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I finally got around to cleaning up and refurbishing my sulkie.

It was mostly structurally ok, but rusty and crappy, foot pegs bent etc.
 

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Various cleaning and sandblasting shots.

The seat had some holes rusted in it, gave me a chance to practice my welding.
 

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Replaced the hardware, new tubes, paint...
 

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Finished and ready for service!
 

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Thanks guys.

I forgot to say in the initial posts: There's this cylindrical thing welded to the sulkie frame. I can't figure out what it's for. It would make an ok beer-can-holder, but it's kind of low, down between your ankles when riding the thing. But I can't think of any other use for it. Any ideas?
 

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Do you have what was once a "steering sulky" in a previous life??
I don't think so. No evidence that the wheels ever were on anything but the straight axle.

I haven't seen a manual for this model sulkie, so dunno if it's original or somebody stuck it on there. It appears to be a 3-inch section of iron pipe that's just welded on.
 

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Thanks all.

Of all the ideas, I think the one that make the most sense is a holder for the split hitch pieces. There's no other obvious place to put the thing. But even that seems like a bit of a stretch. Maybe the guy really was a wino :)

BTW some of the credit for the work goes to bear813. He helped out with grunge work on this and some of my other projects, and keeps me honest whey I try to cut corners. Thanks Frank!
 

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By The Way, The Cylinder At The Base Of The Sulkie Is To Accept The Vertical Gimbal Mount For A 50 Cal.!!!
Yeah, for those pesky bats that are flying around out here these days!

But it's tough to operate the weapon while driving, maybe we need a stretched sulkie with a separate tail-gunner position aft :sterb003:
 

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it might be an umbrella holder
Huh. I dunno about anybody else, but I'm not anxious to be out there mowing in the rain. Of course, with the weather the way it's been this summer, I may not have many choices :eek:
 

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Will a cold one with a coozie fit ?
Yah, I would think so. That was my first thought :) It's not very convenient, though, you'd have to be reaching down by your feet all the time. Maybe with a few feet of straw...

I'm liking bear's idea that it's for a mounted .50 ...
 

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Followup: The sulkie works quite well. I've done several rounds of mowing with it, and it seems pretty good.

However, I think I've finally discovered a justification for dual wheels. There's one stretch which is uphill, over somewhat uneven ground. Going through there while riding, the effort of dragging an extra 250 lbs of me sometimes causes it to lose traction and spin a bit. Granted, I was doing it when the grass was wet (which pretty much defines the whole month of july) so the conditions were not ideal, but still.

I've never tried duals. It's supposed to be harder to steer like that. Feedback?
 

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I might take you up on it Ed. I passed up a set of spacers last year, because at the time they seemed like they'd be more trouble than they were worth, and they're expensive! That might have been a bad idea. What do you want for yours?

Re steering, I've read several times in here that it's more of a headache with duals, esp in tight areas around obstacles. Is that just an old wive's tale?
 

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Wives Wouldn't Know Cuz They Won't Mow!!!lol!!!
Mine has a little hand mower that she uses around her flower garden sometimes. More often she gets me to go in there with the gravely. And yes, I know better than to call her old :)
 

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That is the most beautiful machine I have seen in a long time! Wow!
Thanks Jaco. That L8 doesn't look quite as good now as it did a year ago, as I thrashed it pretty unmercifully last year. Mowing in the summer, and blowing in the winter. But these machines are made to be used, and it certainly fulfilled that function!

Nowadays I've got the LI that I'm just finishing up. It's real pretty. I won't be surprised if a year from now it's not so pretty, but has done some solid work for me. And who knows, now that I have the 812, maybe the L's will not have to work quite so hard.
 

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JRD, How did the heating and bending the quick hitch work out?
You mean the split hitch, right? It seems to have worked fine. I used it quite a bit last year, and it seemed like it wasn't loosening up. I haven't put it on a bench this lately to see, but I don't really care, as long as it doesn't loosen way up like it was when I got it.

I only heated it enough to whack it with a big hammer and work it back into shape.
 
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