I shoulda wrote this when it was fresh,
It all started after the big 3 swap meet.
It lingered through many past posts,
A couple hundred for a runner,
These old Sears/Murray/Roper garden tractors
This part shoulda been easy...
A little rattlecan magic
The patina was practice for a concurrent project.
The little picker had no problem
There was an obvious limit with a heavy load!
The new exhaust woke up the 16hp Briggs & Stratton.
Jake tested it out moving junk around.
Even Macey couldn't resist.
now it's become an epic...
|Macey James Perich with her Sears GT16 tractor|
We had offed a 4-banger engine,
and instead of a quick pick up,
had to drag it back to the shop.
|big 3 swap meet 2016|
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.
|1978 sears gt16 garden tractor|
and it could fit inside the van!
We buzzed it around the yard a few laps,
and stripped it down.
|Jakob Perich and the stripped sears gt16 tractor|
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...
|customized sears gt16 mower|
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...
|sears gt16 garden tractor|
helped it resemble a goldfish.
Everyone questions the paint application,
the unsanded paint looks funky.
It's all about the strategic sanding.
|customized sears gt16 garden tractor|
moving light stuff that was easy enough to carry.
|modded sears gt16 garden tractor|
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...
|briggs & stratton 16hp exhaust|
The low gearing kept it tame,
but it could buck ya around!
|jakob perich hauling junk|
|perich brother and sister|
Probably a good idea to fix the brakes next time.
She was hesitant at first,
now she asks to go to the shop!