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#1 tweidman OFFLINE  

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Posted February 28, 2010 - 10:51 PM

I bought a snapper 1855 minus the engine about a year ago. Soon after that I found a Kohler Aegis 26 on ebay for cheap. I started thinking how cool it would be to put a water cooled modern twin in the old 1855. So, I bought the Aegis after I figured out that it would just barely fit under the hood.
Here is the 1855 as I first found her... the engine was already sold to another buyer.:wallbanging:

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Posted February 28, 2010 - 10:56 PM

When I got her home I started assembling the pile of parts to see what all was missing. I knew that several of the plastic parts were gone. The seller promised me the tank, but never came through.

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Posted February 28, 2010 - 10:59 PM

I set the engine and radiator in place to see how things would fit....

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Tight but not too bad.

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Posted February 28, 2010 - 11:03 PM

One of the first things I wanted to get worked out was the radiator mount. It was originally mounted to the engine, facing the wrong way.

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It fits under the hood, that's a good start, time to drill some holes and bolt her down.

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Posted March 01, 2010 - 05:32 PM

I did not notice when I bought the tractor (and the seller did not point it out either) the tab on the rear end that supports the 3 point was broken off. I found the part that broke off in a box of parts that came with the tractor. I was taking a welding class at the time. I brought the tractor to class and learned how to weld cast iron.

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Then a couple of days later I saw an axle on ebay for really cheap. So, I bought it, even if my weld holds fine, the replacement will look better.

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Posted March 01, 2010 - 05:47 PM

I did not have the upper or lower dash. They are plastic and hard to find in okay condition. I gave up the search for finding one that wasn't broken. Olcowhand (Daniel) had one that was not in great shape, but would serve as a model.

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I bought a sheet of 16g steel and headed off to welding class again. Not so much to use the welders, but to use the break and sheer and other equipment.
After about 3 hours of playing with the toys in the shop, I came up with this.....

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I did not get a chance to grind the welds down while I was in class. I probably did not even need to weld the outside edge. You know the saying...if it's worth doing, it's worth over doing.:D

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After some time with the grinder at my home shop, I ended up with this...

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Posted March 01, 2010 - 08:46 PM

:thumbs:I'll sure be glad to see the final product of this great project! Love what you've done so far!

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Posted March 01, 2010 - 09:56 PM

If this one turns out like your MF12 it's going to be nice, water cooled engine put a good muffler on that and it will be quiet.

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Posted March 01, 2010 - 10:09 PM

Wow looks like lots of work going to be put into this one.You'll have a nice machine once its done.Will be nice to see the end result.I really like the idea of the water cooled motor. Larry.

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Posted March 01, 2010 - 10:28 PM

What kind of welder are you using. I'm thinking of buying a little gasless flux core mig welder, for doing stuff like this, I know the gas mig welder would be nicer, but for one thing I wont be welding any 1/4 inch or larger steel, but rather smaler things like this

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 09:56 AM

Mike, I built my entire FEL using my Clarke EN180 (180 amp)gas/no gas. I use flux wire to keep costs down. Cost me around $500 delivered and is a very good welder. I didn't catch what Todd gave for his, but it's a SUPER welder for sure! I could have used my 250 amp Hobart stick/TIG welder, but I wanted to see what the Clarke could do...and do it can!

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 11:21 AM

It really is looking good so far.Good job. :thumbs::thumbs:

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 01:21 PM

To do the welding pictured, I was using a super huge Lincoln mig at the welding class. It worked great, but I don't even want to guess what it cost.
At home I have been using/borrowing a small 110v lincoln with gas. It works good, but multi pass welds are needed for heavier stuff.
I just purchased a used Millermatic 35 220v welder with gas. I have not used it yet. I am hoping this welder will do anything I will ever need, and got a great deal on this used machine $385 w/ a size K tank.

I'll post some more progress pics and text soon and get this post up to date with where I am now. I actually worked on it for the first time in months this past weekend.

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 06:05 PM

I did get the rad support bolted down, and it fit perfectly.

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About a half of an inch on both sides of the hood.

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 06:09 PM

I also got the lower dash built and welded up in welding class. It was much easier, no curves.

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It still needs some grinding.

Edited by tweidman, November 07, 2010 - 09:36 AM.

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