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Fender Boxes, Work Lights And Electric Lift Project

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#1 littlemarv OFFLINE  

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Posted March 01, 2014 - 10:52 PM

Here is how I modified my 416H. I like the look of work lights on the fenders, like on a Powermax. I also added the electric lift, and put an additional switch right on the hydro lever for on the go fingertip implement control. It really works well.

To make the fender boxes, I had some steel bent up at a local steel shop.

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Marked the holes for the work lights. I could have just put 4" lights in rubber grommets, but I wanted them to look just like the headlights, so I put in the same bulbs with the same retaining rings.

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Made some cardboard patterns

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And welded the light panels in to make the boxes. I turned the front ones out a bit so they aren't shining directly on the back of my legs.

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The left box contains a tool box, which is removable so you can get at the back of the lights. The right side contains a recessed switch panel, which has a electric lift switch, three light switches, and a few spots for future use. Under the switch panel is a fuse panel that I picked up from Napa.

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Had to shape the bottom of the outside so they fit the fenders.

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Got everything painted and wired

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I tried to drill a hole in the hydro lever, don't know what those levers are made of but it is HARD. No puching or drilling there. SO, I clamped a bracket onto the lever for my additional lift switch.

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So, here is the finished product.

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She really lights up the night now. And I can control an implement with the switch on the hydro lever, great for back-and-forth constantly when plowing snow, and have a switch on the side when your facing a rear implement like a plow or tiller.

I can appreciate keeping everything original and preserving antique tractors, but I sure have a lot of fun coming up with crazy ideas like this and then making them a reality, especially when they work out as good as this one!

You should see what I'm dreaming up and fabricating in my basement right now (TEASE) but it won't be done until summer.

Thanks for looking!
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Posted March 01, 2014 - 10:59 PM

If you ever want a job, look me up and I will hire you.  :thumbs: That is professional work done right. 


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Posted March 01, 2014 - 11:38 PM

Thanks littlemarv that looks great. That switch is what I am looking forward to doing to my Homelite. Those lights look like you should be able to see what you are doing in front or back.  Nice job. Thanks.. Roger.

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Posted March 02, 2014 - 07:26 AM

Great additions to your tractor and very high quality work. 

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Posted March 02, 2014 - 07:32 AM

Nice job on the lights. Thanks for taking the time to document and share with us.

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Posted March 02, 2014 - 11:22 AM

    Very nice, love to see the quality work put into a quality machine.  I would love to have lights like that on my tractor but the way the fender are it is not really an option.

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Posted March 02, 2014 - 11:38 AM

You really did a great job and very professional.  I think those lights will serve you well.

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Posted March 02, 2014 - 03:23 PM

Nice job! I have the saddle box lights on my JB and I like how it lights up from the mower deck out. You got twice the lights! No excuse not to work all night!