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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:52 pm

Got the gas pedal hooked up. bounce It works great. Wasn't sure how I would do it. I'll get pics soon. Next step is to see if I can somehow flip the engine pulley around and use the bigger size. Any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Tue Aug 07, 2012 5:37 pm

This is how i did mine.
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Green = Drill hole and welled a nut over hole use a bolt as a key


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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:35 am

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Come on guys. I want to here you guys input on this. Laughing Anyway, I might try to put the gas pedal in tonight. Got the bike hand brake to use. Laughing
hey man this is pretty sweet are you actually going to get the front brakes working or is that just for the hubs?
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:36 am

Finish the front brakes or take them off and make a burnout tractor.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:46 am

If someone can tell me how the Honda 250 High Performance ATV brakes work, sure, I'll do it. Y'all see, the ATV the brakes came from only had the calipers, disks, and some of the tubing. I'm missing the main part that makes the brakes work. I don't know what the part is. That's the problem. I do need brakes though. I'm still trying to figure that out. Thanks Homer for the suggestion. That's what I think I'll do.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:01 pm

take a picture of what brake parts you got and ill tell you what else u need. and for the pulley i cut the end off so their was a little bit of the key still on it .and flipped the bottom end to the top. so the bottom end is on top then I got on the lathe and drilled it out to right size without going all the way to the key so it will still be able slip right in to keyway. then i re-welded it so the small one is on top and big one is on bottom

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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:37 pm

As for the pulley, you can cut a slot in the stub, weld in a steel key stock ( i buy a key stock kit from harbor freight) - i did that to fit a set of 1" 4 bolt hubs on my transmission's 3/4 axles - make sure the key is fully set into the groove of the crank BEFORE welding it - or it can snap off.

Ive used bolts before and broke em clean off.

Only problem with a stacked pulley flip ( besides how to attach it) is ground clearance - itll hit everything in sight.


As for the brakes- youll need a hydraulic master cylender - either off a motorcycle/atv or a single resivoir MC off a car ( old car) , and hook it up to a foot pedal.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Sat Aug 11, 2012 6:50 am

Thanks y'all. I'll get some pics of the brakes later today. I'll have to modify the clutch too. I wonder how I'm going to go about that one.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:54 am

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Ive used bolts before and broke em clean off.

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Yes the bolt becomes your weak link.
Wink ... i carry spares... Wink
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:18 pm

Well guys, I guess I'm screwed. I don't have the right size bit, so I gave up. What else can I do to the front pulley? As for the brakes, I've got pics. I also got some pics of my gas pedal.










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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:18 pm

Anyone got any idea about these brakes? I would like to use them. Anyway, a non picture update. I'm rebuilding the exhaust pipe to come out the side or back. I 'also added a horn to my tractor. I'll post pictures soon when I get started.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:39 pm

What do you need to know about those brakes? If its mounting them snap some pics of your frontend and the hub spindle area. See if I can help any.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:49 pm

I'm missing some parts. I'm wondering what I need and how much it will cost and is it will be logical.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:46 pm

Ok guys, I finished the exhaust system yesterday and I'm pleased. It took quite a few trips from the welder to the tractor for test fits. I still need to put the muffler on. It sounds like a beast now, with a little more throat. Also a pic of the horn. I took the fenders off. They just didn't look right. Now I can open the hood. cheers





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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:37 am

You should bring it out to our tractor races on the 22nd... we'll run ya XD

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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:04 am

that muffler is gonna rattle around so much i would make a brace the bolts into the frame. so it doesnt bounce around and make a lot of noise
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:37 am

I still have yet to do the pulley swap, so it's kinda slow. Laughing Also the front end is terribly loose. I just might leave the muffler off. When someone is behind me, I'll pop the throttle and it will roar and blow their ear drums out. Laughing It is awfully loud. I'll get sick if it soon. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Wed Sep 12, 2012 3:13 pm

OK guys, Got a bunch done. I will post pics a little later in the day once I finish it up. Got the muffler on, and I'm about half way through the pulley swap. I also gave it a paint job. bounce It looks pretty good.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:54 pm

Ok guys, PICS! I still need to add another idler pulley before I test it out. I just cut the keyed part off the old pulley and welded it to one of the pulleys that came of the mower deck.





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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:38 pm

Well guys, I have good news and some really bad news. Good: I finished the pulley swap and had a successful test run. It runs faster, about almost 15mph I'd guess. BAD: On the test run, I saw that my left wheel was really bent in. SO I check, and, come to find out, I broke the spindle at the place where I welded the smaller axle against the spindle. I'm wondering if I can get a new bearing that has the right bore for the stock spindle. So, until I can get it fixed, the tractor is parked. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:42 am

If you haven't noticed yet, that is pretty much how this hobby goes. Stuff breaks and needs re-engineered.

I imagine you can get a bearing that will fit. Hard to say what it might cost though. Would hate to see you wind up dumping the rims and/or tires, as they look pretty sweet on there.

BTW good call on rerouting the exhaust and dumping the fenders. The tractor looks much better that way in my opinion.

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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:34 pm

well if I had thoughs rims and tires I would find two old front tires and take the ruber off I would make sure they where the geasable once I like greas.
Then you just have the rim well cut it up there is a flat part in the midle of the rim then it cones out cut both the cones off and drill the holes in what you have left and use it as a hub.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:59 pm

Yeah. I did that with the rear wheels. IT works alright. I got the spindle fixed up and welded together again. I welded it a little different this time, so it should hold better. No, I'm hanging onto the rims. I just need to mess with them for a little. Yeah, I like the way it looks without the fenders. Just didn't match.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:14 pm

Wow, i've got so many ideas from this build it aint even funny haha. The wheels really make this thing look like a beast. This makes me want to put a dixie horn on my mower and paint it General Lee orange lol! . Btw, you should've kept those fenders on, if you could've gotten more speed, you might have started flying lol.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:19 pm

Yeah, But they just didn't look quite right. Now with the welded rear pulley, I can go about as fast as out 1960s IH cub. Razz Almost 15mph is my guess. I bought some pulleys today. An even smaller on for the rear, and a bigger one for the engine, about the same size as my welded one. Man, Butch will really fly with these pulleys. affraid Now is the time to beef up the front end and get some kind of brakes on this thing. At this speed, brakes are a must.
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PostSubject: Re: TMJ's Craftsman LT1000 Conversion Thread   Sat Sep 15, 2012 1:16 pm

you dont need breaks lol
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