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Posted May 04, 2014 - 08:39 AM

I have a Wheel Horse B-80 without an engine, and I'm just thinking if it would make a 2 wheeler. I could shorten the frame to move an engine back to the trans. Remove the dash stand and shorten the hood. I've got a 6 1/2 hp Briggs engine to put in it.

What I'm concerned about is the balance of the machine. What if the weight is still too far forward? And how do you park a 2 wheel tractor? How do you start and run it if there is no implement on it?
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Posted May 04, 2014 - 08:46 AM

Interesting thought. I am gonna follow this and see what ideas pop up.

 

 

 

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Posted May 04, 2014 - 09:16 AM

Wheel Horse started out as a 2 wheeled garden tractor (PONDS) and progressed to 4 wheels!

 

The 1 wheeled wonder Choremaster has a kick-stand to hold it up!


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Posted May 04, 2014 - 09:38 AM

My DBs use a kick stand ,they are front heavy I don't have one but they had a 35 lb weight that you could eiher use front or rear depending on which end needed to balance the machine . Sounds like you might having a pretty neat project going . Good luck !
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Posted May 04, 2014 - 09:39 AM

Bolens Power Ho tractors have a stand that clips up under the frame when not in use, sort of like a center stand on a motorcycle. Then you don't have to have an implement on the tractor to prop it up.
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Posted May 04, 2014 - 10:02 AM

All you have to do is remove the front axle:

 

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Posted May 04, 2014 - 12:46 PM

Wheel Horse started out as a 2 wheeled garden tractor (PONDS) and progressed to 4 wheels!

 

The 1 wheeled wonder Choremaster has a kick-stand to hold it up!

The original 4 wheel WH had the back father than the later ones.

 

All you have to do is remove the front axle:

 

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and add handle bars.   What is the purpose of that machine?



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Posted May 04, 2014 - 12:47 PM

I'm also thinking that the front axle could be repurposed into a sulky.



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Posted May 04, 2014 - 02:24 PM

I'm also thinking that the front axle could be repurposed into a sulky.

Yes Gravely had what was called a steering sulky and it is a cast iron pivoting axle just like a 4 wheel but used on the rear.  The only issue with sulkys is that you lose maneuverability and a 2 wheel can become less maneuverable than a 4 wheel.



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Posted May 04, 2014 - 02:38 PM

and add handle bars.   What is the purpose of that machine?

 

Tow airplanes.


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Posted May 07, 2014 - 03:39 PM

This is the B80 and I started to dismantle it.

 

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This isn't the engine I'm going to use. I just set it on there to check clearance. After I reverse the gear shift and restyle the hi-lo lever, I can move the engine further back. Also, I believe I can use the original slip clutch with a different belt arraignment.

 

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Posted May 16, 2014 - 07:02 PM

The rain has kept me from working outside, but I worked in the shop cutting down the shift levers so that they would clear the engine. I'll post photos.

 

I've decided to use a Wisconsin ABN engine to power this. Also, I dug up a smaller engine pulley that will reduce the tractor speed about 20%.

 

I'm considering making oak handle bars in keeping with the early tractor designs. Partly because I don't have a welder and wood is easier to work. Is there any problem with this I don't know?


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Posted May 16, 2014 - 11:23 PM

The only problem with using wood handles is if you just cut out the shape out of a board the hand grip part will crack off easy. The old school wood handles were bent or formed into the curved shape so the grain followed the contour of the handle. Not a bad idea though.


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Posted May 17, 2014 - 12:32 AM

Very neat Idea. I will be watching to see how it goes.



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Posted May 17, 2014 - 06:01 PM

There are several places that sell replacement plow handles. If you have someone at the local flea market or swap that deals in shovel handles and such they may have them or know where to get them. There are different widths and thicknesses. They are steamed, then bent in a jig and left to cool.


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