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PostSubject: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeNovember 30th 2022, 5:41 pm

Starting our first project which is a old 80s ford yt16. All stock as of now but we have been brainstorming and have some ideas in mind. The first thing on our list was to concery this old barn in our back yard into a mower garage. Been using my spare room as a workshop but a mower wont fit through the door so we are currently running a couple extension cords from seperate rooms/breakers for now. Propane heater on black friday sale for 70 bucks and some spray foam from my car audio stash and I've got the shop up to 67 degrees on a 19 degree morning. Next was getting my work benches moved from the house to my shop. Looking into some diy overhead lift options since my low pro jack doesnt lift my mowers very high. And for the record the "we" in my post are my son(11) and myself. I'm mrbrucie and my son is lil bray.

But to start we are stripping it down to the bare frame to clean up the years of build up and neglect. Then to get the frame braced up some and stiffen up the extremely loose steering. But here we sit. Mower up on blocks, console/dash removed and oil draining as of now. Next to remove engine and start planning fabrication work!

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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeNovember 30th 2022, 7:22 pm

Looks like a good start! Those ford yt16 mowers seem to be a good for an offroad mower, plenty of people use them. I think Doc Sprocket's first MULE was a Ford. Of course it was barely Ford when he got done with it, funny that's how the gradual modifications go lol.

Looks like you've got a Briggs and stratton opposed twin, those are pretty strong engines and parts are still easy to come by. Any idea what transaxle it has?
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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 1st 2022, 2:24 pm

Yea it had the peerless 801 5speed transaxle. And I actually have 3 of these fords. 2 yt16s and a 16H.

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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 1st 2022, 5:15 pm

Progress. Got the engine out. Next step is to put the front wheels back on and wheel it out the shop to be preaaurwashed and cleaned. I have a feeling this mower has never had a shower lol. Also looking into the front axle. There really isn't a whole lot of articulation on the front axle so I've been looking into options to allow for alittle kore movement. Either fabbing up a new articulation point on the top of the axle or notching frame and adding additional support to keep the frame ridged. As for steering, these have a decent stock steering setup but it's all old and worn so going to go with new tie rods and steering link as the stock one is slightly bent. The steering gear piece has alot of movement in it in all directions so another thing to consider. I'm always open to ideas and inspiration as this is the very first time ever working on a mower/tractor.

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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 3rd 2022, 4:03 pm

Getting this old guy cleaned up today and do alittle work on my shop to make alittle more room. Little 12x14 shop can get crowded quickly if everything doesnt have a place lol. But me and my boy is going to haul it. Back into the shop when we done and finish taking it apart! Once its tore down to the bare frame we will upload the video!
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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 3rd 2022, 4:44 pm

There’s never enough shop or garage space when you need it. Crazy Tongue


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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 3rd 2022, 7:04 pm

Looks and sounds to me like you should consider pacing yourself until the end of the month and entering into the 2023 Build Off competition! (Which I assume will be happening)

Click HERE to see the rules in case you're interested. Lawn and garden tractors in all trims are welcome (eg. Offroad, pulling, utility ect.)


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1984 Sears (MTD) LT(V)11 "The Warhorse" (Offroad Trail Rig ~ Romping In Progress)
1984 Sears (MTD) LT(V)11 "Silver Bullet" (2023 Build Off Entry ~ Work In Progress)
1986 Roper LT110CR "Trailblazer" (Offroad Trail Mower Project  ~ Work In Progress)

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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 4th 2022, 6:49 am

Brianator wrote:
Looks and sounds to me like you should consider pacing yourself until the end of the month and entering into the 2023 Build Off competition! (Which I assume will be happening

I thought about it but we are anxious to get started and get our youtube channel off the ground. Kinda a winter project but I'm sure it will take longer than just the winter but I'll check out the rules and such and see what we can do
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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 7th 2022, 6:48 am

Last pic before I start editing video. Zeus is just about completely stripped. Funny how you find some crazy repair work previous owners have done on these old mowers just to keep the going lol.
Once completely stripped we are going to start checking out the transaxle and assessing any damages that need repair then probably start getting the dynamark or one of the cubs going and use Zeus for the 2023 build off.

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Also Admin- am I allowed to have multiple active build threads at the same time? For different machines of course.

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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 7th 2022, 7:57 am

Lot of people keep multiple threads going. @AllisKidD21 and @Brianator seem to do just fine with it! Perfectly acceptable round here, we all like reading about tractors. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 11th 2022, 5:39 pm

Just uploaded our very first video! Go take a look! And take it easy on me this was the first video I've ever made lol

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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 11th 2022, 6:43 pm

Looks exciting! Great rig it looks to build on!


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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeDecember 17th 2022, 1:51 pm

Out putting in some work today. Near the stopping point. I figured we would get it stripped down completely and put the build on hold until the 2023 build off begins. But ill be getting started on one of the cub cadets while waiting. 


Lifted the rear up to have easy access to the deck parts and clutch assembly.
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With alittle persuasion we got the lever out. Couple brackets still left to cut off and to remove the clutch assembly.
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PostSubject: Re: Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build   Zeus Ford yt16 Overland build Icon_minitimeJanuary 1st 2023, 4:26 pm

[mod]Topic Locked for the time being due to this tractor being entered in the Build Off[/mod]

Good luck in the Build Off @Mrbrucie22!

We'll unlock this after the Build Off and move those posts over here at your request.


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1969 MTD Seven Hundred (Running/Driving ~ Light Yard Duty)
1969 Bolens 1225 (194) "Mud Duck" (2022 Build Off Finalist ~ Work Still In Progress)
1973 Cub Cadet 149 (Saved from Impending Doom ~ Tinkering In Progress)
1974 Bolens G10 (1055) (Running/Cutting/Snow Throwing ~ General Workhorse)
1984 Sears (MTD) LT(V)11 "The Warhorse" (Offroad Trail Rig ~ Romping In Progress)
1984 Sears (MTD) LT(V)11 "Silver Bullet" (2023 Build Off Entry ~ Work In Progress)
1986 Roper LT110CR "Trailblazer" (Offroad Trail Mower Project  ~ Work In Progress)

                             Click Here To See The DIY and Build Threads I've Created!

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