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#1966 backyardtinker OFFLINE  

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Posted September 11, 2015 - 07:39 PM

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I am restoring my 1970 Ford 120 Lawn tractor.  I stripped it down to the frame.  Every part will be stripped, primer 3 coats, Paint 3 coats, and clear coat 3 coats.  They then get polished and waxed.  See the frame and rear end pics attached.

Really nice! You guys are setting the bar really high for me......Gotta make sure I don't get spanked ;)


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Posted September 11, 2015 - 07:46 PM

Oh man hunting season is about to start around here and all you guys are doing really cool rebuilds and stuff to the tractors right now. They all look great. Maybe I'll hunt the morning and work on my tractor in the afternoon tomorrow. Decisions decisions...............
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Posted September 13, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Did more disassembly on the 5120H yesterday and flushed out the fuel tank which had about 12oz's or so of really bad gas in it. Used brake-kleen  for first round of flushing, then rinsed out with garden hose. Moved on to using some purple power degreaser and flushed again several times. Then put about 1/2 quart of acetone in and agitated awhile and dumped back into another container for future use. rinsed again and filled with about 1/2 quart or phosphoric acid and repeated previous process and did this for two rounds. Rinsed again and inspected inside of tank. Looks very clean from the few limited views I have access to. All the caked on crap that was visible before is gone and I dumped out a good amount of crud throughout the whole process. Will need to get a new fuel sender and fuel tank shut off with grommet. Other photos show some of the metal work that needs to be done.

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Posted September 20, 2015 - 05:44 PM

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I spent the entire weekend working on these attachments , blasting- priming -painting -wrenching . I just can't help it . Time off and all I do is work on this stuff.

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Posted September 20, 2015 - 05:52 PM

Sounds like my weekend. Waxing and detailing Old Girl and her attachments for the show next Month.

 

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Posted September 23, 2015 - 06:32 AM

Tractor seat change for the better on the Rover Rancher 

 

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just added proper spring mounts for more comfort as the rubber blocks were to hard , 

 and what a difference it made 


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Posted September 24, 2015 - 06:38 AM

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I spent the entire weekend working on these attachments , blasting- priming -painting -wrenching . I just can't help it . Time off and all I do is work on this stuff.

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Looking great!


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Posted September 24, 2015 - 06:39 AM

Sounds like my weekend. Waxing and detailing Old Girl and her attachments for the show next Month.

Wow, that thing looks brand new!


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Posted September 24, 2015 - 06:40 AM

Tractor seat change for the better on the Rover Rancher 

 

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attachicon.gifP2070005.JPG   I left the original rubber blocks there ,

 

just added proper spring mounts for more comfort as the rubber blocks were to hard , 

 and what a difference it made 

Looks like it has a lot of cushion! Good for those long seat time days....


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Posted September 26, 2015 - 07:08 PM

Some metal repairs,media blasting and finally some paint on the Bolens 5120H. Did the metal repair two weeks ago, finished the blasting on about 3/4 of the frame/ dash tower, etc. today and put some color on it. This not a full restoration but it is a serious reconditioning. Hoping to have it running and usable for plowing this winter but it's a long shot. Still have my Craftsmen for plowing but it would be nice for me to have the two of them. One for me the other for my Son or Dad to use and get things done twice as fast or just one as a back up incase something unforeseen happens.

  When I installed the new section of steel in the floor section, I cut it to fit too snugly and there was a bit of warpage after welding it up. Had to cut a relief through the center and re-weld the relief cut back together to get rid of the bow.

 

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 10:12 AM

 I was cleaning up the garage this morning , what a mess . And came across the extra engine cover I got this winter for my tractor (I used the other for condition reasons) . A thought crossed my mind and the next thing I knew ... A 'Shop Clock' :smilewink:

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I am obviously not a 'pin-striper' . That will need more work . :thumbs:

 

Oh ,  I did get all of the 'tags' put back on the attachments.


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 05:43 PM

Love it!


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Posted September 27, 2015 - 06:10 PM

More progress on the Bolens today. Unfortunately, I only noticed the needed repairs AFTER I painted it yesterday and it necessarily screwed up my paint job which now has to be retouched.  :wallbanging: I noticed the lift rod  brackets on the lift bar for the deck/dozer blade were all egged out where the lift rods attatch. Removed the lift bar assembly and flange bearings which one of those was also in rough shape as well. The ends of the lift bar were also galled up pretty bad and so were the bearing bores in the tractor frame as you can see in the pictures. Anyway, made the needed repairs by building up with weld and "re-machining" with the standard field expedient "machine shop" tools known as angle grinders, files, and pneumatic high speed de-burring/polishers. I make it a habit to never scrap all of my scrap metal and always keep "whatever looks handy" around. Found a piece of 3/16 flat stock in the scrap metal pile and made the two lower cradles for the lift bar bracket holes and cut out the bad areas and welded in the cradles to make a nice tight fitting hole for the lift rods. Since the brackets are 1/4 inch thick, I had to fill in the back side of the new piece with weld to build up to 1/4 inch level thickness

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Posted September 27, 2015 - 06:31 PM

/\ That looks like a very nice repair !!


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Posted September 29, 2015 - 05:40 AM

Since my wife scraped some paint off the back-hoe on the  now running Ford 3400 http://gardentractor.../48584-it-runs/ I thought it would be in my best interest if I primed and painted lol , Put some primer on Sun. so last night sprayed the hoe gloss black , using an old Sears ( siphon feed set up ) spray gun. It leaked , make that blowing , around the gasket for the canister  , I had the little valve screwed in so it wouldn't become a pressure feed ( never even tried using it that way )  wasn't until I was cleaning the gun and the big mess it made , that I saw that I forgot to put a little seat under the valve that shuts off the pressure to the canister :wallbanging:  :wallbanging: :wallbanging:   it was sitting on the work bench from when I cleaned the gun Sun .  , Still shouldn't have leaked so bad so will need to get a new gasket for it   






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