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B10Dave

Canada
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Posted - 09/30/2017 :  19:39:40  Show Profile Send B10Dave a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I bought some 1 3/4 in square tubing and an IHC U4 power unit at an Amish farm auction last Thursday. Today I started building a cart to set the power unit on. Two surplus Simplicity front axles and some tubing and angle iron pieces resulted in this. I still need to add a tongue and steering linkages before I mount the power unit.
















This is the unit I bought. I had to remove the tank and some sheet metal so nothing got bent when I loaded it to come home. It is all there and turns but the crank and spark plug wires are gone. I am now looking for a crank as I don't want to add a starter; battery and generator as it did not come with them. Not a garden tractor but still a fun retirement project.





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Cvans

USA
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Posted - 09/30/2017 :  21:33:12  Show Profile Send Cvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Your cart looks nice.



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B10Dave

Canada
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Posted - 10/01/2017 :  18:16:13  Show Profile Send B10Dave a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Chris.

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Cvans

USA
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Posted - 10/01/2017 :  19:31:50  Show Profile Send Cvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dave are you going to leave it 4 wheel steer? That would be great for storing it in tight spaces.


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B10Dave

Canada
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Posted - 10/02/2017 :  15:28:46  Show Profile Send B10Dave a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That is my intent Chris. Bought some metal today to make linkage for the tongue and a connector link between the axles.

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1014211

USA
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Posted - 10/02/2017 :  20:56:45  Show Profile  Visit 1014211's Homepage Send 1014211 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Looks great! Can't wait to see when it's done.

Jon
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B10Dave

Canada
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Posted - 10/03/2017 :  19:34:33  Show Profile Send B10Dave a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I built and welded on the mounting pads today.






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Cvans

USA
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Posted - 10/03/2017 :  22:17:10  Show Profile Send Cvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Waiting to see how the steering linkage works out.


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B10Dave

Canada
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Posted - 10/04/2017 :  19:51:10  Show Profile Send B10Dave a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Put a link to the front axle today and added the link between the steering arms. Still need to make a detachable handle/tongue and change the tires/wheels for the narrower FDT type. It's getting there.









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skunkhome

USA
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Posted - 10/04/2017 :  21:27:21  Show Profile Send skunkhome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That thing might turn tighter than the tow vehicle.

Phil



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Cvans

USA
4159 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2017 :  22:57:16  Show Profile Send Cvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That came out much simpler than I envisioned. Darned nice engineering!



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mikeman

USA
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Posted - 10/06/2017 :  10:41:28  Show Profile Send mikeman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Very nice work!!!
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B10Dave

Canada
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Posted - 10/07/2017 :  21:06:28  Show Profile Send B10Dave a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wasn't happy with the steering geometry so I changed it. I then mounted the power unit. With the weight on it the steering still isn't what I want so I will make another small change. But in the meantime I can now move it around in and out of my shop with relative ease.

















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Cvans

USA
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Posted - 10/07/2017 :  21:51:28  Show Profile Send Cvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Please excuse my ignorance but I have a question. It appears that the trailer frame is is welded both axles. There is a pipe running under the center of the trailer that attaches to the inside of each axle via a yoke. What is that for?


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B10Dave

Canada
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Posted - 10/08/2017 :  00:02:27  Show Profile Send B10Dave a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Chris; that yoke is the rear pivot point of the axle when it is in a Sim/Allis tractor. It goes through a bushing that mounts to the tractor frame under the engine and allows the front axle to follow the contours of the ground you are mowing. The mower front mounts attach to the holes in the yoke brackets. Because the yoke pivot points were facing each other I welded a tube between them to help keep the axles from trying to tip. There are also angle iron pieces welded under the frame rails and to the face of the axles.

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Cvans

USA
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Posted - 10/08/2017 :  09:35:02  Show Profile Send Cvans a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks Dave. Figured you must have a reason and it makes sense now.



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