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PostSubject: craftsman 12hp project   Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:53 pm

so im new and i wanted to start off with my 1990? craftsman 12hp ohv 6 speed 38"
so a guy my dad knows gave it to me along with a 10 hp techumseh and other parts
things ive done so far: got rid of the safetys, got it running, wired up the headlights
to do: front bumper, lock the tranny, swap the motor, lift?, gas pedal, brakes, headlight lenses and buckets, pulley swap
so let me know what you think Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:04 pm

got any pics? we love that kind. sounds cool, gotta love those old squarebodys. personally, i am not a fan of lifted mowers.
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:17 pm

Yea workin on the pics thinking of only a 1" lift because i want to fit some 20" tires with a little space and i see a real easy way to do the lift
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:28 pm

ahh, ok, so more or less just a body lift. when i think "lifted mower" i think these ubsurd foolish creations that you need a ladder to get in. lol.
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:14 pm

How are you lifting it?
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:09 pm

From experience, You won't need to lift it to put 20" tires onto it and have space. I had 20" tires on each of my rigs at one point in time. They both have/had the same style fender. If you do lift it for more space between the tires, possibly do a body lift? Like just put the fenders up on blocks?
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:11 am

I plan on putting spacer blocks on the two main rear mounts and there are a second set of bolt holes on the front of the transaxle and thats all i need but i might just end up doing a body lift who knows
Oh yea does anyone know what tranny i have in it its a six speed im thinking its a Foote maybe a Spicer its a 90 cube tractor thanks
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:11 am

Keep in mind when you lift it you will have to lift the rear pulley so the belt still sits level. Is there any purpose you want the fenders higher for? 20" tires fit under those fenders perfectly.
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:51 am

Not really any reason but for looks and in case i want to go with bigger tires in future
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Thu Dec 25, 2014 6:56 pm

an update:
I got it running MINT after a tank of gas went through it now the only problem is the huge oil leak coming from the head which needs to be fixed
for christmas i got two 3 inch 27 watt LED lights but thats 54 watts total and i dont think my charging system will support that
i have all the materials to build my front bumper so i got to get a design and get cutting and welding Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Thu Dec 25, 2014 7:08 pm

So if you lift the tractor suspension... What do you have to do with the input shaft on the transaxle? Make a longer one
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:49 pm

i did some "testing" today and set up some rocks to crawl on and realized how bad i need a steering gear for the first gen steering
im also working on a front bumper design using this

and some other scrap steel i have
oh yea these are the lights i plan on mounting (27 watts each) can someone tell me if my charging system will support that i have a 12 hp techumseh ohv

this is the front part of the frame to mount to, i want to do a bolt on bumper so i can remove my hood if need be but stilll strong, any ideas out there?

right i almost forgot, lets take a look at the oil leak buildup shall we?
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:30 pm

Check THIS out. These guys built completely insane rigs out of tractors right like yours. Here ya can find a bumper idea, and maybe some ideas to fix your steering gear box..
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:53 pm

Yea ive seen strech's builds but personally im not a fan of the bumper and i want to find a tractor with 2nd gen steering to do a swap if possible
Right now im eyeballing a tractor identifal to mine on craigslist with a trailer to possibly resolve my oil leak which is getting oil all over my garage
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PostSubject: Re: craftsman 12hp project   Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:58 pm

new mod can you see it

yep a tach pretty hilarious i think heres a closer look

pretty easy to hook up 3 wires and it works
there is some clearance issues though like the huge overbite and the hood hitting the tach


went for a snow romp today and the turfs are HORRIBLE as well as the open diff but the oil leak comes first as it leaks a 5 inch round puddle in 20 minutes after it is ran
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