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I've had the tracing for the front hitch brackets almost a year now. These are for an AC 312. Since these tractors are unique nothing from before or after fits. I was hesitant to start this little project because I didn't own the shop tools or the welder to do it. This summer I scrounged the metal scrap I would need. I got a sawsall and a half inch drill. The welder is still lacking. Fortunately some folks at work are welders and I was able to enlist their help. So, I started... THE PLAN:

I cut out the main pieces. very time consuming.

Then, I cut the two inside plates and bushings. I drilled and tapped those then I drilled the two outside plates. The bushings are 7/8" diameter. Those were two tough holes to drill !

Drilling the bushings was lots of fun too! I tried six pieces in my attempt to get the hole centered and true. here are the parts after welding and painting. I wish I had the right shade of paint though.

Hopefully this weekend I'll get a chance to try them for a fit. Many thanks to Bill at Sandy Lakes for his drawing of the brackets!! Steve

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I have a Makita variable speed saw. I "borrowed" a 18T blade from work. The blade is a Lawson brand and I'm impressed with it. All of this cutting plus some other work all with one blade... and it's still sharp! For these cuts I used 90W gear oil for lube. The drill is a B&D 1/2 inch drill motor. I sure would like a drill press! even better if I could find an old bridgeport ( dreaming!) I found both the saw and drill at auction and picked them up for $15 each. Steve

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Well, the holes didn't quite line up perfect when I went to attach the brackets. I had to tweak the hole sizes a bit. After I attached the brackets I mounted the snow blade. The blade went on with no problems. I just smiling ear to ear now. However, my joy is subdued a little when I realize I had the brackets on backwards!!! I'll try the blower today and see how that fits... might not need to change the brackets.

Steve

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Marty, Yes and yes. I picked up the blade and hitch from Sam last Friday. That sort of gave me the shove to make the brackets :) I picked up a couple of sets of chains about a month ago. They're used but should work. My plan is to have the blower on the 312 and a blade on both the 7010 and the 2110. I just need one more hitch and set of chains. With any luck we'll have a warm wet winter :) Steve

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Great work Steve! I'm going to put your drawing to use and make some for the 46" angle dozer blade I just picked up fro a 300 series. Its missing the plates as well. Thanks, Sam

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Dutch, I have about 12 or so hours into the brackets. When I compare my patience to my wallet, patience always wins! Sam, The plans show a stop welded on one of the brackets. I didn't do that on mine. I will later if the stop proves needed. the outside plates are 5/16" might be able to use use 1/4". In my case scroungers can't be choosy:) Steve

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Looking good Steve! Cool Pic! looks like the blades on just in time! Doug

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... rats !!! This afternoon I decided to set up the snow blower on the 312. Everything was normal until I tried to connect the lift arm to the hitch and lift rod. Remember earlier in this post I said I used 7/8" rod for my bracket bushings? Well, the bushings are supposed to be 3/4" diameter - to fit the pivot hole in the lift arm. So, I either grind the bushings to fit or drill out the pivot hole...

Steve

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