I can only hope that you've all been enjoying the build so far. Today is a big day, I am going to reveal part 2 of the build. This has been something I've played thru my head for years in hopes that someday it would all come together. This is why I've titled the thread "Building a dream of mine" it's truly been a vision I've had for a long time & I've finally got everything together to proceed. So onward to "THE REVEAL."
There aren't alot of pics on the web that show this dual wheel set up installed on a large frame, but any that I've seen really show that they stick quite far beyond the fender pan. That's always looked so out of character for what I have always thought was a very stylish tractor. So my vision has been to "stretch" a fender pan to cover the set up. I want to do it in such a way that I retain all the classic body lines of a stock pan. The end product should resemble (as close as possible) to what Bolens themselves should have made available as optional equiptment to purchase for the dual wheel kit if the customer chose to do so, IMO.
I have saved 2 large frame fender pans for 5 years for this project because I just couldn't scrap the idea, even tho I was so discouraged for so long in not finding a dual wheel set. These pans are not correct for an HT20 (no hole for the hydro dipstick, they have the cutout in them for the shift lever, & they aren't the correct set up to mount the seat of the ht20 on) but I'll work thru those issues. I've started by cutting the hole for the dipstick first, so i could mount the pan to the tractor. BTW, there are (2) HT20's in my shop, the one HT20 is complete & restored, & also the unrestored one you'll see in many of the pictures. I did most of the "mock up" on the unrestored one for obvious reasons, & go back n forth between the 2 tractors when needed. There's also a Yanmar sub compact tractor, work bench, tool box, & a ton of other stuff crammed into a 12'x20' shed, so space to work in, is challenging. Pics should be for the most part, self explanatory. In this post I'm trying to show the differences between the wheels, how much beyond the fender pan the wheels "stick out" & the VERY initial stages of working out my "plan of attack." I should also mention that I'm aware the wheels aren't on the correct side rite now. I just grabbed 2 wheels & brought them out to the shop (the other 2 were left in the house for now). Turned out they should have gone on the other side of the tractor, but that side was currently too close to the tool box to mount them. I have alot of rearranging to do in the shop before moving along much more. For "mock up" purposes, it won't matter anyway, so I thru them on.
Stay tuned, there is A WHOLE LOT MORE TO COME.
Edited by kjmweld, January 26, 2020 - 10:44 AM.