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Older 6.5' Fisher on Tracker

Discussion in 'Import and Other Trucks (Light Duty)' started by DieselSmoke, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Here's a couple of pics of a project of mine. Before I get flamed that the truck is too light for a plow:

    1. it will be used to plow my old man's driveway, so it's meant for residential use only
    2. the truck is my trail rig, and since it's just parked for most of the winter, mind as well put it to use once in a while
    3. rear diff is locked with an automatic Lockright locker
    4. 250-300 lbs ballast (sand bags) and chains will be going in the back for the winter.

    The setup will be all hydro/mechanical.

    The most critical stage of the project was to design and build an appropriate subframe for the plow, in order to avoid damaging the truck's frame. At this stage, all that remains to be done is to install the hydro pump and connect all the hydraulics.

    The plow:

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  2. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    The truck is already equipped with a heavy duty bumper plate, which carries a 10000lbs winch during the off roading season. I used this to install the plow lifting assembly. The front part of the frame is still in good shape (no rust), but I added some reinforcment plates, just in case... Not sure after all of they were necessary, but it cannot hurt neither.

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  3. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Control joystick inside the cabin. I had a hard time figuring out how to install it so the position is ergonomical and I can get the cables through the firewall without too much trouble (i.e. avoid tight bends). The result came out quite well, the whole assemby can taken out of the way in the summer by removing two bolts.

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  4. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Location of valve block, front corner of engine bay on the driver's side. It required me to relocate slightly the coolant reservoir.

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  5. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    The subframe:

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  6. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

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    More to come soon. I will take more pics in a week or so, once all the components are on the truck.
     
  7. ranger88den

    ranger88den Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    Looking good. Thanks for posting.
     
  8. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    couple more pics from tonight:

    brackets welded to the frame:

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  9. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    The subframe installed on the truck. All hardware is grade 5, 1/2" dia.

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  10. ranger88den

    ranger88den Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    Looks like you're about ready to put it into service.
     
  11. brad96z28

    brad96z28 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,526

    How can u plow and shift with the controll on the right? Lots of people on here do that but I dont know why. They must not be plowing driveways I guess.
     
  12. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    I just finished fabricating the pump bracket. All there's left is to hook up all the hydraulic hoses, and I'm still waiting on my buddy to finish machining the pump pulley. I cannot use the original one, as the pulley on the crank is not of the V type.
     
  13. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    I had no room to route the cable to the left, and there's not much room for the joystick there as well. Since the truck will only be used to clear my old man's driveway, it shouldn't be much of an issue.
     
  14. ranger88den

    ranger88den Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    When you're finished, maybe you cold post a YouTube video of the Tracker in action. Nice work by the way.
     
  15. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Thanks. Sure I'll post a video, we should be getting some snow up here soon.
     
  16. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    I'm finally done with this project. We got a couple of inches of snow yesterday, and the truck performed flawlessly. I'm quite impressed how well it plows considering its size and weight.

    Hydraulics under the hood (the belt was missing when I took the picture):

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    Tire chains in the back improve traction quite drastically:

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  17. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

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    I'll shoot some videos on post them on youtube whenever we get some more snow.
     
  18. ranger88den

    ranger88den Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    Now you've got the whole winter to play with it. You''ll probably get contracts for the neighbor's drives. Good job.
     
  19. theonlybull

    theonlybull Senior Member
    Messages: 405

    sweet. now we need an action shot :p
     
  20. DieselSmoke

    DieselSmoke Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    we're in the middle of a big storm, so I should have some video clips shortly.