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PostSubject: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeApril 28th 2015, 10:48 am

I finally got a square body craftsman II! I traded my buddy zsmachines for it. He took out the 12hp tecumseh and installed his 18hp briggs twin. I got it from him with broken shift keys, so I installed a spicer 6 speed in it. I have to uninstall it today and use it in my gator, but this will get the 920. I pulley swapped it to a 4" rear (stock front) and it probably goes 15 or so. 19" rear atv tires, boat winch, front and rear bumpers. I want to build a cooler out of a spare battery box on the back bumper, or do a deck lever shifter and put the cooler in where the stock shifter is now.

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PostSubject: Craftsman square body build    Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeApril 29th 2015, 12:34 pm

i like your winch now thats redneck thinkinĀ Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 4th 2015, 2:47 pm

yeah my buddy got it cheep and welded it on there LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 4th 2015, 6:14 pm

Are those 19" tires Wan Da's?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 5th 2015, 10:02 am

I think they are wan da's or some very similar name. They are chinese tires off my chinese 150cc quad. I want to put them on the front end and get new 22" for the rear. I need shift keys for the trans though, it really slipps in reverse.


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 5th 2015, 10:03 am

I think the magneto is going out... hard to start when hot. Craftsman square body build 2429134702
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 5th 2015, 3:39 pm

Maybe. Or maybe fuel related, maybe it gets vapor locked or something. Kind of sounds like a coil. Maybe check for spark when you have trouble and compare with what the spark looks like when cold.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 6th 2015, 10:36 am

built a cooler. Craftsman square body build Icon_cool

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 6th 2015, 11:32 am

Did you put foam in there to insulate it?
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 6th 2015, 6:13 pm

No, not yet. looking for like 1/2" thick stuff to line it.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 7th 2015, 10:23 pm

found out today there were no bushings in my front end...(not even evidence they had been) so now it works 100% better LOL.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 8th 2015, 11:35 am

Looks like a great build.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 12th 2015, 10:41 am

Got 21x11 rears and 19x7 fronts now. added pull start on engine pulley.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 12th 2015, 1:14 pm

Good lookin tractor. Love the cooler idea. I love the old square body craftsman and the old sears tractors. Wish i could find another craftsman but everybody around here wants way too much for them.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 13th 2015, 11:41 am

lol my craftsman has the same mean eyes or did you copy me
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2015, 3:04 pm

Well, a lot of people put "eyes" on their headlights like that. Look at the 400ex riders and the Banshee riders with the "bug eye" headlights. The first thing I did to my 400ex when I got it was put duct tape over the lights like that.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 14th 2015, 7:26 pm

kawasaki220 wrote:
lol my craftsman has the same mean eyes or did you copy me

the P/O did that, to make it look mean.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeMay 16th 2015, 9:07 am

hahaha lol I know I just wanted to say that I liked them and be fun
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeJune 3rd 2015, 10:46 am

I am replacing the transaxle with one from my aws noma (stronger case). I put regular axles in it and put 25" rear tires on the trans, so I am going to put it in this. the trans that is in it eats shift keys and has no brakes so I am replacing it. I may have to put on gt rear fenders to clear the tires, and if I do that I will put the rear mount gas tank on it.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeJune 9th 2015, 11:00 am

Hehe

New trans with 25" rear tires and 20" front. GT fenders and rear mount 5 gal gas tank.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeSeptember 3rd 2015, 3:58 pm

finally updating this. locking the diff with my signature method of welding the spiders into one piece.

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I got it done and it seems to work really good. I hope to go on a romp soon and test it out. this thing's biggest issue was traction, both when you wanted to go and when you didn't. If you tried to go over an obstacle your tire would spin and you would have to drag it or push it. when you tried to stop (and especially when you really needed to stop) one of the tires would spin backwards and you would crash. this should be a hundred times better, since the wheels cannot freewheel unless it is in neutral.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman square body build   Craftsman square body build Icon_minitimeDecember 4th 2015, 8:07 pm

Ok small update, I took it for a ride the other day and it seems to be working fine still. my buddy was driving it and it stopped, and made a grating noise when in gear. I figured shift keys, so we got out the GT and drug this thing back to the shop. pulled the trans out, and spun the input shaft. the pulley was spinning on the input shaft! I got another key and we put it back together. Works fine now, which I'm glad, since this is the AWS case and I was afraid it was busted. We have taken it on several romps and it has hardly any issues, except it costs almost $20 to fill the gas tank. but I filled it up about 2 months ago and it still has half a tank. I try to get it out every two weeks or so and exercise it. On Christmas break me and zsmachines are probably going on a big romp and I plan on taking this. Zsmachines took it on some skidder trails where it had just been logged and it did amazing.

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