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now I'm looking at some tedious time on the frame filling all those bolt holes:banghead3
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. :biglaugh:
 

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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. :biglaugh:
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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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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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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While watching the Giants give away a game:mad: 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! :biglaugh:

Looking good on the sheet metal. Looks a lot better than I could do. :fing32:
 

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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.


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

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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?? :D
Looks great so far. :thThumbsU 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. :thThumbsU 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 :fing32:
 
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