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#31 mmmmmdonuts OFFLINE  

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Posted October 15, 2017 - 08:55 PM

Made a little more progress this weekend. Got the arms test fit on the tractor before I weld in the cross beam which is the next step. Decided to mount the pump in the front so I was working on a pump mount along with with where the tower braces will mount as well. Hopefully will continue to make progress in the upcoming weeks but I also need to get prepared for winter.

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Posted October 19, 2017 - 05:08 PM

Well fellas,here she is,all cleaned up and mine now! I was wrong however, it's got 450hrs on it but still in primo shape and worth every penny spent for it. It ran leaving his house but I still like to go through my stuff,so she's got a fresh tune up with new fuel,fuel filter,oil change ,air filter,plugs,ect...
Gotta say it's not your average riding mower,can definitely tell it's more of a beast and I can see it working out quite nicely. Tks for the posts here,definitely gave me a little push into getting it now! Now for the attachment hunt!

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Posted October 19, 2017 - 09:11 PM

Well fellas,here she is,all cleaned up and mine now! I was wrong however, it's got 450hrs 

 

 

That's still low hours and yes they are a very nice machine. The power steering is neat but takes a little getting used to. 


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Posted October 23, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Congratulations on the tractor Dooolz91. I think you will end up loving the machine and work hard for you for many years.



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Posted November 04, 2017 - 12:41 PM

So little progress has been made lately. I managed to weld the cross beam and gussets to the arms. The reason it has been going a little slow is I had to modify the subframe because I got a new addition to the tractor as seen below. I got fortunate enough that it was about 45 minutes from me and I managed to scoop it up. Very excited...


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I am also looking more at putting the pump in the middle like cvans did. It is a very very tight against the subframe. It looks like I may have about an 1-2 inches behind the pump but that's where the pump outlet and drain port come out and I don't know if I have enough room with elbows or not. I will have to do more measurements and connect everything to verify if it will fit or not.

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#36 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted November 04, 2017 - 01:46 PM

I have one of those. Very handy at times!



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Posted February 25, 2018 - 07:12 PM

did you ever get your loader finished? i am getting ready to start to build one for my lgt165 ford when i get some of the bugs worked out of it.



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Posted February 27, 2018 - 08:32 PM

Winter and the brutal cold has kind of put a small hold on the loader. I have been acquiring parts (fittings/hoses etc.) though through the winter to continue when it gets warmer. I have the vast major of the steel cut and welded and am hoping to get the bucket mounted as the next step. I would be glad to assist and help with your build and hopefully avoid the mistakes I made.
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Posted March 04, 2018 - 07:28 AM

Figured I spend sometime with the hydraulic cylinders unpacking them and this is what I found. They are these plastic threaded where the head kept stripping as I tried to get it out. Only 2 of the 8 that I have were in good shape when I tried to remove them. The rest I have been peeling and twisting out with vice grips and to compound the problem is they are hardened with paint. Extremely frustrating wasting time with this not to mention me already scratching up the cylinders paint. I know for the manufacturer to spend $2 on the price of the cylinders to do it right is to much to ask for...

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Posted March 04, 2018 - 10:25 AM

I know for the manufacturer to spend $2 on the price of the cylinders to do it right is to much to ask for...

 

You should contact them and let them know what is going on. They might appreciate it. 


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Posted March 23, 2018 - 01:38 PM

In the mid 30's today so made quite a bit of progress today. I wanted to mount the pump like Cvans showed using the mid PTO but I didn't have enough room and would have had to cut quite a bit a part of the subframe I constructed so for now I am opting to mount the pump in the front. There are two pieces of 2" wide flat stock welded together and then mounted with 3/8-16 bolts to the frame on each side. I then took this piece of Angle (4"x4"x1/4" I think) and notched out where the pump goes and where the tires would hit it and welded it to the other pieces of flat stock. I then drilled holes out for an aluminum pump mount that I bought. From there I made extensions out of some of the cut out of Angle so I can mount the tubes that go from towers to the front of the tractor. I haven't exactly figured out how I want to mount the tubes yet but I will get there.

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Posted April 06, 2018 - 02:23 PM

Slight progress today considering we got a few inches of snow this morning/afternoon...

Just got the one side lined up and test fitted with a hydraulic cylinder. The other side somehow my holes are off where the tower meets the arms so I have to fix it.

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