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« on: November 05, 2006, 12:21:52 PM »

OK just about ready to get started here...

Been collecting parts for the past couple weeks.. and have enough to do the basic layout...

This won't be a 5 hr or two day project, as it's not a "common" chassis rebuild, but more of a custom from the ground up creation...USLMRA rules for mid frame chassis F/X allows the frames to be "updated" as long as they follow the "form" of the original...with a little stretch and widen..so I plan on some creative engineering to use the "allowances" to my advantage.

Comments and concerns always welcome, and I'll try to answer the "why" I did something as well as the "How" I did it.. And be willing to discuss why you might think I should do something different...

First ... "The Victim" ....



A "Bradford Wildcat" of unknown vintage... (any info on history or ID appreciated)
While it looks bulky in the pics..It is Shorter, Narrower, and Lighter than the Rugg chassis I started my A/P with...

Rectangular Frame to be "Updated" and upper tube reinforcements to be "complementary" and functional... Evil


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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2006, 12:51:23 PM »

Couple parts to start, we'll see them again as we progress...

Power plant...Briggs 28N707 "supposedly" a runner, will have to open 'er up and giver 'er the once over before sending out for mowchine work...



Also have an ARC Flywheel laying around here somewhere...


Clutch...Noram Mini Cup (to be modified to work with RAGB)
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2006, 01:30:11 PM »

Front axle will be based off EC Dist. front spindles.. (these things are "smooooth" George)twothumbsup

Had George cut the keyway for Hegar front brakes (which will be coming later in the build) the sealed bearings are glass smooth and the adjustabilty  for caster, camber, and ride height will be much appreciated (and used)..

Also had the steering arms left loose so I can place them where needed after axle is located...



I used the ACME "Fun Cart" type spindles on my AP and even after refitting with brass bushings, grease zerks, and reinforcing the arms...there is no comparison..

These are going to  be "WAY" better, smoother and hold ajustment "tighter"...Definetly worth the money...thumbsup
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2006, 02:03:08 PM »

Rear Brakes just showed up...MCP Dual piston Hyd..




and I'm expecting the rear axle, hangers and hubs tomorrow (at least that's what the tracking numbers say)

Then we can get started with some "measurements"... woo
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2006, 02:25:15 PM »

man i wish i had that kind of money i mean i got a nice mwoer but to get all that nice stuff is wow that mower is gonna be sweet whe its all finished like realy sweet i wish i had that kind of money i'm only 15 Tongue i would need a pretty nice job at my age to make the money to make that thing danm good job can't wait to see it finished smile.
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2006, 02:31:30 PM »

COOL!
I like that mower.
I think that flywheel costs more then my whole mower lol
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2006, 02:42:29 PM »

Aw Dude...Don't get the wrong impression here..(or discouraged)...

It's not all about the money...while I'll admit, this one i am going to go with some nice parts on, take a lok at my A/P build where I used the more common parts or better yet, Sami's S/S (both stickies in this forum) where we built a competitive class mower with MINIMAL store bought parts..!!!

It's do able with a little work and imagination..!!!

This is my forth mower now (including my IMOW, also a minimal cost build) and so each time I try to upgrade a bit...Yeah, I have a decent job, but I'm also dang near 50 ()...so after raising 4 kids and shipping most of them off...It's time for the old man to have a little fun of his own.... Evil

Mostly I'm doing this to show what can be done... Parts can be substituted...and competitive/racing mowchines built within a "reasonable" budget...
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2006, 02:48:14 PM »

Yup, I'm kinda going nuts with my little 5HP. Ive got heads and cams and stuff. I couldnt afford a arc flywheel or anything so  I bought a aluminum 3HP one and it weighs less than a pound. Im guessing it will be anywhere in the 7-10 horse range.
(I'm probably getting a Blue Wazoom Cam, if I win the bid) I'm trying to recycle, or adapt parts to work.
I cant wait to see how your mower turns out.
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2006, 08:13:52 AM »

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I'm trying to recycle, or adapt parts to work.
THAT is where a lot of the "fun", ingenuity and savings come in...

On my AP I used a snowmobile mechanical disc and caliper for the rear brakes, on Sami's SS we converted a stock diff to a live axle set up...

Both at minimal to no cost...thumbsup
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2006, 02:43:00 PM »

sweet sweet!!

are the breaks the ones George sells?
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2006, 03:04:59 PM »

The MCP rear brake set up pictured above, I got off e-bay...not sure what type george sells there..

The front brakes will be Hegar..and most likely come from him when I'm ready for them as he seems to have the best price I've found...
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2006, 03:24:28 PM »

Is that the same mower Al Minneaker has?
Looks a lot like his...
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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2006, 03:32:23 PM »

 Randy if you don't need the air cleaner assembly I would like to buy it from you.
 Looking forward to see you winning with that one.
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2006, 04:06:25 PM »

Is that the same mower Al Minneaker has?
Looks a lot like his...

Yes actually it is...

I did a google search on Bradford Wildcat and his name came up on top, extreme mower mayhem...

I thought it looked familiar...

I PMd him and he says looks like it..

Now I can go out and "Beat him with his own Mowchine"...Bwahh Haa Haa haaaaa badgrin
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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2006, 04:13:40 PM »

Randy if you don't need the air cleaner assembly I would like to buy it from you.
 Looking forward to see you winning with that one.

Thanks...

PM me and we can work something out on the AC...

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