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Posted March 12, 2013 - 05:57 PM

Lots of cleaning and painting of little parts and bolts today. Start on the larger white panels tomorrow and hope to have them in primer by tomorrow night. Put the wheels on just to get them out of the way.

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Posted March 14, 2013 - 02:09 PM

Looking Good Cat!!



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Posted March 18, 2013 - 10:26 PM

Little slow getting the panels done. Had a 'oops' that I can't figure out. Saturday I put on the 2nd coat of color. Within 2 hours it started to 'crack' or separate somehow. Looked like I had painted a wet surface or something. Waited for it to dry, tried painting over it, but it kept doing it. So I had to strip the paint off, wipe down with alcohol, and start over. Just put on the last coat:

 

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Still got a few bumps in the hood from the dents, I don't know how to get dented sheet metal to lay flat. I used a two pound hammer, a 2x4, and the floor.

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Rips in the fenders aren't perfect by any means, but at least they're closed back up and won't get torn up anymore.

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Assorted pieces, tins for both sides of the radiator below the hood, tall one is the piece that holds the hydraulic valve onto the fender.

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Dash:

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I'm not going to use Van Sickle paint again, I hate it.

 



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Posted March 19, 2013 - 04:45 AM

Lookin good from here! :thumbs:  Is clearcoat comin?



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Posted March 19, 2013 - 05:26 AM

Yes, after I get the new decals on.



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Posted March 19, 2013 - 01:38 PM

Cat that is looking good!  On the paint, how long between coats and what kind of paint. When I worked in the factory we used Iowa Paint in Ih Red and New Holland Yellow.  We found that if the paint had skimmed over(not fully cured) and you did a second coat before it had cured a few days the thinners would work on the first coat and crackle the finish.



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Posted March 19, 2013 - 02:22 PM

Van Sickle tractor enamel, with the enamel hardener added, and thinned slightly with naptha. First coat was thin, and cured for 20 hours in the garage, 50-55 degrees with 20% humidity.



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Posted March 19, 2013 - 02:30 PM

Cat that is looking great! On your oops did you wet sand after the first coat? Or was the 1st coat put on a little thick and possibly not fully cured?

 

I am just wondering because I have had the same "oops" a couple times, and those were they only things I could figure that caused it to happen to me.

 

Anyway,good luck and I can't wait to see it all back together :thumbs:



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Posted March 21, 2013 - 09:52 PM

I can't wait to see it all back together :thumbs:

 

We're getting closer....

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Come on, decals!

 

Now, we remember the crappy little hydraulic levers, right?

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Those gotta go, that's tomorrow's project:

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Posted March 21, 2013 - 09:54 PM

What a difference!! That thing looks like a Beast!! Great job so far!! :thumbs: :thumbs:


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Posted March 21, 2013 - 10:03 PM

Scott, If you can reproduce that crackle finish, I got 4 or 5 JD seat pans I need painted in Satin Black. :D

 

 

The tractor is really coming along nicely :thumbs: and I'm sorry you had so an issue with your paint.



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Posted March 21, 2013 - 10:16 PM

The only thing I can think of with the paint problem is that I grabbed the lacquer thinner instead of the naptha. Identical cans. When I painted the seat last night I just skipped the thinner and put in a tiny bit extra hardener, that worked out good.

 

 

In case someone thinks they're seeing things in post #24, yes; I'm putting Superballs on my tractor.

 

Scott, If you can reproduce that crackle finish, I got 4 or 5 JD seat pans I need painted in Satin Black. :D

 

 

The tractor is really coming along nicely :thumbs: and I'm sorry you had so an issue with your paint.

 

When I initially read that, I thought you wanted the pebble finish on the backs and you were going to start selling reproduction Patio seats.

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Posted March 22, 2013 - 07:10 AM

He said "BALLS". :rolling: :rolling:



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Posted March 22, 2013 - 09:42 PM

I finished putting it back together today. I will put the snowblower on it tomorrow and try it out I hope. No decals yet. Also finished replacing filters and fluids today. Rear end, clean hydraulic screen, and fuel filter.

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Once again, the headlights won't work. The replacement bulbs aren't exactly the same as the originals, and won't stay working once they vibrate even a little bit. LED replacements are in order, I think. I also have issues with the welded in nuts that hold that black nosecone in place, I need to chase those threads and clean them up.

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The hydraulic control levers/Superballs operation did not go well, the superball just fell apart once I pierced it with the metal handle. Oh well, wood handle is going to be my next not so great idea.

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Something shaped like these:

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Posted March 23, 2013 - 06:08 AM

So the tractor won't have balls? Why not add a threaded rod to the ends of those flat bars to put knobs on?






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