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Old 09-27-2011, 11:14 PM
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Talking My Ford FW-60 Project Now With A Disc!!!

Well after seeing Freddy build his Ford I just had to buckle down and start on mine. I of course started the same way with a bone stock push toy that was new and started butching from there. I've put a couple of evening into it so far and have several more to come to get it going but here are a few pics of my start.



Crawler transmission installed. Hopefully this will have enough torque in the gearing along with the 9 tooth pinion to pull this hog.



Steering knuckle made up and mounted.





Bottom view. All the screws will be tapered and flush mount and stainless when they come in from McMaster this week.



My version to get as much axle and driveshaft clearance resulted in machining a custom joint to clear the servo flush under the arm and still twist under the axle.



Thats all for the moment but I hope to have more progress pics of this up soon.

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Old 09-28-2011, 12:16 AM
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Ok got the driveshafts made up and installed. Hopefully this will be running by the end of the week.





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Old 09-28-2011, 01:03 AM
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Looking good. I need to get me a few of these tractors to convert. Any binding or issues with the rear driveshaft. I thought most 1:1's had the ujoint inline with the articulation joint.
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:12 AM
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Looking good. I need to get me a few of these tractors to convert. Any binding or issues with the rear driveshaft. I thought most 1:1's had the ujoint inline with the articulation joint.
It's hard to see in the pics but the center of the u joint pin is right in line with the center pivot. It has no binding issues at all and seems like it will do good at its location. There is hardly any flex in the rear shaft at all forwards and back at any angle of turning.
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Old 09-28-2011, 03:07 AM
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Another tractor conversion! These are great. I'm working on one too, but I've got red in my veins, so my tractor will be too. I have to say, after starting work on mine, it looks like these Ford and Steiger tractors are more easily converted. The chassis/frame is much more old school, and straight forward. The more modern tractors seem a little tougher. Not quite as much room in between the frame, but a little more under the hood.
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Lookin real good so far! Are you going to put a gear reduction in her?
She might be a tad on the fast side w/out one.The first one I did was race ready w/out one. With those tall tires it really decreases the ratio.
Just tryin to save you the work that I had to do after it was done.
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Lookin real good so far! Are you going to put a gear reduction in her?
She might be a tad on the fast side w/out one.The first one I did was race ready w/out one. With those tall tires it really decreases the ratio.
Just tryin to save you the work that I had to do after it was done.
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Hey Freddy I'm not sure how fast this little guy will be bookin it along but I'm not doing much for a gear reduction just yet. I'm putting in my goat crawler system so if it gets too fast I'll just turn down the timing on the motor and maybe tweak it with a little lower torque. The tires are going to be changed and a little smaller diameter so we'll see how that goes. Thanks for the heads up though.

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Old 09-30-2011, 12:41 AM
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Default Rolling Chassis

It's time for an update.

She's now a rolling chassis and is operatable in a sense. I got the axles mounted up driveshafts complete and got the new hardware in for the skid so she got to go on her first run tonight on the carpet.

Here are some pics of the beast sitting in wait for some organization of wires and an electronics plate to be installed to hide it all under the cab and engine.



Kind of a wiring nightmare sitting on it right now but it will all be hidden soon enough.



The New hardware makes the bottom nice and smooth.



There is still lots of room around the motor and tranny so it can all breath better.



Any comments or ideas on wheel and tire choices or even what impiments I should build for this thing would be greatly appriciated. I've got a box blade in the works at the moment so I will need some more after it's completed.
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Looks like you did a fine job,

waiting on the video now
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Looks like you did a fine job,

waiting on the video now
There will be a video up soon for everyone to view.

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Old 10-01-2011, 05:27 PM
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Well it's part one of my weekend update on this little beast. I finally got the cab mounted along with the hood and engine installed back in the tractor. I finally have a ll the electronics installed and almost every piece is hidden from sight while the tractor will be driving. If you look hard enough you may be able to see where some of the electronics got stashed. Anyways enough with the talk right now here are some pics for you to enjoy.









I still have some more finishing touches to do to the frame and mounting before I strip it all back down and sand blast it then repaint it but for now while testing I think it should do fine. Lemme know what ya'll think.

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Default First Shakedown Run In The Sun

Well I got the tractor programed and ready to go so here is a quick video of it making a few turns around on the pavement out behind the house. I still have a little adjusting to do on the steering and make some better pivots for the center but the major part of this build is complete. Here's a video for you all to enjoy.



Hope you all enjoy the video.

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Tyler,

great video and great works.

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Old 10-02-2011, 06:44 PM
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great video and great works.

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Thanks Manfred, It's currently in it's painting stage so when I get it all back together I will take some more pics of it and another video for you all. I hope to have it back together tommorow and I will be starting on the box blade for it tonight.

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Default Video Time

Ok time for another test run out front this time but at night. I decided to strap on a few lights to see what I'm up against lighting this tractor up like a christmas tree and here is what I have so far just to see a little more action of it.



Hope ya'll like the videos so far and lemme know what ya wanna see next.

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Have you tested it's pulling power yet? Kind of curious what it's capable of.
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Such a great looking little vehicle there that I hope it's staying blue when you paint it.


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Have you tested it's pulling power yet? Kind of curious what it's capable of.
I did hook it up to our air bubble lastnight but wasn't able to get a video of it as I was kinda thinking of how cool it was that it pulled it before the driveshaft slipped and I had to shut it down. I will get it back and going tonight and give it another go this time with video hopefully.

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Thanks for the compliment Jeff. The tractor is still blue after painting it but I'm not satisfied at all at how it came out and how rough it looks along with the color being too dark so I'm going to dissassemble it again blast it completely smooth it all up and powdercoat it instead so I get a true match to the color I want. I also want the coating to be a little more durable than the paint also so it may be a few days before I have it back and going but it will for sure be worth it.

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Well I decided to spend some time this afternoon working on the Ford and got it going again and also had some time to work on the pull scraper for it. Here are a few pics of the start of my powered pull scraper for the FW-60.









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Well I've been debating on what wheels and tires I'm going to be running on this tractor so I can put the fenders back on and I finally pulled the trigger tonight. I will be running a set of RC4WD wheels and tires on this tractor just so I can get a feel for how this thing will run. The tires and wheels on here now do great on carpet and concrete out front but the new tires should do great in all the conditions and the wheels look really similar to a tractor styled wheel that I just couldn't pass them up. I hope to have them here mid week and have the tractor all back together very soon.

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