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Cool. I wondered how you were going to approach that problem.

Does that mean that you'll be putting some kind of brace across the frame to locate the lower end of the steering column?
Right now my plan is to support/locate the intermediate shaft with a weldment.

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Are you fashioning steering brakes for this puller, and will you make an attempt to beef up the axle/hub connection?

I thought for a moment you were going to make it look like this



Nice work btw
Thanks. No, on the steering brakes. Axle/hub still up in the air.

I've seen some stretched Gravely's in the past. I'm looking to maintain a little more scale. Which, to me, means going up, as well as out. Pure esthetics is driving me on some things.

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I worked on setting up and tacking the frame last night. Took a little bit, but it came out nice and true. Tonight I wanted to mock it up to make sure I was achieving the look I was going for. Overall I was pleased. The rear tires will be pushed out another three inches to get the stance I want. Also the hood will be stretched 9 inches to match up with the frame lengthening. This will maintain the stock steering wheel/seat measurements. I got a chance to sit on it and it felt good. Nice and high. Took a few pics and included an original tractor pic for comparison. Feel free to give some feedback, good or bad, I know it's not for everybody.








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Ellis, great project and pics. With your rate of progress, it looks like she'll be done in time for the summer pulls. Keep the pics coming. I like what I see.

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Thanks John. As it sits it has a 2" front rise, with 4-1/2" in the back. I might tweak it, but I want to bring out the rears a total of 6" before I decide. Going in I had kind of a "mudder rail" look in mind. Mocking it up was fun, but now I'm looking at some tedious time on the frame filling all those bolt holes

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now I'm looking at some tedious time on the frame filling all those bolt holes
Oh, if you just had something to break up the monotony today. You know, something along the line of an early Christmas present to yourself on a flatbed trailer. Orange maybe.
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Oh, if you just had something to break up the monotony today. You know, something along the line of an early Christmas present to yourself on a flatbed trailer. Orange maybe.
Leaving in a half hour my man! Pictures to follow. WoooooHoooooo!

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An immediate obstacle arises at this point. The steering. There was no steering on the 432 frame(I sold it to Kbeitz a while back). So I extracted the steering mechanism from the 8169 frame. As you can see it's in good shape, as is the pinion. It will be welded in the proper place in the 432 front.



Trouble being this location is now 9" forward from the steering shaft. Fortunately, I manufacture these at my company.

http://www.bfgmarine.com/products/universal_joints.html

We specialize in manual linkage systems. I plan on adding 2 u-joints with a short intermediate shaft. Each operates at up to 30 degrees. They are not 100% radially efficient, but close. And I figure I can make up the loss by closing the tolerances on the rest of the steering unit. Have to see if it works in the real world.
The 432 steering parts ended up here...
And I was very happy to get them.... Thanks....


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That's looking really great!

It looks like you're dropping the transmission, using the top frame-mount holes against the bottom holes on the frame. Which is a cool idea for picking up the aft end Does this mean there's a plan to add some gussets or something below, for the lower mounts?

Keep those pix coming, I'm looking forward to seeing the next installment!
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The 432 steering parts ended up here...
And I was very happy to get them.... Thanks....
I was happy things worked out Kevin. You got a nice tractor there. That 432 parter has helped a lot of causes. I put the 12hp it had on a local guys L. The rear end is going to fix another 400 series for a friend. The steering to you. And I'm using the front end, hood and some other doo-dads on this project. I know some folks don't like seeing 'em get parted, but the old girl brought her share back to life too.

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That's looking really great!

It looks like you're dropping the transmission, using the top frame-mount holes against the bottom holes on the frame. Which is a cool idea for picking up the aft end Does this mean there's a plan to add some gussets or something below, for the lower mounts?

Keep those pix coming, I'm looking forward to seeing the next installment!
Man John, getting something past you is like trying to sneak sunrise past a rooster! You're 2 for 2. Exactly, and yes I'm welding matching 1/4" angle iron w/ 45 degree gusset. To maintain a level seat pan I plan on extending the the rear rubber supports the same amount. It was a super simple solution.

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Interesting project you have going there Ellis.

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Nice project. I like the retro skinny wheels and tires on the front. I can't figure out what they're from though. Are they keepers, or just temporary?
Just a thought; when it's not pulling, it would also make a heck of a grader using a center mount grader blade with the extended wheel base.
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Cool project you have going there!! Cant wait to see it come together

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Nice project. I like the retro skinny wheels and tires on the front. I can't figure out what they're from though. Are they keepers, or just temporary?
Just a thought; when it's not pulling, it would also make a heck of a grader using a center mount grader blade with the extended wheel base.
Fronts are off an old Eschelmann rototiller. The rims are definitely staying. It's a tossup between these tires and tri-ribs.

I love your grader idea. That would be beasty!

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