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Posted September 06, 2013 - 10:02 PM

Worked late, didn't have as much time as I would of liked :( , but I did get the front end pulled :thumbs:

Hoping to get the chain for the tracks Monday afternoon, once I have the chain and sprockets, I'm going to start on building the sub frame :dancingbanana:

 

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Posted September 06, 2013 - 10:07 PM

Thought you would like the inspiration. I found this on WeekendFreedomMachines.com. I hope you like it.

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Posted September 06, 2013 - 11:15 PM

WOW, that is really nice :worshippy1: , I wonder where he got the rear sprockets?
I think I'm going to go with a smaller drive sprocket (like 10"), and then have a lower "idler gear" below it. So I will have the correct height and still have it geared down so I have a little more pushing power.

I read an article on a 140 that someone converted to tracks, he said it could pull a John Deere B around with the brakes locked! I am hoping to have that kind of power on the one I'm building :thumbs:

Thanks for the picture


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 04:12 AM

That's a cool looking crawler, Mike!


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 12:06 PM

This is sounding very interesting. That is one neat little crawler. Have fun building yours!


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Posted September 07, 2013 - 10:37 PM

Got a little work done today, now I'm just removing all of the old mower deck lift and everything that involves the steering.

Although I did find this, it's a Struck Magnatrac with loader and backhoe!

http://www.ebay.com/...=item1e7f510770


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Posted September 08, 2013 - 01:42 AM

Got a little work done today, now I'm just removing all of the old mower deck lift and everything that involves the steering.

Although I did find this, it's a Struck Magnatrac with loader and backhoe!

http://www.ebay.com/...=item1e7f510770

 

Wow, that's still at a great price.


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Posted September 08, 2013 - 07:26 AM

I bet it goes up, those are a very pricy machine



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Posted September 09, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Thought you would like the inspiration. I found this on WeekendFreedomMachines.com. I hope you like it.

-Mike

speaking of 140 diesels... looks like a kubota sitting in there.


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Posted September 09, 2013 - 01:27 PM

You mean that little 140 has a kubota diesel in there...good eye sir, I never would have noticed...
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Posted September 10, 2013 - 10:28 PM

I finally got the chain and sprockets today. I still need to remove the rubber paddles, but it looks like it's going to work well.

The sprockets are to small, they will give me a top speed of about 1/2 mph. I'm going to use the small sprockets for the front.

I have already started making bigger sprockets out of some old pickup rims. I got the rims cut down today, I'm going to start welding on the teeth sometime this week.

Once I get the rear sprockets finished, I'm going to start on building the sub frame.

 

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Posted September 10, 2013 - 10:35 PM

speaking of 140 diesels... looks like a kubota sitting in there.

 

I didn't notice the diesel engine, I have a 25hp Kubota diesel engine, I thought about putting it in this 140, but I think I have other plans for it :thumbs:

I also have a 55hp Case diesel engine but I think it's a bit over kill :smilewink:



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Posted September 11, 2013 - 08:04 AM

Considering my Kubota is 12hp... 25 would to be overkill, sounds fun though  :smilewink:

 

I really don't know where you would fit a radiator on a 140 with the hood and grille being so narrow. The smallest radiator I've found is still 11" or 12" wide.



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Posted September 12, 2013 - 10:21 PM

Got a little work done today, I got started on welding the sprocket teeth to the wheel and it's going pretty good so far.

I only got 4 teeth welded on, I also got all of the rubber cut off of the chain. This chain had rubber paddles since it was used to move grain in a combine.

I'm hoping to get both sprockets done tomorrow, I'll post more pictures when I can.

The sprocket doesn't look very good right now, the teeth are barely tacked on in case I need to take it apart (again).

Once the teeth are on I need to start grinding (lots and lots of grinding)

 

Once the whole garden tractor is finished and I know it's all working, I'm planing on painting it.

I'm thinking John Deere Yellow and then getting decals that say John Deere 140C ???

I don't think I'm going to put the fenders back on, I think I'm going to mount two tanks (one fuel and the other hydraulic oil) on both sides of the seat and then putting nice armrest on the tanks.

I also think I'm going to move the valves on the tractor, beside the seat, instead of on the side of the tractor.

 

Well lots of ideas, I guess I'll just worry about the tracks for now.

Let me know if you have any ideas?

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Posted September 13, 2013 - 02:01 PM

Just a suggestion here, but I couldn't see if the teeth are rounded at the top where they enter the chain. You may have thought about this already and have a plan for it. I just think it would help the teeth enter the track links smoother.
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