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#1 offroadohio OFFLINE  

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Posted February 10, 2016 - 11:29 PM

Just like the sears I posted earlier, this will be used just like an atv. Only my 11 year old daughter will be riding it.

. Starting craftsman II with a junk 15hp engine and a Spicer 6 speed trans axle

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Donor tractor is a yardman with 22HP v twin.   Will be using th eengine on the craftsman
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First step was to remove the junk 15hp.cd340aa8761d659d9b6b7f906f454cf8.jpg
 
 
 
And pull the axle so I can lock it up.  one axle just fell out, and the other axle the wheel is seized onto. But thats ok, I wont be using the stock axle shafts anyhow.
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Set of free tires for the front
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Rear will be 22x11x8 WoolyBoggers   as seen in next photo
 
Swapped the adjustable seat from the yardman on, aswell as the 22hp vtwin, still need to button up the wiring.
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Custom rear axle shaft with "locker"
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It's her mower so I told her she needs to learn to wrench on it..  Here is her first design and fab.  We added pillow caskets to the axle shaft to try to help extend the life of it with a 22hp and 22 inch tires hooked to it.  I helped her measure and make the cuts/drill but for the most part it is all hers.   I realize there could much better fab work, but this is how kids learn.  
 
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Posted February 10, 2016 - 11:30 PM

Swapped the crappy plastic bushing steering box out for one from a newer craftsman.
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becuase I am running an 8 inch pulley on the engine I had to redo the entire clutch mechanism.  Decided to go with a dual pulley set up
 
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Also had my daughter work on a gas pedal.  I helped cut and weld but just like with the axle mounting I let her do the designing.  
 
She took the throttle cable from the yardman and we mounted in a piece of angle.  It's a pretty basic design but it works.  I told her she needed a big rest for her foot so it didn't slip off so we took the pedal from the variable speed control of the yardman and mounted it to the frame so it is what's pushing her lever down.  Then we added a nice tight spring to the throttle at the engine pull it back 
 
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With the steering box and the way the belt had to be routed the belt is in the way of the steering arm... solution drop the arm below the belt.
 
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factory mufflers on both the 15hp and 22hp mount under the frame up front.  Well that kills ground clearance and isnt good for running through mud and water, so
 
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Hate the hood of this thing!
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Posted February 10, 2016 - 11:31 PM

Added a belt brake so that when shes on hill and need to stop, or needs to shift quick, the belt stocks completely with no risk of not letting loose of the pulley
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Now time for some custom bumpers..., Now she is learning to cut and weld.  Again both bumpers are her designs.
 
 
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I told you I didnt like the craftsman hood, so I dug in my pile and found a bolens hood and grille.
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I had planned to build a custom front axle but I got a few free parts yesterday..
CAST IRON axle from a newer tractor
 
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Posted February 11, 2016 - 07:00 AM

I'll be watching with interest ! This "offmowding" is all new to me. I love that you have your daughter working along with you, I feel that our kids should learn by doing and along with their parents NOTHING BETTER THAN THAT :thumbs: :thumbs:

Also very intrigued because I know how hard it is for a youngster to save towards a set of lockers for a Jeep axle...looks like for the same kind of money they could already be in the MUD with this form of the hobby :dancingbanana:

 

Thanks for sharing, especially with the photos, can't wait to see her smile when she gets muddy :thumbs:

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Posted February 11, 2016 - 07:27 AM

Cost is how we got into this. 15 or 20 years ago my parents couldn't afford an atv for me and Grandpa had several junk mowers/garden tractors. I used money I got mowing lawns and bought tge parts to get an old wheelhorse going it was just a standard horse with bad hydro, grandpa helped me put a peerless 3 speed in it and I welded the biggest rear tires and rims he had laying around on the axle. And ran it around the farm. As I grew up and git into muddleschool I found other kids riding them in the same way and these are how we learned to wrench.
Now we are all kind of sort of grown up and we have our Jeep and our four wheelers but we still love riding these tractors and are now passing it on to our own children
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Posted February 11, 2016 - 08:18 AM

Great looking welds and fabrication work. The Offmowdling is something new to me as well. Very interesting to say the least. Subscribed to both your threads.

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Posted February 11, 2016 - 08:40 AM

My first one was a Rugg. Probably around 1970. We couldn't afford go carts or dirt bikes either


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Posted February 13, 2016 - 10:08 AM

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Front tow point on bumper. We reused a u bolt from an axle I removed from a jeep.

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Going to have to lower the seat I think. I'm not pleased with it at the stock heoght.
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Posted February 13, 2016 - 01:41 PM

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Rear bumper, reused the factory hitch we chopped off and welded it into the bumper.

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Posted February 20, 2016 - 05:17 PM

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Redid the exhuast, I "cobbled" it first time.


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Cut the hood to clear

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Also changed plugs air filter, cleaned carb and deleted the fuel cut off solinoid


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Posted February 26, 2016 - 06:46 PM

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Heading.out for the first test run tomorrow.

Switched to a blue Kevlar lined belt and it made 100% differance on clutch operation.

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Posted February 27, 2016 - 04:25 PM

Had this and two other tractors to test. A buddy Redid his clutch, as did i with my sears, and this one needed a test. So we did a short romp today. Had a buddy ride my sears to test it.
Vtwin still not running up.to snuff and wheelhorse and the craftsman both had belt slippage issues we need to address but the craftsman seems to work as hoped. Y sears was problem free


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Posted March 08, 2016 - 07:55 PM

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Posted March 15, 2016 - 05:25 AM

Built a new gas pedal.

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Posted March 15, 2016 - 05:57 AM

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