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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeWed Feb 21, 2018 7:11 pm

Yesterday I took the tractor through the partially frozen swamp.  Does pretty good as an ice breaker!
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Leak spotted comrade!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeWed Feb 21, 2018 9:01 pm

That thing is so awesome
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeWed Feb 21, 2018 9:34 pm

But does it float?
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeThu Feb 22, 2018 7:48 pm

@prancstaman wrote:
But does it float?

In theory it should. I will bring along a life jacket and bailing jugs never the less once I test it in the deeper part of the swamp Razz

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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeThu Feb 22, 2018 10:29 pm

Nice!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeFri Feb 23, 2018 8:22 pm

Went to the deepest part of the swamp, it was partially floating.  I think the tracks were partially touching the bottom whenever I shifted from side to the other.  No other leaks though after fixing that one!
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One thing I noticed too is the steering brakes don't grab real well when they've been submerged for awhile.  Gotta do shallow turns to dry them off, after they dry, it does well.  A price for economy and simplicity I suppose.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeMon Feb 26, 2018 8:08 pm

Did some drawbar testing last night to test the hydraulic cylinder concept.  1,459 lbs of static drawbar pull.


Old cylinder dimensions: 3" bore x 1-1/4" rod
Soil Conditions: Semi-saturated vegetated sand and loam

Haven't measured the weight yet of the machine to give an accurate drawbar pull/vehicle weight ratio, but right now I am probably under 1.  I think 3/8" grousers might get me to the 1:1 ratio I am looking for.

Just curious, has anyone measured the drawbar pull of their wheeled tractors with ATV tires?
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeThu Mar 01, 2018 7:36 pm

Lost my right steering brake.  Clump of swamp goo got caught up in the sprocket and snapped off the main brake line lol.
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I think this is a sign to park it and start on MKII improvements and of course paint Smile.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeThu Mar 01, 2018 10:32 pm

YIKES! Was you able to drive it back ok?

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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeMon Mar 26, 2018 9:39 pm

@MightyRaze wrote:
YIKES!  Was you able to drive it back ok?

Just left turns like nascar!

Was able to get one coat of primer on this week. Next 10 days arent looking good temperature-wise, so I don't know when I will be able to spray the rest.Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 20180311


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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeMon Mar 26, 2018 9:41 pm

That looks good with the primer coat!  I forget what your final color was.  Still a super cool machine.

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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeMon Mar 26, 2018 10:44 pm

I hpe that wasnt a rattle can paint job. Thada taken a while!
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeMon Mar 26, 2018 11:10 pm

Nice!
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeTue Mar 27, 2018 3:26 pm

Looks great! Can't wait to see this thing done.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeTue Mar 27, 2018 3:30 pm

I like the front tow hooks.  I don't remember seeing those before.  I'm pretty since this thing is a tank you'll have to go with some kind of olive drag or dessert tan color for the top coat.  Or maybe a white and black winter camo pattern?
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeWed Mar 28, 2018 10:35 am

I like the tow hooks too. This thing is a beast.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeThu Mar 29, 2018 10:33 pm

So I put the first top coat on today and ran into a little issue, in some areas the paint is cracking when it drys.  I think it is a cleanliness issue because the writing from the steel paint markers also bled through from the plates.  I'm guessing when I start my second coat I can sand these areas down, re-clean and reapply paint?
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@TheBeal wrote:
I hpe that wasnt a rattle can paint job. Thada taken a while!
Haha, nah I used a harbor freight HVLP gun hooked to my 20 gallon compressor.  This is my first time spraying paint, it definitely is an art with getting the right viscosity and pattern.   Right now it looks like a Russian Navy paint job!  I'm sure with experience I will get better!

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I like the front tow hooks.  I don't remember seeing those before.  I'm pretty since this thing is a tank you'll have to go with some kind of olive drag or dessert tan color for the top coat.  Or maybe a white and black winter camo pattern?
Thanks.  I should post some pics of the Mark II updates.  The color I picked up was 'Jon Boat Green'.  It was the closest paint I could source locally that matched the color of old Soviet Iron Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeFri Mar 30, 2018 12:51 am

are you planning on roofing on some of it so the swamp splashes and rain don't get in.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeFri Mar 30, 2018 6:47 am

A good paint job really comes down to how much prep work you put into it. At a minimum I usually hit all surfaces with a wire wheel on a grinder or drill and wipe the whole thing down with lacquer thinner before paint.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeFri Mar 30, 2018 10:37 am

I've had that before. Even though I had thorough prep. Always on the 2nd or 3rd coat.

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@muckmudd wrote:
are you planning on roofing on some of it so the swamp splashes and rain don't get in.

Eventually I would like to build a cab, haven't decided if it will be a hard or soft-top.  I'm thinking the latter.  However, when I cab over the machine I have to think about where all my radiator heat will go.  Mr. Modified suggested using a remote radiator with electric fans so I can mount the rad to the side, which isn't a bad idea.

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good paint job really comes down to how much prep work you put into it. At a minimum I usually hit all surfaces with a wire wheel on a grinder or drill and wipe the whole thing down with lacquer thinner before paint.
I missed the step with cleaning with thinner Sad.  I'm new to the whole painting side of things, so I will be learning alot when it comes to detailing.

Got the 2nd top coat on today while the weather was as close to 50° for the next week.  It's definitely not the best paint job out there but I kinda like the roughness of it, gives it character.
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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeFri Mar 30, 2018 10:59 pm

Canvas soft top? That could be cool looking.
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lovin the green.

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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeSat Mar 31, 2018 12:24 am

Yeah a beige canvas roll down top would look real classy.
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@TheBeal wrote:
Canvas soft top? That could be cool looking.

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PostSubject: Re: Amphibious Tractor   Amphibious Tractor - Page 3 Icon_minitimeSat Mar 31, 2018 7:35 am

Perfect color and yes the soft top is the way to go.  Maybe put in a mini bar for the ladies too.
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