Jump to content

Nominations for Tractor of the Month
Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo

MTD 990 Tailight Bar DIY


  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 Sawdust OFFLINE  

Sawdust
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 36549
  • 4,523 Thanks
  • 2,831 posts
  • Location: Butler, Kentucky

Posted February 25, 2015 - 06:17 PM

If you have one of these tractors then you know how rare the TB's are. I have only seen two & they were on the JC Penny badge. Although most all of the tractors are pre drilled for the TB it more than likely never had one. 

 

I started out using an old fluorescent light fixture box. I marked on the back the pattern I needed & cut with a right angle grinder with a metal cutting disc. I then used some scrap aluminum flat stock that I cut the inside width of the box so when it is folded it will pass through the sides for a complete 90 degree bend.

Light bar2.jpg Light bar3.jpg Light bar6.jpg

 

I also made use of the fixtures lid for the removal lid of the TB for wiring or trouble shooting inside. The box ended up around 2" thick too thick for me so I cut the perimeter to give me a nice thinner looking TB of 1 1/4".

Light bar8.jpg Light bar9.jpg

 

I ground off the paint using a flapper wheel & drilled some holes for sheet metal screws to attach the lid when completed. I also put JB weld in the corners & forced to ooze out so I could round off the corners.

Light bar10.jpg Light bar12.jpg

 

I drilled out some holes to install the lights. These lights have both running & brake lights. They also have 12 leds in each. I had planned on just using the taillights but I thought about chasing an extra wire for the brake so if I ever decide to install blinkers for snow removal this might be nice to have. My finish paint color is Charcoal Gray Metallic. In the pic it looks like a simple gray but it does bark with the contrasting black on the tractor.

Light bar17.jpg Light bar20.jpg

 

Hope you enjoyed this project & if you have any comments or questions please ask. Thanks for looking!

 


  • DH1, Alc, Texas Deere and Horse and 10 others have said thanks

#2 boyscout862 OFFLINE  

boyscout862
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 8923
  • 9,783 Thanks
  • 7,539 posts
  • Location: N.E. Connecticut

Posted February 25, 2015 - 06:20 PM

Nice job. Very cool! Don't forget to post when mounted. Good Luck, Rick


  • Sawdust said thank you

#3 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 28,456 Thanks
  • 39,686 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted February 25, 2015 - 06:25 PM

That's innovative!


  • Sawdust said thank you

#4 DH1 OFFLINE  

DH1

    Electric Tractors

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 62
  • 4,587 Thanks
  • 5,295 posts
  • Location: Markham Ontario Canada

Posted February 25, 2015 - 06:31 PM

Looks good how where do they mount to the tractor?


  • Sawdust said thank you

#5 CRFarnsworth OFFLINE  

CRFarnsworth

    Member

  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 6275
  • 3,642 Thanks
  • 1,734 posts
  • Location: Rossville Illinois

Posted February 25, 2015 - 06:32 PM

:thumbs:  :thumbs: :thumbs: Nice Job. :thumbs:  :thumbs:  :thumbs:   Rick 


  • Sawdust said thank you

#6 KC9KAS OFFLINE  

KC9KAS
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 10038
  • 4,783 Thanks
  • 4,303 posts
  • Location: Holland, IN

Posted February 25, 2015 - 07:32 PM

Very nice build.


  • Sawdust said thank you

#7 Sawdust OFFLINE  

Sawdust
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 36549
  • 4,523 Thanks
  • 2,831 posts
  • Location: Butler, Kentucky

Posted February 25, 2015 - 08:13 PM

Here is my fender when I had it primed. The bottom elongated single hole is for the tool box. The upper pair of holes closer to the top of the fender are for the tail light bar.

 

fender6.jpg

 

Here is a video of the only one I have seen on a tractor other than a pic of one.

 

 


Edited by Sawdust, February 25, 2015 - 08:13 PM.

  • DH1, KennyP, A.C.T. and 1 other said thanks

#8 DH1 OFFLINE  

DH1

    Electric Tractors

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 62
  • 4,587 Thanks
  • 5,295 posts
  • Location: Markham Ontario Canada

Posted February 25, 2015 - 08:56 PM

Thanks looks like they would help to stiffen up the rear fender a bit.


  • Sawdust said thank you

#9 Gabriel OFFLINE  

Gabriel
  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 52459
  • 1,440 Thanks
  • 1,858 posts
  • Location: East Central Indiana

Posted February 25, 2015 - 09:17 PM

Nice job!
  • Sawdust said thank you

#10 A.C.T. OFFLINE  

A.C.T.

    Another Classic Tractor

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Member No: 11085
  • 2,363 Thanks
  • 2,496 posts
  • Location: Dalbo Minnesota

Posted February 25, 2015 - 10:27 PM

Very nice clean look.


  • Sawdust said thank you

#11 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 28,456 Thanks
  • 39,686 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted February 26, 2015 - 06:22 AM

Thanks for the video. I'm with Doug (DH1) on it stiffening the fenders.


  • Sawdust said thank you

#12 TAHOE ONLINE  

TAHOE
  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 24522
  • 6,488 Thanks
  • 4,945 posts
  • Location: "Hamiltucky" Ohio

Posted February 26, 2015 - 08:34 AM

Never thought of using an old light fixture like that and I've scrapped quite a few.

Very ingenious!


  • Sawdust said thank you

#13 Sawdust OFFLINE  

Sawdust
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 36549
  • 4,523 Thanks
  • 2,831 posts
  • Location: Butler, Kentucky

Posted March 01, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments. I installed the light bar yesterday but just way too cold to wire it up. I cut a 1/2" notch out of the lower right side of the back of the tool box for the plastic conduit. I say notch because this TB will have to removed to check the tranny oil. It will travel across the right bottom corner of the TB then up to a 1/2" hole in the right lower corner of the light bar.

Light bar18.jpg

 

 


#14 DH1 OFFLINE  

DH1

    Electric Tractors

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 62
  • 4,587 Thanks
  • 5,295 posts
  • Location: Markham Ontario Canada

Posted March 01, 2015 - 09:05 PM

I checked my 1972 Unico 15 and it does not have the holes for the light bar in it. I guess they must have started putting them in after 1972. ???

 

It would be a nice addition to my 990, that and a tool box.


  • Sawdust said thank you




Top