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 Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:37 pm

So a day or two I found out that these transaxle brake arms are VERY hardened. Like to the point they are almost like cast...



Well, at that point I was so fed up with this brake setup that I tore the pedal out and was done with that brake setup. At least with the pedal out I can put my stock clutch latch back in.

I ended up making another brake arm out of stainless because I figured it wouldn't wear so much as normal mild steel. I then cut a little hole in the bottom corner of the fender and bent a linkage for the brake out of the old brake arm I had on the stock form of MUTT. I'm done with cable brakes. I then made the lever out of an old tie rod and fome flatstock. I guess my dad was trying to make a decent shift knob for his John Deere 50 back a few years ago and the 50 just happened to have the same thread on the shifter as the thread on the end of the tie rod. 3/8-24 or something like that. UNF stuff.



I even made a latch for a parking brake!



YES I KNOW MY WELDS LOOK LIKE HELL I WAS WELDING AT 90* BECAUSE I'M TOO LAZY TO TAKE THE PIECE OFF THE MACHINE TO WELD IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! THEY WON'T BREAK SO I DON'T CARE!!!!!!!



Just a pic of the linkage and the return spring:



I went on a bit of a romp today to test my brakes and they work excellent! I can actually lock up my wheels if i want! Here's a peak at the video I'm uploading right now:

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:33 pm

I like the way that looks Rich, having a bunch of levers always looks cool haha. Its not in the way of your leg?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:43 pm

@AllisKidD21 wrote:
I like the way that looks Rich, having a bunch of levers always looks cool haha. Its not in the way of your leg?

It's not that bad. It's in far enough and is high enough it doesn't bother too much. It only moves like 5" anyways. 4" when the brake arm is nice and tight
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:15 am

Just some stuff...

Put a diode in the lighting circuit, I basically have two charging circuits now. Was just gonna do the voltage regulator but I haven't bought one yet.



Tried hitting a ditch, just kinda ended up making a big hole lol. Actually had to use a lot of wheelspeed to get up out of it





With this parking brake I can take pics of it flexed up on a tree now! Lol




I did a little work with a brush and paint tonight...



Lemme know what you think! I like it, it's nice and visible! I actually have ATLTF stickers but I don't wanna use em till I paint this thing, lol
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:56 am

Looks good Rich! The white definitely stands out.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:46 pm

Just threw these on here. I thought hell, they're cheap so why not?




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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:09 pm

After a while of messing around and ramming stuff i decided that Craftsman's tube bumper design is complete JENK. I got tired of bending it back straight over and over.

So to solve that problem...I started digging through my scrap and got the welder out...

Man this channel steel i got from dad's work is great. You can see I wrote 60* on the side there, the main pat of the bumper is 60* ish



Width of bumper.



If I'm building a beefy bumper why not build a beefy prerunner thingy?



Pulled a redline and ground my nasty stick welds on the front side down.



Finally found my black spray paint and painted it for now.



Works pretty well! I can run right up some stuff I couldn't before! Haven't dragged anything with it yet but i'm sure it'll do just fine. The prerunner has a bit of flex when you're really pushing on it but that's to be expected





Lemme know what you think! I love it!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:35 pm

looks good and solid brother
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:38 pm

Looks good Rich! Good for ramming stuff out of your way.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:06 pm

Looks GREAT! Rich!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:59 pm

Yupper, simple and strong.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:21 pm

Thanks everybody!

So I figured since I had refreshed my bumper game, why not go on a bit of a fabrication spree?

I thought for like 3 seconds on what to do and what would probably be the hardest thing and I decided on a skid plate.

So I built this. Made out of all 1/4" steel (besides the 1/2" pipe for the rear mount)



Tape is there from a piece of plywood I was using to space the transaxle from it.









As you can see, I havent painted it yet. That's because I'm not entirely sure I'm done with it yet. I might still add something on to the mount in the back to prevent twisting.

The whole process of welding this was frustrating. I was actually getting some good welds in places, but the breaker would flip every 30 seconds or so of welding. I think it's because I had the welder on like 120a (Lincoln Buzzbox) and the breakers are just a pair of 30a. I could tell they were getting warm every time I reset them. I let them cool off for a few moments and that seems to help a little.

Oh yeah, and I made a vent thing for the gas cap(got rid of the gauge one) and replaced the gasket in it with a piece of bicycle tube lol. Doesn't leak at all now!

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:42 pm

Skidplate looks stout Rich! Great work!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:26 pm

@AllisKidD21 wrote:
Skidplate looks stout Rich! Great work!

Thanks AllisKid! I've been running it into stuff today, holding up pretty well!

Oh, and I forgot to mention that ground clearance at the skidplate is 9". Still decent!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:36 pm

"I've been running it into stuff today, holding up pretty well!"

Hahahaha, the ballad of Rich and MUTT! Hahaha, looking good man!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:57 pm

Next week Rich builds a vertical shaft V8 to help pull all that extra weight he welded on...
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:14 pm

That skidplate is the bomb! Awesome job!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:52 pm

Beefy is good! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:47 am

Thanks everyone! cheers

@Lawren Wimberly wrote:
Next week Rich builds a vertical shaft V8 to help pull all that extra weight he welded on...

lol! I'll just move the stock oil pickup and make an elbow for the carb, hardly call that a build. The oppy moves er around pretty good like it is, only mod being governor removal. I pulled a 4th gear wheelie today and actually held it about 10ft. Took my foot out of it because she was gonna come back over on me

Thing is now, how am I gonna top myself? scratch I have an about 50:1 inline gear box I could use for (indestructible) steering with no feedback whatsoever. Thing is, I'd have to gear the steering arms really high so I wouldnt have to work my arms off steering. This Snapper steering would be really nice for something like a racer, it has very little slop but skips when you have the front wheels jammed up against something. The piece the driven gear is mounted to actually flexes and lets it jump a notch or two. I could just tighten it a lot but I don't want to really ruin it by slopping out the bushing from tightening it so much. I could go the augur box method but I think there's just much more to be desired with those. More than an 1/8" thick case and the ability to tighten up the steering more. They just dont seem to be all that they are put up to be. We'll see what I figure out lol. I'd really like a golf kart rack and pinion but I've no place to obtain such a piece
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman GT3000 "MUTT"   Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:55 am

Looking good to me! Somehow I missed this stuff. I should spend a bit more time looking around on here. Skid plate is nice. Bumper looks pretty tough too.
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