Well no new pics today but I did get a few things done up. I made the bushings for the steering shaft, and the brake pedal. Put the dash and steering wheel back in, lift cyl is back in, brake pedal and rod are back on the machine also. I had to tear the steering column back apart because I forgot an important item when assembling (well important to me) the horse in the center of the wheel didnt sit upright it was sideways, now it sits proper when the wheels are straight ahead. I must say with the new bushing installed the steering is almost as tight as my new JD, hardly any free play. I suppose the bushings I made today are probably still available but in my opinion they dont have enough surface area for me, so I made the brake pedal bushings wider so they extend into the pedal further and the steer bushing now has a thrust surface so it cant work it way out of the casting. I started working on the hydro control asm in hopes it will work as designed, its missing the small woodruff key that keys the bushing in the friction asm to the shaft and the shaft was rusty, should just need to get a key and then assemble.
The bearings in the spindles may get done at some point if I see a need to reduce steering effort, but at this time I will just shoot for like new stock. Once I get things all back to working order and I find the machine will do the job I'll start on the modifications, another thing on the top of the mod list would be a foot controlled hydro, Im not sure it can be adapted but I might give it a shot as I like the twin pedals on the JD.
Anyone know how large a diameter tire can be fitted on the rear? I pulled off the 23x8.5x12 super cracked turfs and will replace them with lug tires, I suppose one of the desireable things in a plow tractor is clearance under the machine? Or will 23 dia tires be good enough?
Edited by js5020, July 08, 2013 - 10:08 PM.