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#136 tiretrx ONLINE  

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Posted November 16, 2016 - 12:14 PM

Are you going to have this done for the 2019 Tour De Tractour?

 

Based purely on the available historical data..............no, Rich.


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Posted January 23, 2017 - 12:39 PM

The work you've done on this borders on artistic. The machinery you have at your disposal goes far beyond anything I've had my hands on. And you know how to use it all.  :thumbs:


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Posted January 25, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Just spent some really great, relaxing time going thru this thread again. Just love it :thumbs:


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Posted January 25, 2017 - 11:21 AM

Just a bit of progress. The stock steering column was setup toward the vertical and obviously was built to the needs of the original layout/tin work of the 154 LoBoy. There will be vastly different needs on the Speedster. The steering shaft will be on the horizontal. This puts the angle to the steering box towards a right angle. I can solve the angle through linkage, but I'll need to increase the distance to better facilitate that. With that, I set about making the steering shaft column as short as possible.

 

Here's the unit broken down. I cleaned and inspected things first. All seemed fine.

 

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Did some measuring and cut the shaft to it's new length.

 

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Next up was shortening the column. Took it right to the casting boss face and re-used the original seal.

 

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Repacked and assembled. I also took the time to file and smooth some roughness, seams, etc. on the original steering box casting.

 

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Posted February 03, 2017 - 09:30 AM

Believe it, or not, there has been progress on the Speedster. Little things here and there. Small in themselves, but they are starting to add up to determining the final shape of this ride. I got off work at 3pm yesterday and as luck would have it there was nothing pressing on the docket. Got in the shop at 3:30 and got to play uninterrupted till 9:30!

Split time between the Kubota 6200 and the LoBoy. Decided to do something fun. Let's get a tail on this torpedo! In my mind's eye, speedsters, early racers, many times had that long, teardrop shaped, tail. I love that look. After some noodling, I came up with the idea to use an old tractor gas tank, and modify it to get the look I wanted. The ultimate would be using a vintage Farmall tank, as that ties into the IH roots the Speedster has. After combing eBay, and seeing the prices, coupled with shipping, I decided to be patient and put the word out. About two months ago my oldest brother called and said he found a nice one. And true to our families form, he informed me "it didn't come cheap". Anyhoo after a little bit of friendly bantering and associated BB busting............the tank was mine. My thanks to my big bro.

Here's the tank. First impressions? This thing is HEAVY! I'd say, easy 50 lbs. Ugly paint, full of rust, but solid as a rock and straight as an arrow. The tank at it's widest was 20". The '53 Farmall grill I modded is 17". The '49 Cub gas tank is 15". After looking at the tank's features, I decided to narrow the tank to 16", not including the seam flange that circles the perimeter.

Also, would love it if someone could identify the donor tractor of this tank. It would be great to attach the history to it.

Here's the tank after I used masking tape to mark off the 4" band that would be cut out. This was kind of tedious. Finding center, and maintaining straight lines over/off curved surfaces was a bit of a challenge for this shoe maker.

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After the cuts, including the interior baffles. Reminded me of Harley splits.

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No need for the filler anymore.

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New width, shape.

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Liked the results. It was kind of a flyer. I had a look in my head, made the cuts and hoped I didn't screw up. Now, onto getting it mounted.


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Posted February 03, 2017 - 11:05 AM

If the tank was 20" wide before you started playing Operation, it is from an M Farmall. H tanks are 18&1/2" wide.
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Posted February 03, 2017 - 11:20 AM

If the tank was 20" wide before you started playing Operation, it is from an M Farmall. H tanks are 18&1/2" wide.

 

Ahhh, very cool. Thanks Scott :thumbs:

 

Tractordata says production years were '39-'54. Interesting thing with this tank, the bottom half metal is probably 50% thicker than the top half. I'm thinking it was for greater longevity in the fight against corrosion/pinholes???


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Posted February 03, 2017 - 01:39 PM

If you haven't welded the tank back together already, maybe you could include a fin in the seam. I'm thinking something vintage like the fin on the Rocketeer's helmet.


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Posted February 03, 2017 - 02:07 PM

If you haven't welded the tank back together already, maybe you could include a fin in the seam. I'm thinking something vintage like the fin on the Rocketeer's helmet.

 

I'm planning on having the same type rib that runs down the front. More of a band, I guess.


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 11:17 AM

I ran across this on Pinterest and felt it would be perfect for your maiden voyage!

 

https://www.amazon.c...p_euIcub105JM3G


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Posted February 09, 2017 - 11:38 AM

I ran across this on Pinterest and felt it would be perfect for your maiden voyage!
 
https://www.amazon.c...p_euIcub105JM3G


Rich, I think the 'Ultrafino' model would look downright spiffy on you.
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Posted February 09, 2017 - 11:57 AM

I ran across this on Pinterest and felt it would be perfect for your maiden voyage!

 

https://www.amazon.c...p_euIcub105JM3G

 

Looks a bit kinky to me, Rich...............I'll run it by the wifey  :thumbs:



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Posted February 09, 2017 - 03:51 PM

I think it looks really Steam Punk, especially with the face shield and shoulder guard. If I still had my chopper(it's been 50 years) I would love it.


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Posted February 10, 2017 - 09:57 AM

Joking aside, I agree Rich. It does look steam punk. I think I would opt for this one though.

 

https://www.amazon.c...CPKSQHA3T9PMYVN


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Posted February 10, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Yep, that's good too. Your going to wear the googles, aren't you?

 

Of course, if you don't finish this machine pretty soon, I won't be around to see it anywho. I think your posting just often enough to keep teasing Cat and I. :thumbs: 


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