Continuing with the steel frame construction, some motor mounts get fabricated, and then it’s time to lift the motor into place.
One of my favorite sayings is “work smarter, not harder” and that’s where the forklift comes in handy. While its possible to lift the ~120 lb engine by myself, it just seems dumb to risk a back injury, so a few straps and the forklift makes life so much easier. Plus it gives me an excuse to drive the forklift, which is always enjoyable! The following pictures show attaching the engine, and then disassembling the last of the 2×4 frame, and then getting the tracks assembled into the frame.
Note: You’ll note that my welding safety attire is a cutoff t-shirt and shorts, I do not recommend this for anyone else…. It’s a risk for a quick “sunburn” and welding spark burns. However, I minimized my risk by only doing tack welds. When’s it’s the middle of summer, I make a few concessions for safety versus comfort!