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PostSubject: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:27 pm

I wasn't going to enter this year. I may finish, maybe not.  Nov 30 is a long way off and a lot can be done between now and then.

Project Mack, because it is going to be the goto tractor for day to day non-mowing needs.  Why Mack?  I dunno.  Sounded good. At this time I do not plan to lock, but I do plan on a minor pulley swap.  I will be installing the Murray sleeve hitch I have under my workbench.  Other mods I hope to pull out is maybe create an adapter for some of my SEARS items.  I do plan on stretching the front like I did on Kal as I like that wheelbase much better.  Suspension: Questionable.  I also plan on a winch install.  I think I will need a push bumper maybe and definite flood lights up front.  I do have a mower deck for this tractor.  Debating whether to leave the build where I can run the mower deck or not.  This is something I need to decide quickly.
 
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1985 Murray GT 
Current 18HP opposed vertical Twin.  Runs, will it stay?  Depends on mowing capability.
Peerless 2300 Transaxle.
I would like to do some kind of rib tire on front and Ags on rear.
Misc odds and ends and upgrades.




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-Approved 2/11/2019 DF

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:14 pm

Love the old Murray's. Yes another 2300 on the build off. Utility tractor build with 26x12x12 v-treads would be the bomb. Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:18 pm

@Jeremiah R. Cooper wrote:
Love the old Murray's. Yes another 2300 on the build off. Utility tractor build with 26x12x12 v-treads would be the bomb. Good luck!

LOL, not really big on the really wide tires but who knows.

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:34 pm

I love utility builds! What kind of shape is the mower deck in?
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:38 pm

I would say 1-10, 10 being best; it's deck is a 4.

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:00 pm

Great to see ya in the Build-Off again Mighty! Good luck!!

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:08 am

@AllisKidD21 wrote:
Great to see ya in the Build-Off again Mighty! Good luck!!

Thanks...  Smile

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:08 pm

Great to see your 2nd GT entered!!! Love it! Excited what a minty Rig it will be getting..
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:13 pm

It's a thing of the devil. And I do not mean the belt twist...



It's that stupid double pulley clutch that is up against that footboard brace and the clutch rod so belt changes are a beast. Takes about 30-40 minutes minimum to change these belts.

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:18 pm

UGGGGG!!!! I hate it when stuff is built complicated!!
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:41 pm

Going to be a good outcome with that 2300! I'd keep that opposed twin, She'll give you lots of power.
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:46 pm

@Offroad MudMowers wrote:
Going to be a good outcome with that 2300! I'd keep that opposed twin, She'll give you lots of power.

Fully agreed! I want an Oppy so bad...
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:57 pm

Well... that got ruled out quick.  It would take a lot of ingenuity and too many moving parts to pull that one off.



Old murray frame just isn't up for that task.

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:24 pm

Nice build!  My Deere is kinda similar, you have to remove the rear pulley to get the belt on, too complicated.  And the rear belt still comes off lol.

I'd keep the deck an option, personally.  You can always remove the deck stuff later if you decide to make it a non-mowing tractor.
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:23 pm

@Double W Cross Ranch wrote:
Nice build!  My Deere is kinda similar, you have to remove the rear pulley to get the belt on, too complicated.  And the rear belt still comes off lol.

I'd keep the deck an option, personally.  You can always remove the deck stuff later if you decide to make it a non-mowing tractor.

There's plenty of room to put it on the transaxle pulley. I think this one has a broken pulley. As for the deck. It would need a lot of work now that I look at it. more $$ than I want to put in that. Besides, I have 2 other tractors that mow. I could rig up a 3rd if needed with minimal effort.

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:33 pm

So even though the tractor looks a lot alike... the frame on this one I would consider near JUNK. Lighter gauge and easy to bend.

Starting to reconsider this tractor.

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:53 pm

Don’t sweat it. You’ve got good fabrication experience under your belt. I know you can build a frame from scratch or a sub frame to make this work. As a bonus you could make a frame to make that horizontal oppy work. Remember the guy last year that made his own wheel horse style frame?
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:33 pm

So... I'm not diggin this frame.    Thinking about abandoning this one and reviving the Sasquatch, rename and make it back into a utility build.

It would lend to give the hood back to Li'l Red.

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:37 pm

Nooooooooooo!! Don't kill the Sasquatch hot rod!!

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:41 pm

I'm having trouble envisioning anything with this murray.

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:56 pm

@MightyRaze I like the plan. I think you have already robbed some parts from Sasquatch. this would be a great opportunity to revive that tractor into something new.
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:15 pm

I don't know what to say at the moment.
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:28 pm

I Love the Idea of the horizontal Oppy with the 2300...

U should be able to reinforce the frame just with some box steel, few braces here & there, and U have a solid frame that wo'nt twist or bend....

I kinda understand that U want to go the minimal work way since I'm pretty lazy........... but it would be a shame to kill the beautiful Craftsman U built few years ago.....
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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:39 pm

It's the fact that I would have to cut a HUGE belt path into the already sub par frame.

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PostSubject: Re: DNF - Mighty's Project MACK [2019 Build-Off Entry]    Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:45 pm

@AllisKidD21 wrote:
Nooooooooooo!! Don't kill the Sasquatch hot rod!!

I am really leaning towards this. The hot rod craftsman was fun, but completely useless to me.

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