New member question on JD 400
Posted September 27, 2011 - 04:37 PM
I have 2 questions :
The entire body looks good, but the pan that covers the gas tank & forms the foot rests is a little crappy. I was wondering if a pan from a 317 would fit.
Also I have a weld shop & I am thinking of making a front end loader for the 400. I've seen a couple different aftermarket ones on the net, which is basically what I am going to build. I was just wondering if there is enough a** in the machine for pushing into a pile of top soil with turf tires on, or do I need to go with the big tread directional tires. I would rather use the turf tires for not tearing up areas, but if I really need to go with the directionals I will.
Thanks for any help in advance.
Posted September 27, 2011 - 05:46 PM
Posted September 27, 2011 - 06:25 PM
Glad to have you with us.
Posted September 28, 2011 - 12:30 PM
Posted September 28, 2011 - 02:10 PM
Welcome to GTTalk RSPRATLEY . Why don't you start a thread and tell us about your tractor and your plans for building a loader.
I have a 317 that i have seen after market loader for i was curious about the same thing pretty sure i can build the loader considerably cheaper
Posted September 28, 2011 - 09:42 PM
Posted September 28, 2011 - 10:31 PM
Posted September 29, 2011 - 04:55 AM
I am definatly going to put a fromt emd loader on it though. Rather than look for another rear fender pan on Ebay I'm just going to brake some heavier plate & copy the old one. I think I'm going to put heavier axles with 4 bolt hubs on the front. If nothing else it will keep me busy in the shop nights playing around.
It's a good idea to go over the front end and steering gear if you plan on putting a loader on it. With a tractor of that vintage the bushings and wheel bearings etc are usually pretty ripe if they haven't already been replaced. The loader will put a lot of stress on the front end. You should consider replacing the front tires as well if they are old and cracked.