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#181 Moosetales OFFLINE  

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Posted November 12, 2012 - 05:52 PM

I was able to knock off a few things this weekend on the CASE.

New throttle cable installed:

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Refurbished muffler and new gasket installed:

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Hood cleaned and reattached:

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Old utility light found in an old abandoned house (soon to be my reverse light):

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Box of goodies from Brian unpacked:

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Chains from Craigslist were delivered on Friday and installed today. THEY FIT! Yeah.

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I also primed and painted the jackshaft and did some finish grinding and primed the blower housing. Battery is re-installed and it was good to take the 444 out for a spin.

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Posted November 12, 2012 - 06:11 PM

Almost forgot.....I got the auger primed as well.

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Yes, it's inside since I needed it to cure and the weather wasn't cooperating. Trust me, I did not paint any part of this inside....I would't be alive to tell you about it if I had. :rolling:

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Posted November 12, 2012 - 06:14 PM

Finally, here's a video of the CASE running this afternoon. I'm hoping I re-installed the spring correctly as well as adjusted the throttle cable to where it should be. How's she sounding?



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Posted November 12, 2012 - 11:49 PM

Nice work, sounds just great and strong . A little lumpy on the low end, which is normal. :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana:Actually this is one of the best I have heard.


edit *- Just saw the stop motion animation vid from the kiddos, wanted to add that is pretty darn neat. Tell them they did a great job :-)

Edited by marlboro180, November 12, 2012 - 11:53 PM.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 02:32 AM

Yep I give the kids an A+! I like how the dad pauses to thank God for the food he killed and then the clay blood was creative. In the credits it says no animals were hurt during the making of this film. :rolling:
Very nice.

The GT sounds wicked. Hard to tell some sounds with the wind noise, but I got nothing bad to say about it. Sounds strong. :thumbs:

Edited by Mjoe7, November 13, 2012 - 02:33 AM.

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Posted November 13, 2012 - 07:22 PM

I've stumbled across a couple things today that turned out to be pretty cool.

First, I received a call back from a local eye doctor that was rumored to be the first owner of my Case 444. Well, he wasn't the first owner but he was in fact the owner of it for about 12 years. Here is the lineage of the Case........the first owner owned a paving company in Sandford, Maine......he then sold/gave it to his son who owned it for 20+ years.....during that time he moved to Winthrop, ME where the Case sat in his shed, under cover, for most of it's life.....then the doctor eventually was able to get him to sell it to him. The doctor then owned it for 12 years, using it about 10 hours a year to till his gardens. The doctor then sold it to a guy a little over a year ago who flipped it and sold it to the guy I bought it from.

The doctor put a brand new clutch on the Case and then used it only about 10-12 more hours before selling it. He was thrilled to hear that it was back in town and was more than willing to talk. Oh, he told me that when he sold it a little over a year ago all that went with the tractor were the mower deck and tiller. So, now I know that the snow blower was added to the package by the guy who bought it to flip it.

And second, I learned today that some guys use a regular garden hose (3/4") as the air hose for their HVLP spray gun systems. Have any of you all heard this? I tried it tonight (hose only) and it slid right on and tightened up nicely. I look forward to hearing whether this is an old wives tale or TRUTH. I'd love to hear that it will work.

Edited by Moosetales, November 14, 2012 - 07:07 AM.

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Posted November 14, 2012 - 07:06 AM

DRIVE SHAFT.....AKA Jackshaft is painted and assembled. Now to paint the blower housing and disassemble the Jackshaft and put her together.

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Posted November 17, 2012 - 06:36 AM

"It's easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission!" Okay, so I'm moving forward with my plan to mount my refurbished "old" utility light onto the fender of my Case. Yes that means drilling a hole in the fender. :D The only reason I haven't drilled the hole yet is the fact that it's not really revealable once I've drilled that hole.

So, give me your best argument (if you have one) why not to drill a hole clean through the rear part of the left fender so that I might mount my reverse facing utility light (to be used when snow blowing).

Oh, BTW, here's the newly refurbished light:

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Posted November 17, 2012 - 07:20 AM

Here's my reason.I would fab up a bracket and find some place where there is already a hole,and mount it there.

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Posted November 17, 2012 - 02:19 PM

yep double sided tape on a bracket. but welding up a small hole is'nt that hard to do someday down the road if needed. I just welded up eight holes on my cousins 682 fender unit from something that was mounted there years ago never know it was there now.
Truth be told this was an option on the earlier GT's if you look in the old planning guides they show it mounted to the left fender.
Use a fender washer and a thin rubber washer to absorb viabration and to keep the hole from developing a crack.
It would be easy to make a bracket bolted to the fender bolts in the rear to mount the light to.

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Posted November 19, 2012 - 07:25 AM

yep double sided tape on a bracket. but welding up a small hole is'nt that hard to do someday down the road if needed. I just welded up eight holes on my cousins 682 fender unit from something that was mounted there years ago never know it was there now.
Truth be told this was an option on the earlier GT's if you look in the old planning guides they show it mounted to the left fender.
Use a fender washer and a thin rubber washer to absorb viabration and to keep the hole from developing a crack.
It would be easy to make a bracket bolted to the fender bolts in the rear to mount the light to.


Anyone have a pic of a tractor with the light mounted as Mjoe7 is talking about. Must say, I do like the look of the light mounted up top.

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Posted November 19, 2012 - 07:31 AM

Yesterday found my up at 6 a.m. helping a buddy of mine tear apart an old sheep barn at my mother-in-laws; salvaging wood to make a stable for our Christmas program at Church. Then it was back home to install rotors and brake pads on all four tires on my wife's van. This was a first for me so dad came over and donated the better part of his day to the cause; what could we do without our dad's experience and another set of hands! While the sun was hot (relatively speaking) dad helped me drag the snow blower housing, auger and other bits and pieces out to the drive way and we got most of the blower painted (pics to follow when I'm finished). It was a busy, but satisfying day.

Ordered the headlight clips this morning and I've fashioned gaskets out of some materials I found at work in the back closet....find the darndest things in back closets.
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Posted November 20, 2012 - 06:39 AM

Well it was off to my local, reputable, highly qualified fabricator the other day to have the rusted roll pin drilled out of the jackshaft. Twenty minutes later, and two trips out to the front to get new bits, the hole was bored out. Honestly, I tried at home with the same bits he was using but there's no way that sucker was coming out for me.

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AFTER

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So, I'm nearing completion on the snowcaster. I have one section left to paint and I am ready to assemble. Now that I'm nearing completion I'd like to reapply the decals that were once on the machine. I found a source for the CASE decal but have yet to find the cautionary decal and the decal for the belt placement that was on the middle brace on the back of the blower housing. I would love it if someone out there has an idea for recreating a S/N plate. Any ideas?

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I picked up an inline fuse. I'm having trouble figuring out where to put it in the line. One diagram for the tractor shows an inline fuse but I can't make out which wire it's supposed to be on. Anyone ever install one of these?

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 07:21 AM

I had a roll pin in the '88 GT 18 I thought wasn't coming out. A couple doses of Acetone/ATF and it came right out. Took a 4 lb. hammer to start it though.

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Posted November 20, 2012 - 10:10 AM

Roll pins sure can be stubborn, glad you got that solved.

On the ID badge/ plate of the unit, try a trophy shop to have one re- produced. There is one here in Milwaukee that has done a couple , they do acid etching, etc. too so while it may not be perfect repro, they do a good job. Here is their link... http://rudigtrophy.com/
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