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PostSubject: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2014, 6:18 pm

Well I bought a craftsman Squarebody a while back that I have decided that I am going to create a virtually unstoppable mud mower that will double as a recovery vehicle to pull my friends out when they get stuck. I would ideally like this to be able to pull a small truck around, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2014, 6:24 pm

Well my ipod Is being ornery and not allowing me to post pics right now so pics will come later
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2014, 6:37 pm

ZSmachines wrote:
I would ideally like this to be able to pull a small truck around, too.

Why not just fix the truck?

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2014, 7:16 pm

I Mean like out of the mud or snow lol lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2014, 8:27 pm

You should give it a bad ass front bull bar also so if you can't pull your friends you can push them out. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle Icon_minitimeNovember 17th 2014, 11:50 pm

She already Has one lol if my iPod would cooperate I could put pics up but nono can't do that lol
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You gotta fix that sucker cause everyone knows "this forum is useless with out pictures"
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle Icon_minitimeNovember 18th 2014, 6:28 pm

Doc:I have a I have a question, what should I sowing my caster camber, all of that stuff in this for the easiest steering, best crawling ability, and best performance in the mud?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle Icon_minitimeNovember 18th 2014, 8:37 pm

0 camber,0 toe in,Ackerman setup, and 8-10 degrees of positive caster. That is what most use (including myself). I personally like it like that. Seems to handle really good on and off road.
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OK, so if i Am right, the top of the kingpin will be angled backwards for positive right?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle   Craftsman Squarebody Unstoppable mud mower/ recovery vehicle Icon_minitimeNovember 18th 2014, 9:29 pm

Yes. It would be angled towards the rear of the machine.
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i will help out.

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Thanks a ton, i don't think the last one belongs with this post lol... lol! Very Happy
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That bumper is bad ass. I did the same stinger style on mine
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Hahahaha yep! And thanks Ghyde, I made this in about an hour and a half in my advanced metals shop in school. All of it is arc welded and all of the welds look like junk lol! This semester all of the shop instructors got rid of the old Lincoln tombstone welders for these new pos miller buzz boxes... But I plan on making a large rear bumper that will house an atv winch and placing a fair lead on the front bumper, too so that if I need my winch up front, I will just sting the cable under the tractor! And then I would have more traction by pulling in reverse, as the rear end would be pulled down!
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But I don't know how to make a cool rear bumper.. I want some super cool looks but also functionality.
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ZSmachines wrote:
Doc:I have a I have a question, what should I sowing my caster camber, all of that stuff in this for the easiest steering, best crawling ability, and best performance in the mud?

LMM pretty much convered it, but I will add that I usually like some KPI, too- especially with a locked rearend. Somewhere around 10° is usually good.

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Oh ok thanks, but I still am stuck on what to do for a rear bumper...
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SO I have decided... Tecumseh engines are not fun. I just about burnt up my already sketchy starter trying to start it today, had a small bit of smoke come out. This motor has 145 lbs of compression and absolutely hates to start when cold.i don't know if it is just the carb or the whole engine. It took approximately 2 hours to get finally fired up. I was wondering: is this a good enough motor to somehow fit a different brand carb onto and buy a new starter that will spin it better, or should I save my money and go for an ohv briggs.
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well just wondering.. i have another craftsman similar to this one and i want to do a tricycle front end just for looks and so it will turn on a dime for doing chores and stuff. any suggestions?
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