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June 16, 2012 A new aquisition…

June 16, 2012 Leave a comment

I recently purchased my VERY FIRST Manco Dingo!!  I’ve heard good things about them, and have always wanted to try one.  This one was reassembled by some kid, who had everything wrong.  Roll cage wasn’t spaced or mounted correctly, Throttle and Brake pedals were reversed, spindles were reversed, pitman arm on the column was cut off and welded to the front of the steering column, etc…  Also, it had been sitting outside for quite a while, steering was froze, wheel bearings were froze, torque converter was all frozen up, gas tank was cracked, brakes were froze, and overall neglect (what did I get myself into??)  I picked it up at a reasonable price, so I decided that all the work may be worth it.  Here is the “before” picture, as I have yet to start on any of the work needed…

 

 

I will keep you posted when this project gets underway…check back!!

New Mini Quad Project …

June 2, 2012 Leave a comment

I picked this up a couple of weeks ago, just for a fun little project.  Basically, it is a stripped down Chinese ATV (90cc) quad frame, which now has a BRAND NEW Briggs and Stratton 205cc engine on it.  It has a 37t axle sprocket and 16″ tall tires.  Centrifugal clutch is a 10t, which made the gear ratio way off.  With me on it it wouldn’t go unless I got a rolling start first, and it was WAY too fast on the top end.

So, as an experiment I installed a jackshaft with a 22t connected to the clutch and a 10t connected to the axle.  In theory, this doubles my gear ration.  In testing I have found that even with me on it, it went MUCH better!!  I rode in the grass and in the woods, etc…  I believe it is a little too fast still, though.  I have an 8t clutch I may try.

As of now, it is for sale.  $240 OBO

 

*UPDATE*  I guess I’m too cheap!!  I put this out in my front yard, it didn’t last an hour!  The first person to stop and look, took it for a “test drive” and bought it!