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#76 larrybl OFFLINE  

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Posted December 24, 2012 - 05:02 PM

Man, you have good hearing or had the volume wayyyyy up. I could barely hear it in the background.  


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Posted December 24, 2012 - 07:35 PM

What a PITA getting the steering shaft and sector out. I didn't notice this the first time as I removed the complete Dash tower the first rebuild. I had to remove the dash, and still wasn't enough, so I removed the support bolt to the battery tray and was finally able to wiggle it out.'

The bad news, the spare steering shaft and sector won't work, mounts different, and the shaft is too short.

The Good News, The Sector, nylon piviot are the same, and the spare drag link shaft may be easier to find a brass sleve for.

At least I have good parts to work with. The Front axle pivit bushing seems good, I need to figure out why I have so much front to rear play still.

 

Merry Christmas all. 

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Posted December 24, 2012 - 07:49 PM

The axle was loose in the GT 18's mount also. Not only from a worn bushing, but the axle itself was worn on the rear side allowing it to rub  the mount. I made a thin washer so I could take out some of the front to rear movement. I put that at the back to get the axle off the mount.


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Posted December 24, 2012 - 07:55 PM

I'll check on that. Not sure how much I'll get done tonight or tomorrow, there are other things that will need assembled and batteries in the morning, and we are expecting severe weather tonight / tomorrow morning, and extream cold Wednesday (At least one day). 

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Posted December 24, 2012 - 08:20 PM

I don't think I've ever heard "42*F" listed as "Extreme Cold" before... :bigrofl:

 

Thanks, I needed that.


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Posted December 24, 2012 - 08:31 PM

I don't think I've ever heard "42*F" listed as "Extreme Cold" before... :bigrofl:

 

Thanks, I needed that.

Just quoting the local weather person. I am orginally from Jollytown PA / Morgantown WV area, but have been Texas climitized..... No Coats, only jackets and sweaters. I guess I'll wear both Wednesday. :give_me_beer: and I'll be good.


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Posted December 24, 2012 - 10:17 PM

Larry, if it gets much colder down there, you're going to have to fly north for the winter.



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Posted December 24, 2012 - 10:34 PM

Actually this beets the 110 + in the summer, and the heater is only at 2 of the 3 settings and 71 in the shop now. I shouldn't have an issue working bare handed finishing RED. Only if I have to clean parts, the water hose will be frozen till noon.

 

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Posted December 24, 2012 - 11:29 PM

Well Santa came earily for me (Grand Son's presents are under the tree) any how, I like my present, it will save me trips to the local car wash.

 


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Posted December 25, 2012 - 06:03 AM

That should help out with cleaning the tractors! Merry Christmas!



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Posted December 29, 2012 - 05:33 PM

I upgraded the Steering sector bushing, moves freely and nice and tight now, That is a whimpy orginal nylon bushing.  BTW, nice 4 wheel wagon Kenny! 

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Posted December 29, 2012 - 08:20 PM

Nice fix. :thumbs:



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Posted December 30, 2012 - 05:08 AM

Larry, nice brass bushing you found there. Should last much longer than those wimpy plastic things.

Thanks for comment on the trailer. I'll be glad when Spring arrives and I can use it.



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Posted December 30, 2012 - 06:47 AM

That should tighten things up a bit.
Reds gonna love all the upgrades!

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Posted December 31, 2012 - 04:29 PM

Took the day off so I could have the water pump replaced in my son's car. Dealer quoted $1,300.00 :mad2: Not something I can do on this engine. Any how, Got the steering mounted back in RED. I added a couple washers to the pivit and it tightened up well, takes some force to rock the front axle on the pivot, and no back n forth wobble. Steering responds with NO slack at all.

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