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#76 victor3ranger OFFLINE  

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 04:28 PM

Why not find one from a car and cut the piece down to the correct length and tack weld it to the original stub that is under the cap??
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Posted August 22, 2016 - 06:11 PM

Got the bottom end cut and tacked onto the frame. I did think I lost my welder today when I got a HELP10 display. Low and behold, it just meant the pedal was stuck on due to a cord wrap. Never saw that before. Moving on, I took the engine out and put it on the frame to get the location of where I need to add cross members. I also realized I need to come up with some hood mods to get the hood to wrap around the carb. I already knew that I had to lengthen it, but I was not expecting to have clearance issues on the exhaust and carb side. I did luck out. I was worried about having drive shaft issues. The shaft will go right under the engine and be able to be driven by the PTO. Also tacked the upper frame on the new main frame. Lastly, can someone get me a good measurement for the bottom of the lower front hooks on a stock 140 to the ground? I don't know if I want that front hook assembly removable or not.

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Posted August 23, 2016 - 12:10 AM

Looking good Mike, if I get time tomorrow I can get you a measurement.


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Posted August 23, 2016 - 02:17 PM

Right now, taking a break for a second, I am reworking the pivot. I am breaking tacks left and right to move all the pivots.

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Posted August 24, 2016 - 01:31 PM

For the first time since the build started...she is a roller.

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Posted August 24, 2016 - 05:21 PM

So, today I drilled some more holes in the frame to mount the side brackets. I also finally got to drilling out the bolt that was broken in the shaft. Something to ponder, why don't easy-out/drill bit sets come with reverse drills? Luckily I have a set of reverse drills and went about drilling out the bolt and while drilling, it grabbed and twisted it right out. Lucky me, I didn't have to use the easy-break.

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Posted August 28, 2016 - 10:49 PM

Don't the really large earth movers run generators off the engine, and drive by electric motors at the wheels?
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Posted August 29, 2016 - 06:24 AM

Don't the really large earth movers run generators off the engine, and drive by electric motors at the wheels?

Yes they do...the super massive ones...

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Posted September 02, 2016 - 05:46 PM

Spent the better part of the day trying to make a mechanical steering bar. Why you ask, because I wanted to save money. Nope, not gonna happen. Gonna have to use hydraulics. Anyways, after getting frustrated, I went and cut some straight pieces, welded those in and mounted the engine.

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Posted September 02, 2016 - 05:56 PM

That thing is going to be SO FREAKIN cool!!!!

I am jealous
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Posted September 02, 2016 - 09:07 PM

That thing is going to be SO FREAKIN cool!!!!

I am jealous

If I can figure out steering...otherwise it will be a really cool lawn ornament...

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Posted September 02, 2016 - 10:58 PM

If I can figure out steering...otherwise it will be a really cool lawn ornament...

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Have you thought about getting a steering system off a 318?? Would that not solve that problem?? Place the ram in the middle to make it turn? Or if possible use two rams, one on each side?


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Posted September 03, 2016 - 09:59 AM

If I can figure out steering...otherwise it will be a really cool lawn ornament...

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Have you thought about getting a steering system off a 318?? Would that not solve that problem?? Place the ram in the middle to make it turn? Or if possible use two rams, one on each side?

I was thinking the same thing, but the ram seems to be a bit too long or not long enough. I do have the steering column, cooler, and ram from a 318. I will get a picture today of the ram held up for you guys to give me advice.

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Posted September 03, 2016 - 03:47 PM

I was thinking the same thing, but the ram seems to be a bit too long or not long enough. I do have the steering column, cooler, and ram from a 318. I will get a picture today of the ram held up for you guys to give me advice.

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I would think the ram would be the easiest part, just figure out how long the stroke needs to be and get one that fits, or if the factory 318 is to long set the mounts to make it work.
To me the most important part would the steering column.

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Posted September 03, 2016 - 06:17 PM

I was thinking the same thing, but the ram seems to be a bit too long or not long enough. I do have the steering column, cooler, and ram from a 318. I will get a picture today of the ram held up for you guys to give me advice.

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What's the stroke on the ram? Then how far do you want it to go? Maybe a 'block' inside to shorten stroke?






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