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 Craftsman LT 1000 racer build "The green bastard"

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PostSubject: Craftsman LT 1000 racer build "The green bastard"   Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:37 am

It had a worse name when i started building it lol but anyways here she is in most of her glory


Specs as of 12/20/16
Craftsman LT chassis (year unknown)
2002 Craftsman LT body panels
1988 16 hp Briggs and Stratton opposed twin
Pulley ratio as of current is 7 on engine 5 on trans
Trans is a foote 5 speed (i have a 930 to put in its just doesnt want to shift)
Runs over 20 mph (has not been speed recorded just a estimate)
Quick release steering wheel
Quick little bring ya up to speed thing
So the build started as a three week cram to Build a mower for racing and long story short the carb screwed me over.
I got the frame as a frame and transaxle. Completely stripped except for those two parts lol. So i had a 14 horse twin laying around and some craftsman body panels and the gears started turning. Got it running in about 7 days and got it to drive in 14. But the carb wouldnt work right on the 14 horse and it KILLED three starters. So i swapped a 16 horse twin i had just bought. Not suspecting the carb as the culprit of my running issue with the 14 horse i used that carb and again it wouldnt run right. So i never finished it in time for the race. But two days after that i had it running and really ripping with a different carb on it and i sort of hit a pumpkin stand... whoops


So then of course i had to put brakes on (brakes were an afterthought) and brain goof never thought of entering it in the build off (i shouldve) and heres a video of it driving.

Gonna update this when i find a battery big enough to start it lol
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT 1000 racer build "The green bastard"   Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:56 pm

"the green b...." i wonder where that name came from lol scratch cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT 1000 racer build "The green bastard"   Mon May 29, 2017 8:49 pm

So finally got back on my account lol anyways,
If i hadve got on earlier i wouldve entered this into speed sport cause so far this is what ive done to it
New carb
Replaced the throttle
Chopped and lowered rear fenders
Rebuilt tranny (broke all four shift keys,almost sent fifth through the case, and third was grinding bad)
Completely repainted top to bottom including engine shrouds
New Brakes and brake lever and linkages
Smaller rear tires (to fit in the fenders)
Shaved the eyebrows on the motor
Lights

And thats about it. The reason most of that stuff was done was for the biggest car show in the area, east coast Speed Sport. Took her up and my buddy took his race mower up, (my buddys is the orange one with black stripes) we were invited by a couple people who race in town that wanted more mowers. Heres the photos from that event,




Heres some build photos from when i was cramming it together for speed sport


Bit of an overload of photos lol but its been a while since this was updated. Gonna try to push this thing to 40 mph (pretty sure its doing 30 mph now) just so i can outrun the townie racers lol
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT 1000 racer build "The green bastard"   Tue May 30, 2017 12:24 pm

Nice. Looks good with the lowered fenders. I think if you lowered the front axle a bit it would improve the handling at faster speeds. I like that red craftsman in the 5th picture Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT 1000 racer build "The green bastard"   Tue May 30, 2017 8:58 pm

The red craftsman is neat has an oppy in it and has a peerless 800. It looks good, Pretty jimmy rigged though. Not lowering the front axle because im not playing with the steering geometry cause im not very good at it. Going to get some smaller tires to bring it down some.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT 1000 racer build "The green bastard"   Tue May 30, 2017 9:11 pm

Yeah it looks great with the fenders lowered like that. What else are ya planning to do to it besides speed it up?

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman LT 1000 racer build "The green bastard"   Tue May 30, 2017 10:22 pm

Looks good! Like the way it sits!

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