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 on: December 29, 2010, 06:36:42 AM 
Started by NikoBellic - Last post by Chris
Ouch, rust. I hate rust. Really hate rust.
The heater cowl doesn't have any drains for the water?

(I wasn't aware the uploader had a 20MB limit. I'll have to look into that)

 on: December 28, 2010, 05:47:10 PM 
Started by NikoBellic - Last post by NikoBellic
Hey guys as most of you know I started building a briggs powered powerwheels almost 2 years ago. Lately I have been working on my Mustang instead and haven't messed with the pw much. I did manage to get the motor started and tested out the clutch setup which threw the belt almost immediately.  Here are a few pics of the Mustang which needs a lot of TLC to get road worthy again. Future plans include a fuel injected 302 and modified AOD transmission. The rest of the pics are here Next on the list is right and left floorpans, both quarter panels, front disc brakes, and rebuilding the suspension.

Oh and sorry for the photobucket album, the uploader has a 20mb limit and I could only load 7 pics into it.

 on: December 28, 2010, 05:21:36 AM 
Started by tjbryner - Last post by Chris
Are we talking AC motors? To power a mower you'd need some REALLY hefty motors, probably something like 3-phase. If you're talking like twin 5HP motors you'll be looking at a MASSIVE amp draw for 110, so you'd probably be better off with 220. Even with 220 we're talking about 20-25 amps (looking at northerntool only one is a 110/220 and they don't list amp draw for 110. But it's probably safe to assume it's 1.5 - 2x as much). 7HP = 36A & 10HP = 43A. And you don't even want to look at the prices of them new!

Then you have to factor in that these guys can't get wet, even damp really. And you wouldn't catch me with 220v underneath my butt! You'd have to also figure out a PWM circuit for speed and steering. And then you have the inefficiency of using a gas motor to power the electric drive.

IMO, and it's only my opinion... If you really wanted electric I'd check out scarfing electric golf cart parts. You'd need a hefty bank of batteries - but from personal experience those things WILL move right along. The motors are already waterproof, and it won't hurt *most* of the electronics if you got them wet or muddy. I have an electric golf cart, and I've had it buried up to the seat in water and it was still moving right along (and I didn't get zapped, although I thought I was going to). You might be better off using the same concept you have now (one motor to a differential and braking the opposing side). If you did this you could run a simple DC to AC inverter to power stuff (or still have a generator and it could charge the battery bank also), and you could get some solar panels to make sure the batteries are always fully charged.

Now that you've got me thinking about this, I have my electric golf cart that's been sitting for the past 10 years waiting for a restoration... Maybe I'll make it into a track drive...  bigsmile

 on: December 27, 2010, 09:21:17 AM 
Started by tjbryner - Last post by tjbryner
I have been thinking alot while working on my "track drive mower" Trying to get a plan for the next one smile
Has anyone thought about using a generator to power 2 electric motors for the drive line?

 If you wanted to go out for a weekend and camp you could even add a breaker box with a power box for lights and such.

With a trailer you could haul all kinda of stuff.

 on: December 26, 2010, 03:39:49 PM 
Started by Chris - Last post by tjbryner
Looks better and seems to be working right.

 on: December 25, 2010, 07:19:43 PM 
Started by Chris - Last post by Chris
EDIT2: Setup Facebook Connect, now you can link your ATLMA username to your Facebook account.
EDIT3: Added Facebook notifications

 on: December 25, 2010, 06:13:12 PM 
Started by mowmanscott - Last post by Chris
One more post and you're "free"! lol

 on: December 25, 2010, 06:02:09 PM 
Started by mowmanscott - Last post by mowmanscott
Thanks Chris. Cant wait to get past this spot I read it all. lol

 on: December 25, 2010, 05:07:31 PM 
Started by tjbryner - Last post by tjbryner
If this works out I'm going to do one up with tracks made the same way Howe and Howe does theirs.

Metal tracks held together with cable. I tend to like tracks if you can't tell

 on: December 25, 2010, 04:57:06 PM 
Started by tjbryner - Last post by Chris
My friend had the tires on his 4-wheeler backwards. His thinking was "If I get stuck going forward, I can always back out of it"

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