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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 12:21 PM

I've collected a few Ridemasters over the last few years and this is the last one to be restored.
I went out to the barn this morning to dig out a small garden trailer that I need to modify so it can be used around the house this summer.
This Ridemaster has been sitting out there for over a year now and I decided it's time to bring it in so I can get to work on it right after I finish the trailer.
So I picked it up with the forklift and brought it up to the garage.

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Here are the photos that I took of this tractor when I got it last spring.
This is a 1947 model, the first year that the Ridemasters were built.

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The owner had taken it apart to rebuild it about 10 years ago and then lost interest in it.
He had the frame and the engine stored in a shed but the wheels were left outside so they are pretty rusty and all four tires are shot.
The front axle steering support was bent so I repaired that before I put it back together enough to get some photos.


This is the engine that goes with it.

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Here are the rest of the parts for it including a steering wheel off one of the other Ridemasters that I've done.
The steering wheel that I had put on this Ridemaster for the photos was bad.
I used the shaft and sprocket from that steering wheel to weld onto a new steering wheel for the Bean Cutler.

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 12:26 PM

So, you'll have that done by the end of the week...........right?
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 12:30 PM

Great !! Looking forward to some more of your excellent workmanship Ray. :canada: :thumbs:
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 02:39 PM

I want one!
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 03:22 PM

i like when you do project lots nice pictures
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 03:57 PM

So, you'll have that done by the end of the week...........right?

It will be done by Tuesday ...... I'm not sure which Tuesday but defiantly not this Tuesday !

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 04:34 PM

Oh boy! Another great thread from Ray to follow! Go for it, Ray! I'm ready to follow along.
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 06:33 PM

Ray whjat is the serial # on your 1947 RM?
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 07:02 PM

Im ready for another!
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 07:17 PM

Can't wait for this restoration to get under way Ray. Thanks for posting.
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 09:24 PM

Ray whjat is the serial # on your 1947 RM?

Searial number: 35AA01 R230

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Posted April 13, 2012 - 07:32 AM

Ray thats a low # you got there. I beleive i have 351. I look forward to watching the restoration.
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Posted April 15, 2012 - 02:03 PM

BUMMER ...

I have never dropped an engine before but I ended up dropping this one the other day !
The engine was setting on it's front pulley on the lift cart and resting up against my legs so I could unbolt it from the mounting pad.
The last bolt was removed and I was lifting the mounting pad onto the work bench beside me when the engine just jumped off the lift cart and onto the floor.
It busted the flange on the front pulley and dented the top front of the flywheel shroud.

This cast iron front pulley is the style that was used on the tractors that had the sickle mower or the sprayer attachment.
It has the rope pulley with a V-belt pulley behind it to power the mower or the sprayer pump.

I was going to switch it to just the aluminum rope pulley so that isn't a problem other than it destroyed a pulley that is hard to find.
The ID tag is already shot so that's not a problem and it won't take much to bump the shroud out.

The only other damage is that it broke off a couple of fins on the back corner of the cylinder head.
Luckily it didn't damage the fuel bowl or the carburetor.

I was able to find another cylinder head on ebay last night and it is on the way so all in all, I guess it didn't turn out so bad.
... I sure do feel bad about destroying that pulley though. ...

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Posted April 15, 2012 - 03:06 PM

Sorry to hear about the engine accident. I'm looking forward to your restoration. The ridemaster is a machine that I find fascinating. A unique bit of Garden tractor history!
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Posted April 15, 2012 - 04:31 PM

Ray, I know you are concerned about the engine, but did you ever have concern for yourself during this engine dropping event?

As much as hurting the engine is a bummer, you being hurt would be a bigger bummer. Got to remember in this hobby, no matter what gets broken, it can be fixed, it is still just stuff; but broken bones always hurt long after they've healed. Glad you are alright.
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