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Posted March 14, 2016 - 11:42 PM

Awesome :dancingbanana:
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Posted March 15, 2016 - 12:34 AM

How's it drive?
I found the hand control interesting to get used to
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Posted March 15, 2016 - 04:35 AM

Glad to hear this!  Have fun with it!


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Posted March 15, 2016 - 10:27 AM

How's it drive?
I found the hand control interesting to get used to

I haven't gotten it out of the garage yet. When I got it back together enough to test it yesterday I left it at that. I have to put the battery in,run a couple of wires,etc...and see where all it decides to leak. I hope to give it a test ride this evening.

I did manage to break the motion control lever in half with all the wrestling I have done of the tractor,so a pair of vise grips is my handle.

One of the first things that I plan to do is take a closer look at your foot control conversion and copy it to mine (hope that's OK with you).



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Posted March 15, 2016 - 11:00 AM

I haven't gotten it out of the garage yet. When I got it back together enough to test it yesterday I left it at that. I have to put the battery in,run a couple of wires,etc...and see where all it decides to leak. I hope to give it a test ride this evening.
I did manage to break the motion control lever in half with all the wrestling I have done of the tractor,so a pair of vise grips is my handle.
One of the first things that I plan to do is take a closer look at your foot control conversion and copy it to mine (hope that's OK with you).


Tell me what info you need, measurements, etc.
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Posted March 15, 2016 - 09:09 PM

Test post. Trying to load a video...well that didn't work.


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Posted March 15, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Test post. Trying to load a video...well that didn't work.

YouTube is yourbest bet.
If you don't have one, PM me.
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Posted March 15, 2016 - 10:45 PM

I have a google account that includes YouTube but I have never uploaded to YouTube. I'm trying it now.


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Posted March 16, 2016 - 04:52 PM

OK its not a very good video and the tractor is not ready to jump on and use but I wanted to check the transmission. It drives very nice,I was impressed (and still a little surprised). Now on to buttoning things up and running lines,cables,hosing,tuning adjusting,and such now that I know it drives good. Here is a test drive video.


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Posted March 16, 2016 - 08:05 PM

Fantastic, it runs and moves...
Two very big check marks in the win column.
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Posted March 16, 2016 - 09:05 PM

Thanks Alan,that's my thoughts too. Now that I know it runs and drives solid,I can start buttoning it up. A funny side note. On the first test drive I was only paying attention to how the hydro was doing and as I was fully in reverse the steering fan gear feel off ! I couldn't find a spare C clip so I took one off a front wheel / spindle on a non running Custom 10 and was back in business.


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Posted March 16, 2016 - 09:26 PM

Running and moving are pluses, but steering has benefits too :D
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Posted March 16, 2016 - 10:48 PM

There have been 3 of these 18T hydro builds here lately,including mine,with mine being the lowest budget,see if I can find most of the parts in the shop to fix it. Then your front loader machine and a guy on another forum is doing a 3 cylinder diesel swap and stretched the frame on his. He,like you used a JD front axle and spindles. I have my JD front axle and spindles laying in the shop that I plan to swap in when I get to it.


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Posted March 17, 2016 - 05:46 AM

Are you planning on a loader for it?
The only reason I went with the JD axel is to gain spindle size and forward sweep.
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Posted March 17, 2016 - 10:48 AM

Are you planning on a loader for it?
The only reason I went with the JD axel is to gain spindle size and forward sweep.

No at least not at this point. But I plan the swap for the same reasons,strength,increase in wheelbase and increase in width. The rearends under these are pretty much superduty so I think this old project should have a matching frontend since it won't be anywhere near stock anyway. At this poiunt the direction that I'm planning to head with it is plow day special. I want to go with 26x12x12 rear ag tires and 18x6.50x8 front tires. I am looking for a 68-72 style hood and grill for the tractor,along with another brake drum and linkage off a JD with turning brakes...It may continue to be a slow build but that's pretty much been my direction since I started. Maybe in another year it will be close to done. :D


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