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Posted July 27, 2015 - 11:43 AM

Got some done this weekend. Not as much as hoped, but some. Basically, some more tear down, and a LOT more noodling.

 

Fenders, pan, seat and shaft shroud gone. PTO soon to follow.

 

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This is one cluttered engine area. Needs changing.

 

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Long way to go, but I'm liking this general profile.

 

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Posted July 28, 2015 - 08:34 PM

Might the hydraulic system need a flushing? That filter looks modified..........


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Posted July 29, 2015 - 06:38 AM

On my FIL's old one, the clutch was right under the family jewels. Changed it once and the PTO Bearings for him. Told him after that job, I no longer liked his little tractor.
Glad your clutch isn't back there on this one.
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Posted August 06, 2015 - 08:58 AM

Ok, back to beeness. More tear down on the LB. Wiring was a bear. Steering tower.......yeesh! But we got some "bones" now.

Rear view. Note the brace across the tranny top. Not stock. Sat on short pipes and there were nuts welded to frame rail tops.

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Another point of interest. If you look below the bolt to right, you'll see weld on top, and on the side of the frame rail. Crack repair. The weld has failed on the lower portion and there is a crack.

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Steering/flywheel area.

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It can breath!!! Beautiful. isn't it?

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This area is very cool to me. The castings, the mechanicalness. The fan!

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So after more noodling, I've realized I've been lying to myself when I thought "mild" custom. It will change a fair amount. I want to put the hood, grill and gas tank from a Cub on this puppy. See it peaking through in the photo above? That will be the focus in the immediacy. Then we build from there. Stay tuned :thumbs:
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Posted August 10, 2015 - 10:38 AM

Got a good block of time in with the LB Custom. The point of focus was the engine area. More particularly the fan/radiator set up.

This is where we started.

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My goal is to drop the radiator. And stretch it out. First, I flipped the top fan pulley. This thing is a hunk of humanity. Even the belt cone is cast iron. It weighed in at 10-1/2 lbs.! After the flip. Note that this keeps the pulleys in line.

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To stretch the radiator placement I will use a spacer between the fan and pulley. This will eventually to made of aluminum. I didn't have the size needed in stock, so I turned a proto from brass for now.

The move came with the added benefit of getting the starter/gen more "outboard". Where it can be seen and not block the engine view. Plus, the belt still fits!

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A bit of trimming on the radiator mounting brackets and that allowed to drop it to the proper place in between the frame rails  :D

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New look here. Went 2 inches forward and dropped 2-3/8". This sets up things for the look that I'm going for.

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Posted August 11, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Some pics of the brass fan spacer machining process. This is the proto, final will be lightweight aluminum.

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This is one heavy unit........for now. Anyone in the market for a real expensive brass paperweight in the near future?

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Suh-weet!

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Posted August 11, 2015 - 01:31 PM

I know the brass will have to go, but I really like the look. It's got 'bling'.
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Posted August 11, 2015 - 01:44 PM

I know the brass will have to go, but I really like the look. It's got 'bling'.

 

I really like the look also, Scott. The thing is, the pulley cone and the mounting bracket are both cast iron and weigh 10-1/2 lbs.!! The brass is also really heavy, and the weight that far out can't be good for the spindle/bearings.



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Posted August 11, 2015 - 01:48 PM

Are you set up to copper clad that aluminum? Hee hee!

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Posted August 11, 2015 - 02:42 PM

Are you set up to copper clad that aluminum? Hee hee!

 

No, but I got a paint set for Christmas :rocker2:


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Posted August 12, 2015 - 08:27 AM

Whew doggie, had some fun last night. Spent so much time in the shop last night..............I almost missed the school bus this morning :D

Anyhoo, it all started with a desire to get the radiator supports in there new home, so the rad could be fully supported.

The supports.

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They use to be bolted to the top of the frame rails. But with the rad lowered and set forward it was time for the point of no return.......cutting steel!!! (Darth Vadar approaching music)

So, after sharpening my sharpie, and some careful measurements, the sacrificial steel was determined.

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Nestled in it's new home. Trued and clamped up.

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Hard tacked and radiator bolted up.

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Done deal.

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Now's when things got creative. The "work" was done. Time to noodle. Noodle time is usually filled with small, ancillary accomplishments. Grinding, smoothing, lubricating, cleaning etc. The focus of my thoughts was the transition from grill to dashboard. More to the point, the lines I want at the end of the day. After some cutting, grinding and a bit of coercion, I fitted a late forties Cub hood/tank/dash on the LB. This is where the night ended........plenty of food to noodle :fing32:

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Posted August 13, 2015 - 06:01 PM

It is looking much different. Great to follow your progress.
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Posted August 14, 2015 - 07:39 AM

It is looking much different. Great to follow your progress.

 

Thanks, I appreciate it :thumbs:

 

Waiting on a couple pieces for the grill area. Probably work on the gas tank this weekend. It's going to be much shorter. Right now it's blocks the engine view too much. Besides that, it just won't be running for stretches long enough to need the present capacity.


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 06:30 AM

No new "build" news from last night. Just some mocking up and measuring. Bringing in some parts I had squirreled away. 
 
Figure it might be time to share where the "vision" is headed on this build. I like to tie the automotive to the tractor in both look and function. After mocking up the old Cub hood, it just dawned on me........this is called a LoBoy. One of the coolest rides ever was the Lowboy
 
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I plan on borrowing from the vibe, not copying it. Some mock up along those thoughts.
 
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How cool is this?
 
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Posted August 17, 2015 - 03:21 PM

Looking good there, Ellis! What type of tires are you planning to run?


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