Subject: Newbie in Charlotte, NC Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:31 am
Hi guys... My name is Scott. I'm a retired career (30+ yrs) Paramedic and almost lifelong volunteer firefighter on the outskirts of Charlotte, NC (USA). I became interested in mud mowers/all terrain lawn tractors mainly due to Doc Sprocket's videos (Sprocket's Garage). He's been a great inspiration to me, along with a few others you guys are probably familiar with. I haven't even started on my first build yet, but I HAVE been collecting lots of ideas from Doc and a few others. I have acquired an older Craftsman that needs a LOT of work (mainly cosmetic- It RUNS! LOL), AND a Troy Bilt Bronco that hasn't run in years and in my estimation, probably needs a new engine or at least a repower of some sort. I was especially interested in Doc's VERY SENSIBLE, weldless method of locking most Peerless transaxles. I'm an "infant" welder, with pretty great aspirations for personal projects and also a newbie woodworker. I'd like to hone my welding skills (will be doing flux core wire until I can get fully set up for MIG). I'm fascinated with fabricating things for my upcoming builds. I don't own a camera other than the one on my smartphone to do videos, but I hope to get one before long and possibly do at least a few videos during my builds. In the meantime, I can at least post some pics, I guess...
I appreciate being allowed to join this forum and hope to learn a lot more from the pros... :-) Thanks to all of you for having me here... Super-glad to be a part!
Please bear with me while I learn how to navigate this site... Thanks! :-)
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Subject: Re: Newbie in Charlotte, NC Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:11 am
Welcome to the forum! I think Doc has inspired a great number if us hahaha. Sounds like you got a couple good tractors to start with!
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Subject: Re: Newbie in Charlotte, NC Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:32 am
Thank you! I'm hoping this experience will lead to learning a lot, expanding my horizons, and making at least a few new friends. My current tractors will hopefully at least serve to get me acclimated to how things work (and don't- lol). What I hope to eventually build (at some point at least), is a Sears (Suburban)/Simplicity/Ford/etc. with a horizontal shaft engine. MAYBE even a diesel... but we all hafta start somewhere, right? lol
Age : 18 Join date : 2016-10-29 Posts : 2946 Forum Rep : 125 Location : Lewisburg, KY
I did the weldless doc locker. The key is getting the right sized weld on hub and being SUPER patient! It took me 2 trys to get it right. I ended up having to order my hub online to get the right size. The one at Tractor Supply was just too small. I think I got mine from:
Also, cell phones today have great quality images and video these days. Tip: Hold the phone sideways to take a picture or video. It looks better on the screen!
Good luck! It can be really fun modding these little tractors! My only downfall is I don't have a buddy to share the fun here where I live. Also, down here with all this red clay it can be a bit hard to not get stuck in this sticky stuff!
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