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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted April 28, 2011 - 08:23 AM

I'm getting down to the final stages of construction now.
Last weekend I painted the wheels.

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Yesterday I set up some of the parts so I could get them ready for paint.

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I was able to get them all sanded, primed and painted yesterday.

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First thing this morning, I started on the main frame.

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Got it all sanded and primed by noon.

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Painted it right after lunch.

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It's always nice when a project reaches the point where it starts going back together for the last time.

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You wouldn't think a tractor as simple as the Ridemaster could ever end up with so many parts.
I filled this table once with parts that needed painted.
Now I've filled the table again and two smaller work benches with more parts that still need painted.

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A few progress photos as it's going back together.

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Last week a friend of mine stopped by looking for a gas tank for an old two wheel garden tractor that he is restoring.
It turns out that the tank I had on this is exactly the tank he needs so when he left the tank went with him.

I bought another tank off ebay that will actually work better as it is larger than the old one.
So the Ridemaster cart is almost finished, pending the arrival of the new tank.


The engine and transmission are all mounted with all the wiring and linkage hooked up.
I'll hold off putting the shields on until after I make sure every thing is working correctly.

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The coil is mounted down on the frame and the new voltage regulator is mounted on the fender.

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Posted April 28, 2011 - 08:24 AM

Here is the dash box with the throttle and choke cable mounted on the side.

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I made up two steel tubes with rubber boots on the ends.
The throttle and choke cables runs thru one tube and the wiring runs thru the other tube.
This keeps everything in place and prevents the wiring or cables from flopping around.

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The headlight works.

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The seats and rear fenders are mounted.

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The center frame for the canopy is mounted in place.

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Marie is sewing up a cover that will fit over the canopy when it is folded up.
I modified the canopy frame so I can remove two 3/8 wing bolts and the frame can fold forward for traveling.

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Posted April 28, 2011 - 08:50 AM

All I can say is........ WOW!
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Posted April 28, 2011 - 08:56 AM

Awesome. Great job. Thanks for posting all this.
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Posted April 28, 2011 - 09:44 AM

WOW, does that ever look nice.
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Posted April 28, 2011 - 10:17 AM

That is some very impressive work! I had never seen one of those before looking at this post. A very unique and interesting machine.
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Posted April 28, 2011 - 03:50 PM

:yelclap: :yelclap: :yelclap: :yelclap:

:worshippy2: :worshippy2: :worshippy2: :worshippy2: :worshippy2: :worshippy2:

Impressive as hell, Ray!
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Posted April 28, 2011 - 07:01 PM

:worshippy1::worshippy1: Ray :worshippy1::worshippy1: Top notch stuff!:thumbs::thumbs:I wanna be just like you when (if) I ever grow up!
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Posted April 28, 2011 - 08:16 PM

Once again...wow. Is this a homemade unit or was this manufactured?
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Posted April 28, 2011 - 09:09 PM

The tractor frame and running gear is from a Bolens Ridemaster.
I could not find the parts that were missing to restore it so I'm building it into something that I can use.

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Posted April 28, 2011 - 09:17 PM

Ray, Once again, Out Standing JOB !!! I am very impressed, great workmanship....
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