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I'd like to applaud the administration and staff for creating one of my most favorite topics, Homemade, Customized and Altered OEM machines!

As nice as some of these machines show up from the factory, there's always room for improvement or a certain personalization that makes your rig stand out from the crowd :D. And as many of you know many of the original features on these machines certainly benefit from contemporary modernization. Not good for the purist...but not bad for the average Joe making do with products found locally or 'stuff' on hand.

Here's one of my creations in the making. It is (or was) a Craftsman SS12 that I found and the owner started this project using a Honda engine. Here's a few pic's of the 10 HP commercial engine with external engine block modifications and undergoing a face lift ;). I've downloaded just the engine after the paint work. If other members would like to see more of this project, just give a shout and I'll dig some pics out:
 

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These next few pictures show how the engine, exhaust and fuel tank (and hydraulic pump) are mounted to the original Craftsman frame.

The exhaust, originally from a 600cc motorcycle, has been shortened, baffles reworked and improvised tip angled. Then, completely re-welded and positioned through my steel plate platform to accommodate all the new/used goodies.

The future of the project will utilize two hydraulic pumps. One for the rear end drive fed from the other pump, belt driven from the crankshaft pulley.

The fuel tank shown, is a "Bobbed" tank originally from a twin stack air compressor. The other, future tank is just large enough to use as the hydraulic reservoir (not shown in the attachments).

That's it for now....Thanks for looking :)
 

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Welcome to the forum!! Looking good so far keep us updated.
 

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Thank you gents!

It is presently on the back burner and only comes out when my shop is empty....that's happening a little too infrequently and plays on my fun time. Plus it's like one of three ongoing projects as well :).

Mark
 

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Nice work. I'm with Brad on this one. I'm usually happy that what ever I touched starts again, and I don't have any extra parts left laying around.
 
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