2155Re: Rescue Minor Transmission
- Oct 9, 2008That's pretty darn interesting to me. Robb White's solution was a
hack too, and belts or chains are not the best solution for cruising
or offshore. What you didn't mention is a big/reliable enough thrust
bearing to absorb the push of the prop along the shaft. That would
make it something more than a hack if it prices out less than a
designed for the purpose marine engine.
--- In AtkinBoats@yahoogroups.com, "calfee20" <calfee20@...> wrote:
> I was laid off from a Kubota, John Deere dealership where I was a
> tractor mechanic. I am very familiar with the motor Robb White used.
> Kubota makes a B series tractor that has a frame to connect the engine
> and the transmission. These are their smaller tractors and range from
> 18 to maybe 35 hp. The neat thing is they have a separate enclosed
> bell housing with a dry clutch and 3 gears to lower the output shaft
> to about the level of the bottom of the oil pan. They also have a
> connecting shaft ,engine to trans, that has built in flex ends to take
> up small misalignments. I think you could put one of these in a Rescue
> Minor and have a horizontal prop shaft and no belts.
> Big six cylinder Honda motorcycles somehow use the electric starter
> for reverse. I can think of a few ways to to turn the prop backwards,
> clutch disengaged, with an electric starter. The battery and charging
> system is already there. Years ago when the kids were little I drove
> a car with no reverse for two years. I didn't want to spend the money
> as the car was a real beater. Anyway do you think you could get away
> with a paddle instead for reverse or is this too hack.
> ....................................Tom C.
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