Installing a PTO winch


What cooler accessory could you add besides a PTO winch?  I remember being a kid and playing with Stompers and I was infatuated with one that had a working winch on the front.  Well, now I am all grown up and it's time to add a PTO winch to Eugene.

Here is the which I bought.  It is a Ramsey 246R built in 1969.  I would have preferred the older 200R which would have been more accurate, but they are very similar looking, and this one is barely even used.

Here is the PTO I will be using.  It's the coveted M38/M38A1 Ramsey PTO.  This will allow me to run the front winch and the rear gearbox.

The shifter end of the case slides off to reveal the shifter fork and engagement sleeve.

There are two keys that the sleeve rides on, they must be removed to slide the drum off.

Remove the six bolts holding the drum gear on, then pound the shaft out far enough to remove the other two keys.

Now the shaft can slide out.

Here are all the parts to the winch cleaned and ready for assembly.

The assembly is pretty straight forward.  Slide the shaft back in the housing, install the two keys, slide the gear on, and bolt it down.

Install the two spring loaded friction discs and slide the drum back on.

Reassemble the two keys, sleeve, and shifter fork, then slide the case back on.

And presto!  Ready to install.

Here is the frame and spacers I fabricated for the winch.

Unfortunately, I learned the hard way that the grill must be removed to drop in the winch.  I fought it for several hours before I finally gave in.

Here is the winch installed with the roller fairlead.  Believe me, it was very painful to have to drill holes in my frame, but in the end it will be worth it.

This is the bracket I fabbed up to mount the PTO driveshaft bearing to the bellhousing.  It looks kinda scary, but you can see in the pic on the right that it serves it's purpose.

Here is the bracket installed with the carrier bearing.

To reroute the exhaust away from the PTO driveshaft I make a few slices in the original downtube.  Unfortunately, this also means the exhaust will run under the transmission crossmeber.


Here is the downtube to all patched up.  Now, the correct way to do this is to have a muffler shop make a new one, but I am a cheapskate and we are not talking big horsepower here!


Here you can see the exhaust now must run under the crossmember.  This is not ideal, but I won't be doing any offroading anytime soon.

Here is the winch installed.  Looks great!  I had to notch the original grill screen to make room for the winch engagement handle.


Here is the shifter installed.  You can see the original shifter hole to the right.


Here is the view of the PTO driveshaft from the PTO facing forward.

This is from the front axle looking back towards the carrier bearing.  You can see my modified exhaust.  The shaft just clears the exhaust.

Here is looking forward from the carrier bearing.  You can see how close the bell crank is the the PTO shaft.  It looks like they are touching, but there is about 3/8" (see below).

This is as close to the bell crank that the PTO driveshaft will get.  There is plenty of room.