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Posted April 14, 2013 - 09:35 AM

I will get you some measurements and pictures. I'm glad it worked out for you.

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Anyone Have the lift link dimensions they could give me?
Also Would like some close ups and measurements of the Hi/Low range decal along with some of the Hood Decals


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Posted April 14, 2013 - 10:09 AM

Here is a pic of the entire hitch assembly. I had it handy on my phone so I thought I would post it. It sorta shows how it should look. I will get some better pictures. image.jpg
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Posted April 28, 2013 - 03:46 PM

Here is a pic of the entire hitch assembly. I had it handy on my phone so I thought I would post it. It sorta shows how it should look. I will get some better pictures. attachicon.gifimage.jpg

 

 

After comparing... the 58' and 57' Had a few small variations in the rear hitches but the majority appears to be the same.



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Posted April 28, 2013 - 03:48 PM

Anyone out there have a 57 Ride-a-Matic that they would be willing to take pics and measurements of the attachment lift bar so I can make one?

Cant start the resto until I get that rear hitch figured out.

 

Also It looks like the Triangle shaped piece of metal was hacked off mine so I will have to make one.

If anyone can get the dimensions of that piece I could appreciate it. Mainly Need the height (How far the piece sticks up and overall length of the Metal

 

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Posted April 28, 2013 - 04:06 PM

Pics of the Progress so far:

 

 

Out with the old:

 

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OEM Parts Added :

 

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Posted May 12, 2013 - 12:05 PM

 

Anyone out there have a 57 Ride-a-Matic that they would be willing to take pics and measurements of the attachment lift bar so I can make one?

Cant start the resto until I get that rear hitch figured out.

 

Also It looks like the Triangle shaped piece of metal was hacked off mine so I will have to make one.

If anyone can get the dimensions of that piece I could appreciate it. Mainly Need the height (How far the piece sticks up and overall length of the Metal

 

(See pic below)

 

 

 

 

 

So no one has these dimensions?

 

Looks like I'm going to have to take a shot in the dark and fabricate the link the best I can ......



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Posted June 14, 2013 - 04:31 PM

Decided to just go for it and use the pics available on the web and made up a Lift rod and fabricated the triangle shaped piece of steel on the back of the hitch.

 

I think things turned out pretty well with having nothing but pictures to go by.

Put the plow on and made sure everything worked as it should.

 

 

 

Now that I got things squared away with the hitch and lift bar I can now begin to dismantle the tractor for power washing then sandblasting then go through the engine.

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Posted June 15, 2013 - 08:31 PM

Got alot of the chassis apart today

 

Found out the pulley on the engine was put back on without the key and set screws!! :wtf: I guess the previous owner must have used some sort of epoxy or adhesive product as that pulley was really stuck onto the shaft.

Took a little over an hour to get it off. Had to get the Kroil out then used the puller and lightly tapped the end with a hammer and moved it about 1/16'' at a time as whatever they used really adhered to the shaft and pulley. :wallbanging:

 

 

Still need to take apart the tranny.

Got the wheel hubs off but having never taken one of these apart before I figured I'd ask. Looking at the partslist it appears these inner hubs and pawls should just slide off right? there dosen't appear to be any set screws holding them in place.

Anyone ever had one of these rear ends out before?

 

 

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Posted June 16, 2013 - 02:34 PM

I never had one apart, Brian, but looking at the parts breakdown, it appears they may be held to the shaft with a roll pin (ref # 127).

 

It also appears that drive hub (ref #126) is keyed to the shaft with the woodruff key (ref # 116).

 

You'll probably have it apart before you read this. :smilewink:


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Posted June 16, 2013 - 07:27 PM

I never had one apart, Brian, but looking at the parts breakdown, it appears they may be held to the shaft with a roll pin (ref # 127).

 

It also appears that drive hub (ref #126) is keyed to the shaft with the woodruff key (ref # 116).

 

You'll probably have it apart before you read this. :smilewink:

 

 

Figured I'd wait and get some opinions before I broke something.

 

The roll pins that are in the assembly are pretty small and appear to be just there to hold that spring clip in place. They are small enough to make be believe they are not straight through the shaft as the primary thing holding them back.



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Posted June 16, 2013 - 08:20 PM

The drive hub will just slide off, they are just keyed to the shaft. I had to use a puller to get them started though.

I had to replace a worn out pawl, but Bob's Garden Tractors had some.

Good luck with the resto.

Bob
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Posted June 16, 2013 - 08:25 PM

The drive hub will just slide off, they are just keyed to the shaft. I had to use a puller to get them started though.

I had to replace a worn out pawl, but Bob's Garden Tractors had some.

Good luck with the resto.

Bob

 

Thanks!

It was hard to tell by the partslist and didnt want to start pulling not knowing what was back there .



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Posted June 17, 2013 - 09:22 PM

The Hubs came right out with the help of a puller :thumbs:

 

Got the tranny out and removed the gears to get all the old grease out.

Everything has been power washed and is ready for sandblasting

Got the engine out and working on doing the valves rings, ect.

Will have pics tomorrow.



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Posted June 19, 2013 - 08:27 AM

Here's some pics of the parts ready for blasting along with the custom paint I had matched.

The yellow came from a NOS mustang tiller Tine of the same era the Ride-a-matic was made.

 

 

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Posted June 19, 2013 - 01:41 PM

The colors look good, Brian!  .....Is the green a metallic or a solid color?

 

I may be mistaken, but I think the green paint on Versas & most R-A-M's was metallic.

 

The earlier, slightly darker, green on PowerHo's & Gardeners was not metallic as far as I can remember.

 

Your paint supplier should be able to supply some fine aluminum powder/flakes to add to your paint, if needed.


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