BX24 winter cab build

BXHoosier

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I’ve already pulled out the panels below the battery and I’ll block off the screen.

One door is nearly done and the pieces for the windshield frame are cut. Front, rear, and lower door glass will be .220” acrylic and upper door glass will be .118” acrylic. Door handles are garage door T handles.

I haven’t decided yet what to do between the back panel and door mount angle iron. Probably go inside the ROPS like most cabs.
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bird dogger

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From looking at one pic in your first post.....I believe I may have a pattern for a cover that would fit your screen and is held in place with magnets. I'm guessing that screen is steel (ferrous) and not plastic or aluminum? We did the exact same thing for the neighbors homemade cab and it's worked out very well.

I actually made another plate for underneath the battery that has a screened opening in it to allow outside air in. He replaces it with the original plate when his cab comes off for the summer months.

You're going to really enjoy your time and efforts once finished! Nice work!!
 

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Looks good can't wait to see it painted up!
 

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Looks good can't wait to see it painted up!
Thanks. I’m looking forward to getting it done and playing in the snow. Hopefully, we get enough snow to use it this year. Only got one snow last year that was worth getting the tractor out.

Going to rethink my design for the back panel to fit around the ROPS and allow the panel to be quickly removed for backhoe use. Something similar to this.
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Thanks. I’m looking forward to getting it done and playing in the snow. Hopefully, we get enough snow to use it this year. Only got one snow last year that was worth getting the tractor out.

Going to rethink my design for the back panel to fit around the ROPS and allow the panel to be quickly removed for backhoe use. Something similar to this.
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That will look good.. looks like you had a good plan so I'm sure the rear panel will come out just as nice.

Here on the far west side of Indy we got a pretty good amount but just the one. I'm hoping we don't get any this year!
 

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Front panel frame is welded and the other door is framed and skinned with 1/4” plywood.

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Front panel frame is welded and the other door is framed and skinned with 1/4” plywood.

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Looking good! But I can't help but think you better hurry up, or it will be a CAB for winter in 2023.

Not being critical, as your progress certainly exceeds what I have been accomplishing recently at my end.

Great work...look forward to seeing the finished project before the snow quits flying...LOL.

My prediction is that you will be done and using the cab before we see the first day in February...
 

OrangeKrush

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We have not got our first snow here yet, seems to be slowing down each year.

BXHoosier.. are you planning on some type of inner latches on the upper doors once you are seated in the cab? Just wondering and first thought as most would have.. when and if opening a door in Windy conditions are you planning on any type of cross bracing inside? I'm just curious and never had a cab on a tractor but similar on side X side. I guess as long as you open door with wind direction it would be safe.

Don't get me wrong you're doing an awesome job, just curious!
 
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BXHoosier

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Thanks guys

The way winters have been around here lately, I may not need the cab until 2023,2024, or 2025.

Hopefully, I won’t need to add any latches to the upper part of the doors. Recessing the doors into the angle iron should keep wind from trying to peal open the doors. I plan to add a couple more pieces of framing in the doors and a I have some L and T braces to add at some of the door frame joints.
 
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BXHoosier

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Made some simple inner door handles with 3/16” steel with welded on collars with set screws.

Finished framing the doors and glued on the plywood.

The rear removable panel is mostly done. Just needs the bottom corners filled in. Still not sure what I’ll use to attach the panel.

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OrangeKrush

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Made some simple inner door handles with 3/16” steel with welded on collars with set screws.

Finished framing the doors and glued on the plywood.

The rear removable panel is mostly done. Just needs the bottom corners filled in. Still not sure what I’ll use to attach the panel.

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You've done a hell of a job so far.. the attachment of the rear panel will come just as clear as the rest did.
Those handles come out nice! Also you may be right about snowfall here.. I hope! Lol
 

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That's a really great job you're doing in it.
Should keep you nice and toasty warm.
 
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Your cab is looking really sharp!! Nice progress!
 
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With the radiator fan intake pulling cold air from inside the cab (between the steering wheel and floorboard) do you get any warmth from that setup?

I have the screen inside the cab blocked off and I have a 13,500 BTU engine coolant heater with a 3 speed fan. Just about as warm as sitting in my living room. I have about $1000 invested in the cab and the heater and I couldn't be happier. Come spring, about a half hours work returns the tractor to " open station" for summer use. Best of both worlds as far as I'm concerned.
 
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Looks like it might be tuff to see clearly, especially when snow flies and rain coming down. Did they make it so that the top of the front can be zipped or Velcro'd down enough to get a good visual without taking it completely out?

Vision 360 around is no problem. Cab heater blows hot air on the front section so it stays clean even in blowing snow with the front mounted blower
 
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BXHoosier

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Rear panel has been a lot of work but it’s almost done. Added 45* corners at the top to clear the ROPS and a window in the lower section to be able to see the hitch. Going to use tool box lid style hasps to hold the panel in place. Going to redo some of the blocking in the corners. Some of them were thrown together quickly to hold the plywood pieces together.

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Henro

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Thanks guys

The way winters have been around here lately, I may not need the cab until 2023,2024, or 2025.
Remember the expression "famous last words!"

Keep the updates coming. Refreshing seeing people doing more than I seem to be doing these days.

Great job by the way.