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Posted June 13, 2012 - 07:44 PM

IMG00275-20120228-1653.jpg Was finally able to start work on the Ford last month. Here are some pictures so far...

I got this as a roller from a friend. Needs some work..... and an engine......

Actually, I have the engine that came out of this, it's going to the machine shop for a rebuild in a few weeks.

Here is how it looked when it came home.....

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 07:49 PM

I'll follow along on this. Need to learn more about the open side models. Plus, just curious what you do with this one!

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 07:52 PM

Looks like a great starting project! Good luck with it!

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 07:56 PM

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Got it up on stands (thats a Deere wheel hub under the front end - ) and pulled off the body. Metal looked really good! I sanded/blasted/etched a few spots and then primed and preped for paint.....
While disassembling, I made notes for things I have to fix, and took lots of pictures so I will know how to put it all back together down the line..

Also while I will be working in "blue" decided to work on a 3 point spreader for the big tractor - you will see some parts in the background of several of the pictures. It is gonna be blue as well.....
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Posted June 13, 2012 - 08:07 PM

Shoes were in bad shape. One of the back rims had a lot of rust. By the time I got it to bare metal, it was awful thin, so I got a set of Bolens rear rims. Not quite as wide, but I am going to narrower tires on the back as well. I had a used set of 9" wide (as opposed to the 10.5" that were on it) turf tires from another project. So will see how these look once on until I can spring for a new set of wider turfes, or will go to bars that wil fit well on these rims. The old back tires were really dry rotted as well.

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The front tires were really weathered and one wouldn't hold air. So I got a NEW set of turfs to put on - and went through !@#@##@ getting the old tires off! Ended up using the hydraulic press to unseat them. There is a whole thread in the mechanical section on this..... While the tires were off, painted the rims up all purdy.....

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Guess the after pictures are still in the camera, so will upload them later.
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Posted June 13, 2012 - 08:15 PM

While the deck was off, wire brushed and etched it good. Metal was good, but starting to surface rust. Put a couple coats of epoxy primer on the underside, then some white rustoleum (I had a can handy, or it might have been another color - whatever I could get since it IS the underside..... Will shoot the top when I do second round of painting.

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Posted June 13, 2012 - 08:20 PM

Finally, paint day!!!!!

Sprayed all the blue stuff and left it to set for a while.

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And that's where we are now. Next comes limited reassembly and repairs. More pictures to follow.....
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Posted June 13, 2012 - 08:49 PM

Looks like it is coming along very nicely. Looking forward to seeing the finished tractor. Thanks for the photos.

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Posted June 14, 2012 - 04:53 AM

Great pics of your restoration. This tractor was in very good shape overall. i can't believe how little rust there was on the fender deck. Thanks for posting this.

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Posted June 14, 2012 - 07:35 AM

Looking real good. You are way ahead of me I am just getting started on my Lgt 165 it is not as nice as yours to start,but I believe I can bring it back.Slow going not much time or money to put in it right now, but making progress.

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Posted June 14, 2012 - 09:23 AM

Thanks guys.

It had sat in a basement for a long time, then in a barn for a while. I'm guessing the rust on the wheel hubs was from grass or something sitting on the bottom half of the rim where it could hold moisture over time.

Most of the rust spots were from scrapes and scratches through the paint that were never taken care of, so they were very localized. Looks like it had been repainted at some point as well - I have a couple blue decals that were painted over.

For rust spots, I sand down to bare clean metal, feathering the edges. Then wash the surface with Ospho - a phosphoric acid etch. Then a coat of primer, light sanding and clean for final paint. This is a Nason brand Industrial/Machenery paint - two part paint that I use a lot. Been real happy with it before and is not quite as expensive as "auto" quality paint, and is pretty tough. For small projects like this, I use a Binks detail sprayer. It's smaller and easier to use for all the little surfaces and angles. Also keep a cheap airbrush for painting bolt heads and small touchup. I have heat lamps in the booth to cook the paint, but with warm weather here, I just left the parts hanging to set up for a couple weeks while we were out of town.

This is going to be a utility refurbish - not a restore. I lean more toward function than making sure everything is "factory spec". That way, I won't feel as bad when it I use it and it gets dings and scuffs.

More to come......
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Posted June 14, 2012 - 10:45 AM

All of mine are for everyday use and not for show. Three quarters of the fun is using them. Doesn't hurt to look good while using them though.

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Posted June 18, 2012 - 10:07 PM

Tennblue looking great,,, Kind a looks like a haunted house for tractors with all them parts hanging up,,,,lol,, Keep up the good work,,,

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 05:06 AM

That's looking good! Nice to see progress!

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Posted June 19, 2012 - 05:47 AM

Using a cheap air brush for the nuts and bolts is a great idea :thumbs: , could you give us some info on how you set it up ( air pressures filters ect ) Thanks Al




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