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Old 09-27-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi Guys, I was'nt sure where the best place to post this but since it was a garage project here it goes. I visited one of my old moto buddies today. I helped him out with this project almost 7 years ago but never seemed to get around to taking a picture of it. Anyhow, seven years ago the 12 horse Wisconsin motor blew up in Brian's garden tractor. A few beers may have been involved but we came up with the idea that a CX500 engine would be the best transplant. Brian scored a motor complete with electronics from a guy in LaCrosse. We needed a motor with right side drive and a clockwise rotation. I got a couple of pillowblock bearings and some sprockets for a jack shaft for the mower deck and the hydrostatic drive. It's the smoothest running mower and boy does the snow blower attachment ever throw snow. Funny how 4 times the horsepower and a 10 grand redline does that. Here's a picture. Anyone else have a cool mower like this? 2HE
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Old 09-27-2008, 07:51 PM   #2
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I used to have a CX500. Loved it and drove it like a lawnmower. Fitting transplant. Wish I was that mechanically adept.
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Old 09-27-2008, 10:03 PM   #3
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Gotta love the creativity those long northern winters can foster . . . .
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Old 09-28-2008, 03:41 AM   #4
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not a mower but one hell of a tractor!!
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Old 09-28-2008, 07:18 AM   #5
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:09 AM   #6
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Way to go Ernie!
We gotta see that thing throwing some snow!

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Old 09-28-2008, 01:39 PM   #7
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We need video footage of that garden tractor.

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Old 09-28-2008, 03:51 PM   #8
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not a mower but one hell of a tractor!!
I miss the tractor pulls when living in midwest. BIG diesel tractors really blow the sound waves apart as they pull.
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Old 09-28-2008, 05:12 PM   #9
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The second year after Brian finished the garden tractor we got a hell of a snow strom. Brian called me up on the phone and told me. " Ernie, I got the blower attachment on the garden tractor and took it up into some high RPM's. I can damn near throw snow across the highway." I told hik. "Be carefull. Just because the engine has a high redline does'nt mean the blower does." I pictured him having to install a NHRA transmission blanket on his blower attachment in case it blew up.

By the way, Brian is the best bike mechanic I know. He's A very good shock and fork guy. He still races senior moto-x and is still very fast. 2HE

Here's a extra picture with the hood up.

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Old 09-29-2008, 08:57 AM   #10
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bar napkin engineering...

Hell yes!
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:07 AM   #11
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The second year after Brian finished the garden tractor we got a hell of a snow strom. Brian called me up on the phone and told me. " Ernie, I got the blower attachment on the garden tractor and took it up into some high RPM's. I can damn near throw snow across the highway." I told hik. "Be carefull. Just because the engine has a high redline does'nt mean the blower does." I pictured him having to install a NHRA transmission blanket on his blower attachment in case it blew up.

By the way, Brian is the best bike mechanic I know. He's A very good shock and fork guy. He still races senior moto-x and is still very fast. 2HE

Here's a extra picture with the hood up.

That is Awesome!
Takes me back to the CX500 I had.
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Old 09-30-2008, 08:09 AM   #12
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That is waayyy too cool! If I had a lawn, that's what I'd want. Where's the radiator, by the way?

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Old 10-01-2008, 05:00 AM   #13
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Ernie, where's the wheelie bars
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:14 AM   #14
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SWEET piece of machinery!

"If some is good and more is better, then TOO MUCH is just right!"


You might find it amusing to know that another Mechanically Insane fellow similarly attached way-too-much engine to a single-purpose contraption, some thirty years ago. EJ Potter, famous for his V8 Chevy powered drag bike, became a big fan of Allison aircraft engines, and bolted the
V12 beasts into various automobiles...



Then he got into tractor pulling... and eventually added his monster TWENTY-FOUR cylinder, four thousand horsepower Allison engine (from an experimental bomber!) to his home-brewed tractor, calling it "Double Ugly".

Here it is in action - you will notice that all four wheels are in the sky, since the chain to the pulling sled had just broken....!!!



















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Old 11-14-2008, 07:48 AM   #15
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Can you get a pic of it pullin a wheelie?

Cool project Ernie.

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