Fun with a Lawn Tractor

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Shihan, Nov 6, 2010.

  1. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I picked up an old Craftsman riding mower, 13.5hp Turbo Cool engine and 42" cut, for FREE.
    I removed the cutting deck and want to turn this into a little fun machine for me and the boy.
    I know there are mechanically inclined members here.
    What little tweeks can I do to get a little more speed out of this thing. It is a six speed.

    Has anyone pimped a mower?

    He ran a whole tank of gas out of it today.:D
     

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  2. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    tie it to a four wheeler:D

    You need to "re-gear" it, I have no idea how.
     

  3. General_lee

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    My dad did the same thing for me when I was younger, only this mower was so old it only had one speed...slow:eek:

    I think it's a great idea, I had a ton of fun on my little tractor when I was a kid.
    Just like your boy, I averaged a tank of gas per day:D

    Do like my dad did, buy him a trailer for it. It'll teach him how to back a trailer, and maybe he'll enjoy it so much he'll think yard work is fun (as long as he's the tractor operator:D)
     
  4. RugerShootinGal

    RugerShootinGal New Member

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    He really enjoyed that so much. It is nice to see my lil man enjoy himself like that. :)
     
  5. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Has anyone pimped a mower? :D

    Start here: Lawn mower racing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    If it's got an engine, and wheels/wings/gears/propellors/tracks--whatever,

    SOMEONE SOMEWHERE has poked and stroked it and gone racin'.

    Heck, there are even motorized barstool races.:)
     
  6. c3shooter

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    DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER said the robot, flailing his arms-

    If you have a belt drive, making the driving pulley bigger, or the driven pulley smaller, will increase speed, decrease torque.

    Of course, there is always the Nitrous Oxide bottle.....

    However- keep in mind- with the deck removed, the center of gravity just got quite a bit higher than it was- sharp cornering at higher speeds than designed for can cause you to regret the lack of a roll bar.:p

    Before you try this, in recognition of my effort to aid you, can you mention me in the will for a gun or two?
     
  7. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I am not talking racing around corners at Daytona, just a bit faster than it runs cutting grass.

    Only wanting to drive around the yard a little quicker.
     
  8. Highpower

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    Oh SURE -- It starts OUT with lawnmowers.....

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvAI7-Qa2Io&feature=related]YouTube - V8 Chainsaw 6[/ame]
     
  9. cpttango30

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    Start by removing the governor and putting a nice straight pipe on it. Might not go much faster but it sure will sound mean.
     
  10. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    We don't vote on that for two more years.:eek:
     
  11. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

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    I am having flashbacks of Tim Taylor on Tool Time and his racing Bob Villa on a lawn mower. I wish I could figure out how to post the you-tube link.
     
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  12. cpttango30

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDRI8lbuftg&p=6193F25660CE5381&playnext=1&index=34]YouTube - Home Improvement - The Great Lawn Mower Race[/ame]