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#1 Buggyman OFFLINE  

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 12:18 AM

I have now owned the John Deere green 2418 for 8 weeks. With the help of several members on this forum I have made several improvements.
1. Tightened up the front axle, which was very sloppy
2. Replaced ignition switch
3. Replaced soleonid
4. Fabricated a new exhaust system running to the inside of the frame rail and back to rear
5. Installed new 3 point lift adjustment knobs
6. Installed new horn button in steering wheel
7. Constructed a new mounting bracket for the seat
8. After much hand sanding I have completely repainted the tractor with gloss hardener additive.
9. I purchased a nice brinly plow, fabricating a 3 point hitch on it, and fabricating a depth wheel.
10, Fabricated a step to aid in getting on and off the tractor.
11. Purchased new dash decals and will be painting the dash before installing them

To do yet is to fix a bad rear end leak. ( I have the new gasket and will replace it next week)
I am going to replace the front tires as the ones on it are highway tread and dry rotted badly.

Most importantly I have had a chance to put in some seat time. The motor and transmission are great. It does not smoke, sounds good, runs smooth, shifts properly, etc. My only remaining concern is that the starter sounds really bad but works fine. It surely is not suppose to sound this bad! But why mess with success... I am leaving it alone.

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 04:34 AM

:wewantpics: that's alota work you've done......sounds like you've been busy that's for sure.

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 04:36 AM

Uhhh, yeah, the starters do sound pretty bad on these. I grew up right beside a PK dealer and I tell everybody that one of my earliest memories is hearing these tractors start up when a customer would try them out. There are several things about these tractors that screem "I OWN A POWER KING!" and that's one of them.

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 06:50 PM

new paint.jpg Paint two.jpg Paint three.jpg OK you asked for pictures so I am attaching two or three. I know the purist are not going to be happy with the look of the tractor now, but here it is. I like it! Note the new lift knobs on the rear, the step I made and added to get on and off easier, and finally the exhaust that goes down between the frame rails now. I don't know if you can double click them to enlarge for a better view.

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Posted October 31, 2012 - 07:29 PM

I think it looks great and if you like it, that's all that matters.
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Posted November 01, 2012 - 04:28 AM

You did a great job on it. I agree with DB here!
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Posted November 01, 2012 - 09:53 AM

Nice tractor. Even if it is a imposter JD
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Posted November 01, 2012 - 07:43 PM

Imposter JD?? How about Improved JD! Yeah, get some stickers made that say EX for "experimental". Deere King? John Power? PK-JD?

Painted my PK in MM colors and had EX on it and BS model! BS model.....get it?

Edited by glgrumpy, November 01, 2012 - 07:45 PM.


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Posted November 01, 2012 - 10:04 PM

The BS model is cute. I wish I had thought of that. What I did is find that a few years ago John Deere made a hydrolic system called a Power Trol. Luckily they had a decal on it. The decal is about 3x4 inches. I have one on each side of the hood on my tractor and people seeing it think that it represents the model of the tractor... Power Trol. Attached is a photo of it... Perfect! Single click the picture to see it up close.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:34 AM

Me thinks to forum is being taken over by Elf's and Trol's!

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 10:44 AM

Me thinks to forum is being taken over by Elf's and Trol's!


Gotta watch out for those Gremlins too
http://www.metacafe....ling_a_tractor/

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 04:01 PM

Even if it is the wrong colors,it looks great.

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 05:02 PM

Yes, it is still green, but it looks good! I am glad to see you are taking good care of it! I like the power trol decal also!

I don't think we have to worry about the gremlins taking over the site. Because, while we are inside on our computers they are busy hiding our tools!




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