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PostSubject: Craftsman square body build   Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:48 am

I finally got a square body craftsman II! I traded my buddy zsmachines for it. He took out the 12hp tecumseh and installed his 18hp briggs twin. I got it from him with broken shift keys, so I installed a spicer 6 speed in it. I have to uninstall it today and use it in my gator, but this will get the 920. I pulley swapped it to a 4" rear (stock front) and it probably goes 15 or so. 19" rear atv tires, boat winch, front and rear bumpers. I want to build a cooler out of a spare battery box on the back bumper, or do a deck lever shifter and put the cooler in where the stock shifter is now.





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PostSubject: Craftsman square body build    Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:34 pm

i like your winch now thats redneck thinkinĀ Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Mon May 04, 2015 2:47 pm

yeah my buddy got it cheep and welded it on there LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Mon May 04, 2015 6:14 pm

Are those 19" tires Wan Da's?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Tue May 05, 2015 10:02 am

I think they are wan da's or some very similar name. They are chinese tires off my chinese 150cc quad. I want to put them on the front end and get new 22" for the rear. I need shift keys for the trans though, it really slipps in reverse.


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Tue May 05, 2015 10:03 am

I think the magneto is going out... hard to start when hot.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Tue May 05, 2015 3:39 pm

Maybe. Or maybe fuel related, maybe it gets vapor locked or something. Kind of sounds like a coil. Maybe check for spark when you have trouble and compare with what the spark looks like when cold.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Wed May 06, 2015 10:36 am

built a cooler.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Wed May 06, 2015 11:32 am

Did you put foam in there to insulate it?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Wed May 06, 2015 6:13 pm

No, not yet. looking for like 1/2" thick stuff to line it.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Thu May 07, 2015 10:23 pm

found out today there were no bushings in my front end...(not even evidence they had been) so now it works 100% better LOL.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Fri May 08, 2015 11:35 am

Looks like a great build.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Tue May 12, 2015 10:41 am

Got 21x11 rears and 19x7 fronts now. added pull start on engine pulley.





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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Tue May 12, 2015 1:14 pm

Good lookin tractor. Love the cooler idea. I love the old square body craftsman and the old sears tractors. Wish i could find another craftsman but everybody around here wants way too much for them.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Wed May 13, 2015 11:41 am

lol my craftsman has the same mean eyes or did you copy me
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Thu May 14, 2015 3:04 pm

Well, a lot of people put "eyes" on their headlights like that. Look at the 400ex riders and the Banshee riders with the "bug eye" headlights. The first thing I did to my 400ex when I got it was put duct tape over the lights like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Thu May 14, 2015 7:26 pm

@kawasaki220 wrote:
lol my craftsman has the same mean eyes or did you copy me

the P/O did that, to make it look mean.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Sat May 16, 2015 9:07 am

hahaha lol I know I just wanted to say that I liked them and be fun
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Wed May 27, 2015 1:16 pm

I want these tires for the rear in 22x11x8 size

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCQQFjAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rockymountainatvmc.com%2FReviews%2F723%2F17501%2FDuro-Mud-and-Sand-ATV-Tire&ei=pPtlVbGaM8PGogT7u4KADQ&usg=AFQjCNFmFA90Lrx0toEJ7S8xvklQlFxKGw&sig2=l8qfoSj9mhnXNxKGwNNXng&bvm=bv.93990622,d.cGU
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:46 am

I am replacing the transaxle with one from my aws noma (stronger case). I put regular axles in it and put 25" rear tires on the trans, so I am going to put it in this. the trans that is in it eats shift keys and has no brakes so I am replacing it. I may have to put on gt rear fenders to clear the tires, and if I do that I will put the rear mount gas tank on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:00 am

Hehe

New trans with 25" rear tires and 20" front. GT fenders and rear mount 5 gal gas tank.







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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:58 pm

finally updating this. locking the diff with my signature method of welding the spiders into one piece.









I got it done and it seems to work really good. I hope to go on a romp soon and test it out. this thing's biggest issue was traction, both when you wanted to go and when you didn't. If you tried to go over an obstacle your tire would spin and you would have to drag it or push it. when you tried to stop (and especially when you really needed to stop) one of the tires would spin backwards and you would crash. this should be a hundred times better, since the wheels cannot freewheel unless it is in neutral.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:07 pm

Ok small update, I took it for a ride the other day and it seems to be working fine still. my buddy was driving it and it stopped, and made a grating noise when in gear. I figured shift keys, so we got out the GT and drug this thing back to the shop. pulled the trans out, and spun the input shaft. the pulley was spinning on the input shaft! I got another key and we put it back together. Works fine now, which I'm glad, since this is the AWS case and I was afraid it was busted. We have taken it on several romps and it has hardly any issues, except it costs almost $20 to fill the gas tank. but I filled it up about 2 months ago and it still has half a tank. I try to get it out every two weeks or so and exercise it. On Christmas break me and zsmachines are probably going on a big romp and I plan on taking this. Zsmachines took it on some skidder trails where it had just been logged and it did amazing.

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