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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:35 am

Perfect color and yes the soft top is the way to go.  Maybe put in a mini bar for the ladies too.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:48 pm

I agree guys, a canvas top would look cool.  I'll just need to work on my sewing skills!

Getting excited to take this thing out romping again!
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:39 pm

Lovin' the green. Man that looks nice!

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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:34 am

Oh yeah that's so cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:13 am

She's looking really really good man. I think a canvas top would suit her perfectly
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:18 am

oooo How about re-purposing an old aluminum truck cap for the top? It will keep you out of wind in the winter. In the summer you can open the windows up and enjoy the breeze.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:26 pm

I like the truck cap idea. Can you even find those anymore?
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:33 pm

Going vertical...

Gonna have to spring the walking beam or use a chunk of rubber to lock it out, because it's just unsafe going downhills lol
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:50 pm

Locked up the walking beam, it runs much safer downhill Smile.


Had a good 5 hour romp today burning through 2 gallons of gas. Through swamp, field and woods...





Also did a second drawbar test on thawed top soil, the results were awesome: 3,287lbs of static drawbar pull (no grousers still).  It got good bite in the ground compared to last time in the frost.


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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:16 pm

That pull tester thingy is pretty cool(I know it's just a hydraulic cylinder with a gauge lol). You open it up and figure the surface area of the piston?
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:24 am

That beast sure seems reliable. Pretty good towing capacity too.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:01 am

It’s nice to see some pictures of this tank out in the wild. What a machine.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:27 pm

Romp video
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:08 pm

Nice! This thing definitely suits a swampy environment Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:48 pm

I'm impressed with the capabilities of this machine.  Pushing over small trees and going through water like it's nobody's business.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:11 am

Sweet! Good soundtrack in that video, I havent listened to Lightfoot in a while.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:46 pm

Random pics from the last couple of weeks.  So far no major breakdowns.  It has its flaws, but it is a good off-roader...







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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:59 pm

Looks like you had some good fun doing circles!

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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:20 pm

Looks good. Should make a dozer blade for it eh?
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:25 pm

Old school dredging...

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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:15 pm

Random pics.  














I think I need to go back to off-road garden tractors.  This thing makes stuff too easy, not to mention it burns quite a bit more fuel too than a single popper briggs...
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:57 pm

I'd keep this thing going too and build a ATLT too.  So when are you adding a passenger seat so you can pick up chicks in this thing?
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:28 pm

Seems like the tracks hold up really good. It's pretty cool to see them on rocks and tight spots and they stay on. I was wondering when you first put it together how they would hold up. Looks like they're doing great so far. Seems a pretty durable design.

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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sun May 20, 2018 8:48 pm

Onto the small even more time consuming stuff.  

Fabricobbled mounts to adapt a Delco 10SI onto the Yota, much harder than I thought due to space restrictions.  But I do have 63amps of electrcity now!  Put on some old salvaged incandescent lamps for now.





Working on exhaust and electric side mounted radiator this week.  Hopefully my floor plates will be cut too.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Sun May 20, 2018 8:54 pm

Cool! nice to see some more build progress.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Mon May 28, 2018 7:44 pm

Thanks to Mr. Modified for the splendid electric fan idea.  Here is the tropical cooling package, tested it this weekend in 100° heat, works verrrry nicely.





No more swamp ass from the inline radiator fan hurrah
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