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#211 ericjr16 ONLINE  

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Posted January 02, 2017 - 07:37 PM

I been having leaking issues with filters I bought for stock.


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Posted January 03, 2017 - 09:18 PM

Last refresh parts came in today (yaaa correct drag-link), horrible day at work so little was done this evening. Should be able to get the deck done this weekend.

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Posted January 05, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Well I got the hood mounted, and tested the LED's. "Houston we have a problem". The right side has all four lit, the left side only one is lit (very bright). scratching my head on this as there are two LEDS per package. the only way I can see this happening is if one LED package is defective and has a short to the case. I'll be pulling the lens and checking this out this weekend.

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Posted January 06, 2017 - 09:57 AM

I went back and hooked up the two 9V batteries which isolated the tractor's ground. All the LED's lit normally, which confirms that one (the single bright one) is probably shorted internally to ground. I'll replace it this weekend, and dissect the defective one for confirmation.   



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Posted January 06, 2017 - 09:29 PM

I tried the two 9V batteries and confirmed the ground issue. Yep, the mounting screw broke through the foam insulation on the back of the LED grounding it out. This stuff is almost like weather stripping, and the wires are non-insulated under it. I added some strips of electrical tape, re-installed, tested and they are working the way they are supposed to. Easy fix.

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Posted January 06, 2017 - 09:53 PM

Notice the heater is running full blast, wind chill in in the lower teens right now. Grandson wants to camp out here tomorrow for a movie night, an extra blanket may be in order (and more propane). The Tractors will need moved out. Not an issue there as I can warm the shop to 60-70 before cranking them up. No precept is forecasted, but temps are supposed to be in the single digits tomorrow. I'll leave them out till Wednesday as the Temps are supposed to be in the 70's by then,



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Posted January 07, 2017 - 06:04 AM

Larry you sure have some BIG swings in temperatures in Texas !!!

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Posted January 07, 2017 - 10:24 AM

Yes, we do. Woke up in the teens this morning, second thinking of trying to stay out here tonight. Later this week would be better.

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Posted January 07, 2017 - 07:05 PM

RED isn’t ready for prime time yet. Was moving them outside, and RED did not want to corporate. First he wouldn’t start. I checked for spark, yep. Pulled the fuel line, gas poured out. Pressurized the gas tank with the air nozzle (not a good idea), still no start. Finally swapped the pulse and fuel lines and he cranked right up??? I went back through all the pictures, and the pulse line was never removed, and the spare engine is hooked up the same way. Not sure why reversing the lines worked? Problem 2 is fixed; I hooked the AMP meter up backwards. Still working on problem 3, no movement. Checked the key was in the tire axle I removed, yep. Checked the belt routing, correct, but not enough tension. I had an issue with this before and added a helper spring. I have removed both springs, and looking for a stiffer one now.

Yep, we are going to try a movie night out here, brrrrrr.

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Posted January 07, 2017 - 07:59 PM

I found a stiffer spring and installed it, Clutch brings the drive belt nice and snug now. Still a problem. Placed him in 1st gear and rocked him back and forth while observing the drive belt. No movement of the belt or pullyes. :wallbanging:  Draining the gas now so I can pull the fender pan and gas tank.



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Posted January 08, 2017 - 12:21 AM

Well, after draining the gas (full tank) and removing the fender pan, seat support, and gas tank, I found the issue. Everything is back together, and I'll do a test run tomorrow. The fuel and pulse lines still have me confused. I'll dig in to the manuals tomorrow and see if I can find anything out. Movie night in the Man cave tonight. Watching TV right now.

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Posted January 08, 2017 - 01:27 PM

Well, we survived the night, rather comfortably  I might say. RED cranked right up this morning and the test ride revealed no issues. Clutch works better with the stiffer spring, Amp meter moves in the right direction, and no slop in the steering. I moved on to the deck, Had some paint left over from BOH, This is more od a rust deterrent. Blades are sharpened, just waiting on the paint to harden.  

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Posted January 08, 2017 - 03:54 PM

RED's 2016 Winter refresh is done. He is ready to Mow!

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Posted January 08, 2017 - 05:59 PM

Great job


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Posted January 08, 2017 - 09:00 PM

Thanks All, I have parts to refresh Hulk II now, Steering, Clutch, and LED Headlight mod.  Not sure when I'll start on him. 






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