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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sun May 02, 2010 10:28 am

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bigbleuboy wrote:
any updates fearless? been watching your you tube and im so interested in what's happening now!!!

I should be doing an update today, even if it is a small one. I've been working on the bumpers for now. Theres some other stuff I gotta change around that I'm not looking foward to..

awesome!! we'll both have bumper updates today. lol
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Mon May 03, 2010 5:22 pm

damn was planning on watching it today, sad face stupid time diffrence!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sat May 08, 2010 9:18 am

Time for a small update. I would have done this last weekend, but photobucket wouldn't let me sign in for some reason... Computers hate me.

As you can see, something was missing...



So I started a front bumper...



Mounting brackets...





Angle cut the ends...



I think this is th strongest part of the whole tractor now.



It looks crooked in that last pic, but the hoods not bolted all the way down. I stopped there on the bumper, I do plan on adding to it, but not quite sure what I want it to look like. (off topic, that red tractor in the backround is my grass cutter)

So I started to make an exaust.



Almost done! This thin shit is hard to weld.



Thats all for now, I haven't run it with the exaust like that yet. So I don't know if I'll need to lengthen it. It's about 14-16 inches long total. I need some ideas on the bumper, I'd like to do something cool and then another skidplate that runs from the bumper to the front axle.

Hopefully more tomorrow! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sat May 08, 2010 9:22 am

well this blows my bumper out of the water! lol. nice job on it.
in the first pic i see a stack of tires in the background. the two meaty lookin ones on top, they for the craftsman?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sat May 08, 2010 9:58 am

wow great job on the other forum theyd thro you out for having sharp edges Razz i like it!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sat May 08, 2010 2:07 pm

That really does look solid! Looks like you put a good bit of time and thinking into cutting all the metal so it would fit together like it does too. Nice job man. Cant wait to start work on mine!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sat May 08, 2010 3:54 pm

indianaboy93: I like overkill! Those tires in the back WERE going to go onto the craftsman, but they weigh like 30lbs each. They might end up on the front of pauls green machine. That thing needs some weight in the front!

arild365: This whole tractor is going to get ground, sanded and painted when it's done. so no more sharp edges!

Chunk: I did spend alot of time on it! Lots of grinding! I'm glad I got that new grinder, you can see it laying in the dirt in one of those pics.... I take good care of my tools... Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sat May 08, 2010 5:08 pm

Well tools are for using! My tools always lay about on the ground. I try and make sure they dont stay there overnight in the garage, it gets damp.

btw, your Lawn Chief (or somehting similar) is pretty much what my ALKO used to be before I chopped it up. You'd never recognise it now. Espcaiily sporting its new MTD hood.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sun May 09, 2010 7:17 am

Very cool! What if you have some brackets /hoop lean forward in the middle of the bumper?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sun May 09, 2010 8:47 am

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Very cool! What if you have some brackets /hoop lean forward in the middle of the bumper?

Thats kinda what I was thinking. I've got a piece of tube steel I could use, I just need to find someone to bed it for me. I don't have much luck with bending tube. I've heard you can pack wet sand in it, heat it up and bend it without kinking it, but it'll be too long to do that with.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sun May 09, 2010 7:22 pm

Call a couple muffler shops around and see if they have a mandrel bender to bend it up for you.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Mon May 10, 2010 8:49 pm

looking good. i haven't done anything to my mower, its all stoped right now, my grandpa still hasn't gotten around to the piece i need for the trans axle Mad
I also have a job now so, once i start making some money, i may start being able to do things to it. Smile
And boy do i have crap ton of projects going on,
my riding mower, 6hp briggs needs new gas tank, 7hp briggs needs a belt, 3.5hp needs a new block, i need to get a new engine for the go kart, get brakes for the go kart, and possibly a new rear engine seal for my ryobi weedeater. finish putting the 5hp engine together. I hope i can get all this done before summer is over , cause starting september, im going to be in school for another 2 years, college. and i probably wont have time to do squat. well i probably will still have my weekends off.
ok well, keep on trucking with your rock crawler, looking pretty good, far more ahead than i am.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sun May 23, 2010 11:11 am

I have a question, could you make a sort of sub-frame on a stamped frame body for more durability?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sun May 23, 2010 2:37 pm

Yepper- lawntractor racers use steel square tubing to strengthen stock chassis's - check out Chunk's Alko build- he made a whole new frame from angle and just bolted the body pieces to it.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Sun May 23, 2010 2:58 pm

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Yepper- lawntractor racers use steel square tubing to strengthen stock chassis's - check out Chunk's Alko build- he made a whole new frame from angle and just bolted the body pieces to it.

Yup, stil want to strengthen it more, not that it needs it, but I like overkill! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Tue May 25, 2010 6:25 pm

lol where you been man!

we need updates!!!!! even little things!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Wed May 26, 2010 9:32 am

Internet has been down for the last 2 days, plus I was out all weekend with friends, so not had much garage time. Did get my 125cc Mopded going again though, shitty chinese thing. I been off roading it alot, its taking a beating pretty bad already! But I paid £20 for it and only want it for the motor for my racing mower, so when the frame finally does fall apart, I'll pull the engine!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:42 pm

bounce New Video up! bounce



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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:10 pm

Put a trailer hitch on the impala. that way you can still haul the tractors.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:41 pm

well its about time. lol jk, well i was really wondering whats been going on, well, can't wait till you get her done. Well the only thing i have done for a while now is, work, cut some grass, bought a new electric pressure washer, graduated high school, and ordered a new ryobi 4 cycle trimmer. and going to take some test at this collage im applying to. Im going to try to keep bugging my grandpa for the piece or try to have one made somewhere else if he can't get time to make it. I have the carb. overhaul kit for my 11hp mudder mower engine, next i need to get is the engine gasket set. weld up the exhaust, and weld the frame that i cut a couple months ago.lol. install the volt meter and finish hooking up the push button for the starter.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:42 pm

Yeah if it is super charged it will haul tractors fine.LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:03 pm

MSTEELE: If I could put one on there without making it too obvious, I would do it. I would just need to buy a trailer.

motorhead45102: Sounds like you've been busy too! I hate it when I don't get time to work on my stuff. I feel like a slave to everyone else.

welder1991: It has alot more balls then my truck did!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:12 pm

What truck did you have?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:14 am

Nice to see a new update. Its annoying when you have to go back and change things. Worked out well though, cant wait to see it finished.

The new Impala is definatly sweet! Shame you cant get a tractor in the trunk though!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:26 am

The impala would be able to haul a trailer easily- y might need to make a custom hitch that doesnt look ugly.

My 6 cylender f150 hauls a fully loaded trailer with the box full fine- i made the 1,200 mile trip down south once ( talking mountains here) with no issues - was loaded to the hilt!

Only issue now is the lights - the harness plug/trailer wiring is all corroded on my truck - need to replace that before i can use the trailer again- dont want a ticket...

Just do like this guy did in the meantime:



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PostSubject: Re: Custom Craftsman Rock-Crawler build   Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:13 pm

aww whats wrong with a ticket? lol jk, well i never had a ticket but i only have been driving for almost a full year, full year would be in august or september idk i forget. but that is one way to haul a tractor home without a trailor, i would be able to do it alittle better cause i have a station wagon which has more room up top, but im going to see if i can't hook a hitch to my car cause, when i want to go mudding somewhere i have to go else where from where i live cause everyone where i live gets all bent out of shape seeing a person riding a modded tractor with performance muffler, and big wheels and so on. like last time i took my mudder out on a test run before i started to really work on her, i looked up and saw few people step out of their homes and stare at me like they were going to try to kill me for riding a mower in the woods.
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