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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 07:58 AM

Links to Ridemaster cart

http://gardentractor...ster-cart-5863/

-1 http://gardentractor...-cart-1-a-5899/

-2 http://gardentractor...-cart-2-a-5927/

-3 http://gardentractor...-cart-3-a-5944/

-4 http://gardentractor...-cart-4-a-5964/

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The new gas tank arrived the other day and I got it finished painted today.

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While I had the Ridemaster cart in the garage to fit the gas tank to it, I went ahead and finished up some of the detail work.
The new ID plate if mounted on the engine and I put the decal on the air cleaner.

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There is a "Wisconsin Power" decal on the throttle plate and the rubber grip is on the shift lever under the steering wheel and on the tool bar lever.

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Both sides of the frame tube get a "Ridemaster" decal.

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I put a Bolens implement decal on the tailgate to dress it up.
The only decal left to do is the Bolens decal that goes on both sides of the gas tank but the paint has to dry for at least a week.

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All that is left is to put the Bolens decals on the gas tank but I have to wait until the paint is dry enough.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 08:01 AM

Excellent,excellent,excellent job Ray.That looks so nice.
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 08:12 AM

Fine looking ride you folks have there. Should turn a few heads. You did an awesome job on this.
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 08:44 AM

A truly fantastic job Ray. It looks terrific. I have enjoyed this series very much. Great results.
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:19 AM

BEAUTIFUL, RAY! .....Just, BEAUTIFUL!!!

I guess you'll have to re-write the Ridemaster Parts Manual, now!

Thanks for documenting the build, and sharing it with us! ......I salute your creativity and talent in making this unique piece look like it just rolled out of the Bolens factory!

So, what's next? ......A rear-engine Ridemaster with the driver out front?
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 10:08 AM

That looks great Ray! :dancingbanana:

Where did you get that wisconsin engine ID plate from?
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 10:21 AM

Hi

That is really impressive. I am wondering how it handles. The configuration is so different than a typical tractor that I am curious to know how it handles rough terrain and side hills etc. Do you get torque steer due to the FWD?
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 11:08 AM

Great looking Bolens Ray, looks like it could be a factory built tractor, nice finishing details too.
Thanks for putting together such great build posts, I know many here really enjoy them.
Peter
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 11:10 AM

Where did you get that wisconsin engine ID plate from?

A guy on ebay makes them up. Here is the link:

Wisconsin Engine Specification Plate | eBay


Hi
I am wondering how it handles. The configuration is so different than a typical tractor that I am curious to know how it handles rough terrain and side hills etc. Do you get torque steer due to the FWD?

I haven't had this one out much but I've driven my other Ridemasters a lot.
I think they handle very well but they do have one unique handling trait.
If the rear axles are adjusted all the way in and there are no weights on the rear axles, then the tractor can get "tipsy" when making very sharp turns.

However, if the rear axles have wheel weights on them then it is much more stable.
If the rear axles are adjusted out to wider width, then it becomes very stable.
If the rear axles are adjusted out and has wheel weights, then you will have a hard time trying to make it tip at all.

I haven't noticed any torque steer on these tractors.
The steering post is right in the center of the wheels so the tractor just easily goes in whatever direction the wheels are turned.
It doesn't matter if it is going straight or turning.

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Posted April 29, 2011 - 07:37 PM

You did a terrific job on the Ridemaster cart Ray. I really like the engine id plate and thank you for sharing the source. I knew it was going to turn out good but that is just awesome. Very cool piece and like others have said looks like something the factory would have built.
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 07:46 PM

Looks great you did a fantastic job. The engine plate really set it apart.
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 07:55 PM

One last WOW. I don't even know what to say...it is so amazing. That thing is truly a work or art.
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 07:59 PM

Ray, when I get a chance and things slow down a little I will make all the separate posts into one article spanning multiple pages for you and feature it on the front page.
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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:20 PM

Thank you for the nice comments that you have all made. I'm glad you like it.

George .. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to do an article on this. Thank you.

Edited by jdcrawler, April 29, 2011 - 09:29 PM.


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Posted April 29, 2011 - 09:24 PM

As always an AWESOME job, good stuff.
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