Today was a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. Signifying nothing
This morning at 9 Heath woke me up and we got our day started....
(I found this when I looked up coffee and juice - how Heath and I start our day)
Then I looked at some online ads and answered some email. By 1030 we were out the door.
I pulled the DragonFly's frame out of the Etank and put in a couple of other parts.
I got the seal I ordered from Bolens1000 yestrerday and I wanted to get it installed this morning so I got the Hemorrhoid hooked to the Buzzard and puled it to the shade of the oak tree beside the dog pen.
Right away things started going wrong. I could not get the driveshaft out. I managed to get the front bolts out but the shaft would not collapse to let it come off the engine. So I turned my attention to the back of the shaft.
One of the set screws came right out. The other one would not budge. PB Blaster and a little heat and nothing. I finally broke an allen wrench off in it. Since it wouldn’t come out I went to find my vice grips. After a hour long search and several unresponded to texts to Steph I was pretty hot under the collar. I used to have 5 pair of good vice grips.
Heath, however, was having a ball following me around from place to place looking for them. I finally found a pair in the bottom of a bucket of parts. It wasn't my good pair, but it was a pair. And promptly the tiny bit of exposed set screw broke off.
I tried everything I could think of for the next hour and a half and got nothing for my efforts.
It was time for Heath to take a nap so we came in and got a fresh diaper and a cup of juice. I set down for a bit and thought and the only solution I could find was to drill it out.
By this time I knew I was not going to make my two pickups in Hickory today so I contacted them and rescheduled.
Another hour and a bunch of drill bits with snapped off ears later I had it drilled through. Then I noticed that my last pass the drive shaft turned while I was drilling and went sideways. So now I have to drill another hole to put a set screw in. The drives haft would not budge. I tried everything but dynamite and was thinking where I could lay my hands on some when I I picked up my tiny little ball peen and tapped the top of the shaft. It moved a teeny little bit. So I sat there for 30 minutes tapping the top of the shaft. Finally it fell off.
When it fell off it shook the tractor enough that my open box of drill bits fell on the ground under the 3 point. Now there are eleventy billion drill bits laying in the grass.
Realizing that there would be fluid that would pour out when I pulled the seal I got 2 5 quart buckets and put one under the tractor and pulled the drain plug. Then I forgot to watch it. I think there were 6 quarts in it. I have a nice puddle in the yard now. Right where the drill bits fell. At least they won't rust.
Then I realized that the genius in charge of design made it so that the drive shaft could not be removed from the tractor without disassembling half of it. So I left it laying.
Then I did the only easy thing that I did all day, I took the snaps rings off the shaft, both the large retaining ring and the little spring clip type one.
Now I found another thing that was pooly designed. There is an input bearing and then the leaky seal. I have never seen any application where the bearing was outside the seal. And guess what? It is frozen solid in there.
I looked at several diagrams and service manuals and it appears to be a huge ordeal to separate the transmission from the trans axle and I would rather avoid that if possible. Although with the bearing frozen on the shaft I cant take it off anyway.
After reading every thing I can find on the Eaton 11 it all says that the bearing could come out pretty easily. All I managed to accomplish was to pull the cover off the sealed bearing.
So I came in and did some looking for bearing pullers locally. The only thing I could find was $129. Nope not doing that.
I could get the ball end of a small allen wrench hooked on the inner lip of the seal, but I couldn't do anything with it.
After staring at the wall for about 30 minutes I had an idea. I think I can make a puller.
Heath woke up and shattered my thinking so I got him up and changed and decided we needed to go to Lowe's.
So we did. I got a piece of thin round stock that I think I can make the puller out of. I hope.
Anyone have any ideas?
I am considering amending its name to the Cranky Old Buzzard.
I am done for the day.