While I'm waiting for the new gas tank for the Ridemaster cart to show up, I'm going to go back to work on the R/T tractor.
When I built the tractor, the rear axle turned out to have a 12 to 1 gear ratio and the rear tires are about 2 or 3 inch smaller diameter than the original tires.
I have used the tractor a little but the combination of the gear ratio and smaller tires makes it really slow.
About a month ago I was able to get a rear axle with the 5 to 1 gear ratio.
So I'm going to bring the tractor back in and swap out the rear axle.
I've also decided to take the front end loader off of it.
I have played with it a few times and it works just fine for what it is.
The problem is that I have been spoiled with the FEL on the Lindeman crawler.
The crawler weighs almost 6,000 pounds and has traction that is unquestionable.
It will go thru snow, mud and loose sand with out and problem.
The 1,500 pound tractor on rubber tires can't even compete with that.
So I said to myself: "Self, why are you carrying the bucket around all the time if you're never going to use it?"
Today I got the FEL off the tractor and took it out side and took some photos so I can put it up for sale.
Here's the tractor with the FEL removed and ready to start on switching the rear axle.
This is the other rear axle that I picked up.
1945 John Deere Lindeman crawler ( modified )
1949 Agricat crawler
1947 FMC Bean Cutler ( flat belt drive )
( 3 ) 1948 Bolens Ridemasters type #35AA01
1953 Bolens Ridemaster 35AB03 ( modified )
1937 Shaw Du-All tractor conversion
1939 Viking / Standard Twin
1962 Panzer model T70
"R/T" home made tractor