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He Built His Own 6-Wheeler
Larry McLees says his home-built, all-wheel-drive 6-wheeler can handle just about anything and go anywhere.
  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 cant go because of the 6 large tires, which can carry a lot of weight and wont sink in mud or snow. Itll 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. Its 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; larrymac70@charter.net).


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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2