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Sorry, not the car kind this time. Not much happening on the car scene lately. Bought a '73 19' Sea Ray boat and playing with it for a bit. Never been a boater, but needed a change. Got a mercruiser 165h engine (gulp, it's a 250 chebby inline 6). Last project was a 197? Bolens tractor. Man, what is it with these projects?
 

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Sounds like it tome for a replacement motor how about a 300 cu FORD 6 cyl.

I'm all ways up to putting a Ford in a Chebys place they do it all the time to Fords..

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Ahh...projects. We have too many of them sometimes!

My lastest...a Wizard riding lawn mower. 12 HP briggs & scrap-iron engine, 38" cutting deck. It was a freebie..and ran/mowed ok when it was given to me.

Anyway, when I got it the engine ran really rich. I cleaned the carb numerous times, put a kit in it, checked the flywheel key...etc...everything I knew to do (I work on John Deere mowers for a living) and still couldn't get it to run right. Anyway, it ran out of gas while playing with it, so I went & got the gas can. Started pouring, and my father had filled that can with methanol for the race car. Well, poo..might as well try it right? Guess what...ran great on alky! Gave me ideas....

So, now that she's running great, the idea came to me. Wonder if changing the pulleys would do anything? It comes stock with a 2" pulley on the engine and a 11" pulley on the transaxle (peerless transaxle...4 speed). I bought a pair of weld-a-pullies and the right mandrels for the crank & trans. The crank pulley went to a 9" dia pulley, and the transaxle went to a 1 1/2" pulley. Sounds easy right? Not exactly...had to get a longer belt, redesign the clutch linkage, and add a few belt guides. Only thing I re-used was part of the clutch linkage, a spring, and the pedal.

A friend of mine asked if he could drive it. I wasn't man enough to shift it to 4th gear...even at idle it was going about 15 mph and almost killing the engine.

So, I put a little home-made caster into the front axle to help stabilize it, put a hydraulic rear disc brake inside the right rear wheel, and welded the spider gears to make it a live axle...actually I call it a Hobart locker (I made it with a Hobart 180 amp mig). I also put a foot-activated governor override on it.

Friend drove it down the drag strip and went 46 mph on it. That was at 5200 RPM in 4th.

Best part: In first gear, wide open (witout touching the foot feed) we still use it to mow. It's just like having a regular ol lawn tractor...except it will go a little faster.






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<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: mavman on 5/19/06 11:21am ]</font>
 

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Have that lawn cut in just a jiffy!

My dad didn't want to pay the money for a trolling motor when his died on his boat so he used a push mower engine and rigged it for the boat.
Speaking of ford engines, when I was a kid my dad used a 352 in his. Wish he'd transfer the old movies to vid so I could see the old boating days again. A few years ago my bro inlaw used a 352 in a 20' boat. Only made it one trip in the water in over 40 yrs. When they brought it in and was loading it on the trailer the whole bottom layer of fiberglass peeled off. There were plans to fix it but then my dad had a fire and the boat got fried. My uncle started building that boat a year or two before I was born. It got shuffled from one family member's house to another until about 6 yrs ago when my bro inlaw finished it up. The uncle had divorced my aunt way back when also but they were able to locate him and he came out to see his boat finally hit the water. Guess it went like crazy too. At least it got to see the water once before it's demise.

My sis sent me some pics but not sure where they even are now. In the big box of pics probably. I'm not too organized when it comes to pics and they all get tossed in a box.

Deb



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I used to be the head coxswain on the 50' U boat when I was in the Navy and I always wanted a boat when I got out but then I figured that a boat makes a hole in the water into which you pour all of your money. Sorta like the car hobby!

But to add to the misery I decided I needed to play with trains. The real ones so I volunteer at a history museum that has several pieces of rolling stock. So at this time I am working on several cabooses (N5C built in 1942, N6B built in 1904) and assisting in getting our GE 100 ton diesel running and down off of the track we parked it on in 2000 and down onto track two. Anyone want to come to Pemberton NJ and spike some rail?

Later!
Mr. Ed
 

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I'd LOVE to come get that big heavy bastard going with you Ed! And I'd swing a hammer with you any old day, given I don't have to work as hard as those old Chinese laborers did back in the 1800's....


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