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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted August 09, 2013 - 04:05 PM

After mounting headlights on the R/T tractor, I decided to make up a set for the Shaw tractor as well.

Here is what the front of the Shaw tractor looks like now.

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Rummaging thru my junk I came across an old pair of lights with home made brackets that would be just the right vintage to go with the Shaw tractor.
These were fog lights on a 1946 Plymouth that I had back in the late 60's.

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The outside ring on one of them was cracked so I welded it up.

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Here is how it looks with the weld ground down.

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The home made mounting brackets are bent up so I need to straighten them in the press.

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The end is clamped in the vice so I can hammer the top of the bracket over to the correct angle.

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With that done on both brackets, I realized that one bracket sets higher and is longer than the other bracket.

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The top bend on the longer bracket is flattened out on the press.

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The top of the bracket is re-bent so now the two brackets are the same height.

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The hole in the modified bracket is welded up.

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Then it is ground down smooth.

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The longer end is cut off the modified bracket and a new mounting hole is drilled into it.
The mounting stud on the headlights is 5/16 and the holes in the brackets were 1/2 inch.
The new drilled hole is 5/16 and I made up a bushing to reduce the hole down to size in the other bracket.

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All the parts are sandblasted, primed and painted.

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I found an old pull out light switch that looks like it is right out of the 30's or 40's to use on the tractor.

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Posted August 09, 2013 - 04:27 PM

What color of paint is that? I like the colors of the old industrial paints.


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 05:03 PM

man the suspense is killing me. I need to see the final product. I think that's an awesome looking tractor already.


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 05:13 PM

You are one talented guy.

 

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Posted August 09, 2013 - 05:14 PM

I don't think I will watch the rest of this thread. I want to be surprised next week when I see it in person. lol. As always great work. Roger.


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 05:39 PM

I don't think I will watch the rest of this thread. I want to be surprised next week when I see it in person. lol. As always great work. Roger.

 

Yes Roger! Rub it in!!!


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 05:42 PM

I promise LillysDad I will take lots of pictures. Maybe Ray will let me get one of him and I also. Roger.


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 06:40 PM

You have been busy!

Thanks for the photos of your work......But we need to see the final results!

That is a neat looking tractor.


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 06:59 PM

Fantastic ! I'm enjoying the suspense. Your tractor is sitting so proud looking....did it have any sheet metal on it originally?


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 07:23 PM

What color of paint is that? I like the colors of the old industrial paints.

Rust-oleum dark hunter green

 

....did it have any sheet metal on it originally?

No ..  originally it was a two wheel walk behind garden tractor that was converted into riding tractor.



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Posted August 09, 2013 - 07:27 PM

Looking good, That is one nice machine! :bounce:  What size are the housings? Will you be able to find replacement bulbs to fit?


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 09:19 PM

 What size are the housings? Will you be able to find replacement bulbs to fit?

These take a standard 4-1/2 inch sealed beam tractor light bulb.

I went to TSC this evening and picked up two bulbs.


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 09:23 PM

I promise LillysDad I will take lots of pictures. Maybe Ray will let me get one of him and I also. Roger.

 

 

What day are comeing I maybe there aswell?


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Posted August 09, 2013 - 09:52 PM

We will be there on Friday am until ? Hope to see you there wilberj.      Roger.



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Posted August 10, 2013 - 03:11 PM

This little tractor has an unusual clearance restriction on the front that you don't normally find on a garden tractors this size.

The engine on this tractor has a flat belt pulley on the side for running a bus saw, corn sheller, cream separator and other farm equipment like that.
I need to make sure the headlights aren't in the way of  a belt coming off that pulley.

The mounting brackets for the headlights are bolted to the frame to keep both headlights close together in the center.

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With the headlights all mounted, here is what the tractor looks like now.

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With the headlights on.

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The wiring runs across the top of the frame and under the engine.

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