Dual drive build

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Dual drive build

Postby bolens1053 » Sun May 08, 2016 4:11 pm

I know this is a little bit off topic but it has to do with Fordson. I'm in the USA and I own an e1a major. I have always been fascinated with the doe dual drive tractors. I work for and ingersoll garden tractor dealer and have been thinking about building a dual drive ingersoll tractor. I have not been able to find any pictures of the pivot point on a dual drive. If anyone could post as many pictures as possible of the pivot point of a dual drive it would be much appreciated im still in the design stages of this project but plan with out a doubt in pursuing it.
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Re: Dual drive build

Postby Brian » Sun May 08, 2016 5:43 pm

The Doe system was a pretty complicated turntable arrangement that operated with four hydraulic rams. Strangly I have no clear pictures of the turntable mechanism apart from these if they are any help.

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Re: Dual drive build

Postby bolens1053 » Tue May 10, 2016 4:11 am

Thank you for the info and pictures every bit helps im hoping someone has close up pictures of the turntable mechanism.
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Re: Dual drive build

Postby Les bryant » Tue May 10, 2016 8:52 am

If you look in tractor & machinery mag there is a write up about a Doe 130
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Re: Dual drive build

Postby BearCreek Majors » Tue May 10, 2016 6:50 pm

This is the Majority of the main assembly, sort of a lazy Susan with a extra plate sandwiched in the middle to attach the steering cylinders to ingeniously allowing the sharp turning radius of the unit. on the bottom of the housing is a rotatable shaft that is attached to the rear of the front tractor.

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Re: Dual drive build

Postby henk » Tue May 10, 2016 7:41 pm

In the book Ford Tractor Coversions from Stuart Gibbard ISBN 1-903366-42-9 you find a pretty detailled drawing of the Doe turn table.

Maybe it will help.
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Re: Dual drive build

Postby oehrick » Tue May 10, 2016 11:53 pm

As Les mentioned Tractor & Machinery magazine has been running a series (April edition was part 28 and it is now drawing to a close) restoring a Doe 130 and has covered this with some really good photos, particularly of the joining turning and control components. Don't underestimate what Does did to acheive this tractor range, many people have mashed two tractors, Fordsons and other makes, together for display but I've yet to see one which would stand up to real work and one or two which are potentially unsafe.

I lend on my copies of the comic on and they don't always come back but I'm sure between us we could probably tell you which issues have turntable related stuff in and if you don't know who brings in T & M your side of the pond can probably find out for you if you wanted.

A heck of a project but what a reward at the end of it :D
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Re: Dual drive build

Postby bolens1053 » Wed May 11, 2016 3:36 am

Thanks Pat that is a good picture and description of how it works I believe I understand how it works now. If I am correct the rams push on the plate on the first tractor and also push on the second tractor which swivels separately from the plate the rams are on? I will try to find the book and magazine mentioned by Les, Henk, and oehrick.
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Re: Dual drive build

Postby BearCreek Majors » Wed May 11, 2016 2:46 pm

I think you got it, the plate in the middle is merely a movable attachment point for the steering cylinders, If they would have used just one long cylinder on each side attached to both tractors, the rear wheels would have made contact when turning sharp.
I googled "Ford tractor conversions Stewart Gibbard" as Henk mentioned and bought a copy for $1.50 plus shipping from across the pond......Dirt cheap!

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Re: Dual drive build

Postby BearCreek Majors » Wed May 11, 2016 3:05 pm

Hmm, turns out I know this young gentleman as he has a 54 Major and only lives a few miles away from me.

Brett, stop over some day, I have quite a few pics of one of the Doe's that is in the US as I plan on making one myself some day.

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Re: Dual drive build

Postby oehrick » Wed May 11, 2016 10:41 pm

You've probably enough tractors between you to make a 4 or 5 engined version Pat, I've seen a 3 engined version in the UK although the back unit was not fully 'servoed'

Try rearing 4 majors up on the sledge :clap:
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Re: Dual drive build

Postby bolens1053 » Thu May 12, 2016 12:55 am

Okay I will give you a call and head your way sometime. Thanks again
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Re: Dual drive build

Postby Brian » Thu May 12, 2016 9:03 am

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Couple of home made tractor from Australia to show you what can be done.
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Re: Dual drive build

Postby oehrick » Thu May 12, 2016 10:19 am

Nice not needing to worry too much about turning at the headlands Brian :D
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Re: Dual drive build

Postby BearCreek Majors » Thu May 12, 2016 4:51 pm

Hmmmm, 4 majors tied together, we could name it the CuatDoe !

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Re: Dual drive build

Postby oehrick » Fri May 13, 2016 12:36 am

No good Pat, I give up, can't come up with a suitable alternative that doesn't have quad in it :)
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