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While watching the Giants give away a game I worked on the custom. I focused on extending the hood. I never did this before, and since I'm not Joe auto body to begin with, I really took my time not to screw things up. I had the donor 432 hood to use. Pics.........

Cut 9" off the 432 hood



Checked things over and over and then tacked it up.







Mocked it up and happily it was very true.



This pretty much completes the overall lines of the sheet metal. I really like the proportions and the look. So far, so good.





This photo is telling. The 24G in the background has always dwarfed my other garden tractors. Not the custom though.


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The new decal in the first photo just isn't right!

Looking good on the sheet metal. Looks a lot better than I could do.



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Looks good! Now you can even run two tanks. I like the look of the left front wheel better (less offset, and narrower track).
BTW, standard wheelbase 816 with center mounted grader blade (not mine).
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Looks good! Now you can even run two tanks. I like the look of the left front wheel better (less offset, and narrower track).
BTW, standard wheelbase 816 with center mounted grader blade (not mine).
Ooooooo, I like that! I will be going with the left wheel, for exactly your reasons.


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I didn't notice that......sharp eye!

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That is an awe-inspiring picture.

Ellis, any plans to modify the steering links to keep the turning radius manageable?

Oh, and any chance I get to see that 24-G of yours makes my day!

Lastly, tracktortag, that 816 pic has given me something to aspire to with mine! Too bad it's not yours!

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Ellis, any plans to modify the steering links to keep the turning radius manageable?
None yet.

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Looks good! Now you can even run two tanks. I like the look of the left front wheel better (less offset, and narrower track).
BTW, standard wheelbase 816 with center mounted grader blade (not mine).
Defently fo with it turned inboard. Looks a lot better!! As for tires.... I think you need something a little more meaty.... maybe something like a motocross knobby??

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Defently fo with it turned inboard. Looks a lot better!! As for tires.... I think you need something a little more meaty.... maybe something like a motocross knobby??
Looks great so far. For tires I'd use aggs on the rear and tri ribs on the front. Would look so cool w/ those narrow front rims! Keep the pictures coming, Ed

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Looks great so far. For tires I'd use aggs on the rear and tri ribs on the front. Would look so cool w/ those narrow front rims! Keep the pictures coming, Ed
I'm kind of leaning that way. I tend to mull things over a lot. But when I do come to a decision I like to jump on it. Like to also say Ed that your avatar tractor was partial inspiration for the custom. I've always admired it. I like how you took something really good and weren't afraid to make it better. My compliments

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Ellis, looks great so far. Nice fabrication of the hood. I like the left front wheel as well.


Dave, that 816 looks awesome. My regards to the owner!!

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I'm kind of leaning that way. I tend to mull things over a lot. But when I do come to a decision I like to jump on it. Like to also say Ed that your avatar tractor was partial inspiration for the custom. I've always admired it. I like how you took something really good and weren't afraid to make it better. My compliments
Thanks! I wish I could take full credit for it but I can't. A friend of mine did it up and when he needed $$ he gave me a deal I couldn't refuse. It was my first Gravely 4 wheel tractor. I'll pass the compliment along when I see him again. I'm looking forward to seeing how your project comes along. Good luck and have fun with it. Ed
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Wow!!!

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Wow!!!
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That machine looks even better in person than it does in the pix.
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Great looking tractor! I must have enlarged the pic with the duel rears 4x. That looks wild!
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Ed, she's a beauty. First close up pics I've seen of it besides your avatar. Definitely one of a kind. Awesome!!!!!!

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