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Since I have had my 448, it really has just been a yard mule. Had it for about a year now, and finally decided what to do with it, turn it into a snow machine as well:thThumbsU The 448 is a little rough around the edges, but quite serviceable now that I have fixed the cobbled steering sector and gear. :fing32:

I took a rather rough plow off a 222, and got that machine over to Pops with a mowing deck on it, going to be just for mowing for him...- He's like me, liking a machine for each purpose LOL. I have always felt the plow I took off was a little ( cough) rough, and needed some attention. I sandblasted the plow and mount the other night- it was pretty ( cough ) rough to say the least.

Note to PO's nice cutting edge, apparently welding is cheaper than bolting one on. I think I'll weld another one on there after straightening a few things out on it.:00000060: Pivot points are worn, snap fast connections are egged out, etc....Those will be addressed too. Most importantly will be getting the working face of the of the plow smooth- it's heavily pitted. I may widen the plow a touch as well, in order to cover the wider track of the 448. I just haven't come across the right deal on a bigger blade as yet, and I don't feel bad about re-working this one into something more useful for my use.

The chains I picked up off CL some time ago, they are hanging in the shop after being acid etched and zinc chromate dipped- Though it sure does look like JD Yellow in the pics LOL., they will be painted to match the Flambeau, or maybe even white. I do wonder how long the paint will last. Gotta try it though- never seen it done, and it's better than rust..:dunno:

Got a few cases of WW washer fluid for the tires, I hope to locate my filler valve to use with little Wayne drill pump. , I know its around here somewhere....12 + gallons a tire will take a while longer using the deck sprayer/ burp method. :):)


Anyways , a few pics of the 448 and related stuff- enjoy.
 

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Ahhh, finally found my tire filling valve adaptor. I had it in a green box , not the right one, go figure .:duh: Then got distracted today working on a friends 8N, but got 'er done. Now, back to my stuff LOL.

Now, where did I put those huge buckets.....
 

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Well, got about 30 gallons in the tires, and she pulls great, even without the chains. Those are being painted currently. Got to drag a hunk of iron around, and that made quick work of grooming the driveway too.

Gotta fix the egged out mounting points yet, but that'll come tomorrow.

Made a spring stretcher so the the springs could be painted decently.

Maybe it'll be done by next snowfall lol
 

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How full would you estimate the tires are? I just did mine with 20 gallons, but would add more if it still left a cushion of air.
I think mine are too full, as a 75% fill shoulda taken about 12.5 gal each per No real detriment in ride quality but heck , the rubber is near frozen anyways.

I had the wheels off, and tipped at an angle to fill them. Honestly just a WAG guess as to how much is in there, but I know they are heavy now LOL. Used every bit of 5 + cases of WW fluid.

Couple pics:)
 

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Plow mount fixed, chains finally cured equaled a saweet ride tonight. DId 400 + feet of driveway, plus a 1/3 acre for the ice rink. Down and dirty, but it works real well.

The tires did not slip at all.:fing32:
 

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Ahhh just one moment? Isn't that Power Red? Not Flambeau...

According to my source (1978) was the transition from Flambeau to Power Red. I've put Power red on my 222 (black frame) and it matches perfectly. Ya, I know I sprayed em both on the same day and while spraying I couldn't tell the difference myself. But when they dried and put them next to each other you can definitely tell that Power Red and Flambeau are different....I told Jack I didn't think there was much difference, but he was right ...side by side you can tell.

BTW nice 448! I will be adding a Black Frame 448 to my current collection as soon as I can Hook up with Steve Guider...and I cannot wait...they are simply the coolest IMHO...Now don't forget the plows and wheels are 'power white' :) for the black frame...

Keep your eyes peeled, I need a few more black frames to complete my collection currently I have an XC110, a 222 and a 448...I need the others :).
Really I just 'want' the others...LOL

The black frame 448 is simply the baddest of all...good luck!
 
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