New Member here. I've been thinking about building a 1 or 2cylinder aircooled diesel garden tractor conversion and I'm looking for suggestions on both tractor brand and motor brand. I have several vintage cub cadets but don't plan on using any of those so I'll be starting from scratch
Here's my criteria
1 This will be a mowing tractor, so I'll need to be able to use the factory mower/pto
2 Due to some mobility issues, it needs to be a hydro and I would prefer a powered lift and power steering or the ability to add something the the supersteer kit that I bought from Dave Kirk
3 I'm not a real fan of belt drives and would prefer shaft drive, but belt drive isn't a deal breaker, espeicially if it is an easier conversion.
4 I would hope to avoid any serious fab work like stretching the frame etc
5 I have my snow removal needs covered with a JD diesel loader tractor, so this will be a mowing tractor only,
6 I have to keep the whole deal under my wife's "dollar radar" so I need to keep it affordable as well
I thought it would be easier to find a suitable tractor first and then find an engine to go with it.
I guess if the hydro issue makes it too complicated I will just scrap the idea and look for a decent diesel garden tractor, but I thought it would be a good winter project.
Any ideas/suggestions from you guys would be great.
Thanks for your help