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I picked up this nice tow hook for Ol' Red at a Harbor Freight in Georgia for $6.39 with a coupon. I'm going to bolt it to the drawbar that came with the tractor when I bought it at the scrapyard.
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Nice, I don't believe I've seen that drawbar, got any pictures?
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@Double W Cross Ranch oh yeah, I'm jacking it up by the drawbar in this picture. What a trip down memory lane this picture is.
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Ah, that's pretty sweet! Yeah, this build has come a long way!
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I installed a bushing in the drawbar and drilled a second hole to mount up the tow hook. It looks a lot more off road than the trailer ball which I haven't used since I locked the rear end. I might paint it red soon but it's not super critical.
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Good thinking on the bushing. That tow hook does look very badass!
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He'll need it to pull me out!

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Thanks to @Double W Cross Ranch with helping me research some parts.  I picked up a tethered kill switch that will work with a 12V ignition and a spare lanyard at my local AutoZone for $30.  I also ordered a couple of hood latches like the kind used on my C-125 that I plan to use on Ol' Red for $30.
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I took some time to wrench on Ol' Red today and it's ready to go to Haspin!
I cringed at drilling into my dash and the forstner bit did wander but the hole came out in a great place for the tethered kill switch.  All I had to do was move the igntion wire to it and run a jumper wire over the key switch.  An added bonus of this is that I can pull the tether to kill power to the coil but still can have the key on to power accessories like the lights and winch.
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I bolted the rear rack back on:
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I replaced this john deere wide flanged idler on a customer's mower and thought it would be perfect to try on Ol' Red. So right now I've got my belt guard and floorboard off to start the engineering process to see if this one will fit and how it will effect the belt system.  If it doesn't work out, I don't have a problem running the idler I currently have.
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Nice balance with the key switch on that tether kill!  Ol' Red is looking good!  I have tether kill on my Kal, but not my Li'l Red.  I will look into that after Haspin.

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Looking nice! Your welcome for the help, 'twas no trouble at all.
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looking good bud
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