Yesterday I tackled the one thing I really didn't like about this tractor.........the front plow assembly. Just not something I could live with. While it did function, I'm hoping I can cobble together something that looks and works a little better.
Here's a few pics of the before. The biggest challenge is the welds. Unfortunately, the previous builder not only bolted the home brew to the frame, they also welded it to the frame. Yikes! Best I can tell, the rig was done using an oxy/acetylene torch and an arc welder.
First thing was unbolting the lift bracket. And grinding out the relatively light welds. That was easy.
If there was a saving grace, weld-wise, it was that it was welded only on three sides, not the bottom. The plan was to grind out the front and top welds, and backcut the rear welds with the grinder best I could as they were in an awkward spot to access. Then with a heavy balpeen and chisel, try and pry the plates off.
It was a good feeling when the first side let loose. Pried it back and forth and the rear weld snapped. One down!
The other side was a bit tougher, but the hammer and chisel won.
All in all, about an hour or so. Felt great to get that "thing" off the B6. Now I can get to the fun stuff. If anyone has any pics of a stock Kubota plow setup, I'd love to see them. Still got some grinding/painting left.