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#16 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted October 08, 2012 - 09:10 PM

Yes, from what I know, that's original colour. I never checked to see if it's a 4 or 6 hp. I'll do that next time
I'm near it. I can't recall any difference in tranny noise. It's been a while since I ran it.
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Posted October 09, 2012 - 08:32 PM

Update:
Unfortunately bleach, clr, simplegreen, and engine degreaser all failed at removing the discoloration on the body. The next idea was to lightly sand out the imperfections, but the resulting areas looked much nicer than the rest. So after sanding the entire body and realizing the now flat finish will not hold up well I decided to paint. I did not want to remove the decals and risk damaging them, and I didn’t figure I could mask well enough to make things look right so I took this chance: paint over them, and remove the paint from the decals. I used a watered down acetone mixture on a cotton swab stick and a small sponge to remove the paint about 30min after spraying (not yet cured). It took a lot of time but I am happy with the results:

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Tire chains are next.
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Posted October 09, 2012 - 08:39 PM

That's lookin awesome.
Looks like a Porsche.
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Posted October 09, 2012 - 08:46 PM

Thanks! Your right I can see that as well. I love the body lines on this thing… it reminds me of a 40’s hot rod.

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Posted October 09, 2012 - 11:40 PM

Nice job! Shes looks beautiful well done :thumbs:
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Posted October 09, 2012 - 11:56 PM

I didn’t figure I could mask well enough to make things look right so I took this chance: paint over them, and remove the paint from the decals. I used a watered down acetone mixture on a cotton swab stick and a small sponge to remove the paint about 30min after spraying (not yet cured). It took a lot of time but I am happy with the results:


Very nice job !!!! :thumbs:

Another way to protect decals while painting is to put a thin film of chassis grease on the decals before painting over them. ....Once the paint is dry, the paint & grease is easily wiped off the decals.

If you have the Craftsman model number from the engine, I may have some Tecumseh info which would identify the model & hp.
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Posted October 11, 2012 - 10:34 PM

Very nice job !!!! :thumbs:

Another way to protect decals while painting is to put a thin film of chassis grease on the decals before painting over them. ....Once the paint is dry, the paint & grease is easily wiped off the decals.

If you have the Craftsman model number from the engine, I may have some Tecumseh info which would identify the model & hp.


Thanks! Awesome idea with the decals; I wish I would have thought of that sooner. Ill remember it for the next time. Thanks for the offer to help with the engine info, I will definitely take you up on that. Currently in the process of stripping, re pointing, and coating my foundation so I have been tied up as of late, but ill make it back up on the hill to get the tractor #’s at some point soon.

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 07:19 AM

I had a moment mess around with the chains: The auction I won on eBay was for a 42lb box of small tire chains, no other details than that. It turns out there was 9 complete pairs of chains, and 2 random singles that did not match. Most appear to fit 6” or 8” wheels, I am thinking for a push, auger type self propelled snow blower (they are very small chains) There were 2 chain sizes, the small ones I used on this mower, and 5 sets in a standard size for garden tractors. I decided on the smaller chains as the clearance between the body and the tire (as well as the frame) is minimal in the rear.

The front chains fit with very little trouble, all I had to do is cut 2 links out of the ends and they fit nice and snug. The rears were a little more complicated. I had to take another chain and cut out a total 2 sections to use. Each section was 2 cross chains (with 2 links between them) and 2 links vertically on one end. I carefully split the links with a hammer and chisel on the last link of the chains to be fitted, and added one section. Doing it this way, I had equal spacing on the cross chains, and still had 2 links on the end for the binders. The open links were then crimped to original shape and welded shut with my trusty Hobart 125.

I had a true test as well, it had been raining for roughly 30min when I pulled the mower out, I was able to climb the steepest (safe) portion of the property with no trouble, and the steering wheels did not slide while going around a tree, perfect. I would say this thing is almost finished.

I still need to take those motor pictures… I keep forgetting. And I would like to get to the source of the whirling noise in forward.

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 07:53 AM

nice chains. i love that mower
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 08:44 AM

nice chains. i love that mower


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Posted October 15, 2012 - 05:01 PM

Lookin Gooood! :thumbs:


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Posted October 16, 2012 - 07:08 AM

Bet that's a rough ride across the concrete! :bigrofl: Cool chains on the little guy!

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Posted October 16, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Bet that's a rough ride across the concrete! :bigrofl: Cool chains on the little guy!


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Lol, yes… yes it is. I make a b line from the garage door right for the grass so my teeth don’t fall out. No suspension, solid rubber tires, solid mounted steel seat with no padding, and chains to boot; takes the washboard effect to a whole new level. :firejumper:
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Posted November 15, 2012 - 07:59 AM

Update:

I have been putting the mower through a lot as of late, and its doing quite well. I have been spending time cutting down trees (and cutting fallen timber) and using this mower to transport the wood (and all the scrap / brush) to my wood pile across the property. It will pull a loaded cart (roughly 150lbs) without trouble up the hills on my property, I was very surprised… the motor does not even change its tone in protest. Before all of that, I have used it to haul away all the weeds / small trees my brush cutter left behind. After hauling roughly a winters worth of wood, I had my first failure: the original #35 drive chain split a link. I have to swing by Tractor Supply and pick up a new one and ill be back in business.

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Posted November 15, 2012 - 08:10 AM

That's quite a load for the little guy, glad to hear it's doing well and the chains are performing their duties.

Not bad for 50 year old roller chain, good luck on the repair.




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