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#46 Chopperhed OFFLINE  

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Posted October 06, 2014 - 07:29 PM

More progress,

 

I got the tensioners done for both sides. I'm still waiting for the calipers and rotors from my buddy at work.

 

I'm still debating whether or not I need an idler to support the top run of the tracks.

 

 



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Posted October 06, 2014 - 07:29 PM

sorry double post

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Posted October 07, 2014 - 03:13 AM

AWSOME job!! Where did you get the track materials ? It looks like a perfect application?
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Posted October 07, 2014 - 04:09 AM

Me likey! Good looking setup!



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Posted October 07, 2014 - 05:29 AM

I'm amazed at what the members on this site can do :worshippy1:    Stuff I couldn't even dream of your doing it ! 


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Posted October 07, 2014 - 06:34 AM

AWSOME job!! Where did you get the track materials ? It looks like a perfect application?

The track pads were made from 1/4" x 4" flat steel, the track links were laser cut from 3/16" plate,
everything was off the shelf steel, cut to size.
heres a vid showing how I made the tracks.
 

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Posted October 07, 2014 - 08:45 AM

I had to re-upload the video showing the fabrication of the idlers and sprockets.
I have no idea why one link shows the video in the post and 1 doesn't


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Posted October 27, 2014 - 07:52 PM

New progress,

 

The deal for the steering brakes didn't work out exactly as planned, one of the rotors was missing, and the pads were shot. In addition the caliper pistons are so pitted up, they will never work hydraulically again. I freed up the e brake mechanism, and I'm hoping that the big 12" rotors will work to stop each track.

 

I scored a new set of Premium 303 mm (12") rotors and pads from a 2008 Avenger for 50 bucks.

 

The rotors bolted right up to the hubs, and with a little work, I got the Dodge pads to work with the Lincoln calipers.

I've made mounting brackets, and just need the frame rails to weld them too.

 

Waiting on payday so I can buy some more steel.

 

I have the parts for the rear frame crossmember cut, and fitted, just need to weld it up. I still  need steel to do the front crossmember

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Posted October 28, 2014 - 05:48 PM

Pretty cool cutting the wheels out like that. I would have probably cut them on the band saw or had them flame cut. But your resourcefulness is amazing. Now hurry up I want to see this rig dozing some fill ;-)
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Posted October 28, 2014 - 11:29 PM

trust me, I'm working on it.

 

Finances and other issues sometimes get in the way of things.


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Posted December 22, 2014 - 09:33 PM

Look Ma, No Stands

 

The undercarriage is complete, and its standing on its own tracks.

 

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Now the problem is do I keep the stock fenders and notch them out to clear, and spend a lot of time trying to blend the sheet to the old contours. Or I could build a new set out of angle and sheet to follow the lines better.

 

building a new set of sheet metal would allow me to park the hydraulic reservoir under the left fender, and the controls under the right side. I could do that with the stock stuff, but it would take a custom tank, and probably still wouldn't look good.

 

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BTW, I know the front end looks twisted, I believe the tractor frame itself is twisted, the crawler  frame and undercarriage are as straight as I could make them, and the tractor attaches only at the rear axles and the front axle pivot point

 

I'll have to see what I can do about that

 

 

 

 


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Posted January 11, 2015 - 10:13 PM

More progress

 

Stripping the paint from the rear sheet metal,

 

bought some cylinders, and making the push frame

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Posted January 12, 2015 - 05:04 AM

Looking pretty dang cool!! Have you taken it out for a ride yet??
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Posted January 12, 2015 - 01:04 PM

Looking pretty dang cool!! Have you taken it out for a ride yet??

Nope hasn't been off the table yet. I did roll it back on the table with the winch, and everything moves.

 

I only want to have to put it on the floor once, since getting it on and off the table is problematical.


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Posted January 12, 2015 - 02:15 PM

Your Ford looks awesome. I can't wait for more pic's Thanks for posting your project.






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