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#16 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted April 16, 2013 - 12:55 PM

That's looking good! I don't have insulation inside my panels. Figured the more air got around it, the better.



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Posted April 16, 2013 - 07:02 PM

I was more thinking sound insulation, than heat.. When I first got the tractor, there was evidence of some type of fiberglass batting residue glued to the inside of the hood and side panels. Almost like the stuff you make ac duct work out of....

With three sides of undamped metal sheet, you have a giant drum, and a very effective internal combustion "clapper"? I was more thinking of using something to dampen the resonation through the metal plating. I bought a sheet of the polystyrene (closed cell, not the open cell styrofoam stuff) with metal foil on both sides. Thin sheet 1/4 or 3/8. Figured I could use a contact adhesive to line the top inside, then put strips on the sides to keep them from ringing.

The open side Ford LGT I have didn't have any evidence of insulation on the hood, but it also has open sides....

MAybe I'll just put some on the side panels where the battery and tank are (that would also keep them from rubbing on the sheet metal) and see how that works...

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Posted April 16, 2013 - 07:32 PM

I don't noticed any extra sound, but I've not had an open side!



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Posted April 16, 2013 - 09:11 PM

I find my closed side quieter than the open side (I have both)



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Posted May 27, 2013 - 08:49 AM

Guess its time for an update....

Got the tinwork mounted back up.

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Several of the rubber vibration isolators that hold the seat pan on were broken. I bought some on Evil-bay that were a larger diameter, but same critical dimensions. So it has all new isolators. Two of the ones under the floorboards (stud and screw socket) were broken - I was able to use an epoxy to repair them and reuse them, for the time being -will get new ones eventually from McMAster-Carr.

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Then put the seat pan, seat box, and seat back on. It actually looks like a tractor again!!!

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Then spent a couple days (on and off) riding it around the yard and fine tuning. Hydraulics work good. Had to fiddle with the carb some to get it to run up to speed and start easy.

 

Next, moved to the mower cradle. The cradle is SUPPOSED to have brass bushings at the wear points. When I got it, all except for one were either gone or so worn as to be useless. Made for a lot of play in the cradle.

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Some of the pins (that hold the cradle parts together and are the wear points the bushings go on) had grooves worn in them from the metal on metal contact. These pins are hardened, by the way... I welded up the grooves in 2 of the worst ones then turned them back down to od and smooth on the lathe. Since I didn't have a source for the bushings, and since I had some wear in the joints anyway, I bought a rod of bronze bushing material and made new bushings on the lathe to fit each joint. Heres a few pictures;

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Much better fit and smooth now!

 

Next project will be getting the mower deck fixed up. But that will be another post down the line.....

 


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Posted May 27, 2013 - 09:02 AM

Sweet set-up! I really envy you folks that can make your own parts.... :thumbs:



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Posted May 27, 2013 - 09:46 AM

So I still need to do the decals and lettering. Still on the fence about those... The original striping and lettering is really simple block stuff. I'm leaning toward painting (airbrush) the stripes (as opposed to decals) and have a buddy who makes decals and lettering - having him make the lettering for me, then clear coat over it once it's done.

 

I decided not to insulate the inside of the engine bay. Seems to be fine as it is.

 

I havent put the top half of the three point hitch on again - waiting on metal to build the arms and draft arms. Also collecting parts to build the rear pto system.

 

Anyway, heres a couple "before" and "partially after" pictures to compare.....

 

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I'll post more once I get the deck rebuilt.


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Posted June 22, 2013 - 02:34 PM

Great thread. Thx for taking the time to post your story and pictures. Seeing your hardwork and success makes me more apt to get busy on mine!

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Posted June 22, 2013 - 08:51 PM

That's really turning out nice. Should look good for years.



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Posted June 23, 2013 - 04:14 PM

Hey! It's a Ford "Patio" tractor! :bigrofl:

Looks real good, just take a bit to get used to that shade of Blue!


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Posted June 27, 2013 - 03:47 PM

that Wind Blue Sure looks slick on that Ford!

my YT-16 Needs some light touch up ill get to someday! I need to replace the Engine Block Head Bolts thread's

in the block are strpped out! :loosing_it: Anyway Nice little Tractor! 



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Posted January 10, 2014 - 10:23 AM

OK, time for an update....

Tractor is "pretty much" finished. I still need to finish the 3 pt and build the rear pto, but not in a big rush for those, so ----- someday.

 

Last big thing was to finish the mower deck. I had already rebuilt the cradle that holds the deck - mostly replacing worn out bushings and closing up wear tolerances... 

 

The deck was structurally sound, but froze up from lack of use. The rollers were frozen on the rusty shafts, several of the pulleys were pretty far gone, and the belt cover was in pieces.

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Spindles were in decent shape, but 1 needed new bearings. Pulled them all apart and cleaned/repacked them. While I had them apart, wire brushed/blasted all the parts and painted everything.

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Pulleys were in sad shape, and the double pulley wouldn't come off the spindle - I ended up having to cut it off - it was trash anyway, so no loss. I got all new pulleys from surplus center and replaced the set. New look much better than old! 

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I never found a double pulley, so I ended up making one.

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Wire brushed, ospho'ed the deck surface several times to get all the scale and rust off. Couple coats of primer/sand/primer to fill some of the pits, but the deck was pretty pocked in places - just gonna clean it up and let it look weathered. I had previously used a lighter shade of blue on the tractor, but was never happy with it. So shot a more traditional ford blue on the deck. And a couple coats of white rustolium on the underside.

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Posted January 10, 2014 - 10:46 AM

The scalping roller system was in pretty sad shape - rod was pretty eaten up, the rollers were wallowed out or were frozen on the rusty rod.

 

I cut/welded a new rod of the right diameter and made oversize bronze bushings to take the slop out of the rollers. Not really necessary, but I like the look better than the old ones flopping around on the shaft.

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Got it all back together and up under the tractor. Works good.

 

But of course, now I had to go back and reshoot the hood and front panels the deeper blue to match the deck! But the darker blue looks better!

 

Anyway, gonna call this one DONE for now. Will eventually finish the 3 point - I need to bend the arms and weld them up with the adjusters and ball ends. But I don't NEED it, so it's a back burner project..... Same with the rear power pto - might eventually  adapt a small shredder (bush hog).....  But I sold my Deere 316 kohler, so this is my backup mower/utility tractor for now. 

 

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the process and the pictures!

 


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