Here's a questions for you tractor conversion guys. If the front axles were shortened, were they also altered to eliminate TOE IN ? Are they still flat on the bottom or do they have a V appearance. I am thinking of building a tractor that would have about 3" wide steel wheels on the FRONT and don't think a steel wheel should have toe in. Any thoughts are appreciated.
I think you are referring to the camber. I can't speak for production built ones--like a Shaw. On mine (which was home built long long ago), it is somewhat flat and still retains more or less the factory camber.
I am in the midst of parts collecting for a smaller garden tractor build, and the axle I shortened I plan to straighten it. I got in a hurry one day and welded it forgetting I wanted to straighten the camber so I'll have to cut it back apart.
All mine are narrowed and still have the camber.
Rubber or steel on the front Ron?
Are they homemade units or period Kits?
Tom - all of them are rubber. One is a kit (Shaw), one completely farmer made and one that was (supposedly) part of a group of 30 made by a small company in Pennsylvania out of Ts and horse drawn mowers.
All pictured in my profile.
You bring up an interesting point on the steel fronts however. Might be an issue with wide turf wheels. A friend of mine has a couple of T Worthingtons with the wide, steel turf wheels - will have to look at the camber on them the next time he brings one to a show or plow day.