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I've been doing R&D for a while now and have also been collecting pieces parts for a few months. I figured this would be a great place to document the build of my new articulated tractor.

I started by buying 2 transaxles from Ingersoll 3018/Case 226 series tractors, a frame, 4 wheels & tires, and various other sheet metal parts...(Thanks Rol :trink39: )

I'm always watching Ebay for parts, so next I found this within 3 hours of my house. SCORE!!!



Now I have another transaxle, 16 HP Onan, Hydraulic pump and valve, and other parts.
Well, the same day I picked it up, I made short work of it by completely dismantling it, cleaning everything, and organizing everything to start the build.



I started working on the rear half first so I shortened the frame enough so that when it's finished I can still use the hood to cover the engine...yes, the engine will be in the back, facing backwards. I added mounts for the transaxle and mocked everything up to check clearances.





I also have been working on parts for the articulating joint that will allow the 2 halves of the tractor to work independently of each other.



That's about it so far. I'll be working on this as time and money allow. I'll update this thread with any new information as I progress.
 

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I'll be watching the progress!:thThumbsU (no smilie, again!??)
 

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I'll be watching the progress!:thThumbsU (no smilie again!??)

Guess I'll give the new server a little time, or my browser, time to catch up!
:thThumbsU :thThumbsU
 

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Interesting project though I hate to see a 446 destroyed like that. Keep the pictures coming.
 

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Interesting project though I hate to see a 446 destroyed like that. Keep the pictures coming.
I didn't destroy it...I'm giving it NEW LIFE!!! :thThumbsU It was missing parts like someone started to part it out then quit.
 

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Interesting project though I hate to see a 446 destroyed like that. Keep the pictures coming.
Jeepers, Smitty, I agree totally, but sometimes the death of one provides life for several! I just parted out two "parts tractors," and brought three back to life, plus helped several other save theirs, including the future articulated in question. Not two bad for what was already "parts tractors!":thThumbsU
 

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Don't paint it yellow or someone might think it is a Cubzilla knockoff, which it isn't. Good job andkeep us up to date.:thanku:
 

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Today I had a chance to fabricate the rest of the Articulating joint and get everything mounted. It took much longer than I thought it would, but I'm glad it's done. Tomorrow I'll start working on the front half.



 

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I finished the front half of the tractor today and got it connected to the articulating joint. I mounted the axles and tires to the frame and sat the motor in place. It's coming along pretty quickly. I really think I need to build some 6" spacers behind the wheels to widen out the stance a little, but that can wait. Here's a frw Pics:





 

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Ok, I got the picture now! Your wife kicked you out, so you have nothing else to do! :fing20:

All kidding aside, you don't mess around when you get your hands into a project!
Are you going to have a swivel seat on it, so you can go in both directions? I considered that when I was planning.

Looking good, I like it!:thThumbsU
 

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Your doing a great job on it. Please keep posting and keeping us up to date. slkpk
 
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