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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Nov 20, 2022 5:21 pm

Quick update!

I gave it a shot of fresh fuel in the tank, laced the spray to it while starting and I got it to catch after a couple of tries. It still wasn't terribly happy at first but it went and that's good enough to ease my mind a little (for now), I also ordered a pair of Champion J19LM plugs for it (a few bucks cheaper than the RJs) and will pop them in as soon as they arrive which should be tomorrow!
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Nov 20, 2022 7:03 pm

Look up
Autolite Iridium Lawn & Garden Spark Plug
I have been Super happy with them in my briggs opposed.

Quick question.  Does your model have the aluminum or fibre nose cone?  I thought I saw you say aluminum?  I assumed that ony the ones with the lights on bottom were the aluminum ones.


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     Marshal ........93 Craftsman GT6000      
     Red Bandit ...72 Wheel Horse Raider 12
     Dirty Rat........77 Sears Suburban
     Bowser..........01 Murray Widebody LT
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Nov 20, 2022 7:26 pm

Champion J19LM crosses into Autolite 458. I will order them on my next paycheck and give them a go, can't ever hurt to have spares anyhow and we had good luck with Autolites in my friends race car, thanks for the tip!

Well would you look at that... I just went outside and scratched the nose cone and it IS fiber! Sounded solid like aluminum when I tapped it before! Geeze I'm embarrassed! Lol. The lower half of the grille is definitely aluminum though, is that normal?


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Nov 20, 2022 7:41 pm

Brianator wrote:
Champion J19LM crosses into Autolite 458. I will order them on my next paycheck and give them a go, can't ever hurt to have spares anyhow and we had good luck with Autolites in my friends race car, thanks for the tip!

Well would you look at that... I just went outside and scratched the nose cone and it IS fiber! Sounded solid like aluminum when I tapped it before! Geeze I'm embarrassed! Lol. The lower half of the grille is definitely aluminum though, is that normal?

I love the irridum plugs.  Yep, that is totally normal with the nose cone on these.

This is the only one that I know of that is cast aluminum. Note the lights are in the middle not the top like ours.

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     Red Bandit ...72 Wheel Horse Raider 12
     Dirty Rat........77 Sears Suburban
     Bowser..........01 Murray Widebody LT
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMon Nov 21, 2022 5:54 pm

Man that thing looks a fugly with the headlights down low don't you think!? Lol.


Another quick update:

The Champion J19LMs arrived today while I was at work and have been sitting outside so they're just as cold as everything else (just below freezing like the other day), I gapped them to 0.35", popped them in and wouldn't you know it the tractor fired up and was more manageable to keep running for it to warm up a bit and fully catch. Not perfect but much better so I think once I solve the difference in cylinder pressures it shouldn't be a problem anymore.

The plugs that came with it were NGK BR6S which, aren't even in the proper heat range for this engine (too cold) or a listed cross reference for it either... regardless of that I've never had good luck with NGKs in B&S engines and they were going to be ousted at some point even if they did work half decently.

Question for you all... does anyone have any experience with these pen style spark testers?1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221134


I forgot about it and just tried it tonight for the first time (only on the Roper) and find that the light is quite dim, there'd be no chance of seeing it in the daylight so was hoping someone here has a little feedback on that?


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMon Nov 21, 2022 6:12 pm

@Brianator that grill style grows on you over time.

Not familiar with that pen style spark tester.

It possible the valves on the one side be carbon build up?  If so, the better plug may self clean it giving it the onions some.  May also need to check valve clearance. (that sux on these engines as you have to pop the head off).  Like I mentioned 70 is still great for these, but a 30psi difference is quite a bit.


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     Marshal ........93 Craftsman GT6000      
     Red Bandit ...72 Wheel Horse Raider 12
     Dirty Rat........77 Sears Suburban
     Bowser..........01 Murray Widebody LT
     Other projects
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMon Nov 21, 2022 6:50 pm

I dunno, 70psi seems pretty weak to me for any engine and yes 30psi difference is HUGE! 5-10% difference is not a real concern but 30%... not liking it! Lol.

I should be able to check the valve clearances by popping the breather covers off which are on top under the air cleaner no? I figured it would have a similar setup to a single slug L head in that way, there has to be a way to actually measure it when it's fully assembled.

It's very possible the valve(s)/head(s)/piston(s) are carboned up and causing that ruckus in which case a Seafoam treatment or 2 should help but I really need to check the valve clearances first.

What I really need to do is forget about it until after the Build Off but it's bugging me! Lol.


*EDIT* When I've been speaking of valve clearance I've been meaning about the valve STEM clearance which I know can grow loose or tight over time, I believe @MightyRaze is speaking of valve-head-clearence in which case yes I suppose I would have to remove the head unless I could get creative with perhaps some solder?


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMon Nov 21, 2022 7:07 pm

No I was talking about under the breathers.  To resolve any clearance with some grinding stems or new valves.  That's what I was talking about taking the head off.  I know you know all that.   Very Happy


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     Red Bandit ...72 Wheel Horse Raider 12
     Dirty Rat........77 Sears Suburban
     Bowser..........01 Murray Widebody LT
     Other projects
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMon Nov 21, 2022 7:51 pm

Fair enough!

I do have the proper B&S valve spring compressor and the original 11hp flathead from The Warhorse that I'm planning on trying some sneakiness on to see of it's at all possible to do some valve tip filing and polishing without removing the head. I might as well try and find out, that engine probably needs to be torn back down to get to the bottom of whatever is going on as it is!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMon Nov 21, 2022 9:55 pm

It is nice to have a proper spring compressor.  Makes the job so much easier.


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     Red Bandit ...72 Wheel Horse Raider 12
     Dirty Rat........77 Sears Suburban
     Bowser..........01 Murray Widebody LT
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSat Dec 10, 2022 9:25 pm

Just a little update for this rig:

I've been working on the snowblower for it, it's a 34" so was for the smaller Suburbans (Custom 10, SS12 ect.) which means the lift handle is short and strait up instead of longer and bent... it's manageable but a little awkward. The good news is I doubt that small blower could manage to choke out the 16hp Oppy even if I tried and really the 42" that's available would just be a little overkill for my needs anyhow but the lift rod for the 42" would be a big upgrade so if anyone happens to have one they don't need please PM me about it.

It did come with the chute control rod but no mounting hook/bracket so I need to make one of those (tomorrow hopefully) and it did not come with a clutch engagement rod or bracket so I fabbed those up today to look pretty original and it seems to work really well!

I've also serviced the blower so it's running pretty smooth but all the snow we got is gone so I can't even test it yet! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 2429134702

I'm hoping to have it 100% percent complete tomorrow with all the parts I made painted and will post pics when it's all done!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Dec 11, 2022 7:51 pm

I got it finished today but there's still not enough snow to test it...

Here's the bracket I made for the chute control rod (some tweaking still required)... 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221211


...and the snowblower clutch engagement lever I made from scratch! I tried to make it stock appearing (from a distance). 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 202212121980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221213


I had a length of 3/8" round stock, a 3/8" threaded plastic knob and was going to bend the end over and pin it through the lever but I noticed I had a rod end to use as well! It was 5/16"NF so I drilled it out and tapped it 3/8", threaded the rod to match and that's was that! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221214


Here's the bracket I made for it and that's it, she's all done! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221215

I just need to add some weight to the rear and or wheel weights and it's ready to test after the next real snowfall!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Dec 11, 2022 8:18 pm

Nice job!  I got a snow "plow" a several years back for my ST and I had to make the pivot rod.  Nice thing about these tractors is the ease in making your own replacement parts.  I used an eye bolt for my rod guide. :-)  I'm using a longer one now, so I do not need the flimsy bracket too.

Pic at our old rent house when I was refurbishing the snow blade.  This side is the simple rod I created for the pivot.

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     Marshal ........93 Craftsman GT6000      
     Red Bandit ...72 Wheel Horse Raider 12
     Dirty Rat........77 Sears Suburban
     Bowser..........01 Murray Widebody LT
     Other projects
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Dec 11, 2022 9:00 pm

You did a pretty nice job there yourself fella I like it!

I'm really loving the Suburban platform so far, it just feels so comfortable to drive and the steering is superb! I've wanted one for awhile and glad I found mine in Roper form!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Dec 18, 2022 2:18 pm

I got a little bit of work done to this unit today!

First thing I did was change the oil. The oil that came in it was pretty black and nasty so I drained and refilled it with 5w30 a few weeks ago to help flush it out, today it came out just as black and nasty so I'll probably run it for a hour or 2 then change it again hoping it comes out a bit cleaner. This time I filled it with 10w30 and added a touch of Lucas Oil Stabilizer to hopefully quiet it down a touch... it did make a minor difference but not a whole lot.

I added a elbow to the oil drain pipe to make future oil changes easier and installed a bolt in an existing threaded hole behind the belt guard to help stop the snowblower belt from rubbing the panel behind it when it's disengaged, maybe there's actually supposed to be something there?  If you look close you can see where the belt was touching but the bolt seems to be helping with that! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221230


I pulled the MF split wheel weights off my Bolens G10 (to install the Bolens cast weights I scored) and put the MF weights on along with the homemade weight box (in case more weight is needed). I don't have tire chains for it and would rather not have to track a set down, I was able to climb a small incline in my snow covered yard with no tire spin so it should be good! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221231


The rear light lens is missing so I ordered a Grote 45412 from Amazon the same one I found for @MightyRaze but probably won't get it until after Christmas which is no big deal. 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 202210911980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Scree146


I forgot to post this a couple weeks ago but I found and ordered a new fuel tank cap w/fuel level gauge that fits and works perfectly! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221232


There's still not enough snow to test the blower out of course but I'm sure that will change soon enough!


That's all for now!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeMon Dec 19, 2022 8:25 pm

We got a few inches of snow (4-6") so I FINALLY got to try out the snowblower and it did amazingly! Couldn't be happier with it!

It also doesn't look like I'll need tire chains because it didn't give me too hard of a time, a little weight in the box, lose a little air pressure and it should be perfect!

I'm very glad my hard work is paying off!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri Dec 23, 2022 6:39 pm

Quick update for this rig!

We got a decent helping of fat, wet snow and the snowblower didn't struggle or even attempt to clog it's working awesome! I even carved the banks back on my road as I like to do (narrow road), that was the true test! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221243


It definitely needed more weight in the rear so I tossed a 2/3 full bucket of automotive wheel weights in the rear box and that helped ALOT!  I'll still air down the tires a few pounds each though. 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221240

The new rear light came in already! Unfortunately the lens was SO tight on the base that no matter how gentle I was to try and remove it the 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 252588580  thing still broke! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 2429134702 *sigh* A little Seal-All and it's on for now, I ordered another...1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20221242
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My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Jan 29, 2023 7:19 pm

I also lucked into a 16T this week. My uncle bought it new with several attachments.  My dad bought it this week and gave it to me.  It's rough.  It hasn't ran in 2 years.

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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Jan 29, 2023 8:02 pm

That's awesome man welcome to the club (and the forum)! Feel free to start your own thread on it, we love pics around here!

I'm loving mine that's for sure, she was working snow duty twice this weekend and I'm surprised how light and easy the steering feels even with the snowblower on the front. It's such a good tractor and I'm glad I got it!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeTue Apr 25, 2023 9:07 pm

I have a bit of an update for this rig!

After a little tweaking and personal touches on it I've installed the electric 3 point hitch! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20230416

I'd like to build several attachments for it but the first I'm tackling is a crane for moving things like implements, mower decks, small engines and other smaller/awkward items. I got a start on it today and should have it operational tomorrow, please don't judge too harshly as it's only mocked up, incomplete and I'm trying to use what I have laying around. The handles off my scrap snowblower just happen to have the right bends and length I was looking for to move mower decks.1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 202304191980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 202304181980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20230417

I'm not looking to lift lots weight maybe around 100lbs, the pallet forks I want to build should be good for 200+. Hopefully tomorrow I'll have pictures with stuff hanging from it!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeWed Apr 26, 2023 5:35 pm

It worked! I just did enough to make it functional to test it and make sure the concept is good so for right now it stays as it is and I'll revisit it in the future.

It was able to lift smaller implements like these discs without complaint... 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20230420


... but it wasn't terribly happy with that monster Sears mower deck, it struggled a bit and wouldn't go full lift but it still got it about a foot of the ground! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20230421

The front end got light but I was still able to steer so I'm claiming success. I've wanted a 3 point for a long time and it's going to be fun building other attachments for it!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeSun Jun 11, 2023 11:21 am

Well guess I'm taking lead from @Compact8 on this one!

I installed a hood strut that I've had kicking around for a long time! 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 202306331980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 202306321980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20230631


There's a touch of preload on it which actually made it perfect because it's a little on the soft side but overall it's perfect! The seat doesn't sag as much as it did and it's not bouncy anymore so I'm calling this a win!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri Jun 16, 2023 3:39 pm

I've enjoyed looking at your project I really liked the idea with the hood strut. I also got to thanking you could use a hydraulic tilt-trim from a boat to make a similar hitch. Anyway it's turning out great 👍

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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri Jun 16, 2023 3:49 pm

Thanks dude I appreciate that! You'll really like the pallet lift I'm installing on the back then! Lol. I started messing around with a homemade hay fork I got with the Mud Duck and it's passed the proof of concept so I'll be moving ahead with it soon.


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri Jun 16, 2023 6:35 pm

That's going to be sick. I look forward to seeing the build 😃
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PostSubject: Re: 1980 Roper 16T    1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 Icon_minitimeFri Jun 16, 2023 10:08 pm

Then wait no longer! After spending a couple of hours on it this evening it's functional although not complete.

Last weekend as a proof of concept I drilled some holes in it and mounted it as it was, I used a chain for a center link because it has a pivot and this was quick and easy.1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 202306371980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20230636

Obviously it stuck out way too far which lowers the lifting capacity so today I cut out alot of uneeded stuff and drilled new mounting holes. 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20230638

The chain must be at the perfect spot because it's actually not pivoting it and I'm okay with that. 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 202306391980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20230640

Then after cutting off all uneeded tines and straitening the others I quickly tested it. 1980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 202306411980 Roper 16T  - Page 2 20230642

After some testing it appears to be able to lift a max of around 200lbs close to the backboard, about 160lbs out further which is more than I expected so it should work perfect for my needs!

Aside from a good cleaning and some paint all that's left is to redo the center link and probably extend the "forks" a little bit to try to make them more proper but as it is it's ready to use!


My All Terrain Tractors:
- "The WarHorse" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Romping in Progress!)
- Roper "Trailblazer" ~ 1986 Roper LT110CR (Trailblazing in Progress!)
- The "Mud Duck" ~ 1969 Bolens 1225 Hydro (2022 Build Off 2nd place!)
- The "Silver Bullet" ~ 1984 Sears Craftsman LT(V)11 (MTD Built) (Part 1)
- The "Silver Bullet" (Take 2) ~ 2024 Build Off entry (Work in progress)
- Roper "Offroadster" ~ 1979 Roper T4328 (Romping in Progress!)
- 1973 Massey Ferguson MF12 ~ (Sold to a good home)



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