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I got this little Kubota from a buddy that upgraded and he'd built this set of forks. They were 4' long and waaaaay too long as you couldn't keep the rear on the ground. I cut them down to approx 28" which is a lot better plus changed his clip over the cutting edge to a little heavier half-channel.

Here see how he cut some flat iron to reach the rear of the bucket for attaching...I re drilled to 3/8" and need to use grade 8's but for now am using cheap grade 2 because that's what I have. Haven't broke one yet.

Its really a quick addition to these small loaders and make scooting brush piles etc around much easier. I can't even list the stuff we move around with this little set up. The forks are 2"x3" box tubing and way more than required for the capacity of the loader, which is a BushHog brand on a 24 hp hydrostatic Kubota. I do stack 4 or so Ford wheel weights on the drawbar while using it though, and still lift the rear often.
 
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Nice set up. I'll have to get Colin to post what he has. They're actual fork lift forks. Pretty heavy. Wouldn't mind makin something lighter like what you've got.
 

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petra79 said:
Nice set up. I'll have to get Colin to post what he has. They're actual fork lift forks. Pretty heavy. Wouldn't mind makin something lighter like what you've got.
Cool... I picked up a set of forklift forks a while back and would like to refresh my memory of what you fellows put together. I was thinking of making a 'clamp-on' style for one of the larger loaders like you see in Northern Hydraulics. Thanks Ron, 'preciate it sir.
 

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That's pretty slick!! Loooks good!!
Hey Jason, how's the old Ford coming along ??? I struck a stump on the MH 30 engine and just got back to it this evening.
Everything is at the machine shop at this time. It may take a while. The poor guys got work like you wouldn't believe. He is one of the best respected guys around and it shows. Right now he is flooded with work for racing engines. It will soon be racing season and there is a big push. He said he hopes to get into mine in a few weeks. It's allready been there for 3 weeks :( What is the hold up with the 30 engine??
 

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Here are some pics I have of the forks for my loader.




I really like that set up, simple to put together and no work required to the forks. Looks like you bought the hooks that hold the bar on the ends of the bucket, correct ? Thanks, Colin.
 

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missouri massey man said:
Jason1Pa said:
That's pretty slick!! Loooks good!!
Hey Jason, how's the old Ford coming along ??? I struck a stump on the MH 30 engine and just got back to it this evening.
Everything is at the machine shop at this time. It may take a while. The poor guys got work like you wouldn't believe. He is one of the best respected guys around and it shows. Right now he is flooded with work for racing engines. It will soon be racing season and there is a big push. He said he hopes to get into mine in a few weeks. It's allready been there for 3 weeks :( What is the hold up with the 30 engine??
I plastigaged the mains and was at .0015 clearance, thats good. As I installed the jugs #3 was ok, #2 was ok but when #1 went in it was snug as well as #4 near the top and the bottom of the stroke. Plastigage showed .001 to .0015 at different sides of the rod/rod caps on 1 and 4. Had to take them to the machine shop for resizing. Now they are round and flat (bad description) across and plastigage at .0015. Also I'm having trouble getting .004-.006 crankshaft endplay right now. Fiddling with the shims. Crank thrust bearings are in front of the #1 main with shims that go between them and crank thrust plate. Did you have any issue with this when you did your Continental engine?
 

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I remeber messing with the shims some,but other then that no I didn't have a problem. I can see where this can get stressful. Hang in there and take your time.
 
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missouri massey man said:
[quote="640 FORD":3rtjsmbz]Here are some pics I have of the forks for my loader.




I really like that set up, simple to put together and no work required to the forks. Looks like you bought the hooks that hold the bar on the ends of the bucket, correct ? Thanks, Colin.[/quote:3rtjsmbz]

The hooks that hold the forks to the bucket, dad got from one of his customers, who cut them for us.
 
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