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PostSubject: Another Fearlessfront Refferal   Mon May 05, 2014 6:33 pm

Hello everyone my name is Shane but I go by my1987toyota here and on Youtube. I have been wrenching on things since I was 5. It drove my parents nuts because I could take things apart but couldn't get them back together again. As I got older I could reassemble things without having spare parts leftover  lol! . As a teen I got my first lawn tractor  a Gravely. It didn't have a mower deck but could pull a small trailer that had lawn equipment in it so I could make some money mowing lawns. I ran it low on oil and burned the engine up. So I got an old craftsman (early 80s I think). That one ran and cut good until I caught a rock under the mowing deck and bent the shaft . That's when I started getting into modifying . When I was done it didn't have fenders but had a joystick steering handle with finger throttle and would do 30 mph. Unfortunitly it blew a rear axle shaft    so I scrapped the tractor. I kind of lost interest in lawn tractors for a while when I got my Toyota truck. I learned alot about modifying and mudding along the way .
Well a few years ago I got another craftsman lawn tractor to mow the lawn at the house . The mower deck finaly rusted out . After some surfing on you tube I found Fearlessfront's channel and he talked about this site. So I decided to relive some of the fun I had years past .
So a little info about the (rig) it's a late 80s to early 90s Craftsman 2 originaly it had a 12hp OHV Tecumseh. The preveous owner switched it out to a 12hp Briggs from a Snapper . It has both pull and electric start. The trans is a peerless 920 6 speed .
What is going to be done:
pulley swap 9" engine and stock rear (almost 9").
redoing the clutch.
switching all steering joints to heims.
switching it to side shift.
locked rear axle
installing a brake pedal
installing a foot gas pedal
removing the governor
I will be posting more in the builds section and video of the build on youtube . A special thanks to Fearlessfront for inspiring me to get back into lawntractors.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Fearlessfront Refferal   Mon May 05, 2014 7:30 pm

Welcome, im subbing you on YT Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Another Fearlessfront Refferal   Mon May 05, 2014 8:03 pm

thanks for the reply. hope you enjoy.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Fearlessfront Refferal   Mon May 05, 2014 8:38 pm

Your story sounds similar to mine. I was inspired to modify a mower, because I used to spend countless hours on the internet and pissing my life away. Sometimes 6-12 hrs a day in the summer. One day I came across Fearlessfront and I was in love, I had always wanted to go mudding but my dad is a snowmobile guy; and he would never buy an atv. I came to terms with the fact that a truck was way out of my financial reach, so why not a mower? Well I was heartbroken when I found out a mower in running condition, in a rural area that I live in would cost way too much (around $500-$900). One day my Uncle called me up and told me that he had a old craftsman if I wanted it. I was ecstatic, of course I wanted it, so I took it off his hands. When I first got the thing it had sat for a long time, proabably to the tune of 10 years. I was lost, I had no Idea what I was working on, I had no idea what the engine was, I didn't know what a crankshaft was. I didn't know how many volts a battery held. Unfortunately It was winter, and I had to store the tractor in the woods and stop working on it. I was spending my days on the internet researching tractors, and engines, and atv tires, and welders. I can't say I learned about the ATLTF from fearless, but from from 1puglife, check him out on YouTube. When spring came the first thing I did, on the first day the snow had finally melted I pushed the tractor down the hill in the woods and worked on it, armed with a minimal amount of tools and a plethora of new tractor knowledge. I re-installed the carburetor and jumped the starter off my brothers Subaru. It fired right up, but ran like shart. I had bought a carb kit and then it ran better. That is pretty much where we are today, even though my tractor isn't the ideal offroader (weighing a few hundred pounds) I am working with what I got. Welcome to the club brother, great to see lots of people are interested in the same wacky hobby I am!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Fearlessfront Refferal   Mon May 05, 2014 9:32 pm

@TokyoDrift99 wrote:
I am working with what I got.

THAT is the name of the game!

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PostSubject: Re: Another Fearlessfront Refferal   Mon May 05, 2014 9:48 pm

@Doc Sprocket wrote:
@TokyoDrift99 wrote:
I am working with what I got.  

THAT is the name of the game!

Damn right it is Doc! You just made my day!
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PostSubject: Re: Another Fearlessfront Refferal   Mon May 05, 2014 10:03 pm

thanks for the reply . We all have to learn somewhere and sometimes just messing around with things is the best way to learn what to and not to do.
Some things I have learned over the years is don't go the cheapest route on anything . Make sure the parts are of good quality. A good used part is better then a cheap new part. If you have to spend a few dollars more for something that is serviceable do it. Don't buy into the flashy chrome or billet stuff . Most of it is overpriced . Also a welder is a must again don't go the cheap route . A good used Hobart, Lincoln, or Miller will serv you better than a new cheapy. Lastly do what you enjoy. Very Happy 
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PostSubject: Re: Another Fearlessfront Refferal   Fri May 09, 2014 5:48 pm

here is some video of the tractor
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