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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 03:04 PM

My LTs starter took a dump and I needed to get it to the back. Thanks to the bumper I had installed on it, my LGT 165 hooked up and towed the LT to the back for repairs.
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Posted March 23, 2011 - 03:44 PM

Looks Great Kenny!

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 04:07 PM

Kenny, Nice job, I've built a tow bar to use with my sleeve hitch to do the same thing. Mine just goes under the front axle and picks up the tractor.
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Posted March 23, 2011 - 04:12 PM

Great Idea Kenny...That certainly is a Neat thing to have..Sure beats waiting for someone ( usually the Wife!) to help steer it while pulling it with a chain...

A GT Towbar, Very Cool!!!!!!!
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Posted March 23, 2011 - 05:19 PM

I got lucky that the bumper I built for the LT was just low enough for the 2" ball to go under. But this does raise the tow bar question to a higher level. Anyway, it worked.
Y'all got some pics of your tow tractor?

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 05:59 PM

Kenny, that trailer you was going to use your boom lift on, should not be hard to make into a tractor dolly?

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 06:07 PM

JD, the tires are shot and the wheels are rusted to the axles. Not much hope for that. I'm just happy I could do what I did. Of course, a sleeve-hitch-to-front-axle lift might be a real good idea. Just have to put a pivot in there for turning corners. Give me some time on that.

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 06:14 PM

Neat idea.

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 07:05 PM

Thanks to everyone. JD has got me to thinking again, so I played on Sketchup some more and came up with this:TowHitch.jpg

Pretty good for an amateur in 3D. If I had a torch or plasma cutter, I'd build it. Basically a 2" square tube, heavy wall, 1/2"X24" bar across, with two 1/2" risers cut to slip under the axle. Anyway, here's a tow hitch. Some one can use this, providing they cut an extra set of risers and send to me so I can build one. Measurements are in my head, so act fast before they get lost up there.
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Posted March 23, 2011 - 09:28 PM

Now I like your idea even better!! If we re going to mess with these old tractors we are always needing a way to get it back to the shop.
You might want to make the lift horns slide so you could pick up either the front or rear axle, depending on which one is out of service.
Tow trucks do it everyday,
You are pretty good with Sketchup,I can see that's something I need to get ald learn.
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Posted March 23, 2011 - 10:16 PM

I like the way you moved the broken tractor. I agree with JD DANNELS about moving our old tractors around. Maybe when I have some time I will have to try and make tow tractor tow hitch.

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Posted March 23, 2011 - 10:21 PM

nice job.

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 03:47 AM

Thanks, everyone. The idea needs a lot of fine tuning, especially if it would be used front & rear. This would most likely work better with a 3PH, as you could extend the top link to let you get under the axle. Lift points would need to be taller for rear, as the center section hangs down. Making a generic one would take lots of info of various brands. Where there is a will, there is a way.
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Posted March 24, 2011 - 06:43 AM

Okay, everyone. I am going to draw up some plans with dimensions. I will try to make it generic, fit most GTs. I have three different brands of GTs and one LT. A thought just came to being about lifting the rear, Don't know how it would work, but if you have a stock trailer hitch on back of towed tractor, could you have a bar with a pin sticking up to lift through that hole? Just a thought, it may not give enough side support, tractor would lean too much. Give me a few days, I'll come up with something and I'm sure you all will offer some input. Have a great day!
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P.S. When I post a drawing, I will start a new thread in implements titled Tow Hitch. We have the new place there, may as well use it.

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Posted March 24, 2011 - 06:54 AM

I built a tow sling for my 6640 Ford a few years ago to move cars and truck around in the salvage yard.It is very much like the "slings" that the older type tow trucks used to have.It just fastens on the 3pt hitch,and I have moved everything from an old 808 Mazda car to a full sized Ford 1 ton with no problems.Of course it's a big tractor ,but a similar rig could be built for a garden tractor to haul other garden tractors.I'll see if I can get a pic or two in the next couple of days.It really works great.
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