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PostSubject: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 19th 2023, 12:21 pm

Figured I would post this beauty on here, I think it is bout finished, just need ideas on how to make the hood look good.Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Mowers10
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Also I would like to put a bull bar on it, and need ideas on how to do that to.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 19th 2023, 2:11 pm

I think the only way to make the hood look good would be to get a complete one or build one out of mesh mad max style.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 19th 2023, 2:55 pm

BairleaFarm wrote:
I think the only way to make the hood look good would be to get a complete one or build one out of mesh mad max style.    

On that note..  

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 19th 2023, 3:06 pm

Think something like that would look good? I will see if I have some random steel like that lying around perhaps.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 19th 2023, 3:43 pm

Biggest thing of concern would be the large top overlap. Wonder how much a replacement grill would cost.


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 19th 2023, 6:13 pm

Decide to just put a bull bar, I'm more worryed about hitting something and wrecking it than looks.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 19th 2023, 7:14 pm

If you can get your hands on an old tarp shed frame and some grating you could do something like @diddie did and even skin it with the hood. Looks good IMO. Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower 20190310


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 19th 2023, 7:55 pm

Yes, looks pretty good, maybe I might do that instead of of a bull bar, that would probally protect everything, thanks!

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 26th 2023, 6:07 pm

Ok, I have made idea reality, (Thanks @Brianator) and found an old pressure washer stand, cut it up, found a pair of door hinges and welded it on.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 26th 2023, 6:49 pm

Hey that should work! Way to recycle man, I'm a firm believer in reusing anything I can!


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 26th 2023, 6:57 pm

Thanks! Hopefully my welds can take any thing that I hit. Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower 1098998679

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 27th 2023, 6:54 pm

Got a tire upgrade, much better than the dirt track tires that were on it. I found a pair of 5 bolt carlsie all trails that someone threw out and welded them on to a pair of old 3/4 rims. Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower 2731072446 Now I need a pair of fronts!
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Excuse my crappy welds.
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Had to swap this rim out for a different one that I had in the tire pile.

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 30th 2023, 11:22 am

Took this guy mudding, here's the after math.Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Img_0010
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Need better rear belt guards apparently.
Also a bit of carnage from taking a corner to fast on my tracked go kart.Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Img_0110
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Tracks didn't break thankfully, just had to reseat them.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 30th 2023, 12:03 pm

How are those seat springs clean?


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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 30th 2023, 2:17 pm

Hey pizzakitty26 if u don't mind me asking are u running fnrs transaxles.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeOctober 30th 2023, 5:01 pm

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Hey pizzakitty26 if u don't mind me asking are u running fnrs transaxles.
No problem, forgot to tell you'll about this machine lol! , I am running a peerless 6 speed, don't know the model (it's kind of covered in mud right now, can't read it.) It goes probally about 60 kmh, I have a briggs 18 horse oppy with straight pipes on it, on craftsmans you can literally undo 4 bolts and the muffler drops off, leaving the pipes on. Stock steering, 8 inch front pulley, 3 inch back.
@mightyraze I have no humanly idea as to how those seat springs are clean. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeNovember 2nd 2023, 5:23 pm

Couple more pics of it.Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Img_6710

Here's the rear belt guard I made
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeNovember 7th 2023, 8:34 am

So... It ate a belt on Saturday, I figured out it is because the transaxle that is in it is not stock, so the rear driven pulley is an inch or two higher than the front, so I need to lift the transaxle. Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower 2429134702 Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower 2429134702 Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower 2429134702
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeNovember 9th 2023, 5:58 pm

Lifted the transaxle, that was easier than expected, I just slid the mounts down an inch, there happened to be a second set of holes there Smile Got a new belt, turns out peavy mart doesn't have a belt bigger than 96'', so I bought that and put a smaller pulley on the front, redid the belt guards, and now she should be ready. Also, the steering linkage that connects the two spindles was bent on a 20 degree angle, so it had a lot of tow out so I reinforced that with another piece of metal after bending it straight again. I also put the tires that used to be on the back on the front and it has way less understeer now.
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeNovember 9th 2023, 6:14 pm

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How are those seat springs clean?
they are from Toronto, they always stay clean but don't actually do anything Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeNovember 16th 2023, 3:43 pm

Just a little update, I have decide this is more of a trail mower, it sucks in the mud, just kind of slings it everywere and it would need a locked transaxle, which I don't care to do. Other than that, it works pretty good, I just need to hook up the throttle cable to the gas pedal I fabbed, and some small wiring issues. If anyone can think of a good name for this that would be nice. Even with the smaller front pulley, it still goes about 40. I took it out for a couple rides around the field and took it mudding in a swamp area (I know, that was a pretty terrible idea, it took a come-along, a tie strap, and a 300 pound Bolens tractor to get it out of that) and it still hasn't dropped the belt so I am super happy about that. Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower 2731072446

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeNovember 16th 2023, 5:24 pm

Your rear tires are holding you back in the mud for sure but there is all kinds of different mud too! Lol. I find that JUST enough wheel speed to clear the treads gets me through mud better than alot of wheel speed above that point but for sure a locked rear is great in mud! Nothing in regards to a name is jumping out at me yet but I'll let you know if anything does!


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- "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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MightyRaze wrote:
How are those seat springs clean?
they are from Toronto, they always stay clean but don't actually do anything Wink

Those are about the same seat springs I have on mutt, can confirm that they dont do much lol! In fact this tractor has the same frame as mutt, could nearly be the same tractor with a few years worth of mods Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower 1098998679

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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeNovember 16th 2023, 9:22 pm

Ya, I am getting there!
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PostSubject: Re: Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower   Craftsman Mud/Light speed mower Icon_minitimeNovember 16th 2023, 9:25 pm

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Your rear tires are holding you back in the mud for sure but there is all kinds of different mud too! Lol. I find that JUST enough wheel speed to clear the treads gets me through mud better than alot of wheel speed above that point but for sure a locked rear is great in mud! Nothing in regards to a name is jumping out at me yet but I'll let you know if anything does!
Part of the issue is I don't have much in the way of tread in the middle, only on the side which is better for trails anyways.
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