The owner brought the tractor on Thursday and I got it up on the workbench this morning. He and a friend rebuilt the engine over a two year period and it seems to run OK once it gets started but it acts like the compression release is not working properly and it will not turn over all the way until the key is bumped a couple of times. The engine is still the best thing about the tractor. It marks it's territory when it is left sitting, the pivot pin for the front axle is pulled out of the rear hole, both steering tie rod ends are stripped out and the tires pointed hard middle off the trailer. Moved around OK when I put a floor jack under the front axle to steer it.
I will just be doing the wrenching on it for him. He wants everything to work as it should and says his grandson will paint it for him.
I am starting with getting the front ax;e remounted and looking for a good way to repair the front axle front mounting plate. The welded in bushing has broken loose about 270* of the way around it and the plate is badly bent. I am considering removing the bushing that is almost torn out, cutting out a piece if 1/4 or 3/8" steel plate to fit over the existing front axle mounting plate, drilling a 3/4" hole in the plate and welding it to the bent up portion in there now and the frame BUT I don't want it to look butchered. The pin that was there looks like some one cut the threads off a bolt and drilled a hole for the cotter pin. I would also be using a 3/4" bolt with both the head and thread cut off but would turn the bolt to leave an area for the pin to retain grease.
The tie rod itself looks fine and I have a couple of ball joints, since they are both right hand threaded. The gearbox is definitely going to need to be tightened up.
Edited by GTTinkerer, June 10, 2012 - 02:35 AM.