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#1 countryboy88 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 09:20 PM

I bought this tractor last november from a friend of my father in law who knew he wasn't going to have time to restore it. He mentioned it to my father in law, who told me about it and gave me the guys card so I could get ahold of him. I called and he emailed me pics of an obviously well used but mantained tractor. We agreed on a price and he said he could store it till my father in law took a trip out there to get some gas tanks he had made for his engines.
When I got it home I wasnt able to do anything with it right away. After a few days I got some free time and went out and put some gas in the tank, and figured out how to start it after a little trial and error. It stayed running but the carborator was way out of adjustment but I wasnt woried about it sense it was going to be a summer project. So I parked it in the back of the garage and there it sat till June of this year.
I dug it out in the first week of June I drove it around alittle before I started to disassemble it. Thats when I found a big problem, I went down a small slope by the road and the tractor lerched forward. I went back to the garage, jacked up the rear end and found there was alot of play in the drive shafts and hubs. I took apart the rear end first so I could find out how bad the shafts and hubs were damaged. The keyways were worn out but I managed to get new keyways cut in the shafts at work on a friday.
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I tore down the rest of the tractor and stripped as much paint and rust off as I could. I primed the entire frame, rear end, front end, all four rims, seat and the transmission. I didnt find any primer on the tractor so I wasn't worried about priming everything. I took the rear tires to the local Goldstar FS to have them drained and broke down so I could clean and paint them. I used a rusty metel primer made by rustoleum for the priming I did do and I used Rustoleum lobster red for the orange.
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I got a big surprise when I took the front wheels off to clean and paint them. I didnt expect each one to weigh 30 pounds. Turns out that someone put lead in the back of the rim for weight.
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I honestly didnt think it would take as long as it did but little setbacks add up into days and the heat this summer was a big one. I did manage to get it done in time to take it to the Potland, Indiana show and that was the dead line I set for myself. It took me 10 and a half weeks from start to finish to complete the tractor and I am extremely happy with the results considering it was the first restore I have done.

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Posted August 29, 2012 - 09:39 PM

Looks good! Are you going to paint the mower deck as well?
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Posted August 29, 2012 - 10:19 PM

Very nice job your doing!
Got to love them looks of a power king.
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 04:13 AM

Looks great. Glad you got the new key ways cut. Thanks for sharing with us!
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 04:35 AM

Very nice job,keep up the great work.
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 05:13 AM

Really nice looking PK. It always seems to take longer to restore a tractor than you think. Little things always seem to come up to slow you down. About those axle keyways. Did they just cut the new keyway on the opposite side of the axle or repair and then recut the original?
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 05:37 AM

That really came out well. Thanks for sharing the story and photographs.
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 05:54 AM

Nice job :thumbs: It came out great , thanks fro those pics, Al
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 06:41 PM

Really nice looking PK. It always seems to take longer to restore a tractor than you think. Little things always seem to come up to slow you down. About those axle keyways. Did they just cut the new keyway on the opposite side of the axle or repair and then recut the original?


I just had them cut new ones on the opposite side. Didnt want to run the risk of a repair not lasting.

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Posted August 30, 2012 - 07:04 PM

Looks good! Are you going to paint the mower deck as well?

I probably am not going to do anything with that mower, I think that this one will look better when I get it done. :laughingteeth:
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Posted August 30, 2012 - 08:26 PM

Came out great! One day I will get a power king:D

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