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  1. Owdo all, MadTrax is coming along nicely, along with a lot of new tube the looks have changed as well :)


    By only doing one corner at a time the Quadzilla strut towers have gone, I think the tube looks much better.









    A new nose taking shape.





    You can also see some new tube connecting the top of the struts to MadTrax's frame just in front of the gas tank..  The photo's don't show it too well but the curves match and line up with other tube..









    Nose job finished, not as pointy as the first one and it looks all the better for it... No chance of it digging in and throwing me over the bars now :lol:







    A single tube connects the nose to the frame, hopefully there is still enough space left to get the diff out when I need to :lol:





    When I cut the front off it left four open tubes on the frame, so they needed to be tied into the new front end... 





    The two tower tubes will be joined together, something like this only cut to fit and without the hand to hold it up :D





    And that's this thread upto date again... 

  2. Time to get serious with the front end..

    Not the best of photo's as someone had put an exhaust in the way, but the front is now welded to the rest of it.. I will put a load more strength in this area but it's one of those jobs best done later when the frame is stipped down (again) and I can turn it upside down.





    So I could do some structural slicing the front diff needed to be moved forward and out the way a bit..

    Of course two of the Allen Key bolts came undone with only a small fight, the front two refused to budge and eventually got chewed up..

    The only way to undo them without grinding the heads off was to weld a bit of bar to the bolt head and hope the heat would free the thread up....


    Which it did.  :thumbs:





    There's no two ways about it, the Quadzilla front strut towers looked ugly, really ugly.. So why not turn it around and make them a feature :D

    With yet more tempoary bracing in place and the top of the towers already mostly wrapped in tube, half the O/S strut tower was cut out!





    Cleaning up the welds was not fun as they were very hard!





    Fresh tube welded back in to replace the metal I had cut out, and a Nigel holding the rear tube in place..





    A close up for you.





    And a view from the front and top.... By the time we are finished it will look way better and be much stronger than the original Quadzilla strut towers :D







    Oh..... Much to my and Nigel's suprise I found the Quadzilla gear/transfer box the other day..  Both Nigel and I thought it had long gone!







    If I can make it fit in this space, MadTrax will have HI/Low ratios and a reverse.. Well 5 of em :D:lol:



  3. Morning all, bit more of a MadTrax update for you.. Yep, yet more slicing and welding, even more of the same to come :lol:


    The box section under/around the rear diff needed to come out as it just looked rubbish!!

    Slicing it off in one bit was interesting ! :lol:




    In went some new tube..




    A lot of extra tempoary bracing went in to stop things moving..

    The big blue tubes hold the rear end off the bench as I had to remove both rear wheels and move the shocks so I could get a cutting disc in..





    Not fully welding in yet, but I have added a cross tube between the end of the new rails since this pic was taken..





    It was at this point my Murex 165 TradeMig shat it's self and decided it didn't want to produce good welds any more!
    When using it you can feel it's "pulcing" and just has lost it's amps and doesn't want to penetrate!!
    So a BIG THANK YOU to Nigel for offing me the use of his welder until I can get mine fixed which will hopefully be some time next week..
    Nigel's Mig on the right, naughty Mig on the left!





    Much welding and the wheels put back on later the rear end looks like this.. Some extra strengthening and tidying up needed but it's looking good.







    Another big :tthankyou: to Nigel for helping me get the new front end lined up and squared up with the rest of the frame.. This took a suprisingly long amount of time...

    Bracing was added after this photo was taken to keep it in the right place.



  4. On 07/09/2017 at 0:13 PM, meadowfield said:

    flipping bonkers you two!!!!


    Thanks for noticing mate :lol::D:thumbs:



    On 07/09/2017 at 0:25 PM, Stormin said:

    I like it. :thumbs: Just needs some rear lights.


    Be better than the quad for you Mark. You can go after the sheep without getting wet. :D


    True, but you would have trouble finding the right shape mattress to fit in the back :lol:


  5. On 22/08/2017 at 5:26 PM, nigel said:

    Nutter as mad as a box of 🐸 frogs 


    But of course old bean, of course :lol:


    Sorry for the slight delay in finishing this post, spare time is hard to find!




    Quite a few months ago when MadTrax was being stripped down for paint I found that I couldn't get the exhaust off the engine!

    Something had closed up during welding and made the very small clearance there was too small to clear anything..

    So, the only option was to put an extra flange in the system.. Almost finished here, just need the welding finished when it's unbolted.







    And on to todays main attraction :D


    Never being one to take the easy option and also having a history of making drastic changes when I'm most of the way through a build, I thought the best way to bolt the new wheels on is if

    I use the matching hubs.....   And suspension.... And brakes....... And steering :lol::D


    With a couple of bars cut out under the seat the Quadziller rear end could be rolled in place.







    The heavy duty sump guard came in handy, nice and flat for balancing on a widened wheel rim that was just the right height.

    With the front end stripped off, there was only one thing to do..





    Slice off her nose :D





    To fit this, Quadzillers front end :D





    A little trimming later and both ends are near enough in the right places.







    Lot's of measuring later the front and middle sections lined up and were held together with some tempoary bracing.

    The first two new tube to on were the rear end, I just had to give her a slightly cheeky curvy rear :lol:





    No problems getting the exhaust back on, the battery box will be cut out as MadTrax has one already.





    Working out how to make the top shock mounts was interesting, but worth it as they look good. It's a shame that I ran out of welding gas as I was tack welding them on!

    I will put a bracing tube between the shock mounts.








    And that's where the build is up to for now... More to happen when I get more gas..... (No fart jokes please) :lol::D


  6. On 18/01/2017 at 10:16 AM, Cub Cadet said:

    Its an absolute beast Ian, Great work!:coolphotos:


    Thanks mate, it's about to get beastier :D


    Wow was it really January I last worked on MadTrax!!

    I have been a bit distracted by an RJ, a Burban, a lathe bench etc but I am back on MadTrax's case now :D


    In order to keep this in some kind of order, we had best start with a video with a rather silly start :lol:




    As hinted at the end of the video some "slight" changes were about to happen..


    It was this photo that started the ball (or should it be quad) rolling :D

    The wheels came from the remain of a Quadziller quad that Nigel had stored away in a vast amount of brambles :lol:







    There was no way the bigger wheels would bolt onto the original front hubs and rear axle as the PCD's are nowhere near the same..

    Making adaptors for the front wheels wouldn't be too bad of a job, but the rears would need at least an 8 inch wide adaptor plate each side which would do the axles bearings any good!

    Also the original rear axles internal brake wasn't working at all!!


    Sooooooooo...   My brain started chewing an idea over.... Then out came the tape measure to check on the idea...


    But your going to have to wait a little while to see the idea though I bet a few of you know already :lol:


  7. On 26/07/2017 at 10:07 AM, Stormin said:

    Lucky man. Road registered as well. That's a bonus.


    Thanks Norm, yep road registered and still on the DVLA computer..



    On 26/07/2017 at 10:27 AM, harryt said:

    Great video Ian:thumbs:

    what are you plans with the D?


    Thanks Harry.. Plans are not much.. Fit a 3 point on the back, maybe make pallet fork, then just a wipe over with an oily rag once in a while.. I like how she looks :D



    On 26/07/2017 at 11:49 AM, the showman said:

    Looks a nice bit of kit, new seat and a couple of rearlight lens and a wipe over with an oily rag


    Thanks Chris, a new seat would be good, one that will now backwards by a few inches would be better :D

    I have plenty of new lights for the back, not sure if I want to fit them though..



    On 26/07/2017 at 0:39 PM, Anglo Traction said:

    Certainly look's in better health than Andy's (Wheeledhorseman) D200 that he covered in a Thread a few years back on RS. I remember he was also mystified with those tiny WH Stickers. Nice big old lump of a Garden Tractor. 


    Hi Richard, yes the ol D is in quite good health, the trans whines a bit but so do I :lol:

    I remember the tiny WH sticker thing on Andy's D, plenty of them on my D!



    On 26/07/2017 at 9:06 PM, pmackellow said:

    Nice addition to your collection Ian, bet the grin is a mile wide ! :D


    Sorry I missed you last Saturday when I popped in, had a chat with Nigel :thumbs:


    Thanks Paul, good to catch up with you Friday, I seem to remember you having a big grin as you drove the D around the carpark :D



    Not much to report, the D gets better each time she is driven. The engine always starts first time every time :thumbs:

    Speaking of the engine, a new vacum fuel pump was fitted so I could get rid of the "tank on a plank" that was clamped on the front and use the D's original tank..

    The engine was also missing a cover, so I quickly folded one up from a bit of sheet steel.. Not pretty but does the job.





    The D's first official duty, carting some steel panels up from the scrap pile :D






  8. Morning all, sorry I've not posted or even been on MOM of late, life has been stupidly busy to say the least!!


    Anyway, a long long time ago there was a thread on good old RedSquare about which wheel horse would be on your "wanted hit list".

    One of them was a GT-14 which thanks to Neil, one came my way.. A great machine which has now moved to pastures new..

    The other I'm sure you can guess from the title was a D-200 :D


    Nigel bought this machine from Harry with the thought of changing the engine (which had a knock according to the bloke Harry bought it from), to something a bit different..

    Then Nigel made the mistake of saying something along the lines of "I expect you will end up owning the D eventually".    Which got me thinking :D:lol:


    A bit of a play with the wiring  (The PTO switch had been badly by-passed) and the engine had a spark, and a temporary gravity fed fuel tank sorted out the fuel side of things..

    Much to Nigel and my surprise the engine fired right up and sounded good with sign of any knocking sounds!

    The trans is a bit noisy but that may sort it's self out with a bit of use as the Big D hadn't been used in a very long time..


    A few photo's for you..



















    And of course a video.... I hope to get an engine running and driving vid edited today, but for now here's an intro vid..



  9. Thanks for that Neil and Joe, it was only once he had been parked up that I remembered seeing turning the pulley thing on one of VinsRJ's videos to sort the problem out..

    It will be sorted tomorrow in time for a drive with the Suburban :)


  10. On 24/05/2017 at 11:03 AM, Cub Cadet said:

    Nice job there :thumbs:


    On 25/05/2017 at 1:16 PM, meadowfield said:



    Thank chaps :thumbs:


    Not much to report other than swapping a drive belt for one an inch smaller with solved all the odd gearing problems in one swoop :D



  11. On 23/05/2017 at 8:08 AM, Stormin said:

      Hope you find a good home for it, Ian.


      One well built and fantastic creation. And once driven, never forgotten. Puts a real grin on your face. :D


    Thanks Norm, yep once driven never forgotten, my back keeps reminding me :D:lol:



    On 23/05/2017 at 8:47 AM, meadowfield said:

    good luck with the sale - whats the plan for the pennies?  whats the next project?


    Thanks Mark, I can't give away too much at the moment mostly because I don't know :lol:

    The next build will of course be WH based, but I do have a name for it....


    "Project WTF"...   Kinda has a nice ring to it eh :D

  12. Morning all, time for a long over due RJ update, and unlike my last post this one has a happy ending :D


    Monday morning Nigel and I had a visit from Neil, it was good to catch up again mate, it's been a while..

    Not only has Neil got a huge amount of Wheel Horse history stashed away in he's head, but he also came with gifts... 2 engines :D


    Here's the top half of Neil..





    The bottom half of Neil was busy controling the rev's of a very nice looking engine that ran as good as it looks..

    The blue engine has carb and spark issues as we found out, so that's a job for another day.





    So with a quick pulley swap the new engine went in the RJ.





    The shade of engine red is so close to the rest of the RJ we saw no point in repainting it match 100%.. It's looks good as it is.





    One slight problem with the new engine is the exhaust port had two studs rather than the port itself having internal threads so swapping the  exaust over wouldn't be a bolt on swap.





    Not a problem, take a flat bit of thick-ish steel and drill three holes in the right places... A quick test fit.





    Trim a bit of the RJ's exhaust down to size them grind the thread of it so it fit's in the flange leaving plenty of space to weld it up from the inside. (No idea why this photo won't upload the right way up!)





    Welded up, cleaned up and trimmed to shape.







    And a coat of the black stuff to make it look good.





    Exhaust on.





    You can remove an RJ engine without taking the hood off, but you need to remove the spark plug.

    Then once the engine is back in the spark plug has to go back in using a very special tool that won't scratch the paint on the hood :D:lol:





    Knowing the engine is a good, the time had come to fire the little fella up and go for a drive..

    Knowing the gear shift would need a bit of adjusting to get it to shift right and even though it should of been in netural but possibly wasn't the rear wheels where jacked up before starting..





    A running issue was soon soted by putting some petrol in the tank, so I climbed aboard and Dennis lowered the jack, and off I trundled :D







    After so long it was nice to finally drive the RJ, but as you will hear in the video (coming soon to a YouTube page near you) the gear selector needs some adjustment so it get's all gears and the selctor bar does not rub against the reverse disc.

    Also the engine governor need a tweak to stop the engine from trying to over rev..


    So not much to do and the RJ will soon done :thumbs:


    Told you this update would have a happy ending :D:lol:


  13. Yes you really did read the title right, I am selling Project Why Not..


    Why am I selling?


    Two reasons..  One being to fund my next WH project, the other reason is being riddled in arthritis driving her on anything other than somewhere nice flat and smooth just gives me too much pain.. And there's only so many times I can drive her around the carpark :lol:


    For those who havn't seen this machine yet the full build can be found here..

    Project Why Not build thread


    A few spec's for you..

    Custom build chassis/frame.

    Honda GL500 water cooled V twin engine with 5 speed trans.

    A very narrow Reliant Rialto rear axle with drum brake.

    Austin A35 steering box.

    Custom build adjustable front end with hand made brake discs

    Ford Cardinal red paint, International Harvester white wheels.

    Top speed about 85mph with the current rear tires.. (fit 24inch tal tires and it should top 100mph!)


    She could do with a new seat, the engine has a slight oil leak around the clutch cover, and the paint isn't quite as nice as it once was.


    £3000 or sensible offers.


    Here's a few photo's taken Friday, I will get some better ones in the sun tomorrow.




















  14. On 11/05/2017 at 5:44 PM, Rocboni said:

    You might find after running the lathe for a long time or under load it trips the DOL starter, unless you turned up the overload?


    We shall see what it does when I start using the lathe in anger again :)


    Now if something is bugging me I have to sort it out which is why after lot's of measuring this little used filing cabinet was dug out..





    Top and tailed, just the strenthening bits and the draw runners to go.





    Flattened out with the corners marked to be chopped out.





    Time to bend the edges up..





    First bend, a little at a time.





    The last bend..





    Until..... :D





    Mounting holes drilled and a "sump" welded in... Yes the tray has warped a bit, but that was to be expected and will pull down alright once the tray and lathe are bolted down.





    Some nicely spaced welding, yes I did weld up the hole I had missed :)





    Good penetration as well :)





    A test fit of the new (hopefully) leak and crack free tray..

    I did bolt the lathe back on yesterday but forgot to take any photo's..



  15. On 03/05/2017 at 8:08 PM, Stormin said:

    Turned out well. :D


    Thanks Norm, it got even better :D


    Ta-Daaaa :D








    A close up of the tool rack/shelf thingy.





    Swarf and cooling oil can only be a sign of one thing..





    Yep, I've been having a play :D





    Due to the tray being a bit bowed in the middle cooling fluid tend too pool both ends..  A steel plate put each end to raise the "floor" level will sort that, the interesting part will be stopping the cooling fluid from leaking through the bolt holes!





    A bit off added signage...   The  80 sign was the lathe splashback for many years and the long-sh vehicle sign used to live on the back of my Saxon trailer and went on many a Wheel Horse adventure :D





    Things left to do...   


    Stop the tray from leaking..

    Fit a one way valve in the coolant pipe so the fluid doesn't drain back to the bottle every time the pump is turned off.

    Fit a "damper" to stop the pulley on top of the WH chassis from bouncing around so much..


    But over all I'm very happy with how the lathe bench has turned out :):thumbs:

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