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#1 petrj6 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 18, 2014 - 08:31 PM

    I have been meaning to do this since I built the tractor, it works great but due to the weight and the live rear axle it is a bit dangerous on hills.  got a donor bike given to me for the rear wheels and the free wheel gear.  pics give the details.  when I built the rear axle I made a place to put the original band brake on there, I modified the original attachment lift handle, and made a different adjustment plate with teeth rather than holes, added the bracket on the bottom and re attached it to the tractor, After putting the band brake on I went searching thru the parts pile and found an old mule drive assy, removed the spring tensioner and made a new rod to attach to the band brake,  Viola.  brakes that work.

    Worked out even better than I thought it would, tomorrow I am going to work on changing the front tires over to the new ones, I found a set of plastic tires on a big wheel push mower that are the rite size, than after that I am going to put the free wheel gear on the pedal axle and the 20" bmx tires on the rear.  ought to look good when it is done.  I only wish I could have found a set of plastic bmx wheel to match the fronts.  I will post more pics as I get thing done.

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Posted March 18, 2014 - 09:10 PM

Good idea with the brake band set-up :thumbs:


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Posted March 18, 2014 - 09:17 PM

Very clever with the brake set up, hand brake that also is parking brake.



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Posted March 19, 2014 - 05:34 AM

REALLY CREATIVE THANKS FOR SHARING

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Posted March 19, 2014 - 08:26 AM

How hard is that thing going to be to pedal??



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Posted March 19, 2014 - 04:03 PM

   Actually it goes good, real well on pavement, a little harder on grass.  My 8 year old daughter rides it around easily enough,  that is one of the reasons for changing the tires, to make it easier to get it around in the grass, the wide original tires give it to much resistance.  Attached  is a pic of Izabelle in the tractor parade at the cummington fair in 2012.

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Posted March 19, 2014 - 04:07 PM

One of my favorite fairs :thumbs:



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Posted March 19, 2014 - 07:36 PM

    didn't get much done tonight, got the tires of the donor and removed the free-wheel gear. now I need to figure out how to put it on the pedal shaft.  going to be a much smaller gear so I think I can put a smaller gear on the rear axle to even it out. 

    I think I am going to bore the center of the free wheel gear out then press a bushing in, cut a key way and put a set screw in it viola!.  sounds easy right?

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Posted March 19, 2014 - 08:32 PM

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Posted March 20, 2014 - 04:59 AM

   OOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!  I like, I want,  to bad I am broke. :wallbanging: :( :deadhorse:


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Posted March 24, 2014 - 08:16 PM

   Just a quick update, got the front wheel's on and they look good. 

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    The devil is in the details, the rear axle is not going so well.  got the free wheel gear worked out, took it out of the rim and made a new sleeve with a key way, pressed the sleeve into the free wheel gear and very carefully welded it on.

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   when I tried the tires on the rear axle I discovered an issue, they simply don't look rite. to narrow.  going to make a new rear axle that is about 6" wider to get the tires out where they want to be.  Now I need to get the chain straightened out, the free wheel gear uses a different size chain than what I had, I need to put the other gear from the bmx bike on the rear axle

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    Now what I really want is to find a set of plastic mag rims, 20" would be perfect,  I am going to the scrap yard this weekend to look around.

 


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Posted April 02, 2014 - 07:37 PM

   Finally got the tractor put back together, new axle looks the same as the old one just longer.  pics are here, once I got it together I realized it is not rite.  It works well and Izabelle loves it but it just looks wrong.  I Have found a set of dirt bike rims that should give it the rite look.

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