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#1 RoosterLew OFFLINE  

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:04 AM

The upcoming flywheelers show prompted me to finish the restore on my 856. My house mate has been helping and learning. She does not come from any kind of mechanical background,so it has been very interesting to say the least. Lol
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This pretty much how it started. About a year ago I bought a lot off of eBay that had all the prices of this tractor, and most of them painted.

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:19 AM

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Of course it was not long before the project went backwards. The first engine proved a non-runner but fortunately I had an extra. I was just going to bolt the " back up" on, but it was orange and it ran so well that we decided to give it a coat of paint and let it stay. It probably helped that it was orange and looked horrible on my shiny new red frame!


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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:24 AM

Them when I tried rolling it into the garage the trans locked up. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1350310909.779542.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1350310946.930133.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1350311005.144161.jpg
These horse trannys really were well built for the period. Very smoothe tight gear mesh however means they won't work with rusty gears. 8 hrs of polishing gears and making a gasket and we were back moving forward!

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:25 AM

Looks like a good restoration!

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:27 AM

Looking good, Lew! I hope to see this next weekend! Glad you have someone willing to help and learn!

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:32 AM

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My roomie has learned a lot about painting and the love of sanding. Whether it was the poor previous paint job, or our own attempts at short cuts since this tractor is going to be a "Work Horse, not a show pony! ", she spent countless hours ,while I was at work, sanding and painting. Then when I got home, no matter how late she came to the garage with me and put more hours in. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1350311604.990989.jpg

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:37 AM

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This is a low budget tractor build-up. Anything I don't have I will build! Made a battery box. Thought I had a correct pulley but I didn't so I made one. Then a high back Murray seat looked much better than sitting on the fender…

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:45 AM

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In the lot I got a good looking pair of 22X7.50 Carlisle's. If they are for free, they are for me !!
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Some interesting "support" features...my engine testing aperatus…
And the tank strap needed hung to paint it, we figured the 20 ton crane at work would be enough to keep it out of the dirt!! ImageUploadedByTapatalk1350312325.318580.jpg . Of course I was to busy making machine parts to do any spraying, so guess who was there with me doing the important stuff…
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:47 AM

Here it sits now, the hood has had another coat since pic, just needs a few blemishes fixed and one final coat of Van Sickle Case/IH Red.

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:49 AM

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 08:50 PM

Looks good. Some new decals will make it look even better!
Gotta love a gal that helps with the GT's.
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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:06 PM

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Posted October 15, 2012 - 09:08 PM

Looks good. Some new decals will make it look even better!
Gotta love a gal that helps with the GT's.

Yup I would love some new decals, but right now that would double the cost of the tractor lol!! I'm sure they will find their way on it soon.

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Posted October 16, 2012 - 04:19 AM

She deserves an "Atta Girl' for all that. Paint looks very nice. Looking forward to seeing it in person!
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Posted October 16, 2012 - 06:44 AM

Paint looks better than I expected for just a "worker". But not as good as the pics make it look. Out of time to finish it for the show. After the show I'll do some finish sanding, couple more coats and polishing.




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