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Posted July 23, 2012 - 08:08 PM

The Varidrive pulleyseems to have loosened up. The one off the spare frame has a chunk out of the pulley where it rusted t9o the belt, but it allowed me to figure out how it was supposed to work. SO I soaked the pulley off the tractor for about 2 hours and took it out and it was all freed up. The wavy spring that runs around the pulley was all twisted out. So some quality time spent with a tiny screwdriver and a pick and it appears to operate perfectly. I will find out for sure when I put it back on the tractor tomorrow.

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Posted July 23, 2012 - 08:18 PM

Glad you got it freed up. Maybe smear a little anti-sieze in there to keep it loose?

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Posted July 23, 2012 - 08:27 PM

Not sure how I would put any anti-seize down in there without it slinging back out on the belt.

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Posted July 23, 2012 - 08:58 PM

I had mine apart over a year ago, but darned if I can remember how I got the anti-seize in there. Think I just got some down in there and worked the pullies together and apart some. Then wiped off the excess. Heck, I may have taken it completely apart, been to many other things since then.

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Posted July 23, 2012 - 09:03 PM

I don't have a press so getting it apart is a no go. If I have another problem I will attack it from a different angle.

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Posted July 24, 2012 - 03:24 PM

It would seem that the soaking in the loosening concoction worked wonders. The Varidrive works. I am going to need to find wider belts for it though. I do have the belts off of the rusty frame to go by now and they are a bit wider than the ones I just bought.

Got the yard mowed and had no problems out of it at all.

Next I will start collecting parts to rebuild the deck. Yes my restoration is bass- ackwards but so am I. I have to have one running mower so I cant take this one completely apart till I get another one cutting.

Here are the after photos from today. Got the wheels mounted. Ain"t they sexxy.. A neighbor stopped by and said didn't know they sold tractors with tires like that. I laughed. I wish I knew what the fronts came off of. I bought them from a guy on CL for $30.
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Posted July 24, 2012 - 05:02 PM

Glad to hear it is working okay! If you want a decent lens for that head light, send me a PM. It might need a bit of polishing, but it's not broken.
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Posted July 24, 2012 - 05:07 PM

I am considering cutting it out and putting square sealed beam lights in there. Haven't decided yet.

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Posted July 24, 2012 - 08:57 PM

I am considering cutting it out and putting square sealed beam lights in there. Haven't decided yet.


If you do, please document the process some. I know of at least one other member that is thinking about doing just that.

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Posted July 25, 2012 - 12:09 AM

I will take lots of pictures.That is a way off though.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 04:12 PM

Got eh yard mowed and decided to take the tractor down to the car wash and see what was under all the dirt. That book 50 shades of grey - that describes the tractor. I have never seen so many shades of one color on a machine in my life. I forgot to take pictures before I took the hood and grill off. I did work on putting some new studs in the hood for the mounts to attach too and I cleaned and painted the grill support. Pictures will come later I left the camera outside.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 04:14 PM

I'll be watching for them! Did you go back with the silver? I like the color on mine, to me it looks much better that way.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 06:44 PM

Picture pages picture pages.....



OK so to fix the hood I started by Drilling out the holes in the hood slightly larger than 1/4 inch. Don't remember exactly what size I used, but I was careful not to drill completely through the hood like the PO did. Then I took a 1/4-20 threaded rod and cutting it to about 1 1/2 inch sections.
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Then I took the tractor mechanics best friend - JBWeld
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And put them in. I put washers on top to add just a little bit more strength.
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Did all 8
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Then I took the grill off and tapped out a couple of gruesome dents where the PO drove by braille. Then my wire wheel went nuts.
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Then I shot it with high fill primer
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Then I dragged this monster out of the weeds.
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And whittled it down with my pocket knife.


And started on a bumper.
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In between all these pictures the tractor got an oil change, tune up, and lube job.
My wife came out and said I must be enjoying myself because I wasn't complaining about hurting. Now that I am in the house I wish I had been a little less ambitious today. OWWWWWWWWWW

As for paint I decided on a dark green. Not a big fan of the grey.

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 08:12 PM

That should keep the newly painted parts protected. That's a bit stouter than my bumper, you must drive faster! Dark Green sounds good! Are you going to put decals back on it?

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Posted July 29, 2012 - 08:16 PM

Thinking no decals for a while. Right now I have to keep it running till I can get another tractor up to mow with so I can't take it completely apart to paint it. Makes it more fun though. I have the challenge of figuring out what I can do to it and still keep it usable.


My wife came out today and asked how long it would take her to sand down and paint her tractor. I think she is getting the itch. I need to find her an engine soon.




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