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PostSubject: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 11th 2012, 7:25 am

Hey Guys,

I'm a new member and new to tractor building. I just sold my 9 second street car not long ago and needed a hobby to fill the void of hotrodding. I landed here.

In any event, I bought an original paint 1967 Gilson tractor that was sold under the Montgomery Ward badge. I purchased a 1971 Honda 350 as a donor vehicle for the engine, transmission, and other assorted parts. I'm in the process of cross breeding the two and would like to post pic's, but am having extreme difficulty and am now frustrated. I'd like to share the pic's with you. Is there anyone out there that would accept my pic's in an email and be so kind as to post them?

My project is the DG (dirty girl) 350.

I look forward to spending more time here.

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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 11th 2012, 10:56 am

Hi and welcome.

Take a look here for info about posting pics.

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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 11th 2012, 8:27 pm

Ok, looks like I may have figured this out. Thanks for the posting help!


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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 11th 2012, 8:34 pm

looks sweet man hope to see more updates
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 11th 2012, 8:44 pm

Hey! Nice build. Looks like you did what I want to do to mine. Put an ATV seat and handle bars on. Looks like a pretty stout tractor. Looks a little top heavy though. Might be a good idea to stretch the wheels out a little.
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 12th 2012, 12:20 am

That there is a long legged tractor.
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 12th 2012, 1:15 am

Is this for street or offroad? If its for street - lock the front axle or itll wander all over the place - if its for offroad, youll want some sort of dampeners for the front axle ( to slow up and down movement) - if those wheels up front dont have berings, id suggest either getting hubs with berings or wheels with heavy duty berings - stock bushings will heat up or break on you.
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 12th 2012, 9:09 am

All good things to consider, thanks.

Yes, this tractor is very heavy duty for a lawn machine. You can see how heavy the front axle assembly is, and check out the big cast iron foot pegs. Even the dash/firewall is a cast piece and a good portion of the frame is completely boxed.

First things first. The engine will be properly mounted this weekend. I figure the biggest challenge will be working out the chain drive to the rear axle and making the steering functional again. Then everything else should fall into place.
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 12th 2012, 9:32 am

What are you using for a rear axle?
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 13th 2012, 7:25 am

I found a place that sells heavy duty axles and such for off road buggys. I plan on using a live axle with a disc brake. For now, it will be mounted solid to the frame, but I am saving the shocks from the motorcycle because in the future I'd like to incorporate them into a rear suspension set up.
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 13th 2012, 10:39 am

Sweet project you got there, I like it. It looks almost like that motor was ment for it.

Keep the updates coming.

What was the 9sec car you had - any pic of it ?
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 13th 2012, 12:25 pm

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I found a place that sells heavy duty axles and such for off road buggys. I plan on using a live axle with a disc brake. For now, it will be mounted solid to the frame, but I am saving the shocks from the motorcycle because in the future I'd like to incorporate them into a rear suspension set up.

I've got a full quad suspension under my tractor, I used a quad rear axle and a jackshaft at the swingarm.

Build thread is here

Also, CraftsMAN is building a tractor with an XS400 engine

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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 13th 2012, 7:30 pm

Chopperhead, that build is way cool, and way beyond my skill level. Can't wait to see a video of that beast. Never seen anything like it.

Muddstir, here's my old street ride. It was a 27k mile grandma car before I got my hands on it. It's a stock GM572 with power glide trans. Full stock interior, bench seat, and I column shifted that bad boy to 9.80's.

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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 13th 2012, 7:45 pm

Nice malibu man looks good make me miss my 75 nova i had :/
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 14th 2012, 7:47 am

Nice lookin car, I like the sleeper look of it.
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 14th 2012, 4:45 pm

Very nice, the best I've been able to get my baby to is 10.4

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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 16th 2012, 10:19 am

Unless you figured out how to stuff a v8 into that little thing, 10's is nothing to sneeze at. Either way, I'd never guess it ran 10's.
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 16th 2012, 12:57 pm

Wow, Quite a power house stuffed. Kinda getting off topic here guys. How's the mower coming?
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 16th 2012, 9:47 pm

Spent some time looking at it this weekend. I figure the most important next step is to plan how the drive chains (jack shaft will be required) will make it from the front of the machine to the back, and how to make the steering functional again after the 5" lift. Once those two things are sorted out the rest should fall into place without too much trouble.

I think I see the route for the drive chains, but I need to make sure it's not in the way of the steering.

So for now, I need to do a few more head scratching sessions before I open my wallet or pick up the welder again.
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 16th 2012, 10:15 pm

Gotcha. Just finished my fare share of head scratchin myself. Sometimes you just gotta start putting stuff on and welding it before it really becomes clear what your going to do. Are you going to have suspension on the rear? On these tractors, if it's not the belts, its the engine. If not the engine, it's a frame section. Everything gets in the way it seems. Keep us posted. This looks like a really cool build.
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PostSubject: Re: New Project, DG350!   New Project, DG350! Icon_minitimeDecember 18th 2012, 11:36 pm

Best bet for figuring out exotic steering setups : check out lawntractor racing builds - they build some of the most far out setups ive ever seen - usually in the way of go kart setups with hiem joints, bering blocks - they route them over motors.

Its how i get most my ideas for building stuff.
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