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#16 Don Campbell OFFLINE  

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Posted April 22, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Two weeks on vacation was great but yesterday back in the shop welding seemed good too.

 Todays progress pic shows the hitch and steering wheel done. I took some 1/4 inch thick steel and cut out the parts for the hitch with the plasma cutter. This morning I got it all welded together. I also installed a steering wheel for more confusion, :wallbanging:

   I am now finishing the two storage boxes that mount on the fenders. I should get the yellow stripes painted on this week and take it for the first test drive. Not my best project, but a fun one.

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Posted April 22, 2014 - 11:36 AM

. I also installed a steering wheel for more confusion,

 

 

Well it worked, I was all messed up.

 

 Great job as usual!!! :smilewink:

 

Does the hitch pivot in 2 directions? i.e. side to side at pin, then swivel on tractor?



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Posted April 24, 2014 - 07:46 AM

Thanks , I started to design the hitch to swivel side to side too but the play in the pin gives enough to work.  If I see it needs it , I will go back and put the side swivel in. Just for my flat yard it will work perfect.

  Todays progress shows the fender mounted storage boxes now completed and painted. Also the steering dash and the hitch parts painted. The box on the right side of the photo is the new nose piece I built yesterday and painted to replace the narrow front assembly I removed. I will use that on another project . Today I will paint the yellow parts and this weekend I will do the first test drive.

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Posted April 25, 2014 - 08:48 AM

Todays progress shows the decals on the sulky , the diamond plate floor done. Also the hood now has yellow stripes and will get a black border today . Tomorrow I will test drive it and Deb will take a video and share it with everyone. The sulky will look very cute hooked behind my 1/2 scale Diesel 4020 with my 3 year old grandson riding behind me.

   Thanks again for the positive comments.

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Posted April 25, 2014 - 10:49 AM

That is awesome.



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Posted April 26, 2014 - 08:28 AM

Thanks,

   IT IS FINISHED  !  :dancingbanana:

  Considering it started out as a broken walk behind snowblower I am pleased how it turned out. I had no idea when I started cutting off the snowblower housing and mounting a blade on it that it would end up looking like this. :camera:

This afternoon I will test drive it and share the video.

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Posted April 26, 2014 - 01:40 PM

Very Cool!  Looking forward to the video.



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Posted April 26, 2014 - 07:36 PM

My wife put the test drive video on you-tube this afternoon . The doodlebug worked great :dancingbanana:

  Anyone who might want to watch the video go to my webpage at

www.doncampbellmodels.com

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Posted April 26, 2014 - 08:42 PM

That is awesome. The fact that it is a working machine and something to make everyone scratch their heads make it twice as good.


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Posted April 27, 2014 - 07:09 AM

That looks great! :thumbs:  :thumbs: Can you leave the sulky on it when you plow snow? That would be cool too!

 

 

 

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Posted May 05, 2014 - 05:02 PM

Thanks ,

   No I will take the sulky off when the blade is put back on for winter. Much handier walking just walking behind it when plowing snow .



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Posted July 11, 2014 - 05:46 PM

Another fascinating job of fabrication Don.  Hey Administrators and Staff, how about giving Don his own Forum section so he will be even easier to follow.  Just a thought.






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