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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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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:00 am

oh and i ripped out the teccy and put in a 15.5 hp kohler ohv motor in its place!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:40 pm

you will need a pivot in the center of the frame, and maybe those flat bearings that are a little thicker than washers and I think they are thrust berings but not sure. it will need to be very strong, maybe a 1" shaft and a beringed hub for it to ride in.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:22 pm

I was thinking aboit using the tower for the deck as a pivot
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:23 am

Did some work on my flex! Got a video here:
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:03 pm

Well, a small update: i ran some bad gas through the kohler, now it wont run without full choke.. i just need to go get a bucket of new gas and that will fix the problem... and i was switching the stock rear turfs to a set of atv tires for my romp with 1997murray coming up and i broke the c clip that holds the axle into the spider gear. No big deal, except i found out that somebody has previously had that case opened up and jb welded it back together... so i pulled the transaxle out of an old junker i had, and found out that now i am the proud owner of a peerless 920!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Dec 22, 2014 10:40 am

I personally like 920's better than mst's. in my experience, the mst is newer and the case is thinner, the diff gear is 5/8" wide in the mst and 7/8" wide in the 920. can't weight for our romp, will be the first one that we have ever gone on, and first for zsmachines to ride in the woods over fallen trees and threw creeks and upp 50 degree ills.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:22 pm

yep it will be fun! drove throught the mud with my new tires, and only got stuck when it high centered!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:24 pm

well, Pig Iron decided to up winch prices right when i walked in, so i had to buy a hand crank winch. it is a half ton winch used for hauling boats onto trailers. it works well so far, havent broken it yet!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:43 am

Personally I like Honda lawn mowers Atlanta most among all others. Its features are great, and most important is auto choke system so I can easy handle it. I am a working women but on Sunday’s I clean my garden with help of this mower.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:32 am

@Lukas12 wrote:
Personally I like Honda lawn mowers Atlanta most among all others. Its features are great, and most important is auto choke system so I can easy handle it. I am a working women but on Sunday’s I clean my garden with help of this mower.

I saw a honda once, looked very fancy but useful. Welcome to the forum Lukas12, I think the last woman we had on the forum was CornishMorgan, but I have not seen her on here for a few years.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:31 am

I have been building a 15hp motor for zsmachines, and he is trading me some stuff that I want. I love that my parents upgraded the internet so I can upload better videos now!

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:03 am

cold start

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:05 am

Thanks! Now that i have tried all the rest, I am ready for a Briggs! LOL I may be a bit partial toward them... LOL...
Just wondering... is a lumpy cam available for this motor?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:21 am

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:25 am

hmmmmm... i may have to save my pennies LOL... so, should i A) use a stack? or B) have a side pipe? remember: i ride more in a field and in mud so a stack wont be in the way...
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:52 pm

Small stack! The cam in this has about .050 more duration and .010 more lift than a flathead. However, if you want to swap them, they will interchange. So, if you have a flathead you want a bigger cam in, you could find one of these to go in it.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:44 pm

This is essentially what I am getting from zsmachines, but with no transaxle or motor, and a broken hood. may have to build a stock tractor that I can pull things with and doesn't go too fast. or racer...

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:59 pm

hmmm... i wish that there was some way to make a "lope switch" like you could make for a 24 valve cummins...
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:15 pm

@ZSmachines wrote:
hmmm... i wish that there was some way to make a "lope switch" like you could make for a 24 valve cummins...
Lope tunes are straight up jenk. Horrible for the engine because of all the soot, they sound stupid, and what is the big idea with massive clouds of black smoke? Sure it looks cool but it pisses people off and probably just gets annoying. Black smoke = unburnt fuel = lost power.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:25 am

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@ZSmachines wrote:
hmmm... i wish that there was some way to make a "lope switch" like you could make for a 24 valve cummins...
Lope tunes are straight up jenk. Horrible for the engine because of all the soot, they sound stupid, and what is the big idea with massive clouds of black smoke? Sure it looks cool but it pisses people off and probably just gets annoying. Black smoke = unburnt fuel = lost power.

I thought you just told me in a different thread that I should not tell people what to do with their own stuff... Let him do it, it is his. just sayin'..
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:20 am

yes, i agree with you 802 on diesels, but i am talking about gassers. i just used the 24v as an example because of the popularity of putting lope switches on them. But on gassers, if there is lope, than usually they have a giant cam and make a lot of power. i only want said lope switch whilst at pulls or other places where people will turn their head and go "WHAT! That thing has a cam in it!" And i don't know how it is where you live, so i cannot judge, but up here rolling coal is considered cool and shows how much power you have. But anyways..
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:10 pm

well, i have decided that there WILL be a small stack, but i will run the exhaust across the front of the motor, with a muffler built in, and have that lead to a 1' stack made of either 2.5" pipe of 3". either way, it shouldn't be too loud, yet still have a nice tone.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:58 am

Big Update, Last night I added transaxle braces, and an opposed twin! Now all I havwant to do is fab up an exhaust, and wire in the new motor.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:38 pm

Pictures, pictures, pictures! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Sat Jan 31, 2015 9:22 pm


Here is your Pictures Pictures Pictures! LOL.. i really really really need mufflers though..
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