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13 hours ago, the showman said:

Your working wonders with that hood Ewan, ive got two in a similar condition so i'm watching with interest. :thumbs:

 

11 hours ago, Alan said:

Impressive work Ewan. :bow:  A hood with that many holes would usually finish up in the skip.

 

Thanks! :) If they were easier to source this sure would've been in the skip, but it shall be saved :D

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More progress,

 

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Due to the lack of large round bar I decided to use smaller round stock on the slot hitch, to get around this I turned some bushes for the transmission and used some M12 threaded bar.

 

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parts primed

And started the final coats. I opted to use cellulose paint and proper top coat thinners instead of enamel and standard thinners like I used on my cub. 

 

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Now due to not been able to source any hubs, the old style or the newer ones we had to think long and hard about what to do. In typical fashion we decided it was probably easier and quicker to make our own :D

 

 

Heres how we started

 

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My dad made a template on the computer of the original shape of the hubs

 

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We opted to use taperlock bushes and sprockets, the first job was turning off the teeth.

 

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the rough shape was cut out of 1/2" plate and the 'sprocket' welded on.

 

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Next I turned the face true, bored the centre hole to 1" and drilled the bolt holes.

 

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Then using a thinner piece of plate we welded the piece onto the hub, this is for the wheel to balance onto.

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Next i turned the piece round and spent hours grinding and filing the hub to shape.

 

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Its always been a pain trying to balance a wheel while screwing the lug bolts in so I opted to make my life easier and welded bolts onto the hubs instead and use wheel nuts.

 

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All is good so far :hdance: so hopefully they hold up.

 

 

 

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15 hours ago, nigel said:

Great job once again, ime starting to think your very much like Ian, as mad as a box of frogs. 🤓👍🏻 What primer did you use ?

 

Thanks everyone, I cant remember exactly it was just some grey primer I had a tin of. I'd have normally used etch primer but didn't have any to hand.

 

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Small update

 

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Starting to look more like a tractor now :D

 

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The hoods getting somewhere now 

 

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steering stops welded on

 

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Started looking at the clutch mechanism which was missing

 

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1 minute ago, Stormin said:

 Doing well, Ewan. :thumbs: I just hope it's not distracting you from studies.  :poke:

 

Thanks Norm, haha, no all this progress is from over the summer when I don't tend to use a computer. Just bringing the thread up to date :P

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The engine pulley was next on the list, i bought a taper lock one but this came with a few problems, The engine shaft was geared and it was also not long enough the slide the pulley out to line up with the transmission pulley. I turned a new belt groove first

 

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A small test for alignment.

 

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The above image shows the issue. the taperlock bush is an 1'' ID but the shaft was about 11/16" so I made a bush.

 

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The first bit turned to 1"

 

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Then I bored the inside out to fit tightly over the engine shaft.

 

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A couple of grub screws with tapered ends screwed to clamp the bush.

 

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More replacement of the rusty metal and holes were next on the list.

 

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Checking everything lines up as it should.

 

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The idler set up that we made, one problem we have had is getting the belt to stop spinning when the pedal is pressed. So far we have not been successful :(

 

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Newly made tank straps welded on and working.

 

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Looks more like a tractor now :hdance:

 

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The hood is now rust free and after lots of panel beating its fairly straight.

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5 minutes ago, the showman said:

Just been out in the shed to look at mine, :brr: you've got the belt right , ive had them play up if the cover's not on. the cover stops the belt sagging at bottom and as Norm said the pulleys need to be shiney

 

Thanks Chris, I did read that the cover helped with the belt, thats next on the list of parts to make :) I think I may take the pulleys off and give them a polish next.

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