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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeJanuary 31st 2022, 8:48 pm

Nevadablue wrote:
IMO, the 1/8” should be OK, but I would fabricate a C-channel out of it like the original frame rails. Stronger and I think it would look better.

I was wrong.  If I was to extend out much further, I would need bigger.  I'm only going out about 9" so 1/8" is good enough!  Thanks  @Nevadablue.

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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 1st 2022, 12:45 am

Well, I am committed to the extension now!  
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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 1st 2022, 3:39 pm

Started on my little extension out the front.  Tacked the braces before burning it in.  Welds under are terrible but will hold just fine.  Need to work on my non-flat welding.  

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I did feel that I somewhat redeemed myself welding up the front plate for the extenstions.

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cleaned up.

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Now I need to clean up the axle hanger so I can weld it in so I can have a roller again.  Then I need to plan out the bell-crank.  I didn't plan on that earlier.  Hope that works out ok.

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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 1st 2022, 6:03 pm

Funny, I'm wayyyy better at corner welding... I think you mentioned you had an arc welder, can you shoot a pic of that?
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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 1st 2022, 6:32 pm

Craftsman Colormatic 230 amp AC Arc welder

Pic from a couple years ago.

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couple current shots.  I have it set halfway between 1/8 and 3/16 steel.  I was welding some 1/8 to 3/16 and that made sense and seemed to work as planned.  The black dot is my dialed in spot for 1/8 metal.

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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 1st 2022, 7:12 pm

There she sits!  I accidentally hung the axle bracket backwards.  It'll be fine..  LOL

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I ended up splitting the difference with 5 inches.  Worked well for the bell crank.

I will be cleaning up the front so it does not look like a couple angle pieces sticking out.


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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 1st 2022, 9:38 pm

If you are going to go with the angle like that, methinks you should add gussets for looks and strength. 


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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 1st 2022, 10:05 pm

it's a little nerve racking committing to modifications sometimes ! But you just have to jump in and do it and hope it turns out like you see it in your vision. 

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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 1st 2022, 10:20 pm

Nevadablue wrote:
If you are going to go with the angle like that, methinks you should add gussets for looks and strength. 


Yeah, There will be more to the front end than what you see.  
afro

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it's a little nerve racking committing to modifications sometimes ! But you just have to jump in and do it and hope it turns out like you see it in your vision. 

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Well, I am committed to the extension now!  

First cut is the hardest!


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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 2nd 2022, 12:17 am

MightyRaze wrote:
Nevadablue wrote:
If you are going to go with the angle like that, methinks you should add gussets for looks and strength. 


Yeah, There will be more to the front end than what you see.  
afro

That's where this huge piece of steel comes into play!

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I got half my heim joints today.  The left handers!  Right handers are due tomorrow weather depending.

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Good thing I am changing these out.  The ball joints are about to fall out on the silver rod.


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Video update to start the month.



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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 3rd 2022, 1:15 pm

No updates past 2 days and don't expect any for a couple more.  

Here's the scene outside the MightyRaze Garage.

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Not too much, but not bad for Oklahoma.  6-8 inches with some 1'-1'4" drifts in the yard.  Over by the interstate a few miles away in the open are some 5-6 foot drifts.

Yeah, I could still work, but I have the outside dogs hunkered down in the Garage.  I don't want to grind and weld with animals in there.  Easier to just put it on pause.  Hard to believe it was 74 degrees a couple days ago.


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Did get some done today.

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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 4th 2022, 9:01 pm

@MightyRaze I did the same with my steering links, it made a huge difference.

Wow awesome job on the front frame it looks factory

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Mighty professional work there! Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 2731072446

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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 4th 2022, 9:26 pm

Thanks guys.  I slammed it down a few times.  I added some more weld, and I finished my side gusseting to the steering bracket.  She's solid.

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Thanks guys.  I slammed it down a few times.

When I say that, I mean I literally picked it up a few feet and dropped it to make sure the front was sturdy and solid!

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Thanks guys.  I slammed it down a few times.

When I say that, I mean I literally picked it up a few feet and dropped it to make sure the front was sturdy and solid!

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I do the same thing too every time I weld something, I drop it on the floor, perhaps beat it a little with a hammer, whatever to test the weld Smile

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Yeah, I could still work, but I have the outside dogs hunkered down in the Garage.  I don't want to grind and weld with animals in there. 

Well, sad day.  Nothing done.  I will say, I no longer have a hold-up in the garage.  Our grandma dog whom we have expected to pass on for about a month now finally passed this morning.  She was having a hard time this morning walking to the door to go out.  I picked her up to help her out and she passed in my arms.  It's all good, she was an old dog.  She was gotten to be an inside dog, but she was having none of that.  She loved outside.  I know as she got old, she hated being brought in when cold.  Sometimes she would be stubborn to come in.

Back on topic:

I'm kind of struggling where I am going to go now with the Dirty Rat.   I've been moving along pretty well with the build.  I'll get the tie rods back on along with the new steering rod.  With the heims, I expect near zero slop in the steering.  Then I guess it is time to put the engine back on to arrange final belt alignment and purchase the belt.  As long as the gov doesn't screw me over on taxes and I get my bonus from work next month.  I could be done with the tractor by April sometime.  I need to look at this thing and see where I would like to take this thing from here.


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Sorry to hear that, it's never easy when a pet passes on, they are part of the family!

Well if you get done that quickly it either gives you time to keep figuring out more to do to it or maybe even a second entry!?


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We'll see.  I see now how @redzz02 use to build so fast possibly.

I have some ideas kicking to go ahead and maybe take it up another level!  We'll see.


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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 6th 2022, 3:06 am

That front section on your frame that you welded up looks really cool! Nice deal!
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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 6th 2022, 12:22 pm

I almost missed the blue text. My screen is dark, and now so is the mood. I’m so sorry. Losing a friend hurts. Tractors don’t matter today. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 6th 2022, 12:50 pm

Really sorry to hear of your loss.
We lost our cat in 2020, a cat we had since a kitten she was 20 years old.
We do so much for our furry friends, buy their food, pay for their medical, get them toys and lots of love and somehow they seem to give us more than we put in.

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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 6th 2022, 10:07 pm

Sorry for your loss man been there as well. on another note Nice work on that front end. looks like it was made for it for sure !

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PostSubject: Re: Dirty Rat - Sears   Dirty Rat - Sears - Page 4 Icon_minitimeFebruary 6th 2022, 11:23 pm

Thanks everyone, I should be getting back on the build tomorrow.  I should get my tie rods back on and make and install the steering rod.


  1. Install tie rods
  2. install steering rod
  3. reinstall engine
  4. measure belt, ( i may actually have one on hand the right size)
  5. where to go from here?  (More body work?)
  6. new front rubber
  7. blow it all back apart
  8. lock 2300
  9. paint?
  10. reassembly
  11. wiring
  12. new lights
  13. install horn
  14. acessories?

  • What accessories do I want to install?
  • usb?
  • tether kill
  • ??


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