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PostSubject: [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray   [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray Icon_minitimeSat Feb 15, 2020 9:43 pm

Original thread here...

Alright guys, turns out I am entering this year. No guarantee of finishing, but I'ma try. So, my original Murray (now named Red) is this year's victim:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140334

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So, the new plan for this rig is to build it like the Mountain Murray, but more reliable and with it's own feel:

-It's (obviously) getting REAL tires

-An AWESOME exhaust

-An MST 206 that will be built just like the MM's but without the flaws

-Same pulley ratio as the MM

-A heavily reinforced frame and body (something the MM doesn't have)

-A horn

-A cargo rack

-More lights

And of course the other crazy ideas that are yet to come. Anyway, what happened to the original plan for this tractor? It got passed on to the Mountain Murray. Yes, the MM is getting the "Grind Hard" treatment. So, this tractor will take the MM's current role and do it with zero flaw. I'm still collecting parts, and a welder is in the plans this mowing season. I'm excited to ride this thing again! Can't wait to see how she turns out!

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PostSubject: Re: [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray   [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray Icon_minitimeSat Feb 15, 2020 11:02 pm

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PostSubject: Re: [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray   [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray Icon_minitimeSat Mar 07, 2020 4:27 pm

Alrighty, made a little progress! Went to the junkyard a few weeks ago and picked up a front axle and a clutch setup. Check that off the list! Today I got the rims cleaned and ruffed up with the wire brush... Now I'm waiting on primer and paint and then I can mount the tires. Also got to start on a "why not" mod...

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140424
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Yep. I'm switching gas tank and battery locations. I need some flat steel to build the battery box, and for the tank, well I just need to mount the front of it. I'll be able to do so much more once I get that welder.
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PostSubject: Re: [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray   [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray Icon_minitimeThu Mar 12, 2020 1:13 pm

Got my rims painted! Never had rims come out this good before. Gonna try and get the tires on tomorrow.

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140443
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PostSubject: Re: [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray   [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray Icon_minitimeSat Mar 21, 2020 12:11 pm

Yes, I changed it's name yet again. Don't worry, Ol' Blue is final.

ANYWAY, a LOT has happened this week. Not exactly sure where to begin. I guess we'll start with the front end...So I got the new axle in. Replaced the spindles, sanded all the rust down, added grease fittings, painted it and then greased it before reassembly...

Before:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140457

After:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140522

Finally sitting straight again:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140459

Also pulled the engine and got it hooked up to the test stand:

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Look at all that POWA:

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Then I straightened the lights and tied the wiring up in the hood. Now I just need to weld the bolts in:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140523

And this just worked too well on the MM, I just couldn't help it:

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Much better.

Then I slapped a quick coat of paint on the frame:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140527

Then I vacuum sealed my clock to make it waterproof:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140526

And an update which happened about this time.

Then I fixed my steering bolts. They were worn out as you see, so I added washers and greased that area really good. They might wear out eventually, but that's why I have 2 more replacement pairs:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140529
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Replacement pairs:

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Front end locker. It came out much better than the MM's. I drilled the MM's hole too big but got this one just right. I'll get the MM a new pin eventually:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140531

And I added a grease fitting for the front end. Not sure how well it'll work, but we're gonna find out. Added one on the backside too:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140530

Then I tore into the trans. Had to cut the pulley off. Tried pouring gasoline on the pulley, tried candle wax, nothing ever works on tranny pulleys. Ya always gotta cut 'em off. Anyway, got my input shaft out, cut the new slot, and put it back in. Put a short shifter in it, got the grease fitting and vent tube in, and got the cases painted. Came out way better than the MM's.

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Then I got the grease on the inside cleaned up. Cleaned off all the gasket maker (cleaned it out of the bolt holes too):

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140536
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Of course the vent tube is in the way of the new shifter. Gotta fix that today. Rolling Eyes Anyway, besides that, I just need to figure out what I'm gonna do about a locker, wheel hubs, and how to mount the hubs. Once that's done, the trans is ready to go back together and will be finished. In the meantime, it stays in its container:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140538


I also mounted up my front tires yesterday. I was so relieved when it was done, till I did a mock up of how they'd sit:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140539

Of course, one of them is backwards. [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray 2429134702 [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray 2429134702 [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray 2429134702 [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray 2429134702 . Gosh dangit. Now that's frustrating. Can't get them aired up either. Whatever. I'll try and fix all that today. Today is just gonna be tying up the loose odds and ends. Gonna take a break on it after that and then start working on the engine. Gotta say, lotsa progress this week!

And as it sits right now:

[2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray P1140540
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PostSubject: Re: [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray   [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray Icon_minitimeSat Mar 21, 2020 5:44 pm

got a ratchet strap? that's what i usually use and it generally works for sealing the beads good enough to get it to air up, otherwise try bouncing the tire as hard as you can on the floor this will sometimes work for getting the bead on far enough to air it up, looking good so far
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PostSubject: Re: [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray   [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray Icon_minitimeSat Mar 21, 2020 7:56 pm

Thanks! Yeah I tried the ratchet strap. I'll try bouncing it I guess. Hope it works. If not I'm gonna have to try carb cleaner and a torch. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray   [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray Icon_minitimeSat Mar 21, 2020 8:30 pm

Take the valve core out and blow through the valvestem with a rubber tipped air gun, if you have one. That always helped me.

You also might try stuffing the bead with grease, that's worked for me before.
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PostSubject: Re: [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray   [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray Icon_minitimeSun Mar 22, 2020 7:02 pm

XD what's the skid mark from? Lol
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PostSubject: Re: [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray   [2020 Build-Off Entry] Murrraymountain's "Ol' Blue" Murray Icon_minitimeSun Mar 22, 2020 7:29 pm

LOL, I have no idea. Either the zero turn, the stamped frame, my brothers murray... I dunno. I'd put my money on the stamped frame.
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