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#639699 - Sun Dec 06 2015 03:48 PM For the love of the hobby
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Registered: Fri Jan 07 2011
Loc: Western, IA
It started out collecting signs. That's it, just signs............Then came a visible........... Then a sign pole..........Then last spring I found a riveted tank a couple of hours away. At first, it was going to be "yard art". Somehow it morphed into a restoration. My wife got on board also. Information on horse drawn tank wagons is nill on the internet, so about all I had to go on was pictures. This is the story of the restoration process. To my knowledge, no one has posted about this before. We have learned quite a bit about horse drawn vehicles. The bad part of this is that when this is finished, we will primarily be going to parades, threshing bees, etc. But we will be ambassadors for petroliana. Please bear with me on this as my picture posting/resizing abilities are being tested. To some that may be easy, I have hours invested trying to do this and also a little help from Jim. So to start, the first picture is the tank when it came home. The running gear is totally worthless and not correct. The second picture is of a farm wagon that I went to Ohio for and hauled home on a flatbed. We took the box off the running gear and put it on another less desireable gear and put it in the yard. The third picture is of a gantry that had to be built and the first stages of marrying these two together. More to follow.


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#639703 - Sun Dec 06 2015 04:20 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
Stu K. Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Jan 07 2011
Loc: Western, IA
There has been a lot of thought that has to go into this project. All parts are handmade. A supply of square head nuts and bolts was procured. What is made/installed now cannot be in the way of something else down the line (this is the most important). We took the best designs/ideas (as we see it) and are incorporating them into this project. We do not own horses, nor do we intend on getting any, so we had to buy a UTV to pull it. It is also going to be set up so horses can pull it. This has to be pieced together all the way, and then taken apart to paint, then reassembled. After all this is done, an enclosed trailer will need to be purchased to put the UTV and the tank wagon in for transportation. This has turned from "yard art" into a full blown quest. So far, I have gone well above what I thought it would cost. It's not about the money, but about doing a project that is pretty rare. There have been some snafoos/happenings along the way which I'll share and you may get a chuckle. More pics. Making the frame.


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#639704 - Sun Dec 06 2015 04:29 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
Stu K. Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Jan 07 2011
Loc: Western, IA
Making sadles for the tank. Proper spacing for tank bungs, rear cabinet, and fitment for length on the running gear taken into consideration.


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#639708 - Sun Dec 06 2015 04:42 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
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Registered: Sun Oct 21 2007
Loc: Devils Lake, ND---USA
Wow! Tremendous undertaking! Thanks for sharing the process with us!
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#639710 - Sun Dec 06 2015 04:48 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
Stu K. Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Jan 07 2011
Loc: Western, IA
First picture, last post, handmade hardware to attach purchased springs to front bolster. Next we have straps made to hold tank to frame. A quick note on the frame, a VERY minimum of welds were added in the interest of safety. A supply of oak for the cabinet, seat and side steps. The cabinet being assembled on the wild frame.


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#639713 - Sun Dec 06 2015 04:57 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
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Registered: Sun Jan 13 2013
Loc: Calgary AB
Nice to have the space, tools and TALENT to do that. Looks good so far and looking forward to more posts of your progress and finished product.

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#639715 - Sun Dec 06 2015 04:58 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
Stu K. Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Jan 07 2011
Loc: Western, IA
The box with the doors in the background. and the front step and brake hardware.


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#639716 - Sun Dec 06 2015 05:10 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
Stu K. Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Jan 07 2011
Loc: Western, IA
Some of the cabinet hardware installed. Also, I had a local welding/fabrication shop roll and bend for drip lip, a top for the cabinet.


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#639717 - Sun Dec 06 2015 05:12 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
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Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sat Nov 24 2012
Loc: Michigan
WOW what an undertaking ! Great Job that not many would tackle. This will be a generational piece for your family to enjoy for many years . Thanks for sharing .
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#639718 - Sun Dec 06 2015 05:20 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: buzzy56]
Stu K. Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Jan 07 2011
Loc: Western, IA
A picture of the work area, working on the seat. And a picture of the seat.


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#639720 - Sun Dec 06 2015 05:36 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
Stu K. Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Jan 07 2011
Loc: Western, IA
The seat initially installed. 4 seat rods hand forged and threaded, each specifically made for it's position. Have to make minor tweaking on a couple of them. These are labeled so that when they are blasted and painted, they will be in the same position. All other items will be labeled so when they are blasted/cleaned and painted, they will go to the proper position. Custom made hardware on the seat for the rods to go through. Also making extra hardware for the seat sides because a grab handle for getting onto the wagon will be added later. Also, a buggy top is being added. My father in law discussing the project.


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#639721 - Sun Dec 06 2015 05:38 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
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Registered: Fri Sep 07 2007
Loc: So. Ca.
that is going too be killer when completed.. ... cool
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#639724 - Sun Dec 06 2015 06:07 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
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Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Aug 29 2010
Loc: Florida
What an awesome project Thanks for including us in on the fun!!!!

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#639725 - Sun Dec 06 2015 06:15 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Stu K.]
ironheadtom Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Wed Oct 12 2011
Loc: San Bernardino , Cal. USA
Nice work. Looking forward to seeing that done.

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#639727 - Sun Dec 06 2015 06:21 PM Re: For the love of the hobby [Re: Boxcar]
Stu K. Online   content
Petro Enthusiast

Registered: Fri Jan 07 2011
Loc: Western, IA
Squirrel,















Squirrel, My son and I giving each other military haircuts (there may be more squirrels). The beginning of the falling bow top. More to follow.


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