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#1 rod0717 OFFLINE  

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Posted September 07, 2011 - 03:28 PM

Sorry for the delay,Did know where to post. So I've been busy.
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welded up the cracks in the frame, fixed hydraulic leaks, Lots of sanding and painting.
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Fabricated a poor mans 3pt hitch. Fixed electricial, changed oil and tuneup. my neighbor made me a new bushing for hydraulic lift arm shaft.
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Made my own motor mounts. Still have the steering box it fix. and a lot more to do. check out the pic's.
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Edited by MH81, September 08, 2011 - 07:24 AM.


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Posted September 07, 2011 - 04:57 PM

Rod, welcome.Starting to look good. Thanks for the pics.

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Posted September 07, 2011 - 05:13 PM

Looks like your well on your way to a great build!!! keep up the goood work.

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Posted September 08, 2011 - 07:25 AM

You have been busy! Thanks for the update.

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Posted September 08, 2011 - 08:35 AM

Nice job ! Will be looking forward to seeing more pic's as you go on , Al

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Posted September 08, 2011 - 07:32 PM

Great Job! That will look great when its done. I love the tire/wheel combo! Where did you get them?

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Posted September 08, 2011 - 10:41 PM

Great Job! That will look great when its done. I love the tire/wheel combo! Where did you get them?

Tires..the fronts ones are from "princessauto" the rears are"carslie" 23.5 x 10.50 x 12
"TruGrip" got them at Kal-tire. they are handy , next door to where I work.

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Posted September 12, 2011 - 06:26 AM

I second the note on the tires..... very tough looking!

Curious where you purchased your ford paint (tie in from the other recent posting)?

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Posted September 12, 2011 - 06:56 AM

What brand are the front tires? Different tread pattern on them. Also, pic 5 shows a bar going down towards the rear, looks to be one one the right side also. Where is it attached on the other end. Is it a brace for the rear axle? I have to pull my fender pan and fix/reweld the same place you show in pic 7. I'm not sure, but mine may be broken at the other end of that flat bar near the cylinder. Keep up the nice work.

Answered my question on the bar, I see where it attaches in pic 6. Nice brace you added there. I will copy that. Can you post a pic of the lift bar you made from the square tube. Looks very sturdy.

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 10:44 PM

The paint is also from pricess auto, called "Ford tractor blue". The tires I wanted something between turf tires and Rib tires, these are "carsiles" as well 16.5 x 6.50 x 8
"Trail Master" from so coarse "princess auto"

Edited by rod0717, September 20, 2011 - 11:46 PM.

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Posted September 20, 2011 - 11:04 PM

Yes Kenny, a couple of things. My frame cracked where it is welded to the tube frames on both sides, beause I don't have the mower deck or any of the lift mechenisim
The 2 peices added, attach to the lower bolts on the transaxle and mid way up the frame . This does 2 things extra support and I'am going to attach the (yet tobe made)
front blade to them as the rear pivot points.
My rear lift arm bar was bending like yours, so I made it out of 1" square tube. I tried something different...Now I don't really know if it worked or not but at the front
I attached it at a 45 degree angle, thinking the farther away from the pivot point it was,this would give me more travel at the other end?? I'm not an engineer but I think it worked?
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Posted September 20, 2011 - 11:25 PM

P1080773.JPG Ok Guys, heres some better pic's. Still working the bugs out of the blade and rear hitch, but this is what I've got so far....
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Posted September 21, 2011 - 04:03 AM

Okay, now I understand more. Did the lift bar give the 'extra' lift as you hoped? I have seen extensions put on the front piece you hook the bar onto. would give more lift that way.
Nice looking blade, but you might want some trip springs on there. If you hit/hook something solid with the blade, you will bend something.
I need to pull the seat pan and repair my frame. I will look at bracing as you have. I have some 1X1, but is pretty thin wall. Not sure if it will bend with the force these have. I thought about using a piece of Schedule 40 1" pipe for the lift bar. It would be stronger then the 1X1.
Looking good, thanks for the pics.

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Posted September 21, 2011 - 04:49 AM

Hi Rod, nice setup for sure!
I had a similar setup on my Ford as yours, and I found that the tractor pushes way Way better from the front rather than the rear. "What the heck am I talking about " right? What I am reffering to is the mounting point of the blade to tractor. Hooked at or behind the rear axle will not allow the tractor to "digg" per say it will just spin .For traction you will need weight added. Hook the blade to the front and it will force the rear to digg in as the front lifts, steering sucks when this happens but who cares , you usually push straight anyways. And the blade will lift higher too .
I built a "quick hitch" set up for my rig using a front attachment setup from a Craftsman FF GT with only minor mods done to it, and it works out awesome ! I will need to get some pics of it sometime, totally adaptable.
Keep up that great work , it looks beautiful ! Keith

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Posted September 21, 2011 - 06:14 PM

Here are a few shots of my quick hitch and a few attachments for it.
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The snowcaster
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My 4 way plow
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My craftsman plow
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