now it's become an epic...
We had offed a 4-banger engine,
and instead of a quick pick up,
had to drag it back to the shop.
sitting in the dirt while we bricked around it,
built the boat windshield...
The new owner Ed was a diehard Model A fanatic.
He and his wife drove all the way from Pleasanton,
pulling a heavy duty trailer with this giant RV.
We ended up dropping the engine in the van,
then taking it to his RV parked outside.
The kicker was dragging the cherry picker,
two blocks away on soft asphalt on a scorcher day.
The steel wheels actualy left a trail!
Fortunately Ed and his wife were nice enough
to make the over work enjoyable.
After that a new obsession emerged.
I hunted craigslist for tractors and forklifts
missing out on a few cheap unrealistically large projects,
anything useable was a bit pricey,
until this one popped up.
and it could fit inside the van!
We buzzed it around the yard a few laps,
and stripped it down.
have a cult following.
Some guys restore them,
and other guys build race-karts,
using the original hood/grille to mower them out.
Easy way for us to get an almost free tractor!
Well... no time to waste!
we had a general idea.
Unbeknownst that it'd take possession
of what would become the after 530 slot.
and before rushing home for family dinner .
using anything lying around the house or shop yard.
another reason to bust butt the next night.
Funny how previous projects that took forever
gave the experience to do this quickly.
it was time to give it a purpose.
A beater cherry picker was dug out of the yard debris...
A bolt-on mount torched and welded,
so it'll go back in the van...
Instead this picker was the reject non-folding design.
The lever arm wouldn't lower down tight.
the jack points were totally wrong,
and it was over a foot too long.
were returned back to China as scrap!
I know a welder...
helped it resemble a goldfish.
Everyone questions the paint application,
the unsanded paint looks funky.
It's all about the strategic sanding.
moving light stuff that was easy enough to carry.
cast iron or concrete plugs bolted in the rim.
We needed some serious heft not 40 lbs...
and a basket whipped up from more scrap.
This was at least 150+ lbs of leverage.
It was time to hot rod it out.
The old hood had a cut-out for the exhaust,
It blew out the side.
The new hood forced the burnt gases
into the drivers lap.
No need for another tinnitis special.
I kept adding tubes til the tone was bearable.
This downpipe was like a dirt fountain!
I added a 2nd 90 degree bend quickly...
The low gearing kept it tame,
but it could buck ya around!