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Posted August 17, 2015 - 03:33 PM

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

 

Thanks Austen! White walls are the plan. 



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Posted August 18, 2015 - 10:06 AM

Just a liiiiiiiiittle bit of progress. Separated the tank from the hood section on the '49 Cub assembly. I'll be using the rear 15" or so of the tank. It will be cut right behind the fill neck. That will be re-used. The spot welding on this was top notch. Really uniform and tight. I do spot welding on an old dinosaur I have at my shop, so I can appreciate the quality. For those who have never undertaken this, basically I light grind the spot weld line, first. The individual spot welds are somewhat recessed and they keep their paint after the surrounding areas are bare. This lets you locate them. Then just drill those spots through. It's kind of a fun challenge. Sometimes, you drill them out and the two pieces just fall apart. This one I did well on the top......not as well on the sides. Then it's humble pie, hammer and sharp flat chisel time.

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Posted August 18, 2015 - 05:47 PM

So you'll have about a 3 gallon tank? Plenty big to tool around the yard with!

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Posted August 18, 2015 - 07:10 PM

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.

To stretch the radiator placement I will use a spacer between the fan and pulley. This will eventually to made of aluminum.

Why don't you replace the 'belt cone' with one made of aluminum as well as the spacer? It will save weight, wear on  the bearings and look nicer.



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Posted August 19, 2015 - 09:49 AM

Why don't you replace the 'belt cone' with one made of aluminum as well as the spacer? It will save weight, wear on  the bearings and look nicer.

 

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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 cone is supported and extremely rigid and super smooth, plus I really like the casting, Rich.



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Posted August 19, 2015 - 09:51 AM

So you'll have about a 3 gallon tank? Plenty big to tool around the yard with!

 

It's a puller and rolling art........just being honest with myself, bud :smilewink:



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Posted September 12, 2015 - 05:52 PM

I just found this thread , WOW I love this , I wait to see it done and its got me thinking about doing a custom tractor , keep up the great work and I will be watching :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:


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Posted September 13, 2015 - 06:06 AM

Glad you found it, Jim  :thumbs: Should be getting back to it soon. My custom builds tend to read like long novels, but we have a lot of fun and eventually they get done(if not painted, I know Scott)  :D


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Posted September 26, 2015 - 08:26 PM

Did some work on the LBC last night. Worked on the front axle. Flipping it to be exact. Pretty straight forward. 
 
Stock
 
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Removed, flipped, vised up.
 
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I'm guessing front PTO casting. Got to go.
 
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All set, with spindles flipped. Notice the lines where the curvature has the center lower this way.........like that look :fing32:
 
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Friday I was cruising CL looking for tires. Came across a set of "old rims and tires, maybe Ford". It was on the way home from work, so Mike and I stopped by the house. Turned out to be teenage guy who "picks". They were four 19" Ford Model A rims. Tires were all odd, and basically roached. But those rims were coooooool :fing32: Got a killer deal as no one else kept their word about showing up, etc.
 
For the fun of it we mocked them up after putting the axle back on.
 
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Mike saw it first. A look he'd seen before. As he explained it, I knew exactly what he was talking about. The look of cars I always admired, but knew I'd never have the money to own. So were switching gears a bit. We're both pretty stoked.
 
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Now, we both know we can't replicate the look with tractor parts. And that's not the goal. But we want the vibe, the lines. Time will tell.

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Posted September 29, 2015 - 10:04 AM

Me and the Miker had a hard days night in the shop last night. The old girl got stubborn, but we persevered. The goal was to pull the final drives off the tranny, so that we can spin them 180 to lengthen the rig. 
 
Mike had dropped the tranny Saturday on a solo mission.
 
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The driver side was pretty easy coming off. Check out the band brakes. This area has open access. We found acorns, naturally!
 
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The other side was a problem. When Mike dropped the tranny, one of the bolt heads was basically rusted to point there was no hex shape. As these bolts ran thru the frame channels, he sawzalled the head off. Trouble being the short shank left didn't leave enough to grip and spin out. 
 
So we hit, heated, and pried to no effect. The casting just wouldn't slide over the bolt shank. Time to weld on some leverage, in the form of a 2' length of 1/2" rod.
 
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Put some mapp heat on it, saw the Kroil suck in, more heat from Mike. Slow, steady pressure...........pop!
 
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Sawzalled off the bar, and put the Channelocks to it.
 
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The object of our desire in hand, a good night of work complete!
 
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Posted September 29, 2015 - 10:22 AM

Acorn brakes! Those squirrels may be on to something there.


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Posted September 29, 2015 - 02:38 PM

Acorn brakes! Those squirrels may be on to something there.

 

Well, they're in for a big surprise if they come back lookin' for their nuts!


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Posted September 29, 2015 - 03:11 PM

Gonna have to add some sort of jackshaft to work the brakes once flipped I suppose, but man is this rig gonna look so cool when you get her done, and looks cool just mocked up!  Those wheels look sharp!  I like this build!  :thumbs:


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Posted September 29, 2015 - 03:35 PM

Gonna have to add some sort of jackshaft to work the brakes once flipped I suppose, but man is this rig gonna look so cool when you get her done, and looks cool just mocked up!  Those wheels look sharp!  I like this build!  :thumbs:

 

Thanks! 

 

You hit our thoughts about the brakes on the head. After the teardown, we're sitting there noodling. As I'm thinking, there's the '82 Honda CB750 we're bobbing sitting right there with it's twin front disc brakes. Single reservoir and actuator. We figure we can sandwich the discs between the stock hubs and the extensions we're adding. Picking up a brake setup off a scrap yard junker on the cheap should be easy  :thumbs:


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Posted October 01, 2015 - 11:43 AM

Got a bit of time last night with the LBC. Still concentrating on the tranny situation so we can move on to getting the wheels on.

The tranny/final drive area had a rough life. The full extent was not known until we disassembled the area. On the bottom front of the tranny are two 1/2" bolts that bolt through a chassis cross member. BOTH bolt heads were snapped off. That takes some force. This was never fixed and the ensuing lack of support was rectified in a somewhat half fast manner. First order of business, get the studs out.

Anyhoo, center punch, drill, heat, easy out. Viola!

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Also uncovered was a crack in the frame. Probably from the same event. Was "fixed" with an inferior weld, which gave way also.

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As the plans are to have disc brakes, the old brake drums for the bands were removed. That went smooth.

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After these projects were finished, we cleaned up a bit and the noodling process commenced. The highlight of which was remembering I had this old marine dash for a Volvo Penta stashed. It's chrome plated brass. I really like the look.

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Here's a high buck version I found on the interweb.

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Beefing and strengthening the chassis area where the tranny bolts up will be high priority. The goal is to fix it once, better than stock.


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