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Posted March 02, 2014 - 06:55 PM

Even with no motor it's looking pretty bad a&&. That hardener sure makes really deep gloss another fine looking machine. I thought I would not see any of that green but the last photo looks like a little poking through in the corner. We got another 4 inches of snow last night really getting tired of this weather. 



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Posted March 02, 2014 - 08:22 PM

Even with no motor it's looking pretty bad a&&. That hardener sure makes really deep gloss another fine looking machine. I thought I would not see any of that green but the last photo looks like a little poking through in the corner. We got another 4 inches of snow last night really getting tired of this weather. 

 Thanks gopher, I appreciate it. Your right, the hardener really does help alot with gloss, as well as durability. Sorry to hear about all the snow your getting. I really dislike the cold weather. I actually worked up a pretty good sweat in the shop today, as it was 85*, but we have a cool front coming in tonight, so the high for tomorrow is 51*.  Thanks

 

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Posted March 03, 2014 - 06:47 PM

 Managed to set the engine back on the 444 today, and man that Kohler is HEAVY! Either that or the years are catching up with me. :D  Bolted the pump to it, and started setting the exhaust up for a stack. I love stacks! :thumbs:

 

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Posted March 06, 2014 - 06:08 PM

 I've made a little more progress. I fitted the exhaust stack to the 444, and all thats left to do on the exhaust is to make a bracket so it can't move. I also made the necessary modification to raise the fenders for added clearance between them, and the larger 9-16 tires. As you can see in the pics, they have plenty of clearance now. I mocked everything up, just make sure it would all fit, and I even bolted the seat on just so I could get an idea of what it is going to look like. I like it! Although I still have alot of sanding, and decal removal to go, I'm still hoping to get the rest of it painted this weekend.  :thumbs:

 

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Posted March 06, 2014 - 07:24 PM

That Case looks great Matt! :thumbs:  With those tires on it it sure looks like a mini version of the big ones.

 

I have a question about something in one of the pics. Why do you have one of them heaters down there? I thought it was always hot there.


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Posted March 06, 2014 - 08:08 PM

That Case looks great Matt! :thumbs:  With those tires on it it sure looks like a mini version of the big ones.

 

I have a question about something in one of the pics. Why do you have one of them heaters down there? I thought it was always hot there.

 Thanks for the thumbs up Nate, I appreciate it.  As for the heater. Although we've only had one day this winter that dropped below freezing, I feel like I'm going to die when its anything below 50. :bigrofl:  You have to remember I'm a southern boy! :D

 

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Posted March 08, 2014 - 08:54 PM

 I got all the Desert Sunset parts painted today, and it turned out ok, with the exception of a small green leaf that landed in my paint just after I finished! :mad2:  Oh well. I'll try getting it out tomorrow, as I usually just make things worse when I try to do it when the paint is still wet. The leaf is in the first picture. 

 

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Posted March 09, 2014 - 07:21 PM

 Started bolting it back together today, and all is going very smoothly. The decals went on perfectly, and look great. You really shouldn't make a GT look this nice that your planning on putting back to work! The first few scratches are going to be painful.  :bigrofl:  Oh well, I knew better, but I just couldn't help myself. Here are a few more pics. Not much longer now. :thumbs:

 

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Posted March 09, 2014 - 08:42 PM

:thumbs: :thumbs: I was going to comment on the leaf yesterday a green leaf really Matt a green leaf I let it slide will be in the 50's tomorrow. Again one awesome tractor.



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Posted March 10, 2014 - 07:01 PM

:thumbs: :thumbs: I was going to comment on the leaf yesterday a green leaf really Matt a green leaf I let it slide will be in the 50's tomorrow. Again one awesome tractor.

 Sorry about the green leaf thing gopher!  :rolling:  Thanks

 

 

I got some more done today, and we're getting close now!  :bounce:  Maybe tomorrow, but it will be close. Here are a couple more pics. Thanks

 

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Posted March 10, 2014 - 08:58 PM

Looks like the battery tray bolts line up for a brace with a little offset on the stack pipe.


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Posted March 10, 2014 - 09:05 PM

Looks like the battery tray bolts line up for a brace with a little offset on the stack pipe.

 Normally I'd say thats a fantastic idea, but this engine has motor mounts, so the engine shakes separately from the frame. I'm working on a bracket that will come from the engine. Thanks

 

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Posted March 10, 2014 - 09:06 PM

Matt, I've been known to joke around here quite a bit. But this next question is being put forth with 100% honesty and sincerity:

 

May I borrow that?


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Posted March 10, 2014 - 09:34 PM

Matt, I've been known to joke around here quite a bit. But this next question is being put forth with 100% honesty and sincerity:

 

May I borrow that?

:bigrofl:  I'll say this Cat. Anytime you want to make the 2000 mile trip to South Texas, you can borrow any, or all of my GT's, but none of them are going back to Minnesota with you!  :bigrofl:  :thumbs:

 

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Posted March 11, 2014 - 09:30 PM

 It Lives!! :dancingbanana:  The old Kohler runs fantastic, and the tractor drives great. My first order of business is building a suitcase weight bracket for the front of this beast. I put the tiller on it today, and its waaaaay to light in the front. Can you say Wheelie! :bigrofl:  I'll try, and get a video of it in action soon. :thumbs: Here are a few pics.

 

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