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#1 suburban 12 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 13, 2013 - 09:46 PM

Since last fall I have been working on restoring a Sears Suburban 12 for my senior project. I got it torn down wile it was warm and started working on sanding, priming, and body filling. I didn't do much wile it was cold until recently when my mom started getting on me about finishing it. In the past week, I have gotten most of it sanded, primed and painted. I only have a few more pieces to finish when it gets warm again. I still need to find a new rubber bushing for under the steering wheel for when I put it back to gether, if anyone has a spare that they would be willing to part with I would appriciate it. I just put the list of nuts, bolts and washers that I am going to need together and who ever is unfortunate enough to have to help me isn't going to be happy, it is two and a quarter note book pages long right now :hitting_self_roller:. I still need to condese all of the duplicates from the several pages of the book. I'm also afraid of how much my bill for all of it is going to be :biting_nails: , and I'm still going to have to buy the cotter pins. Until I get to the store for all of that, I'm going to work on finishing the last of the sanding I need to do.

 

 

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When it first came home

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Starting the tare down

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Moving along

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Got some parts primed

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Stuff I got sanded, primed and painted

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My parts list

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Most of what I have left to finish

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And that is were I am so far. :smiley-score007:


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Posted March 13, 2013 - 10:36 PM

looking good! almost done. keep going. can't wait to see it done.


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Posted March 13, 2013 - 10:54 PM

The 12 is really starting to look good. The dash looks to be pretty intact, so does the grill.

When does this all have to be done by?
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Posted March 13, 2013 - 10:56 PM

Get er done and maybe I can see it at Portersville show!
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Posted March 13, 2013 - 11:08 PM

The Dash tower is off of a different model, the original had the amp meter top center, it was cracked realy bad. The dash in the pic I am working on fixing flat spots and holes that shouldn't be there. I'm also using four original sears branded tires on it. I have to present my project by May 1st.

 

Get er done and maybe I can see it at Portersville show!
Shawn

If I go to the portersvill show, I might just have to take it so you can see it. By then, it should have rear weights and a 3pt hitch on it.


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Posted March 13, 2013 - 11:55 PM

Looks good so far! :thumbs: How far south of Pittsburgh are you?


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 06:01 AM

If most of the old bolts are usable, I run them through a wire wheel to clean them up. Squirt a little Rust Reformer on them, stick them in a piece of foam and paint the heads and nuts. Saves on the hardware bill.



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Posted March 14, 2013 - 07:32 AM

If most of the old bolts are usable, I run them through a wire wheel to clean them up. Squirt a little Rust Reformer on them, stick them in a piece of foam and paint the heads and nuts. Saves on the hardware bill.

 

I only buy new bolts if the old ones have one of two characteristics: the heads are distorted or stripped, and if the threads are corroded beyond recognition.  Call me cheap, but if I can salvage it, I will! 

 

A nice tool to own is the threader I found from Duluth trading: http://www.duluthtra...tool-69165.aspx

 

It's saved a few bolts, when you can't get a tap to start.

 

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Posted March 14, 2013 - 07:42 AM

I'm not sure on the older Sears, but a lot of the bolts on the tractors I have are a flanged head that are to find anywhere but Sears so far.



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Posted March 14, 2013 - 05:18 PM

Looking good! You will have a very nice GT when finished. You said a "school project"? Power Mechanics?

A 100 years ago when I was in school, Power mechanics was a prerequsite for Auto Mechanics.


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 07:32 PM

I am doing it for my senior project. Schools have been doing this for a wile, students need to pick something to do that will help them choose what they want to do when they get out of school. Then the principal must approve their project before they can begin working on it. Most people do community service and stuff like that, I am one of a few people that I know of that have decided to do something like this.

 

 

I have decided to reuse some of the bolts and stuff that can be cleaned up easily since I am going to be painting it once it is on the tractor. Going to start crossing stuff off of my list of new parts needed and list of parts that need to be finished. I am hopefully going to start assembling it tomorrow. I have three rims left to sand and I can be done with it and only have to finish painting  :worshippy1: .


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Posted March 15, 2013 - 09:59 PM

I got a surprise to day when I got home, a package came for my brother. I called him and asked to open it since he is in college and isn't home, he said I could and I did. It turned out to be the "new" seat I had asked him to bid on for me, I thought he had lost the auction since it went a little over what I told him I wanted to pay. It turns out that he went a little over and ended up getting it. I'm happy that I got it and now have one more thing to add to my list of parts to sand. I got my front tires off the rims and ready to finish. That leaves me with a seat and one rim left to sand! :dancingbanana: Also got a lot painted today wile it was warm enough to. Just need to paint the rims, seat, right foot board and starter and I will be done with everything but putting it together. :smiley-score008:

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Posted March 16, 2013 - 12:47 AM

The done list is getting longer and the to do list is shrinking. Way to go!

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Posted March 16, 2013 - 05:05 AM

You need an E-tank to help getting that rust off there! Glad your brother got the seat for you!



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Posted March 16, 2013 - 08:40 PM

I managed to get to tractor supply today since it was too crappy to paint today. Got some of the new bolts that were worn or I couldn't find. Then I cleared off the pallets that I am going to reassemble the tractor on. I put down some cardboard to put it on since the pallets were muddy from being walked on. Next I brought my parts over from my other shed and laying them out. Then I started bolting it together. I also got the transmission partially painted yesterday. I will hopefully get more put together tomorrow.

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