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Old 03-23-2020, 10:05 PM
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Got the Cradle sandblasted, Now its ready to be primed and painted today! Its amazing that this 30# formed steel holds the entire powerpack....

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Looking good.

The weight is hanging nearly directly straight down on the side bars....you could lift the entire machine with those two side pieces.

Does the cradle sit on the bottom of the tub ????

I assume the cradle bolts into the tub at several points ????

Plenty strong hold the little 6 cyl and tranny....
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The cradle is suspended above the bottom of the tub, and you are correct in that it sits along the lip of the tub edge, but it is only held in by 4 bolts into 16ga sheet steel, mine was rusted so the entire deck of the tub was torched off and I welded 3x3x3/16 angle iron down the top edge from fore to aft, so now the cradle is well positioned to hold anything....original plan was for a 6BT!
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Yeah...you got it plenty beefy now ...
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Getting some good time to work on cat in between checking the cows. Welded all the cracks in the tub, made up skid plates (I even welded directions on the skid plate, so when your upside down in the snow you know which way is forward!) then drilled holes and fitted cage nuts in the tub for said skid plates, then Wire-wheeled the tub, stripped, primed and painted! Now to set the cradle and drill the holes thru the angle iron










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After 2 years and 3 months the power pack is back where it belongs! Now to start the process of fine tuning all my measurements and make sure all my paper ideas fit into the actual machine!




Measuring up the Transmission cooler lines to replace with single piece hydraulic hose lines, the old ones transitioned between steel and rubber with adapters and pipe clamps I cant count how many times.... KISS!!!!
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Looks great.

Having a bullet proof oil cooler set up is nice.

All the clamps and splices is definitely not a good idea.

Just don't need a leak somewhere....
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