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PostSubject: simplicity crawler/mudder    simplicity crawler/mudder  Icon_minitimeSat Dec 25, 2021 7:00 pm

I thought I should introduce you fellers to my old sweetheart that I call the super simplicity (she may not be super to everyone but she is fun! ).  flashback about a year ago I found her in her natural habitat of rotting away at the bottom of a scrap pile. so for the low price of 5 dollars, I drug her home I proceeded to drop in a running 8hp Briggs added some 23in ags made the existing hubs work
so mods on this old girl so far are
-23in ags
-7 1/2 inch engine pulley
-8in carsile snow hogs
and that's about it right now there is no motor and it's half torn down.  fun fact this tractor actually brought me to atltf after seeing Mr mods simplicity adventurer and seeing ideas for mine.  currently, I am swapping in a toro front axle so I can have dual pivot points. anyways here are some pics and merry Christmas!
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PostSubject: Re: simplicity crawler/mudder    simplicity crawler/mudder  Icon_minitimeSat Dec 25, 2021 7:25 pm

Junkyard building always shows who has the real skills Smile

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PostSubject: Re: simplicity crawler/mudder    simplicity crawler/mudder  Icon_minitimeSat Dec 25, 2021 7:44 pm

thanks! I am keeping her to her roots of being found in the scrap. right now I am thinking about the rear tires. with the new front axle, the axle is dropped about 3 inches from stock so she is a bit raked I was thinking throw on stock rims and running 8in ags any other ideas? i was also toying with the idea of putting on some sears suburban fenders.
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PostSubject: Re: simplicity crawler/mudder    simplicity crawler/mudder  Icon_minitimeSat Dec 25, 2021 8:57 pm

That would look age appropriate.

The other junk yard option is 55 gallon drum fenders. A drum is 23 inches wide so most make them as open back fenders.

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PostSubject: Re: simplicity crawler/mudder    simplicity crawler/mudder  Icon_minitimeSun Dec 26, 2021 12:33 am

I have also been eyeballing snowblower housings for fender parts.

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PostSubject: Re: simplicity crawler/mudder    simplicity crawler/mudder  Icon_minitimeSun Dec 26, 2021 10:26 pm

I was thinking about using the original fenders but in that case i would have to cut them which I may do and is still a possibility. anyhow I got the front axle in and modified the steering arm to work. mounted my wheels and found out that adding a second pivot point added all the flexing capabilities which I was going for, but also adds frustrating steering problems and frame sitting straight and not leaning on the two pivot points problems. I also started fabbing up some running boards to put my feet instead of the original footpegs. i got this whole week off so a lot of progress should be made if I am not fishing lol!

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PostSubject: Re: simplicity crawler/mudder    simplicity crawler/mudder  Icon_minitimeMon Dec 27, 2021 9:07 am

Now that's a nice bit of articulation and one cool a$$ tractor! I'll be keeping an eye on this build!

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PostSubject: Re: simplicity crawler/mudder    simplicity crawler/mudder  Icon_minitimeMon Dec 27, 2021 1:00 pm

thanks that's what I was going for! small update, this morning I decided what the heck let's see what the original fenders look like cut, so I proceeded to take the spinning wheel of death to my 57-year-old fenders (don't worry they had pinholes where I cut them!) I continued to cut then leaned back to take a look at what I had done, after nervous laughing for about 5 minutes I decided what I did wasn't too bad and said I can make this gooder I proceeded to find some license plates and made some ratty fender flares I think It turned out looking pretty good.
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PostSubject: Re: simplicity crawler/mudder    simplicity crawler/mudder  Icon_minitimeMon Dec 27, 2021 6:57 pm

Keep an eye out for aluminum signs for things like the fender extensions.

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PostSubject: Re: simplicity crawler/mudder    simplicity crawler/mudder  Icon_minitimeMon Dec 27, 2021 10:51 pm

yes, whenever I am at swap meets I look. most of these plates are ones of cars I have helped part-out. In other news, I decided that building running boards was too much work right now and took the alternative route by using running boards of an old sears I parted out, I think it looks all right and should work well at least a place to put my feet! I found my temporary motor out of my cub 76 should work just gotta get the stock pulley off and add my  7 1/2 inch pulley.

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