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E-Gator Repowered By Cub Cadet
Don Campbell repowered an electric Gator by driving a Cub Cadet into it. The TE 4x2 Gator had been submerged overnight in Lake Michigan, ruining the electronic drive system. The Cub Cadet was a good fit.
I bought the ruined Gator for $150 and decided to strip it down and repower it, says Campbell. I cut the rear frame off the Gator and drove a Cub Cadet 1811 into the middle of the Gator frame. I redesigned the dash to fit between the Gator seats.
Campbell did have to do some trimming of both machines. After removing all the electric components from the Gator, he cut out the old inside rear frame braces. He also removed the thin roof supports and added a 6-in. lift kit to level the Gator to the Cubs rear axle.
The Cub Cadet had to be stripped down, and I shortened it 14 in. to fit inside the Gator frame, says Campbell. I wanted everything to look the same without stretching the Gator frame.
He also built axle extensions to match the width of the front Gator tires and installed cross braces to tie the 2 frames together. The Cub 1811 had power steering that Campbell repurposed. While adding a dump box to the back end of the Gator/Cub combo, he used the power steering assembly to provide hydraulic lift.
Campbell also added a roll cage and bolted the old plastic Gator roof to it. I hand fabricated bumpers for it and added mudflaps and lights front and rear for a finished look, says Campbell. With the hydrostatic lever mounted between the seats, my 9-year-old grandson can easily drive it.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Campbell (don@doncampbellmaker.com; www.doncampbellmaker.com; https://www.facebook.com/doncampbellmaker).

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