All-Terrain Lawn Tractor Forum
Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.

All-Terrain Lawn Tractor Forum

Like riding lawn tractors through mud, woods, rocks, and snow? Then this is the place for you! Share your ideas, Post your projects and more!
 
PortalHomeSite RulesEventsFAQSearchRegisterLog inBuild-Off

 

 '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"

Go down 
+2
redlinemotorsportts
Vortec7622
6 posters
AuthorMessage
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeSeptember 28th 2014, 6:19 pm

My uncle gave me this yesterday, said he used too much starting fluid and it wouldn't start. I would say so. Other than that, its in good shape. The 6 speed trans goes into all the gears smoothly, actually feels better than my 2001 LT1000 that we cut grass with. It's in really good condition, and today I began work.

I started by removing the deck, hood and the deck hardware. After that, I removed the engine with nothing but hand tools and I have never wanted power tools more. I had originally thought the block might have been savable, but the hole was hiding behind the starter. When I tore down the engine, I was surprised the hole wasn't bigger. It's not all bad news though, I got a good air filter, shroud, flywheel, magneto, head, camshaft, lifters, pushrods, Nikki carburetor, clean fuel filter, a good drive belt, and a clean chassis to use as a base. This will be a very slow winter project as I have very limited funds because I don't work and(some people will hate this) I'm having enough fun trying to get my parents to lend me the money to get a used engine. But, now, on to the pictures.

The tractor when I brought it home
'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" 19226d1411869855-i-gots-me-project-2003-lt1000-tractor

The hole hiding behind the starter
'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" IMG_0590

After removing the engine with a ratchet, 1'' extension, and a piece of pipe. Yes, I used a snow sled as a creeper.
'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Nomotor

After pulling the main counterweight and link out
'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Chunks2

Bowl o' carnage. It literally snapped both connecting rod bolts.
'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Chunks


Last edited by Vortec7622 on April 2nd 2015, 6:26 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top Go down
redlinemotorsportts
Moderator
redlinemotorsportts
Moderator

2500+ Posts
2500+ Posts!
2014 Build-Off Entrant
2014 Build-Off Entrant

Age : 27
Join date : 2013-03-18
Points : 7217
Posts : 3131
Location : raleigh nc

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeSeptember 28th 2014, 7:59 pm

Thats unfortunate that you cant just put new guts back in the block. Craigslist will probably be your best friend unless you can locate a junkyard that has mowers-like me.

Those craftsmans are really good bases to start with, the frames are relatively strong. Biggest thing is that they are simple. axles swap in and out, belt system is easy, and the overall layout is a good design to personalize.

People have done over the top things to mowers so its easy to pick out the mods you want for your purposes.

Greetings from NY
Back to top Go down
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeSeptember 28th 2014, 8:03 pm

Yeah I wish the engine was rebuildable. I've found eBay to be a good source of short blocks for these things as cheap as $100 with a new crank and piston. I'd just need counterbalance parts and I'd be good to go if I could get the funds. I'm not planning on anything major for my first project.

-Foot throttle with 4500 RPM governor setting give or take, already started mocking up the throttle pedal
-Pulley swap
-22'' tubed ATV tires on stock rims on the back, 8-10'' snowblower type tires on the front on stock rims
-Maybe a quick paint job

This winter I should have some more money as I plan on getting a job after football ends, so some billet internals may be in this tractor's future.
Back to top Go down
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeOctober 4th 2014, 11:23 am

Well, I got something done. Its the plate from the deck engage lever, just mocked into place for now. I still need to find a brake handle and cable....and an engine.


'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" IMG_0606

Back to top Go down
willis923
Veteran Member
willis923
Veteran Member

1000+ Posts
1000+ Posts!

Age : 27
Join date : 2013-04-10
Points : 5495
Posts : 1408
Location : Galway NY

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeOctober 4th 2014, 5:46 pm

thats cool with the PTO plate. budget build, repurposing parts.. lol. oh, and yeah, an engine would help
Back to top Go down
mr.modified
Veteran Member
mr.modified
Veteran Member

2015 Build-Off Top 3 Winner
2015 Build-Off Top 3 Winner
2016 Build-Off Top 3 Winner
2016 Build-Off Top 3 Winner
2018 Build-Off Finalist
2018 Build-Off Finalist
2022 Build-Off Entrant
2022 Build-Off Entrant
2500+ Posts
2500+ Posts!
1st Place Build-Off 2014
1st Place Build-Off Winner 2014
2023 Build-Off Entrant
2023 Build-Off Entrant

Age : 33
Join date : 2013-11-02
Points : 6897
Posts : 2906
Location : New Jersey USA

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeOctober 4th 2014, 7:17 pm

You probably could patch that block back up without welding via this hack job method. As long as you have a usable crank, cam, and all that junk. Probably would be easier to just find another engine somewhere though. Guess patching it up would be more for the sake of saying you did it.
'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" 10666017_1484515875163969_6032230605802833943_n
Back to top Go down
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeOctober 4th 2014, 9:10 pm

Yeah the 18 HP internals are toast. Cam and valvetrain is good, crank could be good but the rod and counterbalance are gone.
Back to top Go down
jamcco
Member
jamcco
Member


Age : 24
Join date : 2014-01-04
Points : 3950
Posts : 226
Location : New Hampshire

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeOctober 5th 2014, 5:25 pm

I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE!


.......maybe I should explain myself some more here Laughing  


I had my first throttle pedal mocked up using the old pto lever on my craftsman LT2000. The only reason why I didnt go through with it was because the original plan was to put a brake pedal right next to the throttle pedal, so this design was going to be to bulky for my use.
Back to top Go down
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeMarch 30th 2015, 8:32 pm

Well I'm proud to announce this project has gotten back on the table. I found a cheap engine that needs a connecting rod. I'm getting it from school, where we pulled it off thinking it was total junk but I looked it over and it just needs a connecting rod and base and head gaskets. I am however putting a billet dogbone link in this 14.5 horse I/C Quiet. I don't plan on revving it over say 4,000 RPM and it will spend most of the time around 2500 RPM. Once I get it running and driving, I'll pulley swap it, lock it, and toss some tires on it.
Back to top Go down
mr.modified
Veteran Member
mr.modified
Veteran Member

2015 Build-Off Top 3 Winner
2015 Build-Off Top 3 Winner
2016 Build-Off Top 3 Winner
2016 Build-Off Top 3 Winner
2018 Build-Off Finalist
2018 Build-Off Finalist
2022 Build-Off Entrant
2022 Build-Off Entrant
2500+ Posts
2500+ Posts!
1st Place Build-Off 2014
1st Place Build-Off Winner 2014
2023 Build-Off Entrant
2023 Build-Off Entrant

Age : 33
Join date : 2013-11-02
Points : 6897
Posts : 2906
Location : New Jersey USA

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeMarch 30th 2015, 9:01 pm

That's good. I think those dog bone deals are only about $25-30 on the arc website.
Back to top Go down
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeMarch 30th 2015, 9:13 pm

mr.modified wrote:
That's good. I think those dog bone deals are only about $25-30 on the arc website.

$25 bucks. Cheap insurance. I'll end up using this thing instead of my ATV.
Back to top Go down
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeApril 1st 2015, 5:08 pm

Is it normal for a Peerless MST-206 545C to growl as it rolls in neutral? My lawn cutting tractor has the same transaxle but is silent in neutral. Just wondering if its something I should worry about.
Back to top Go down
1997 Murray
Veteran Member
1997 Murray
Veteran Member

1000+ Posts
1000+ Posts!
2014 Build-Off Finalist
2014 Build-Off Finalist
2015 Build-Off Finalist
2015 Build-Off Finalist
2016 Build-Off Entrant
2016 Build-Off Entrant

Age : 25
Join date : 2013-11-13
Points : 5180
Posts : 1311
Location : NW USA

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeApril 2nd 2015, 10:17 am

Mine did a little but it was mostly the idler pulleys (was geared to go 40 mph). if it is pulley swapped it probably will grind. check the oil level in the trans.
Back to top Go down
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeApril 3rd 2015, 9:15 am

Finally a little bit of progress. Been kinda slacking on pictures so none yet. I removed the remaining deck brackets and got some good ny-lock hardware out of the whole deal.

GOOD NEWS!
All of the engine parts have been ordered, and let me tell you employee/student discounts are so easy on the wallet. Last thing to order is the billet dogbone.
Back to top Go down
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeApril 4th 2015, 12:43 pm

Here's Hopeless as she sits right now. Engine will be installed in the next coupe weeks or so.

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" IMG_2566

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" IMG_2567
Back to top Go down
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeJune 7th 2015, 9:43 am

SURPRISE!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGlgXNwnVQA

I came across a great deal at school. We're cleaning up and scrapping stuff and my teacher said if you see anything you like and you want it, take it. I found this Kawasaki FH580V, seemed to have good compression and it had spark in both cylinders. I brought it home, put oil in it, put gas and a battery in, and that video is the first attempt to start. That was with no choke.

It's slow as hell because I don't have my throttle hooked up yet and it's not pulley swapped yet, but I did take it for a quick ride on my ATV trails and it did really well for turf tires and a stock transmission.
Back to top Go down
Vortec7622
New Member

New Member


Age : 25
Join date : 2014-09-27
Points : 3466
Posts : 20
Location : Massachusetts

'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitimeJanuary 14th 2016, 5:09 pm

All I wanted to do was take her for a ride and do some snownuts. She had other ideas. Had everything she needed to start but she cranked away, flooded, and cranked away some more. No go. I'll figure it out in the spring when it isn't 10 degrees out.
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content





'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Empty
PostSubject: Re: '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"   '03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless" Icon_minitime

Back to top Go down
 
'03 LT1000 Trail Tractor "Project Hopeless"
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1
 Similar topics
-
» My 2 Stroke Trail Tractor
» Craftsman LT1000 Project
» Craftsman LT1000 Project Rotten Banana.
» the trail tractor
» Massey MF7 trail tractor

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
All-Terrain Lawn Tractor Forum :: Tractor Project Builds :: Off Road & Rally Tractors-
Jump to: