2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
He Built His Own 6-Wheeler
The Anderson, S.C., man built the machine with the help of his friend Larry Strickland. It has an all-steel body and rides on six 30-in. high, 10-in. wide wheels. Power is supplied by a Honda 650 2-cycle motorcycle engine that drives a hydraulic pump. A pair of hydraulic motors are used to chain-drive the wheels.
“It can go places where a 4-wheeler can’t go because of the 6 large tires, which can carry a lot of weight and won’t sink in mud or snow. It’ll even float in water,” says McLees.
His first step was to bend 22-ga. steel plate to form a 2-piece body, which mounts on a frame that he built out of channel iron and 10-ga. sheet metal. “The machine is made entirely of metal, with no fiberglass,” says McLees.
Steering is controlled by a pair of levers, one for each side of the vehicle. “I can turn around on a dime by putting one side in forward and the other in reverse,” says McLees. A pair of valves are used to control the speed. Top speed is about 15 mph.
“The 2-cycle motorcycle engine has about 50 hp. I may replace it with a 4-cycle engine to get more torque,” says McLees.
A pair of gas tanks mount up front, while a hydraulic reservoir and electronic fuel pump mount under the seat. It’s equipped with 2 fishing boat seats.
“I already had most of the parts including the engine. I probably spent less than $1,000 to build it,” notes McLees.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry McLees, 4071 Old Portman Rd., Anderson, S.C. 29626 (ph 864 226-7430; email@example.com).
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