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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted December 21, 2014 - 06:57 PM

A few of you may remember me picking up a c160 hydro Wheel Horse this last fall. One thing that was missing was the light bucket. I am not planning on buying one, but I do need lights to go snowblowing this winter. The OEM Headlights tend to be a little anemic anyways.

This tractor has had a "few" mods by Previous owners over the years, but the hood is.more or less unscathed. I didn't want to drill holes in it for someone to fill in later. Decided to buy the headlights and let the little grey cells churn the problem over.
While cleaning in the garage, I found a bucket of hinges. All sizes, all shapes. Very few matches.
Eureka.
By drilling a hole thru the hinge, and putting the mount bolt thru that, no hole in the tin and the lights are very solid. It sandwiches the existing tin without damaging.
I did a similar mount method for the added rear light. This light was an oddball and had a much bigger base, allowing me to just use a square washer.
The Piece of Aluminum on the 'passenger side' is just protection for that light. The muffler gives off enough heat that it could've melted the rubber on a hot day.
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Posted December 21, 2014 - 07:03 PM

I like it. I have another similar tip. On cast iron grills you can use what is called a "Beam clamp".
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Posted December 21, 2014 - 08:43 PM

Great idea and good job using the resources you already had on hand.  I'm always trying to make something useful out of things in my scrap pile and more times than not I'm successful.  The downside though is I tend to keep a lot more "throw away" stuff that I think might be useful at a later date and this creates clutter.  Clutter then results in me not remembering everything I've kept but also makes it harder to find what I'm looking for when I need something.  Sorry for the rambling, should have stopped after "Great idea and good job".


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Posted December 21, 2014 - 10:12 PM

Hey Alan. The thing that you are calling a "light Bucket", is that in reference to the shroud around the light on the right hand side of the hood/grille assembly? If so, it appears to be just a piece of rain spouting? Could this be correct? Can't be something original can it? Just curious.


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Posted December 21, 2014 - 10:22 PM

I'm wondering too on the light bucket. My thoughts are a piece of downspout too.
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Posted December 21, 2014 - 10:25 PM

Hey Alan. The thing that you are calling a "light Bucket", is that in reference to the shroud around the light on the right hand side of the hood/grille assembly? If so, it appears to be just a piece of rain spouting? Could this be correct? Can be something original can it? Just curious.

The light bucket goes in the large open area at the top of the hood.
This is what it should look like.
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They tend to be 'spensive and produce little light. Especially when directly behind the snowblower chute.

The downspout is a heat reflector because the muffler is so close.
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Posted December 21, 2014 - 11:19 PM

Thanks for posting.  I thought i was the only person who thinks of "the next guy" when working on something.  especially drilling holes in a piece that's not buggered to start with


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Posted December 22, 2014 - 08:14 AM

How do you like that WH snowblower?

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Posted December 22, 2014 - 08:29 AM

How do you like that WH snowblower?


Haven't had enough snow to know yet but so far so good.

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Posted December 22, 2014 - 08:41 AM

I have found that it helps to have front wheel weights /chains. With the blowers up. There is plenty of weight. With it down and turning. There is no weight and your sliding the blowers sideways. Not so good!. It wants to keep going straight.FWIW

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Posted December 22, 2014 - 01:35 PM

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Edited by KC9KAS, December 22, 2014 - 01:35 PM.

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 09:25 AM

I got those same lights from HB, pull a little more juice than I like, but are pretty bright. I actually removed mine from that rubber housing, they mounted perfect in the nose of my Sears 16/6, then I just wired to my harness.


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 11:52 PM

I also had the same lights & took them out of the rubber case. I bought mine several years ago at Quality Farm & Fleet. Mine had the typical GE 4111 sealed beams.
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