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Posted February 08, 2018 - 02:03 PM

Well, it doesn't hurt to take it east for a bit. Sorry foe the loss of a good neighbor.


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Posted February 08, 2018 - 05:09 PM

Dadgummit...the Massey hood retainers ARE not correct!  Smaller than what are in it, but I couldn't see them in their non-clear packaging.  Now another 100 mile round trip, but I'll call first with my tractor serial number to see if he can find the correct ones and get them in before I go back.  I'm gonna do some online checking too.

  I did get the ROPS bar painted and back on the tractor, but that's about it. 

Getting ready for the visitation in a few minutes.  


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Posted February 08, 2018 - 09:15 PM

Daniel, was Wondering, how difficult would it be, to build a steel replacement hood, for fiberglass hoods on John Deere GT's? Several individuals in our extended familys have thies hoods and there all busted one way or another. They can't replace them because there to expencive. ( Working midnights up in my Crane, my mind wonders lol)

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Posted February 08, 2018 - 09:19 PM

Daniel, was Wondering, how difficult would it be, to build a steel replacement hood, for fiberglass hoods on John Deere GT's? Several individuals in our extended familys have thies hoods and there all busted one way or another. They can't replace them because there to expencive. ( Working midnights up in my Crane, my mind wonders lol)

I'd say pretty difficult.  Not really worth the trouble in my opinion.  Besides, lots easier doing engine maintenance with the hood out of the way!  It's a shame so much cheesy plastic is used on tractors these days.


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Posted February 08, 2018 - 09:26 PM

It's a shame so much cheesy plastic is used on tractors these days.

 

 

You sure got that right. Not just the small tractors either. 


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Posted February 08, 2018 - 09:36 PM

I have repaired two different neighbors JD hoods (a 214 and a 322) by using a fiberglass repair kit. One was a chipped corner, used mat on the inside and overbuilt the outside in layers of resin, the sanded smooth and painted. The other was a crack lengthwise along one edge. Bent metal strips to the shape of corner across, then glued the metal to the hood. Filled the crack with resin and troweled it smooth. Lots of sanding later, primed and painted.

The lengthwise crack is still holding after almost 10 years. The 214's chipped corner busted out a year later when he got a low tree branch. He hasn't bothered to repair it a second time.
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Posted February 08, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Daniel, was Wondering, how difficult would it be, to build a steel replacement hood, for fiberglass hoods on John Deere GT's? Several individuals in our extended familys have thies hoods and there all busted one way or another. They can't replace them because there to expencive. ( Working midnights up in my Crane, my mind wonders lol)

Buy a sheet of stainless steel and grab a big hammer....


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Posted February 09, 2018 - 10:29 AM

I have repaired two different neighbors JD hoods (a 214 and a 322) by using a fiberglass repair kit. One was a chipped corner, used mat on the inside and overbuilt the outside in layers of resin, the sanded smooth and painted. The other was a crack lengthwise along one edge. Bent metal strips to the shape of corner across, then glued the metal to the hood. Filled the crack with resin and troweled it smooth. Lots of sanding later, primed and painted.

The lengthwise crack is still holding after almost 10 years. The 214's chipped corner busted out a year later when he got a low tree branch. He hasn't bothered to repair it a second time.

Yes, the fiberglass hoods of old are pretty easy to repair, but I believe Craig is speaking of the newer JD mow tractors with pure plastic hoods.  


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Posted February 09, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Yes, the fiberglass hoods of old are pretty easy to repair, but I believe Craig is speaking of the newer JD mow tractors with pure plastic hoods.  

Has anyone tried a plastic welder on the hoods?


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Posted February 09, 2018 - 03:51 PM

Got half of the frame extensions welded in place.  It is made of two 3" plates welded staggered over one another to give 5/8" sticking up of one 1/2" plate for the forks to hook and slide on.  This thing is starting to get heavy, but fortunately I only have to flip it over which isn't too painful.  I'm going back to the shop in a few minutes and cut out the other 4 pieces to do the other side.  Supposed to rain most of the weekend, so I should get a lot of this done.  It'll slow me way down building the mounting brackets though.  Once each side is complete, I'll be cutting back the cross ties so I can split a full length piece of metal into halves so I can weld a 1 1/2" backer to eash side to prevent any possible bending.

 

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Steve had dropped off a car belonging to one of his workers that was bucking at 50mph.  He said it was a 96 or 97, but it's a 95 with OBD1 and my reader is OBD2.  I tried jumping terminals to retrieve the codes manually, but didn't get anything.  So I called him and left it on his voicemail that it's best he took it where they had a scanner to fit, or otherwise I'd just have to start throwing parts at it, which I do not want to do.


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Posted February 09, 2018 - 05:25 PM

 

otherwise I'd just have to start throwing parts at it, which I do not want to do.

 

 

That is really nice to hear. 


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Posted February 09, 2018 - 06:38 PM

I ended up getting 3 of the 4 extension plates for the other side welded in, cut off the roller pins, and split the 42" of flat stock for the rear stiffener.  I also cut back the cross pieces to allow for the stiffener.  Tomorrow should show a lot more progress I hope.  All depends on how I feel, but figure I can work slow & steady like the proverbial turtle.


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Posted February 09, 2018 - 06:48 PM

I ended up getting 3 of the 4 extension plates for the other side welded in, cut off the roller pins, and split the 42" of flat stock for the rear stiffener.  I also cut back the cross pieces to allow for the stiffener.  Tomorrow should show a lot more progress I hope.  All depends on how I feel, but figure I can work slow & steady like the proverbial turtle.

I know what you mean! Nothing 'Fast & Furious' here!


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Posted February 09, 2018 - 07:04 PM

I know what you mean! Nothing 'Fast & Furious' here!

Yes, my fast & furious days are sadly behind me!  I am adjusting though.


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Posted February 09, 2018 - 07:10 PM

Yes, my fast & furious days are sadly behind me!  I am adjusting though.

I've been 'adjusting' right along! If I don't get it done today, there's always tomorrow, God willing and the creeks don't rise! Gives me more time to think things through!


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