Baby steps today. I had to clean up the garage disaster before I could get working. With the drive shaft (of sorts) installed back in the carrier, I installed the drive sprocket and aligned it with the large driven sprocket.
Next comes the chain. The Panzer drawing calls out 38" of #40. Unfortunately, I could only score it in 120" lengths so I had to break out the handy dandy chain tool and shorten it to length.
A minute or two later and I was in business.
Just a note. If you buy a pre-packaged 10' length of chain, there is probably a master link inside the box. The guy at Fastenal clearly did not know this as he had me special order a seperate master link that took a week longer to arrive than the chain itself. Lesson learned. At least I have a master link for my remaining 7' of chain.
Installation was painless and 38" is just perfect.
Once the chain is installed, the tension is applied by turning in the fine thread bolt on the bottom of the carrier's pivot shaft.
However, there is one key concern when it comes to tightening the chain. Due to the design of the forward/reverse mechanism, the chain has to be tight enough that it won't skip a tooth when the tractor is engaged in forward, but loose enough that it won't prevent you from engaging reverse. The entire carrier swings from left to right depending on gear and, while the designer was smart enough to put the pivot point as close as possible to the sprocket, you could install the chain too tight and prevent yourself from ever engaging reverse.
Edited by Hondarider, February 20, 2016 - 06:53 PM.