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Old 10-20-2009, 06:37 PM   post #1 of 53
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Default snow cab build-on the cheap

Thought i would post some pics of my latest project in hopes of getting some suggestions or ideas for the rest of the build. The plan is to build a snow cab for my tractor as cheap as possible but i don't want something flimsy. So, i went out and spent $80 on metal and hardware. Also, found an ancient projection TV on the side of the road and removed the plexi glass cover for my new winshield. I'm not sure how im gonna finish it up, i'll need to sleep on it. lol....







How would you finish it off?
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:23 PM   post #2 of 53
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Default Re: snow cab build-on the cheap

watching with interest

id be afraid of that ancient tv glass!
should be safety glass, wont be fun if that shatters
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:33 PM   post #3 of 53
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Where's the heater controls
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:41 PM   post #4 of 53
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Default Re: snow cab build-on the cheap

IMHO I have to agree with Syl Calzone re the use of that glass,with the flexing of the frame and any possible ftwisting that the tractor may do, that glass may shatter and personally I wouldn't want to be on the recieving end of glass shards.


what are you planing to enclose the frame in with? Canvas or wood,personally I would go with canvas and for the windows I would go with the same see through plastic they use on boat canopies. Some horizontal braces on the one side and across the back of the cab. For the door area I'd make the frame of the door out of some 3/8 " round stock and then cover it with what you decide foe the cab sides, velcro tabs would hold the skins onto the frame. Make sure you do something with those sharp corners you have if you go the canvas route to close it all in, they'll rip holes pretty quick.

Hope you're going to reconsider the glass and go with some plexi or the more expensive Lexan product (which doesn't get as brittle in the cold and doesn't yellow and scratch easily) Watching your progress with interest...If you need more info just holler lol

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Old 10-20-2009, 07:41 PM   post #5 of 53
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With a beer....How tall are you? LOL

Very creative.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:41 PM   post #6 of 53
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You should find some other material to cover the other sides with...so its like an enclosed area. And maybe build a simpl ehinge door to get in from one side.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:52 PM   post #7 of 53
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Hope that screen came from a HD television! Good luck.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:58 PM   post #8 of 53
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Looks good what you've done so far. Have you thought about a tarp repair shop to make you what you need. slkpk
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:15 PM   post #9 of 53
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well if you dont want anything to scratch on the glass, have you thought about putting a thin sheet of plexy or lexan behind it? this way if anything does shatter the glass you will be alright.
only downside is condensation may build up between them?
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:20 PM   post #10 of 53
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he did say it was an old piece of plexy glass plus plexy glass from home depot is so expensive!
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:23 PM   post #11 of 53
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haha was that edited.
or do I have hyper eye syndrome from to much coffee.
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Old 10-21-2009, 12:19 AM   post #12 of 53
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I am 5'11" tall. I think i might shorten it up about 4-5". It looks a little too tall now that you mention it. I was hoping i didn't have to buy lexan $$$$$$. This plexi is very flexible and quite thick. I drilled 20 holes in it and bolted it with no prob but i will price out a piece of lexan for the windshield depending on how the rest of it goes. Was leaning towards canvas and plastic as stated above with a door and some velcro maybe. still working on it will post when i get some more done.....thanks for the input....
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Looking good so far, we await the finished product......


Are you done yet huh huh huh?????
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OK, so it's not done yet but I made a couple improvements. I ended up chopping 4.5" off the height cause it was too tall. Also, I took some good advice and chucked the tv screen. Wen't out and spent $80 on a 4x8 sheet of lexan. So, i really didn't get any more done but I think the final product will be better. The lexan is installed in the front and rear for now. Still gotta get the canvas figured out, but that's it for now. Keep the comments coming, there's been some good idea's and opinions. I need the advice and





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Old 10-22-2009, 12:29 AM   post #15 of 53
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Install more 45 degree braces in the rear as to not stress and crack the plexiglass. After a storm blows through winds can really get whipped up and stress that cab. Is the plexiglass bolted to that frame? Is there a way that the plexiglass could be mounted but be able to move a little bit and not be stressed by the frame?
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