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Building an Aligator

Discussion in 'TRACTORS & FARM MACHINES' started by f350ca, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. JPigg55

    JPigg55 United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

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    If you ever decide to add a winch or two, might try looking in old automotive scrap yards.
    Not sure what it's like in your area, but within 50 miles of me are 4 or 5. I know from looking some have old wreckers, tow trucks, etc that have the old PTO drive winches on them.
    Would probably take a bit of work to remove and rebuild them, but may be an option.
    Just a thought.
     
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    Okay, so you guys are not going logging. :D
     
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    f350ca Canada Active User Active Member

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    Finished up the paddle wheels and installed them a week or so ago. This week we fired the boiler and spun up the paddles.


    Greg
     
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    AWSOME ! :encourage:
     
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    Ho....ly..............crap!

    WOW!

    That looks like a furnace on a deathtrap on a boat.
    Something that could pull you in and spit you out.
    I FREAK'IN LOVE IT!

    My hat is off to you and to anyone that built one so many years ago when it was even much harder to do.

    Amazing,
    Thanks for posting!

    When is the launch? I'd like to be there.

    -brino
     
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    f350ca Canada Active User Active Member

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    Occupational Health and Safety and steam power can't be used in the same sentence Brino. lol
    Morris and I were using the bandsaw to cut the curved segments for the paddle covers and commented how long it must have taken to build these with hand tools.
    We're getting close to a launch, need to make the covers for the paddle wheels and steering linkage. The rudders are almost complete.

    Greg
     
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    I took a two hour cruise out of New Orleans on the steam-powered paddle wheeler Natchez on Monday. As I was standing in the engine room watching the big steam cylinders work, I actually thought of your alligator and wondered how it was coming along.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Tapatalk
     
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    Truly exciting! Can't wait ...
    Robert
     
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