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Old 10-10-2011, 01:21 PM   post #1 of 58
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Default Homemade Cab Project Using Bedframes

I started this thread in the MTD forum, but it's not specific to any make/model so decided it should be here instead.

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A couple weeks ago I picked up a hospital-bed off craigslist for free because I thought -- now that looks like it could make a decent snowcab for my White 1650 (990).

I started by cutting the brackets off the frame ends and rails because I want to be able to lift the whole cab off using those handy assemblies. I mounted two of the receiver pieces between the rear fenders, and made brackets for the other two that utilize the front footrest bolts (1 on each side). They're not attached in the picture below, and I changed it a little since taking the pic -- but you can get the idea.

The swinging frame sections are clearly suggestive of cab doors. I also plan for the front windshield to swing up for hood access. Not sure yet if I should split the front pane into 2 sections, or just one big piece. (?)

Big bonus -- it came with two 24v linear actuators (one will later become a chute adjuster), and a strong reversible rotary motor (which seems like it will work great as an electric spout rotator eventually). The actuators are 24v, but I think they will operate on 12v but at reduced speed -- which is fine. In all likelihood I will probably be sticking with the manual controls this season regardless. If I get the cab itself completed I'll be more than satisfied.

I'll follow up with progress, or at least when it's finished. So far, this seems like it has the makings of a good cheap snowcab.

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Old 10-10-2011, 01:25 PM   post #2 of 58
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I made some more progress this weekend and feel pretty good about how it's going so far. Blackberry + garage lighting doesn't make for good photos, but it's all I have for you. Sorry about that, maybe I'll grab a real camera when it's all finished.

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Old 10-10-2011, 01:36 PM   post #3 of 58
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Looking good keep up the great work. slkpk
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:08 PM   post #4 of 58
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Wow. Now that's a resourceful guy. Good score. Great thinking.
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:31 PM   post #5 of 58
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The pics are fine and you are doing an awesome job!! Nice use recycling something someone else didn't want/need.
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:59 PM   post #6 of 58
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I wonder if that's the same CL hosp bed I seen a week or 2 ago. I was thinkin of nab'n it for the actuaters & hardware too...but I had no time to run down and get it. grrr!

good job on the project ya got going tho!
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Old 10-10-2011, 03:49 PM   post #7 of 58
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good job on recycling and good work on the cab . keep up the great work if you need help with ideas for your cab look for my thread" recycled cab for a 1988 sears craftsman II tractor" tootles
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Old 10-10-2011, 03:54 PM   post #8 of 58
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Nice work weasle, pics show the work fine. and I was thinking of your cab too KC!
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:25 PM   post #9 of 58
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Nice work and good use of recycling the steel. Get 'er done before the snow flies! Where abouts in MN are you located?
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:35 PM   post #10 of 58
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I would be very happy if my White 1650 GT looked that purty! Mine has been used hard since I bought it new in 1975. It still works as intended. Good luck with your cab. I have often thought about building one, but have not. Do not put down your pictures. I wanted to see then larger so I just used the scroll feature on the mouse. I will keep watching this thread and admiring your tractor. Marly

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Old 10-10-2011, 08:37 PM   post #11 of 58
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Look at all those springs. They could be used to keep a canvas cover nice and taught. Or even snow chain tensioners. Just try pricing out all them springs at the local hardware store.
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Old 10-11-2011, 11:06 AM   post #12 of 58
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Wow great idea and nice work!
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:33 PM   post #13 of 58
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Looking pretty darn good there! Keep up the work, and keep the camera handy. Lots of folks following your progress.
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:55 PM   post #14 of 58
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Very resourceful person if I do say so. Looking forward to seeing more progress. Keep the pictures coming.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:23 AM   post #15 of 58
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Looks good! Kinda re minds me of my Craftsman cab and plow project I posted in the homemade section. I like your tractor better than mine though.
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