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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMarch 5th 2022, 7:16 pm

I like the paint job, but I think it would make the tractor really cool if you painted the engine black to match the wheels
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMarch 14th 2022, 5:54 pm

I am going to dump some pictures here from this weekends ride in NC.  The tractors new nickname is “Red Stag.” I flipped my experimental tree kickers on to the bottom of the floorboards and I really like them there.  I kind a lost my brakes and the lining has come off of the band so I’m taking it to a local place I know to get it relined.  Overall I love this tractor and I like the bear claw ex tires for crawling but they are pretty useless in deep mud.
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMarch 14th 2022, 6:34 pm

Nice romping pics man thanks for sharing! I think one of those would make an excellent profile picture! Question about your tires, do you find they're useless in the mud because all they do is dig a hole(s)? That's what I've found is happening with my Dunlop KT415's in the snow but I never once got stuck with the Kenda Turf Boss' which are much less aggressive. Tractor is looking awesome and glad to see you having fun with it!
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMarch 14th 2022, 6:53 pm

What fun! Sidehills scare me, I would need blinders. LOL

That’s a nice rig!
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMarch 14th 2022, 8:38 pm

@Brianator yes all they do is dig holes in snow and mud if you spin them.

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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 8th 2022, 5:14 am

well after doing some more local testing and tweaks with the belt guards to get it to shift on the fly better I realized that I need to separate the brake so the clutch isn’t connected to that and having a separate brake pedal will really help with stopping and going well going uphill.  luckily I had a local wheel horse buddy sell me all the parts I needed for 30 bucks.  I had to move my gas pedal and do some fab work but I now have a separate brake pedal.
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 8th 2022, 7:42 am

Similar thing to what I'm planning on doing with the craftsman rig I'm building, I find these tractors often don't have enough room for 2 pedals side by side
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 22nd 2022, 10:30 am

I have been tinkering in my happy place on some other little details.  I am waiting on new control cables but I’m going to install a throttle and choke on the dash.  The belt jumped off the engine pulley a couple times during the test drive after the brake pedal install, so I had to install a little extra keeper on the engine belt guide.  I modified my gas pedal geometry so I have one inch of travel instead of a quarter inch.
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2022, 9:42 am

I got my choke and throttle cable in and hooked them up:
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 29th 2022, 8:31 pm

well I went on a test and tune ride with a friend and quickly realized that the push/pull throttle sucks.  so I switched it out with a dash from a C series just like old red had.  the added leverage  makes it so much easier to use.  I tried adding 10 pounds to the front bumper as well and I thought it helped just enough to help keep the front end down.
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeMay 29th 2022, 9:51 pm

That stretch on the Charlie Horse looks nice! I'm pretty sure your new Raider 12 could out do Red. I still remember when you were building red and was going up the icy hill. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeJune 11th 2022, 7:42 am

well because  I was happy with the 10 pounds I decided to come up with a better solution and put 12 pounds of steel plates right behind the grill over the axle. I also added a C series parking brake so this tractor is basically C series now.
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeJuly 27th 2022, 8:34 pm

getting third place in the last chance qualifier for top tractor challenge 2022 was pretty rough on red stag.  I was just going through the tractor and discovered a cracked motor mount which I never welded from underneath.  while I was repairing that I discovered cracked welds for the front axle pivot that had to be repaired as well.  so I basically had to rip the entire tractor apart to do the welding repairs and also painted the frame because it was in pretty rough shape paint wise after that.
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I am also doing the bearing upgrade for the steering wheel shaft support and putting on a new steering wheel that is easier to grip.  you’ll also notice brand new OEM spindles in the picture.  the steering arms on the new ones are an 1/8” thicker and I am also going to modify them to accept trailer hubs which have nicer bearings and seals
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PostSubject: Re: 69 Raider 12   69 Raider 12 - Page 5 Icon_minitimeJuly 27th 2022, 10:34 pm

But it held up and held together which is proof of the build quality!

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