Foot pedals for hydraulics & Sheetmetal engine and belt covers and wiring box & blade springs

I was getting closer to completion, and now it was time to address some of the smaller items.

First I focused on the pedal controls, and made a heel/toe pedal for each side, and connected them via a short linkage to the hydraulic valve body.

Snow dozer pedal controls Snow dozer pedal controls Snow dozer pedal controls

I knew I wanted some sheetmetal to cover the central belt that was going to be a safety hazard, and also make an engine shroud to direct some warm engine heat back to me.   I already had a 36” wide foot shear from a previous auction, so cutting the pieces to size wasn’t going to be a problem, but I had no way of bending them. This seemed like a good reason to justify buying a small 36” sheetmetal folding table at Harbor Freight.  It was on sale for $200, and for that price, it’s a steal!  Part of the reason these benders are cheap is that there are no removable fingers to do varying sizes of boxes and pans.  That being said, if the parts are designed correctly, you can get around the limitations of the tool and still accomplish your intent. I do a lot sheetmetal design work in my day job, so this task was going to be pretty easy.

Sheetmedal folding table

I started with the central tunnel to protect the belts and myself:

Sheet metal enclosure Sheet metal enclosure

Then I started on the engine shroud, and made a mounting plate:

Mounting plate

Then it was on to making a pattern, cutting it out, bending it up, and riveting it together:

Engine Shroud Engine Shroud Engine Shroud Engine Shroud Engine Shroud Engine Shroud Engine Shroud

Next I needed to make an instrument panel to hold the starter switch, ammeter, light switches, throttle and choke:

Instrument Panel Instrument Panel Instrument Panel Instrument Panel

Now it was time to wire it up:

Wiring Wiring Wiring

I also bought some heavy duty springs (they’re for a porch swing bench) and got those attached onto the blade:

Heavy duty spring

Heavy duty spring Heavy duty spring

During the wiring process I also added 2 front headlights, and a rear headlight for blading at night or early morning.  These were also purchased from Northern Tool.


At this point, major fabrication was done, testing was complete, now it was time to tear it all down, finish all of the welds and prepare for paint!!!!

Next>> Part 17: Teardown, full welding, sandblasting and powdercoating