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« on: December 14, 2008, 10:55:30 PM »

just getting started on my tractor puller

http://photobucket.com/photosofmybuild

have a new welder gotta learn how to use it also need a lathe anyone have one
 maybe doing things a bit backwards but had to sand blast everything, primer, and reassemble before I started to modify.Just to look at it in clean stock form. Maybe im a bit obsessive/compulsive,so ive been told.
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2008, 04:04:56 PM »

The hitch you made is a good hitch. You might use all thread couplers in place of the center 4 nuts, this will spread out the force on the all thread when the hitch section is trying to pull back. It will keep your all thread from wanting to bend as much. Other than that it looks just like the hitch I use on both of my tractors.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2008, 08:40:46 PM »

thanks man good idea I will do that
waiting for some parts then I will post more progress
limited income probably going to go slow.
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2008, 07:04:12 PM »

Received pillow blocks and collars today mounted them and cut the original clutch pedal, to use as part of the clutch pedal assy and part of the deck raise/lower mechanism to make part of the brake pedal assembly. still have to cut a slot in the running board between the pillowblocks with mill and fab up a couple of pedals. I will cut the shafts to length once things are mounted and more finished. More to come.

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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2008, 06:27:11 AM »

gtpuller if you are serious about building a pulling garden tractor PM me sometime and I can give you some help.
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2008, 10:11:59 AM »

pmd ya.


progress from yesterday machined slots in the running boards for the pedals and cut out a mock up pedal



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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2008, 11:34:33 AM »

Looks good dude! Let me know if you need any help also... I pull with a Kohler K-Series Engine on a Wheel Horse frame!

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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2008, 06:08:42 PM »

Holy Pillow Blocks!!! woo
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2008, 07:19:02 PM »

yeah crazy huh talk about overkill but only 6 pounds for the lot
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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2008, 06:05:26 PM »

Fired up the welder on saturday and started welding a couple of ramps for the garden shed. Practice before welding on the tractor. Not quite the same as stick welding is it. Anyway started giving thought to the front axle and steering I have read a lot of the racing threads and mostly understand their setup. Would like to pattern my front axle and spindle setup after the e.c. axle with all of the caster and camber adjustment, etc. Not sure why, not really gonna go fast or turn but I like it mechanically.  I don't know about the direct steering thing and the cheapest rack and pinion that I can find is about 90 bucks from    http://www.motivationaltubing.com
its part # 300653.  Restored original front axle and steering but they gotta go just too loose and I fear not heavy enough.What do you tractor pullers use? Opinions? Really looking for something like a funny car steering box http://www.pro-werks.com Anyone know where to buy small gearboxes?
thanks gents for your interest and input
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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2008, 06:53:17 PM »

If you are juts pulling no need for something like the EC front axle... I have seen guys use the stock front axles and juts "beef" them up with some flat bar steel from lowes as well as bolt it solid to the frame instead of letting them pivot.
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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2008, 08:00:30 PM »

finished fabricating pedals today a lot of small pieces to line up and tap. I used 1/4" aluminum flat bar for the actual pedal. Still have to weld collars.

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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2008, 08:17:54 PM »

Looking good!
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« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2008, 07:53:23 PM »

Photo of fabricated go pedal and mounting plate (all aluminum) shown below. Throttle linkage next.  Hope im not posting too much it just helps me think about what I want to do next . My first attempt at anything like this, so learn as you go I guess.

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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2008, 11:34:37 PM »

finally started working on the chassis, thought about the axle, gonna go stock for now; spend what little money that I have right now, on getting the rear of the tractor in order. Worked the last couple of days on machining the original rear plate of the chassis. I mounted up the hitch, kill switch module, and the tail light to a 3/16" steel plate, the wheelie bars will also mount to this plate. weighs quite a bit. I'm going to weigh it tomorrow to find out. This whole thing will bolt to the original rear plate of the mower, obviously with some reinforcement.




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