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PostSubject: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:56 am

My newest mower is a Wheel horse C 120 somewhere between a 74 and a 77. Ill do a better update when I get some time but the mods go as follows. Honda gx390 13hp motor, snorkled with a uni filter, 25 inch kenda executioner tires on the rear, Deestone tri ribs on the front. Locked transaxle. 6 inch front pulley, runs about 15 mph I would guess. maybe faster. I built a rear skid plate and added a Idler setup to get the belt up out of the mud and add adjustability to the belt tension. Working on bumpers and a new throttle system.
EDIT I moved my pictures in photobucket and it made me redo all my links, since I have completed bumper pics Im not going to repost the mockup pics
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:45 am

That thing looks beefy. Should make a heck of a trail machine!

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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:09 am

My personal opinion is that the bumper comes out the sides a little to protect the tires.
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:17 am

That thing looks strong. I wish my Honda engine was a horizontal shaft, the GT might have gotten done faster.

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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:26 am

Last night I got the bumper partially welded, built a rear bumper finish mounted the rear fenders bunch of little poopie. I tool some pictures of old work to show ya on it,
Skid plate for the tranny


Knuckle bracing and the Atv tierod ends



And a couple pics of old trail rides





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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:06 pm

Tractor looks dead nuts simple.

Where the heck are you in ohio? We have 5 tractors, and have got to get together for a big ride. We are near Mansfield...
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:57 pm

Lawn mudder, on my old tractors that were faster, I build the bumpers wider, but on the wheel horse, the steering is strong enough, (after being beefed up lol) that hitting trees with the front tires doesnt really hurt anything. and wide bumpers tend to get caught on trees, rocks and banks. we do alot of slower, extremely technical riding so hitting things usually happens at 5 mph or less. we just have them geared up to go faster from rough trail to rough trail. Stretch We ride all around Logan ohio
how far from mansfield is that?
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:04 pm

Look awesome I wish I could get my hands on an old tractor like that
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:16 pm

Google says 2hr drive. I am 1 hour north of columbus(north side)

We do a lot of slower riding at haspin every year, then races at my house in the fall.

There is an off road park in butler, ohio, that I'd like to check out. Hour away for me, but looks like 2hr's for you.

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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:49 pm

2 hours is a little far for me I would be up for like a hour drive or so, unless it was the holy grail of mower riding spots, we have been trying to get them tagged for perry state forest, because we ride quads on it and it would be mecca for mower
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:00 am

Speaking of Mecca for mower trail riding... you guys should totally budget money and time to go with us to Haspin in South eastern Indiana. Its about a 6 hour drive for us, but we spend Wed through Sun there and the trails shouldn't bore you. I'll post the event when we get next summer's date set.

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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Sat Jul 06, 2013 1:37 am

Wow you got that thing BURIED. That is a beastly little machine you got.

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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:38 am

Ok update time, and sorry about the pictures getting screwed up for a bit, first off Ill show the front bumper mostly done
still need to add a skid plate to it and a shackle mount

Rear bumper, nice and simple, with a tow hook welded on

rear bumper again

worst thing about wheel horses is they have no room to take stuff with you. I built a basket underneath the seat pan then cut this access hole in the pan under the seat so I can put a tow rope under it. also it let me lower my seat springs for better center of gravity. Also in this pic you can see the custom frame and hinges I made for the seat

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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:47 am

Looks good if you need more storage you could add sheet metal between the rear bumper and frame so you have a area to put tools
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:50 pm

I didn't get a video of my tractor but I got one of my buddy's horse which is almost the same as mine, except I have the heavier 1 1/8 axles tranny. He broke the rear end.

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sorry guys I cant get the video to link right and the computer is fighting me right now. Ill try again later
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:09 pm

EDIT: updated the link

Hey finally got around to making me a youtube channel with videos of our older mower rides, more videos will be coming, its just about mower riding season!! just go to you tube and search for Creepy crawlers channel or just hit the link below
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http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_w3BhhbsVTHiuxNdAtMdg

If ya like it let me know or leave some comments


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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:55 pm

It says your channel is unavailable. what rear tires you running? they look nasty.
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:18 am

thats really weird, I tryed it earlyer and it worked, now it doesnt... hmmm oh well just type mower riders of america in the search bar and it will bring em up. Im running executioners right now, but looking to go to mud machine tri claws or zillas
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:59 pm

Subscribed and watched all the videos. You have everything to ask for when it comes to romping.
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:14 pm

Thanks, that's all my videos right now, but hopefully will be doing more riding soon, and with a better camera!
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:48 pm

Subbed and watch vids! Nice!

Looks like a couple of the machines are running with unlocked axles... either that or the mud is just that deep/slick. Lock em up!

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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:36 pm

the grey craftsman in a couple of the vids is the only one that is unlocked, all the rest are welded, the mud is just nasty lol
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:02 pm

Watched you guys vids, looks like a great time!
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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:30 pm

thanks all, Im going to post one on here for those that dont like to type stuff themselves.
also this is the exact same setup on my current wheel horse, I just swapped all the parts on a old frame because I like the styling of the older tractors better. Here ya go!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djRZrp3J8bo


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PostSubject: Re: 70's Wheel horse C-120 mud crawler trail rider   Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:45 am

Just won these on ebay,

2 mud machine tri claws 25x13.5x10, Im gonna have to make some rims that will fit, but it shouldnt be to bad. Im excited to see how they do!
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