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Well, ever since the pictures of the MM in the snow, or shall I say beginning on Christmas Day, the MM has suffered endless abuse. Allow me to recap. First, on Christmas Day, I woke up to like 6 inches of snow. So I proceeded to get my snow clothes on, put my boots on, and treaded to the shed. I then started the MM and kept it at an exceedingly high RPM while constantly shifting gears during the 4 hours I romped it in the snow. Then I did it again the next day for an hour or two. 5 days later, the MM executed it's first attempt at reaching the Valley River. You all know the story on how that went. Two weeks later, it snowed again, so that story repeats the last snow story. A week after that, we loaded the MM in the trailer and headed to my buddy's house. That night, after a certain photo shoot, the MM was then forced to do a burnout and donuts for an hour. The next day, it was driven by three of my buddies. The first one almost blew it up from the get go, the second immediately started bang-shifting, and the last one required 15 minutes of explaining so that he did not immediately wipe the MM from existence. One month later, it went to Rockcrusher Farm with Mister_Studebaker and was abused all day long with jumps and rocks and hills and mud and... You get it. I don't have dates for the rest but the next thing it did was reattempt the River and succeeded! That's what most of the above pics are from. There will be a video on that very soon. It got VERY VERY deep. The deepest in water it's ever been besides the time I drowned it. After that my best friend was in town and we ripped donuts for an hour and then sent it off a jump twice (the last pic). Lastly, the field flooded again, which meant it was time for me to whip out the MM and bomb through it. Got pretty deep there too. And then all in between each one of those events I need to mention the weekly hour romps that I do.


SO, after 6 months of HARDCORE abuse, the MM is hurting. There will be videos to come on most of these events depending on how much footage I have. But anyway, the front end is terrible. The front axle, probably from lack of lubrication and being caked in mud, has been shoved up out of place. The toe out is stupid insane. The belt is slipping and engaging way too hard and early. The brakes are dead again. The engine is gutless. Not too many major problems, but the ones it has definitely need to be addressed before I take it anywhere else.

Upgrades are on the way! As you can see in the last post, there are brand new orange shocks floating around here. Yes, it's time to start on the IFS setup. And since I'm gonna have the MM apart anyway, I might as well tackle the frame reinforcements. Also gonna build a new cargo rack out of round tube this time. And we'll see where I go from there. Probably getting time for a tune up as well.

For the IFS, I am planning on cutting the front axle in half and having a pivot for each side. Like I always say, I like to use this machine for testing purposes for Ole Blue, lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Mountain Murray   Murraymountain's Mountain Murray - Page 7 Icon_minitimeThu Jul 15, 2021 9:40 pm

Stripped the MM down yesterday. The way I had the rear belt guards set up was directly underneath the battery, which is fine, but the way it was the battery tray rested on the two bolt heads of the guards, causing them to wear through the battery tray and eventually ate into the battery. So the whole rear section of the tractor has been exposed to acid and has began to rust or corrode. Mostly surface rust everywhere, but there's a few really rough spots. The plate that the taillights were mounted in was rusty when I got the tractor, so it was already compromised, then it was exposed to the acid and it had already began to crack before that. So yeah, needless to say that panel is toast.

I plan on stripping it down a little bit more as I am about to start reinforcing the frame this week or next. Probably gonna wash it and then pull the front end and maybe trans. Definitely gonna need to repaint it after it goes under the lightning gun. I'm gonna use a much more quality paint this time, not $1 Walmart paint. At least the flex shall be gone.

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Thinking about strengthening up the body while I'm at it. That thing flexes about as much as a plywood board. Both the hood and body are in dire need of a fresh quality paint job. They are really faded. It's Krylon paint though, so I don't know why I'm surprised about that.

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I will be rewiring this thing yet again, BUT, I am bringing my whole wiring game up a notch or two. No more fires that's for sure. I am ordering a 12 way fuse box, just picked up 10FT of 16 GA wire, some new switches, new connectors, new lights, and more. I am going to try my best to do this wiring job the correct and reliable way this time.


The engine is probably going to be on the back burner for a little while. I wanna focus on the fabrication and electrical side of the build for now. I do plan on digging into it as I watched some videos I did for the BO in 2019 and realized just how much horsepower this thing has lost. It's missing some ponies that's for sure. The Kohler I have ready and waiting isn't going to have any more power due to the sloppy piston. Anyway, I'll eventually get into it and replace/refresh the things I suspect are contributing to the power loss.

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I am not going to touch the trans this time around besides a new brake setup, fluid change, and some new shoes.

Since I'm doing all of this, I might as well make a list. I'll edit it each time I remember something I forgot to add.

-Fresh Paint (Mostly same scheme)
-Frame/body reinforcements
-New tires and rims
-As close to a professional rewire as possible
-Fuse box
-Low/high beams
-More running lights
-Rock lights
-Bigger battery
-IFS
-Round tube fabricated cargo rack
-Simplify belt routing/eliminate pullies/make reliable
-Dust caps
-Tune up engine
-New gas pedal
-Orange triangle sign for legal reasons
-Shifter mud guard
-Band brake
-Fabricate rear plate

Maybes:
-Pinstripes
-New horn
-Cruise control
-Front Fenders
-Keyed ignition
-Winch
-Turn signals (I don't know if I can go that high tech though lol)
-Flame thrower exhaust

Now, I do have a deadline for this. With everything I wanna do I could almost enter her in the BO next year, but I'm not waiting till then. My deadline, just like the BO, is the end of November/ beginning of December. Why am I putting myself on such a tight schedule? Well, if you look at the first post in this thread, my very first post ever on this forum, you should see that I mentioned running the MM in the Christmas Parade. Well, I can legally be a driver in it now as far as I know. If that changes, the deadline changes. But that's the plan... To have this girl finished and ready to go for the parade. Wish me luck, lol.

Stay tuned for the reinforcements as that is the next step!

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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Mountain Murray   Murraymountain's Mountain Murray - Page 7 Icon_minitimeFri Jul 16, 2021 6:17 am

If you are going to repaint I think black with orange trim would look cool. Very Happy
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It’s gonna be tight in there! Jeez.
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Mountain Murray   Murraymountain's Mountain Murray - Page 7 Icon_minitimeTue Jul 20, 2021 10:29 am

Got some new shoes! Finally. They aren’t exactly brand new and are pretty worn but I can get another year out of them. They don’t even have dry rot. I mean you can’t complain when they were free in the bottom of a dumpster.

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My folks have a set of those on their side by side. Lock the diff and she eats mud. Nice find!
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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Mountain Murray   Murraymountain's Mountain Murray - Page 7 Icon_minitimeTue Jul 20, 2021 5:52 pm

@Rustbucket Garage wrote:
My folks have a set of those on their side by side. Lock the diff and she eats mud. Nice find!

Good to know. I didn't really know if they were good tires or what they're capable of but they were free All terrian tires so I was like this is a no brainer.

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I've been working slowly but surely on these reinforcements. I am far past the point of no return... please don't judge the welds lol... this was my first day actually trying to get good welds. I failed. But if you pay close attention you'll find a few really good beads. It should only get better from here!

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Here's one of the better welds from day one.

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The good welds are on this little piece of angle iron that I welded in between the two transaxle brackets.

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So there. I have about 60% of the external reinforcements done. I still plan to grind all the welds down but that'll be when I'm done and ready for paint. I originally planned on putting the angle iron inside the frame rails but that did not happen. I'll probably do a little extra bracing inside the frame rails. I'll probably keep working on frame bracing for the next two weeks. Not sure where I'll go after that. Thinking either IFS and transaxle or body reinforcements.

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PostSubject: Re: Murraymountain's Mountain Murray   Murraymountain's Mountain Murray - Page 7 Icon_minitimeFri Jul 23, 2021 3:55 pm

Welding requires practice. Keep at it.

Suggestions, it looks like you could use a little more heat.

And, IMO, the full length welds aren’t necessary on those long sections. Weld a couple of inches and skip a couple. Less work, less chance of warping and less welding.

Good Job!
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If it holds, mission accomplished. Nobody is going to see the frame most of the time anyway so don’t worry about aesthetics. I couldn’t even lay a bead if I tried so remember you have a skill most don’t have anf that’s something to be proud of. Smile

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You are doing fine. I went from knowing what a welder is to being a pretty good weldor. But, it took a while. Your welds are fine. You will get to where you won’t have to grind them eventually. I need to get my machines connected and start teaching my grandson (and his Dad). LOL
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