, 2013 - 10:13 AM

 I'm starting to think its not going to be a GT anymore :D  

What was your first clue??? The Chevy engine?

 

Offset the trans tailshaft from the diff. input shaft and connect them with a motorcycle chain drive w/ the ratio of your choice.



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Posted May 28, 2013 - 02:23 PM

Thanks guys this has gave me some ideas I  think I will build one.



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Posted May 28, 2013 - 03:21 PM

The big limiting factor will be running out of traction long before you can use that much HP.

 

The idea I never followed through on was hooking a Hydralic pump and driving a 4X4 Differential(stout and almost unlimited gearing options)  with a hydralic motor through a chain drive to the Differetial(like Lily's Dad said). Plumbing would be way easier than a mechanical connection. And hooking steering brakes up would be pretty easy.

 

But wait Terra-Mite is already doing that?


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Posted June 16, 2013 - 11:19 AM

Has any one put a 305 or 350 small block chevy in a garden tractor I have a spare garden tractor and a 305 and 350 sitting at home. Would you leave the automatic transmission attached to the engine? Would you use the original rear end? Ps the tractor is a shaft driven manual transmission.

If you go to my blogsite and look for the "Old Iron" post, you'll see a John Deere with a Small Block Chevy engine in it...

 

www.smittysez.blogspot.com

 

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