I think a teardrop style "period correct" trailer is in order with a '70's Toyota pickup axle under the trailer so you can hook the PTO to the trailer for more speed.
Might have to raise the Farmall gas tank tail section to clear the PTO.
Very early in the process I deleted the PTO, but I have to say that's a pretty darn cool mechanical idea you have there, Kris. Obviously, the present drive system would have to be bypassed to avoid plowing, but I dig the thought process. It would work. Very cool.
Hi Ellis, I have been aware of this thread for quite awhile but never took the time to read through it. I still need to do it again in more detail but I have to say you have another follower here! Amazing work and cool theme. Thanks for taking time to document this for us!
Thanks DAC, I appreciate the kind words. It's really about having fun. My shop is my little Disney World, and sharing ideas and knowledge is something I really enjoy. Look forward to you hanging out with us
What would the speed be without the gear reduction?
Never calced it out Rich, but I would say FAST! The gear ratio in these final drives, little gear to big gear as you can see, is really stacked down.
Honestly though, my goal has never been speed. It started as taking what I had and re-configuring it to change the lines and vibe. That occurred by simply turning the final drives 90 degrees and flipping the front axle. Then the goal was to make a speedster clone from predominately IH/Farmall/hand built parts. I guess, if speed was key to me, linking this tranny to a junk yard rear would be pretty easy. I also manufacture planetary gear transmissions, so I could throw a 1:2 or a 1:4 in the line and get more/a lot more speed that way. But then with the stock(none) suspension It would beat up the machine and I'd lose my fillings. And those cool mechanical final drives and the IH aura would be lost. Might as well just build a speedster from the get go.
It's really just a vision of a shape that I think is cool. One that, hopefully, provokes conversations and thoughts. And I think it will be a lot of fun to tool around shows with, hopefully with a trailer linked up, so I can gather more steel nuggets to squirrel away