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Father son project
426tractorguy - Jun 22, 2020 01:54 PM
May 2015: David Bradley Custom Electric Tractorfeatured tractor david bradley
This started as pipe dream and a david Bradley walk behind hood that my wife picked up for me at a swap meet, I liked the look of the hood but had no idea what to use it for, after awhile and looking at a calendar with a narrow john deer I got an idea. I started with the hood and some aluminum rails I had saved from an elliptical machine. the rails were fabbed into a T for the frame with a few mods here and there for axles and bushings and so forth. all the shafts and axles were cut by me at work on their lathes, I then decided to put a 24v drive motor from an electric scooter in the center under the hood. after all the measuring and figuring was done I got to work. removed the bottom part of the hood due to bad rot and welded an new piece on there with a flat bottom to allow it to set correct.
Allot of time was spent putting this together and taking it back apart again, the steering box was salvaged from a mower deck, the steering wheel from a go cart and the rear seat, spring and fenders are from a wheel horse RJ. everything on this is made from salvaged or used stuff, even the tires, rears are dirt bike rims and the fronts are HI wheeled mower tires. when it was all said and done I couldn't go with john deer green I just couldn't bear the thought of it so I settled on oliver colors. all sprayed with automotive paint and re-assembled it was good to go.
There are few things I am going to change, I had an electric drive controller on there I am going to ditch and just put a reversing switch on there with a hand clutch and the front tires need to be pneumatic, the hard tires are really noisy on rocks or blacktop. Otherwise I am really pleased with this.
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