Posted October 31, 2012 - 03:13 PM
The Massey 285 is running again. All that's left to do is bolt down the hood & dash tin. Dad wanted to leave that for him to do in the morning. Gonna be good to have it back on the silage wagon. The 1100 Massey is so wide it's rear tires just miss the feed splash boards on the feeders.
Next on the list is making a pattern on the inside end wall of the silage wagon. The floor is worn through in several places & now I'm patching over patches. Having a 5/16" thick 4x8' sheet of steel sheared in the center, then 3 bends in each half to match the factory floor of the wagon. A large auger is in the bottom, so it has to be made in two pieces to get under the auger. Once the halves are set in place, I'll weld the center seam together, then the entire perimeter gets a solid weld bead. This is a job that HAS to be done within a day's time in order to feed the cattle. So all has to be fitted ahead of actually doing the job, to be sure all will go smooth as possible. There has to be a square cutout in the one side where the silage feeds out of the wagon, so all the fitting & cutting will be done on one day, then the actual installation on another day. I dread it, but once finished, should last at least 15 years. That'll take me to 69yrs old. Someone else can worry about it then!