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 *c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder

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Looking forward to seeing that paint job ! and nice pick on that steering wheel.

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Thanks @diddie and I plan on getting back to work on it soon!

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Brianator wrote:
@diddie I hear ya! I've never seen any THAT bad either!


Well, I've got a little tinkering done the last couple days!

I replaced the rod ends on the tie rod for pretty cheap ($23), cleaned it up and hit it with some bedliner...*c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20220597


...and replaced the control shaft seal so no more leaky hydro!
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The power grid in my area is overloaded with it being the weekend in cottage country and everyone running their ACs to stay cool (been 86F the last few days) so I can't weld new rod ends on the drag link yet but I was looking over the rest of the steering and noticed the lower bushing at the steering gear is thrashed so I'll have to look into that soon.


Yesterday my neighbor @CodeRed and I were bombing it around my yard and testing it over some obstacles and stuff, the tractor itself was doing really well but the engine started acting funny and I lost throttle control but everything is hooked up the way it was. Turns out the governor (and arm) stuck in the idle position so I'm not sure what that's about but I've reset it and will hopefully test it out tomorrow!


Sorry for the weak update but it's still progress! Lol


How’d that contaminated fluid ordeal work out for the hydro?
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Rustbucket Garage wrote:
How’d that contaminated fluid ordeal work out for the hydro?

Good, its been good ever since I replaced the fluid and the weather warmed up, I'm convinced that the fluid absorbed condensation created by the temperature differences or that maybe there was just ice that melted and got absorbed by the fluid.  I'm hoping for the latter because I'd like to use it for snowblowing duty this coming winter.

How's your situation with aerated fluid?


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Still the same as of march (last time the tractor ran).
I’m almost wondering if the control seal is causing the leak, but I don’t know. I’ll be giving the hydro system a once over here once the engine and FA are done.

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This isn't as much of a update as it is a heads up I'm gearing up to get back to work on this rig, still lots to do before the weather turns and I've been putting it off too long.

I did order a new fuel nozzle that should take care of the engine starting to run lean when it's hot, I believe the replacement carb was designed to run mainly on smaller displacement engines but it's all good this should solve it.*c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20220963


The major things on the to do list are
- Make a new front clamp plate that will double as a spot to mount the front bumper/winch plate  
- Finish front bumper/winch plate
- Install and wire winch
- Trim motor plate so I can run a PTO belt behind the drive belts
- Paint, lots of time will be eaten up with bodywork and paint!


I'm looking forward to making more progress on this old girl!

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@Brianator wondering if you've been working on that paint job ? can't wait to see how she looks !

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Your timing couldn't be better man, I had just been thinking up and making a to-do list of things I want to accomplish before the Build Off closes and paint just happens to be very high on that list!

Sadly, I'm going to leave you and everyone in suspense for the most part until right near the end, I'm planning a teaser and alot of sneaky shots to avoid giving too much away until then...

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@Brianator UH I'm kinda doin the same thing lol. i just have a hard time not sharing !

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This is exactly why I wouldn't ever do a build off.
I actually thought about converting a zero turn into an offroad 2x4 dual engine tank but now I already said too much.

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fbisurveilancevan wrote:
This is exactly why I wouldn't ever do a build off.
I actually thought about converting a zero turn into an offroad 2x4 dual engine tank but now I already said too much.
I have toyed with that idea too, there was some guy selling something like that on kijji
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Offtopic I know but you could take 4 hydraulic motors, mount them like on a Ferris 3000 with suspension and run them off of one comically big engine and 2 or 4 pumps.
Mount a forward reverse pedal on either side and retain the steering wheel aswell or simply add another set of hydraulic motors in the front.

My expertise is in hydraulics mostly and I would love to do something like that but I didn't have the urge yet.

Tidbit tip: you could literally bolt 2 Ferris is3000's ass to ass to each other and cut the rear one off after the motor mounts. The mounting holes are there already, just need a few bolts and reverse some hoses
Since I have 2 I already thought about that  jocolor

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diddie wrote:
@Brianator UH I'm kinda doin the same thing lol. i just have a hard time not sharing !

Apparently I do too but for once I'm going to be sneaky about it!  Lol


Well, I got myself motorvated to get back to work on it! First thing I want to do is build the bumper/winch plate so I removed everything that was going to be in the way of making a new front frame clamp that will double as the bumper mount by wrapping down the front and sides of the axle mount.
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That top clamp plate was so messed up and uneven that I had a feeling the frame tubes were crushed... boy was I right sad to say! *c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20220965


Luckily my exhaust tubing expander is the perfect size to start working them back in shape. *c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20220967
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Once I've welded the cracks I'll use the tubing expander and a hammer again to get them more perfect. The plan from there is to weld in some sleeves for the bolts to pass through so I can crank down on them without crushing them, I need it to be strong for this 700+ pound beast!

Now that I've gotten a start I'll be able to keep picking away at it!

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Very nice... there has been a few times a set of expanders would have been nice!

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Yeah I'll put those on the shopping list now for sure.

Nice work
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I made a little progress this past week, not a whole lot but it's better than none!

With the front axle mount on the bench I made a cardboard template for the new top clamp/bumper mount.*c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20220987*c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20220988


Then I transferred the template to 1/8" steel. *c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20220989*c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20220990


Cut it, scored it, bent it and welded it...*c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20220992*c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20220991*c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20221010


... ground it, shaped it and painted it! *c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20221011*c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20221012


Now I need some 3/8" threaded rod, weld sleeves in the frame tubes and paint that all up while it's easy to get to.

As I was cleaning the grime off the axle mount I found some of the original paint and primer! I only scraped off the loose stuff and left the rest for good luck!
Lol  *c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20221013*c [22 BO] Brianator's "Mud Duck"- Tractor Recovery Rig/Mudder  - Page 11 20221014


That's all for now, hopefully I can get a little bit more done this coming week and it back on its wheels this weekend!

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