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Posted April 02, 2012 - 07:50 PM

I inherited my grandads DB a few years back and I decided it needed restored. We used it for about 15 years with a newer briggs 5 hp engine on it cause the origional wouldn't start. I brought the tractor and the original engine, which was being used intermitently as a door stop in his garage, home and used it for a season. It has been retired. I rebuilt the carb on the Briggs N and took the tractor apart and it is being painted as we speak. Besides the tractor I am also having a disk harrow painted as well. I found a local guy that will sandblast and paint at a very reasonable rate. I included a pic of everything I got back so far besides the frame.

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 03:51 AM

Welcome to the forum! It's looking good!

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 04:39 AM

Welcome to the forum.Glad to have you with us.
That is looking great so far.

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 08:14 AM

Thanks, I'll try to take pics of the assembly and post them as I go.
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Posted April 03, 2012 - 10:43 AM

Welcome to GTTalk. Your parts look really good. Looking forward to your restoration.

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 12:23 PM

Looking good! Isn't it great redoing your Granddad's DB. There is nothing like keeping it in the family.

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Posted April 03, 2012 - 12:44 PM

Cool stuff. And welcome

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Posted May 11, 2012 - 10:03 PM

Tractor is all back together now, minus the hood anyway. I dropped it off with my mom so she can paint the block letters for me. Her hand is much more steady than mine. Well it ran ok, and I even took it for a stroll around the front yard. I need to mess with the carb a bit but I am really stoked. My grandfather bought this new then 25 years ago he replaced the original engine with a newer 5 hp briggs. Well the original engine is back on it and it seems happy. I'll post some more pics later on.

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Posted May 12, 2012 - 09:22 AM

It is good to hear that you put the original engine back in place. Most of our DBs don't have the original engines.
I also hand paint our letters on the DBs. We will be waiting to see the pictures.

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Posted May 12, 2012 - 10:32 AM

There ain't nothing like an Old DB to catch the attention.

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Posted May 12, 2012 - 11:46 PM

Ok, I have a question about the clutch. after I put it together I can't pull the thing backwards with tension off of the clutch plates. This got me to wondering, should the clutch spring cup rotate freely from the input shaft? I seem to remember it did but the painter didn't mask that area well and its possible that the cup has adhered to the shaft now locking things up when the spring is pressed against the cup. Does this sound right?

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 08:25 PM

Well here is the almost finished product. Still waiting on the painter (my mother) to get the raised lettering painted for me. I'm extremely happy with it and very proud to have a machine that belonged to my grandad back in almost original condition

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 08:37 PM

Are the tires original or did you replace them? The DB looks great, way to go!!! :thumbs:

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Posted May 18, 2012 - 11:21 PM

Ok, I have a question about the clutch. after I put it together I can't pull the thing backwards with tension off of the clutch plates. This got me to wondering, should the clutch spring cup rotate freely from the input shaft? I seem to remember it did but the painter didn't mask that area well and its possible that the cup has adhered to the shaft now locking things up when the spring is pressed against the cup. Does this sound right?

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You may also find that the tractor will take off when you start it with the clutch in the released postion. Watch out for this as its one of the problems with the db clutch. Stand off to the side when you pull the rope!!!

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Posted May 19, 2012 - 11:21 AM

The clutch is good, I had some problems with it when I first got it together but all is well now.

The tires are original, nearly 65 years old and they show it too. Real weather checked but new tubes and they work fine for me. Won't be doiung much with it besides towing a cart around the yard or at shows....if I let it leave the yard.




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