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#16 tweidman OFFLINE  

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 06:18 PM

Another problem to solve. The replacement engine sits farther forward than the Onan. I need to bridge the gap and the Onan and the Kohler use two different bolt patterns.

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My dad is friends with a machinist who was able to make the part from some mechanical drawling I sent him. Those years of Mechanical and Architectural drafting in high school finally pay off.

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 06:24 PM

Time to figure out the exhaust. With all of the things I need to stuff under the hood I did not see too many options. I finally decided on side pipes. Hot rod tractor.. woohooo

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Later I bolt in some baffles to keep it somewhat quiet. I hope?

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 06:33 PM

The one main thing these Massey Super Garden tractors are missing is Power steering. I plan on building a FEL for this machine, so power steering will be a necessity.
I start by ripping out the old manual column. Which was no easy job. Everything was rusted and stuck.

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Then, I built a bracket to hold the orbital valve for the hydraulic steering. I used some tape to mark where I wanted the column to come out to match the stock location.

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 06:37 PM

Next, I need to tackle the other end of the steering.

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It took a lot of playing around with lengths and position in order to get it right.

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I finally was happy with it and welded it up. So, it better be right, there is no turning back now.

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 06:44 PM

Now that the steering is in place, I can cut the holes in the dash and get it mounted. I agonized about cutting up the dash, because if I drill it wrong, it's back to square one.
They say measure twice, cut once. Well, I must have measured 50 times. But it payed off.
I was able to get the column hole and the throttle slot cut.

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I also got the speed selector for the trans cut out.

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 06:59 PM

After tons of looking around, I finally find a PTO clutch that will work. It's off of a JD420 and it fits the shaft and bolt pattern perfect. However, my engine is too far forward and I need to move it back.

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As you recall I already had an adapter built with the correct spacing for the stub shaft. It WAS the correct spacing, now that the engine is shifted back, it's way to long.

I was able to find a stub from a 1650, which uses a Kohler engine and had the right bolt pattern, but the splined shaft was too short. So, I cut the shaft off of the old stub and welded it on the 1650 stub.

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Boy do I hope it was centered and straight when I did the final weld.

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 07:02 PM

Now to cool this thing off. No room for a mechanical fan. I bought a low profile electric fan. Now to make a mount to bolt it too.

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Posted March 02, 2010 - 07:21 PM

I found some tires for cheap. So, I decided to work on some cosmetics for once. I blasted the rims and painted them up with correct paint.

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The tires say they are the same size, but they sure don't look it.

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Edited by tweidman, November 07, 2010 - 09:39 AM.

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Posted May 03, 2010 - 07:17 AM

Have you worked on the project any more Todd? What happened to the pics all I see is smiley faces now.

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Posted May 03, 2010 - 09:28 AM

Haven't see Todd around anywhere lately. Hope all is well.

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Posted May 03, 2010 - 05:19 PM

I see is smiley faces, but he posted Yesterday 10:39 AM

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Posted May 03, 2010 - 08:01 PM

All I see are smiley faces also.

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Posted May 10, 2010 - 07:33 PM

Yep, i all I see s smiley faces. Whats going on?

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Posted June 13, 2010 - 02:08 PM

I'm not sure why they are not showing up. I linked them from a mf yahoo group. The img code still shows up????? I just checked and they are still up on yahoo? I don't get it. Maybe they changed the image hosting and the path is no longer valid??? Just a guess?

I have not touched the 1855 on a long time. I need to get back to it, but I just can't seem to find the time.......

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That was weird, the image showed up, then when I refreshed the browser it disappeared.

I have to think that it's a problem with yahoo groups.

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Posted June 13, 2010 - 02:12 PM

Todd, for a while, the pics were replaced with smiley faces. You think the Yahoo group put a road-block on the links? Seems strange the smiley faces showed up.




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