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#16 CRFarnsworth ONLINE  

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Posted March 22, 2021 - 10:06 PM

Today has been fairly  lucky for me.

For starters I brought home a rear hitch plate for a Cub Cadet with a three point a sleeve hitch. I traded mine to a guy whose tractor didn't have hydraulics but Cub Cadet had installed the rear hitch plate needed for rear lift on his tractor at the factory.  It has the cut out for the lift bar, and the longer sides for the draw pins and to brace up the transaxle.

After it got mounted to the frame I needed two brackets to connect it to the transaxle. Which keeps the transaxle from trying to twist out of the frame.

When looking through the scrap pile I found two pieces with holes drilled in the correct place. All I did was cut them to length and install. 

I also found two pieces of angle that would work for making the upper link bracket for the third member on the hitch. They had holes in the correct place also. I had to weld them together and I'll get the holes in the side drilled sometime in the next few days.

I had to take the wife out for supper  and afterwards stopped by the old Big R store which got sold and is now closing.  Everything is on sale .  I got the last two draw pins they had for a category 0 hitch very cheap.  The two pins were $1.50 total  instead of $3.99 each.  

Today everything was falling into place. 

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Posted March 23, 2021 - 02:15 PM

Looking good!  Fun project to watch.



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Posted March 23, 2021 - 05:58 PM

Got the holes punched into the top link bracket.   Laid out the position of the holes and drilled the first two sizes at home with my drill press. Since I needed to borrow a 41/64th drill bit from my brother I just took the bracket to his place and finished them with the mill.  A 5/8ths hitch pin slips in nicely.

Back home I cleaned and deburred the bracket and painted it black.  Probably install it tomorrow. 

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Posted March 25, 2021 - 09:10 PM

   Got the top link bracket installed.

With the current height of the tractor it is 16" to the bottom of the frame. Which is where the footboard would be. Also it is 26" to the top of the  driveshaft cover.  Since I'm not as spry as I used to be I need a step and/or footboard set up a little lower.    The original footboard had a 3/4" round bar under it.  I started by heating and bending the bar square to the frame. Then heated and bent it straight down. After measuring and clamping a flat bar to it i then heated and bent it straight out again.  This will be the starting point for new footboards.  I have a pair of boards from an old Huskee mower. I may use them or some diamond plate.

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Posted March 25, 2021 - 09:53 PM

. I started making the sleeve hitch.   I drew up some plans on graph paper and then transferred the measurements to cardboard.  I made it fit to a 36" piece of steel from the scrap pile.  Don't have a press so  After marking the steel I used the torch and vise to bend to the proper shape.  The vise held the steel at ninety degrees  so I used the angle finder and a large crescent wrench to bend it to 45*. I used this method for all four bends, while eyeballing and using a carpenters square to adjust any twist.  After doing all four bends it was close but not quite square to itself. Although it was flat to the workbench, the sides were not parallel.  Using my combo square and a BFH I got it into reasonable shape. One leg ended up 3/32 longer than the other. But since I would be taking measurements from the opposite end I didn't care.  I then lay out where the holes needed to be drilled and went to the drill press.  After drilling the holes I welded on the hitch pin tube and the nuts for the stabilizing bolts.   Have to go to the hardware store for 5/8ths nuts and bolts.  Temporarily mounted it to the tractor.  I need to configure the bar form the cylinder and where to attach it to the sleeve hitch.

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Posted April 03, 2021 - 12:51 PM

I had an idea for lifting the sleeve hitch, but it wasn't working the way I wanted. So i decided to replicate the rock shaft on my Cub Cadet 782. After checking the scrap pile and doing a lot of measuring of angles and dimensions I "got er done". 

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Posted April 03, 2021 - 01:04 PM

Having the rock shaft completed and installed I needed to replicate the lift bar that runs from from the lift cylinder, down the inside of the frame to the rock shaft.  This is the first piece that I had to purchase for this project.  Using the drill press, mill, torch , vise, degree finder and a BFH I came up with a working part.  It got painted and hung up to dry in front of the furnace duct.

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Posted April 03, 2021 - 01:14 PM

The second part I had to buy for this project was a pin to attach the lift bar to the cylinder. What I bought had too large of a head on it fit the recessed area on the lift bar,  So I put it in the vertical lathe (drill press)  and turned it down with a portable mill, (4 1/2" angle grinder). 

Now I need to decide what type of link I want from the rockshaft arms to the sleeve hitch.

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Posted April 05, 2021 - 04:05 PM

Looking good.






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