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PostSubject: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:18 pm

Well I bought a craftsman Squarebody a while back that I have decided that I am going to create a virtually unstoppable mud mower that will double as a recovery vehicle to pull my friends out when they get stuck. I would ideally like this to be able to pull a small truck around, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:24 pm

Well my ipod Is being ornery and not allowing me to post pics right now so pics will come later
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:37 pm

@ZSmachines wrote:
I would ideally like this to be able to pull a small truck around, too.

Why not just fix the truck?

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:16 pm

I Mean like out of the mud or snow lol lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:27 pm

You should give it a bad ass front bull bar also so if you can't pull your friends you can push them out. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:50 pm

She already Has one lol if my iPod would cooperate I could put pics up but nono can't do that lol
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:56 am

You gotta fix that sucker cause everyone knows "this forum is useless with out pictures"
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:25 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:28 pm

Doc:I have a I have a question, what should I sowing my caster camber, all of that stuff in this for the easiest steering, best crawling ability, and best performance in the mud?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:37 pm

0 camber,0 toe in,Ackerman setup, and 8-10 degrees of positive caster. That is what most use (including myself). I personally like it like that. Seems to handle really good on and off road.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:39 pm

OK, so if i Am right, the top of the kingpin will be angled backwards for positive right?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:29 pm

Yes. It would be angled towards the rear of the machine.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:33 am

i will help out.









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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:01 am

Thanks a ton, i don't think the last one belongs with this post lol... lol! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:35 am

That bumper is bad ass. I did the same stinger style on mine
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:02 pm

I don't see anything wrong.



























































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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:27 pm

Hahahaha yep! And thanks Ghyde, I made this in about an hour and a half in my advanced metals shop in school. All of it is arc welded and all of the welds look like junk lol! This semester all of the shop instructors got rid of the old Lincoln tombstone welders for these new pos miller buzz boxes... But I plan on making a large rear bumper that will house an atv winch and placing a fair lead on the front bumper, too so that if I need my winch up front, I will just sting the cable under the tractor! And then I would have more traction by pulling in reverse, as the rear end would be pulled down!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Wed Nov 19, 2014 1:30 pm

But I don't know how to make a cool rear bumper.. I want some super cool looks but also functionality.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:13 pm

@ZSmachines wrote:
Doc:I have a I have a question, what should I sowing my caster camber, all of that stuff in this for the easiest steering, best crawling ability, and best performance in the mud?

LMM pretty much convered it, but I will add that I usually like some KPI, too- especially with a locked rearend. Somewhere around 10° is usually good.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:43 pm

Oh ok thanks, but I still am stuck on what to do for a rear bumper...
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Sun Nov 30, 2014 11:51 pm

SO I have decided... Tecumseh engines are not fun. I just about burnt up my already sketchy starter trying to start it today, had a small bit of smoke come out. This motor has 145 lbs of compression and absolutely hates to start when cold.i don't know if it is just the carb or the whole engine. It took approximately 2 hours to get finally fired up. I was wondering: is this a good enough motor to somehow fit a different brand carb onto and buy a new starter that will spin it better, or should I save my money and go for an ohv briggs.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:49 pm

went on an ice romp


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:51 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:59 am

well just wondering.. i have another craftsman similar to this one and i want to do a tricycle front end just for looks and so it will turn on a dime for doing chores and stuff. any suggestions?
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