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PostSubject: Craftsman rally project   Craftsman rally project Icon_minitimeThu May 23, 2019 3:05 am

Hey all!  I'm new to the forum, so I figured the best way to introduce myself was to show you my project.  I started late last summer and it's been a little slow going since I don't have any kind of shed or garage to work in and it tends to be somewhat wet here in the Pacific Northwest. Wink

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This is earlier on in the build after I installed two 6" light bars in place of the original bulbs.  I think I already had the pulley swap done at this point as well.  I replaced the rear 9" pulley with a 3.5".  (The front is also 3.5", so now the ratio is 1:1.)  I hope to upgrade the clutch to a double-pulley setup at some point to make room for a larger pulley up front.

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This is pretty much where the project is now.  I installed bigger, more aggressive wheels on the back and swapped the fenders out for some that had more clearance since the wheels rubbed the original fenders and I didn't like the idea of cutting them to make room.  I'm currently in the process of making a battery tray so I can have the battery up front.  (The new fenders are designed to have a gas tank under them, rather than a battery.)


Here's what I have done so far:

  • Rear pulley swap
  • Engine swap (15hp Kohler Command)
  • Bigger rear wheels (Thinking I may want to get some that are just a bit smaller. Maybe 23" or 22" instead of 25".)
  • Fender swap


My to-do list:

  • Finish fabrication and painting of the battery tray
  • Figure out a foot throttle (I don't want to use the bicycle break-lever solution)
  • Larger wheels for the front
  • Repair cracks in frame next to the front axle (both left and right sides)
  • Front pulley swap?
  • Double-pulley clutch?
  • Paint (thinking maybe Cub Cadet yellow and black)


And finally, my "wish" list:

  • Find someone to help me fabricate some mounting hardware to install the suspension, a-arms and hubs (basically the front end) from a parts ATV
  • Replace the steering assembly with the handlebars and stem from my parts ATV (also considering using the thumb-throttle that's on it?)
  • Strengthen the frame
  • Make it street legal  (I think it'd be fun to drive it around town on errands. Smile )


One of the things I want to avoid doing is making permanent changes to the frame or body, as I'd like to be able to easily revert any changes if I don't like something or I want to make a modification.

I recently got a Briggs 18hp opposed twin that I want to put in it, but I'll need to find a way to raise the hood so that it'll clear the larger engine.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman rally project   Craftsman rally project Icon_minitimeThu May 23, 2019 7:14 am

Welcome to ATLTF!! Looks like you got a great project going on here!

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman rally project   Craftsman rally project Icon_minitimeThu May 23, 2019 9:15 am

Welcome and nice project!

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