***Ladies And Gentlemen! Welcome to the 2017 All Terrain Lawn Tractor Forum Build-Off Competition!
Participants will again be given 9 months to cobble together the roughest, toughest, nastiest, sexiest, high-falutinest mean machine they can, for the title of “2017 Build-Off Champion”!!!
Beginning February 1st, those entering the contest will start a build thread in the forum subcategory created for the purpose.
To start your thread, you'll need to post a picture of your primary parts source(s), pile, donor machine(s) etc. In that picture, you need to have a sign that reads "ATLTF 2017 Build-Off", the date, and the password, which will be announced on February 1st. If you are not participating in the contest, please do not start a thread in this forum, use our regular forums as normal. After the November 30th contest deadline, builds will be checked for completeness, the voting system will be unlocked, and all registered members will have 2 weeks to examine the entries and vote for their favorite builds. Any ATLTF member may enter the Build-Off, and anyone at all may become a member to enter the Build-Off. So let the sparks fly! Please carefully read the details below before proceeding. Good luck, Gentlemen (and maybe a couple of ladies?)
ATLTF 4th Annual Build-Off Contest rules- Qualifying vehicles-
1)Must be a small, personal-transportation type vehicle, capable of carrying operator, and not more than one additional passenger.
2)Must be self-propelled
3)Must be powered by an OPE (Outdoor Power Equipment) type engine. Generally- one or two cylinders, 2 or 4 stroke, gasoline or diesel, air cooled*, horizontal or vertical crankshaft, and derived from Lawn mowers, leaf blowers, lawn/yard/garden tractors, pressure washers, portable generators, tillers, cement mixers, weedeaters, leaf mulchers and vacuums, water pumps, etc. *Note: There are a few liquid-cooled OPE engines out there, such as offerings from Honda and Kawasaki. As long as it fits the OPE description, it is allowed, limited to two cylinders. However- MORE than one qualifying engine may be used.
4)No automobile, truck, SUV etc chassis allowed. No ATV chassis', nor "Compact Tractor".Allowed are- Lawn tractor, yard tractor, garden tractor and mini chassis’, stock or modified. Custom-built chassis are allowed provided the end result will be resemblant of a lawn or garden tractor chassis in appearance. Specifically, ladder, tunnel, or pan-style. No space frames.
5)Must run on any number of wheels, tracks, skis, or any combination of these, limited by the following constraint: A minimum of 3 points of contact must be made with the ground, a minimum of two if vehicle is "tracked". Points of contact are defined as wheels, tracks, or skis.
6)Must be "complete" by deadline date. For our purposes, "complete" means- Starts, runs and drives under its own power. Remote throttle must be installed and operable without operator touching engine. Remote kill switch must be installed and operable without operator touching engine. Remote start must be installed and operable without operator touching engine- this applies to electric start only, pull-starting IS acceptable. Braking system must be installed and functional. Steering system must be installed and functional. The purpose of this rule is not only to define completeness for the contest, but to help ensure safety. Paint and related aesthetic touches are not mandatory to qualify as "complete" but may affect scoring. For clarification, "Remote" specifically means "The ability to operate without touching engine".
7)Sheetmetal/bodywork is open. As long as all other rules are adhered to, the vehicle may take any vehicular appearance.
8)Must NOT be more than 50% completed prior to the official start date. Previously completed builds or lightly modifying builds for the contest will not qualify. As part of qualification, contest entrants will post a picture of the major parts source(s), including a sign showing the commencement date and code word. Completeness will be defined by your writeup of what is to be done and by seeing your parts in photos.
1)Must hold a valid ATLTF membership in good standing
2)May Join ATLTF in order to qualify for contest entry
3)Must maintain their ATLTF membership status in good standing for the entire duration of the contest.
4)May enter more than one project for the contest
*Contest commences February 1st 2017. You may NOT start building until the official start announcement on that date, but you MAY plan and collect parts until that time.*The official start announcement will contain a PASSWORD. Entrants MUST start a build thread in the 2017 Contest forum, and: Post a photo of their main parts pile that contains a sign bearing "ATLTF 2017 Build-Off", the date, and the password, all printed on a sign in the same photo. Entrants may join anytime ON or AFTER the start date. *Entrants MUST update their thread and include update pics at least monthly.* Contest ends November 30th 2017. Any project NOT completed upon the official finish announcement on that date does not qualify for judging/winning. See official contest rule #6 for definition of "complete". Builder should post as many details of build as possible, including parts sources/origin, costs, design elements and difficulties, specifications, gear ratios, etc.
Upon completion, builder must post a video of completed build, consisting of a walk-around and operation to demonstrate function and capabilities. Builder should also make a post saying that build is completed or risk build not qualifying. If for some reason you are not able to shoot or post this video, you MUST contact a forum administrator to closely scrutinize your build to determine eligibility.
Voters may post questions for the builders during building and voting periods to assist in assessing the builds. In the event of a tie, winner will be determined by a panel of judges. There was indeed a tie for 2nd in 2015, in which the admin staff voted.