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PostSubject: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeMon Sep 07, 2020 1:51 am

I acquired a Rugg mower recently.  Came with an 8hp that didn't run, A frozen mower deck, missing body and other little things.  
Kinda looked like a rat rod so thats the direction I'm gona go.Rugg rat mower 20200810
Love this steering rod.
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here it is with the 12hp shoe horned in.
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Here its stripped, seat bracket chopped, and MTD running boards mounted.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeMon Sep 07, 2020 8:50 am

This is gonna be a really cool build, definitely following this one!

By the way that drag link is fail thread material for sure, hahaha.

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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeMon Sep 07, 2020 10:04 am

That neat, I had the frame to one of those with the rear diff and front axle.
Always wondered what it might have been from
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeMon Sep 07, 2020 9:54 pm

Wow.... that steering link.  Looks like a fun project!

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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeFri Sep 11, 2020 7:47 am

Decided to use the original engine plate VS building my own.
I trimmed the sides down becouse I won't be using the raise and lower system. I'll be welding it. And being 1/8" thick, its plenty strong.
I found my jigsaw went soo much faster than my death wheel.Rugg rat mower 20200913
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeSat Sep 12, 2020 1:58 pm

Went and removed the Allison differential. Going with a live axle. It will give me a smaller ring gear and disk brakes.
Still playing with the placement of the running boards. Next is ggona be welding in the engine and trans plate.Rugg rat mower 20200914
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeMon Sep 21, 2020 7:36 pm

Decided to lower the frame some. I didn't like the stock height. Even got the engine/trans plate mounted.
And I mounted the wheels ill be using.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeWed Sep 23, 2020 7:38 pm

Little more progress.  Mocked up the engine and trans. Looks like I can move forward to the front end.Rugg rat mower 20200920
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2020 2:06 pm

whered you get the axle, and where are you gonna get the disc brakes from?
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2020 2:52 pm

The axle came out of a China 49cc mini quad. Im taking the rear brakes, chain and chain ring from it. Im going to use the quads caliper and brake line. I ordered a master cylinder to use it with a pedal.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeMon Sep 28, 2020 4:33 pm

And the moment we have all been waiting for. ( well some of us)
The front end. Front axle has been fully welded, spindles modified,  and temporarily hung. ( still gotta clean up the welds)
But she's sitting on all 4 wheels.Rugg rat mower 20200921
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeSun Oct 04, 2020 10:10 pm

Small update. I got the 12hp engine assembled and running. Stuck a 10hp head on it and going to do custom exaust. Tempted to shave the eyebrows and polish the ports.
Finnaly ended up spending money on this project. Bought a chain. Soo im into this project $10 over the $40 I payed for the mower.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeMon Oct 19, 2020 3:58 pm

Just to show you how I've got my throttle cable set up.
I'm using part of the original choke braket as a guide.
Toss in some bike brake components and some random springs, and this is what I came up with.Rugg rat mower 20201010
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeMon Oct 19, 2020 5:26 pm

Man, haven't seen the rest of it, but at the rate you're going I'd say you could've entered this thing in the Build-Off.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeTue Oct 20, 2020 8:30 pm

@Murraymountain wrote:
Man, haven't seen the rest of it, but at the rate you're going I'd say you could've entered this thing in the Build-Off.

I had thought about it. But being as I have no body work and it may not get any, I figured I wouldn't bother.
I'm also going so fast becouse I pretty much have everything to build this. Just short on time, with family, work and stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeTue Oct 20, 2020 11:12 pm

pretty cool ride it'll be neat to see how she turns out ! keep up the good work !
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeWed Oct 21, 2020 11:59 am

Well I got the tie rods welded up and mostly installed. Steering goes 1/4 turn to full lock from center. I threw some primer on them for now.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeSat Oct 24, 2020 7:39 pm

Well I got the steering working right. Had to take it off the table so I could do the wiring harness ( cant access the tables other side too well)
And since the before shot was in the grass, I snapped a pic to document the progress.
Oh and I cut and mounted the running boards.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeSun Nov 01, 2020 5:56 am

Small update. Made some mounts and got the seat mounted.  And started on foot controls.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeMon Nov 09, 2020 8:35 pm

Got the clutch and brake systems fabricated and installed.
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Finnaly got to the point where I can install the engine.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeTue Nov 10, 2020 4:42 pm

That thing looks fun!! Awesome build!
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeFri Nov 13, 2020 2:33 pm

I've always wondered when I'd see someone use a cable for a clutch linkage. Super neat.

Weak spot on those Foote transmissions seems to be the forward input bevel gear. I have one where that gear is stripped. Reverse is in good shape though. I recall it being bentonite filled, so no real lubrication from the factory.

If you're within my side of the US I could ship it to you for a couple bucks lol. I'm never gonna use it. You'd have a good case, at least.
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PostSubject: Re: Rugg rat mower   Rugg rat mower Icon_minitimeTue Nov 17, 2020 6:49 pm

Small update. Getting close to taking this for a ride.  
Took the stock automotive vbelt pully off the transmission,  drilled out the spot welds and knocked the center out.
I then cut up a stock engine pully and welded the small pully to the center I got from the old one.
As for front pully im going to try to use the large pully from the stock one. Let's hope this isn't too much of over drive for the transmission.
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