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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 03:43 PM

As I have been posting photos of different projects, my forklift would some times be in the back ground and some have wanted more information and photos of it.
This was built back in the mid 70's.


The 2-section lift boom and front cowl is off a big old electric forklift that you stood up on to operate.

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The chassis is off a 1964 Jeep.
The 24 volt battery from the electric forklift is in a steel box and weighs 1,500 pounds.
I chipped the plastic off the top of the battery and filled it with cement. This is the counterweight for the forklift.
When I quit using the Lindeman crawler for heavy work, I took the concrete counterbalance weight off of it and mounted it on top of the battery counterweight on the forklift.

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The frame is shortened on the jeep and two sections of trailer frame "I" beam was welded to to strengthen it.
The fork boom is mounted to the back of the jeep frame and this is now the front of the forklift with the steering in the rear.
The "cab" is what is left of a closed cab that I had built for a 214 John Deere garden tractor.
This will lift 3,000 pounds up to a little over 12 foot high.

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This is a two section mast with 3-hydraulic cylinders.
The forks raise to about 6 foot on the center cylinder.

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Then the forks raise the rest of the way on the two outside cylinders.

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The mast also tilts forward.

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The rear axle of the Jeep is mounted solid to the underside of the frame.

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The steering axle is mounted on a carriage frame that pivots in the center on a case hardened steel pin.

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This is the 3ed engine that I've put in it. It is a Chevy 4-cylinder out of a boat.
It is the same engine that was used in the Chevy-2 back in the early 60's.
The transmission is a 350 Chevy automatic and has an enclosed chain reduction drive system to power the Jeep transfer case.

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There is a bellcrank located under the exhaust that supports the steering rod coming back from the steering box up in in front.
The stock Jeep steering rod goes from the bellcrank back to steer the rear axle.
There is a power steering unit on the ti-rod arms on the axle.

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The hydraulic pump is mounted under the gas tank and is driven by two V-belts.

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The transmission is controlled by a floor mounted shifter.
The hydraulic controls are the stock units off the electric forklift.

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This shows the gas and brake pedals and the shift leavers for the 4-wheel drive and the high & low range.
The hydraulic tank is under the floor.

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 04:24 PM

As I said once before,that is quite a machine you built there Ray.

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 04:33 PM

Its not that ugly, just green.

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 05:13 PM

Its not that ugly, just green.


That's exactly what I was thinking! Nice job!

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 05:42 PM

Looks good to me---and there's nothing wrong with green!!! :D

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 05:48 PM

I can pick on the green boys all I want, but I have green too. A 1978 JD 7700 combine, a 14' JD disc, and a JD F935 front mower. But I do think they'd all look sharp with a nice coat of RED paint! :dancingbanana:

Ray, super job building that machine! That Mercruiser engine oughta haul the load! 120hp is plenty of ponies! Had a boat with the same engine. In fact, I needed a couple parts & found them in a auto wreckers yard off a Nova.

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 06:04 PM

I don't think it's ugly, I think it's a work of art. And a fantastic tool to have around when something needs to be taller.

Let's see, 3000 lbs 12' high... I'd never change blades on my back again, that's for sure.

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 06:21 PM

I don't think it's ugly, I think it's a work of art. And a fantastic tool to have around when something needs to be taller.

Let's see, 3000 lbs 12' high... I'd never change blades on my back again, that's for sure.

Thanks for sharing.


:ditto: :thumbs:

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 06:41 PM

That machine is simply Amazing!
Great Build!

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 07:19 PM

It's not ugly, it has character! I could think of hundreds of uses for something like that.
Great job :thumbs:

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 07:33 PM

Thanks guys .. I thought you might get a kick out of it.
I have to say that I don't know how I could get along without this old beast.

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Posted December 16, 2010 - 09:15 PM

So it's still 4 wheel drive? That's awesome. Great post.




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