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Posted August 18, 2012 - 04:01 PM

Must have been bored, broke out the hillbilly creeper (cardbroard) and removed front axle. It had some play in it and I wanted to see if it was the axle bushings. Well it wasn’t the bushings; it was the mounts in the frame.

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Took a piece of 1 inch copper pipe and cut/ground/filed a custom bushing to fit, this is a tedious job of trial and error when you don’t have the proper tools for the job. Copper bushing ended up being very thin, but it seemed to work. (Forgot to take pictures) Also added a shim to the front of the axle shaft housing to tighten up the front to back movement. Anyway, it all seems to have worked because that axle is tight! No movement, side to side or front to back. All greased up and back together.

BTW how tight should the axle bolt be?


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Posted August 18, 2012 - 04:36 PM

Nifty fix there! Just keep lots of lube on that! Some folks install a grade 8 bolt instead of the pin so they can keep the axle snug in the cradle. You don't want a lot of slop there, but not too snug either.

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Posted August 18, 2012 - 05:06 PM

Kenny, the axle bolt on the 195 is a 1 inch diameter x 8-10 inch long with something like a 1 1/2 inch nut on the end. Here is a picture of one that Joes-Outdoor-Power has for sale on E-bay.

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I did not have a socket to fit it and tightened it as tight as I could with Chanel lock pliers. Is this tight enough or should I try and borrow a big socket or wrench and really tighten it?

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Posted August 18, 2012 - 05:40 PM

Gotcha! If you still have movement of the axle in the cradle (front to rear), then you will need to tighten it more. I couldn't find anything about how tight this needs to go. My guess is tight, but the axle can still pivot on the bolt.
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Posted September 02, 2012 - 10:53 AM

Well it has been a little while since I've been able to work on the 195. I helped a buddy make a mess of his back yard…

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The starter on the 19.5 hp Kohler gave me trouble the last time I mowed. It seemed as if the starter drive was hanging up and would only engage if mechanically pried in to the fly wheel gear. I had previously put some oil on the drive gear, but the problem was only getting worse.

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Well again I got lucky. The oil had loosened the grease enough to make a sticky mess. Cleaned with carb clean and a wire brush on the drill. Used some light grease and all is well in the world again.

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While replacing the starter, noticed another heat shield missing, so I made a new one to help deflect the air through the motor as it was intended.

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 09:04 AM

Decided to build the first attachment for the 195, I realized a need to move trailers around the place. Tractor hitch made sense. Backup, raise the three point and go. I even got my boy out of the house to do his first welding job. He did pretty well for his first time. I have been trying to get him interested in something besides Facebook and computer games.

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During the process of welding the hitch up, I realized that it would be easy to put a couple of holes in it and connect the root rake that I had made for the front bucket of the bobcat. This attachment works great for loosening up compacted gravel and yanking out shallow roots with the bobcat, so I figured it would work on the back of the 195 to break up the gravel in the drive to make it easier to regrade.

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Whoops, should have remembered to measure twice and cut once. Not used to having a tractor, the three point only travels so far down, just to the point that the root rake touches the ground, will not dig in. Oh well, only need to weld more metal on the bottom to make it work right. Live and learn.

The top link needed to be adjusted, it was rusted up bad. It fought me the entire way, took it apart, cleaned it up, and put anti-seize on it. Now it works very easily.

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Here is the competed project, all painted up and pretty, ready to work.

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 09:22 AM

Nice job. I have a similar rake. Does a fine job of loosening things up. I'm going to have to build one of those.
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Posted September 07, 2012 - 08:31 PM

That stuff look great that ya made there,,,,
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Posted October 01, 2012 - 01:39 AM

Been awhile since there was time for tractor stuff, picked up a pair of new tires a couple of weeks ago now, haven’t had time to mount them until today.

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What a pain. I’ve mounted tires on small rims before, but the 195 rims are different. They have what looks to be a bead lock of sorts; made it very difficult to remove old tires. Do other tractors have this feature?

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Figured I’d include a couple of pictures for anyone interested in the front axle/steering setup, spindles are a full 1 inch and the wheels have some kind of roller bearing in them. Didn't remove them, they were well greased before and after the tire swap.

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Posted October 01, 2012 - 03:47 AM

Nice tires you have there! That front axle looks solid enough to handle things. Love that power steering set up!
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Posted October 01, 2012 - 08:34 AM

You getting there huh,, Nice tires ya got there,, An Kenney the Power Steerings are great on the 195's I sure love mine lol
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Posted October 03, 2012 - 02:57 PM

Thanks Guys,
Now a question. In reviewing a couple of manuals, one states the standard tires are rear 29 x 12.0-15, front 20 x 8.0-10. Another manual states standard tire is rear 26 x 12-12, front 18x 8.5-8; with rear 29 x 12.0-12(15?), front 20 x 8.0-10 optional.
Which is the optional tire? BTW mine has rear 26 x 12-12, front 18x 8.5-8.
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Posted October 03, 2012 - 03:23 PM

My rears on the 195 are 29x12x15 not sure on the fronts, the are about the size of the rears on a throw away rider, 18x8x8 range

Updated tire size fronts are 20x8x10

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Posted October 03, 2012 - 08:46 PM

My 195 has 29X12X15 also,, An the front is 20X8X10,,, My tires are still in great shape from when my father inlaw bought this ford 195 so they are what came with it new,, Have no idea what the optional for em is,, I wonder if this means a man can put a 15 inch car tire on the back if he wanted to,lol,,

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Posted October 03, 2012 - 08:54 PM

I was just looking in my owners operator's manual an seen it says 26X12.00-12 an the optional is 29X12X12 for the rear an front is 18X8.50-8 an optional is 20X8.0-10




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