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#106 Reverend Blair OFFLINE  

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Posted December 10, 2010 - 05:32 AM

I changed the oil in my "new" 420 yesterday. The guy I bought it from had quit using it when he bought his 2305, so he still had 10w-40 in it...not a good oil for a Manitoba winter. So I went and bought a filter and grabbed a jug of 5-30 synthetic off the shelf of the garage and headed out into the snow to change the oil. That's right, I have to keep my toys outside because we needed a new foundation so all of the stuff that belongs in the basement is in the garage and shed and my toys have to live in the yard under tarps.

The first thing I realized is that whoever designed this tractor didn't do his own oil changes. The second thing I realized is that the foundation monkeys working on my house wanted to pile scrap concrete right where I was working. Meanwhile I'm laying in the snow turning the drain plug a 1/4 turn at a time.

My next oil change is going to include the installation of an oil drain extension.

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Posted December 10, 2010 - 09:10 AM

It finally got some work done one getting the plow on the LGT 165. I got the new brackets cut out last night. Tonight, I am going to be drilling the holes for the plow to attach and then getting them welded on the tractor frame.

Will also bring the cab parts to the shop (from the barn) so I can get the cab on.

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Posted December 11, 2010 - 11:18 AM

I pulled my grandfathers old MF 8 out of my dad shed and drug it to my place to start a total restoration

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Posted December 11, 2010 - 01:19 PM

Sandblasting a few D4-10 parts to be plated. Too cold for using electrolysis outside. Made a knob for it's light switch on lathe out of brass. Will plate it also when I get to all the plating. May cut the decals for the hood this weekend also.

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Posted December 12, 2010 - 08:02 PM

Put my weights and chains on today

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Posted December 12, 2010 - 08:08 PM

Charged the batteries up on my 1600H and 1220. Plan on switching to winter oil tomorrow since it will be warm out and therefore a good day to change their oil.

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Posted December 13, 2010 - 09:24 AM

well the threat of snow had fizzled out (were only supposed to get 0.5") so I slacked off on working on getting the plow on, only to get about 4" yesterday. I did do some wiring on the LGT 165 so I no longer have to disconnect a alligator clip from the battery to kill the tractor, also added a circuit for some lights.

Will be working this week to finish getting the plow and cab on.

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Posted December 13, 2010 - 10:13 AM

What was the wiring issue Chuck? The key switch worked fine, right up until the day before you came to get it. I would have fixed it, but didn't have the time. How you like the old girl?

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Posted December 13, 2010 - 11:03 AM

What was the wiring issue Chuck? The key switch worked fine, right up until the day before you came to get it. I would have fixed it, but didn't have the time. How you like the old girl?


no issue, just didnt want to have to open the hood to remove that alligator clip from the battery once the cab goes on. Added a rocker switch, will get a new key switch eventually.

I like her a lot. She needs a little love but is a great worker so far.

I am so behind and not prepered for winter (going to expand on that in a blog).

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Posted December 13, 2010 - 12:32 PM

n just didnt want to have to open the hood to remove that alligator clip from the battery once the cab goes on.


CAB! Did I miss a post somewhere about that?

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Posted December 13, 2010 - 12:46 PM

dont think I have posted about it here on GT Talk. I put a cab 3 sided cab on my LGT 145 last year and added a back and foot wells. will dig up some picks and make a post.

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Posted December 13, 2010 - 03:48 PM

olcowhand, here a thread about my cab. http://gardentractor...3457/#post31822

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Posted December 13, 2010 - 09:44 PM

Today was oil change day. After taking the drain plug out of the HH120 on the Bolens 1220 and making a mess I went in search of a remedy amongst my vast collection of engines. I ended up with a drain off of another Tecumseh vertical shaft engine that I had around. Here is what it looks like now.1213102051.jpg Tomorrow I hope to drag the MF8 into the garage and try to get it running. It hasn't run in a few years.

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Posted December 13, 2010 - 11:01 PM

Snow, cold & malaise all contributed to me staying indoors... I did manage to cut the gaskets for the Custom 7's carb so I can start putting it back together. Also found 2 pinholes in the bottom of the bowl???

They were filled with junk & not leaking, but it was only a matter of time. Impurities in the Aluminum. Did what I could with JB Weld, here's hoping.

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Posted December 14, 2010 - 05:33 PM

Fixed two hydraulic leaks on the hoses for the FEL. One was just a loose connection. The other may have been a loose connection, or may be a bad fitting. I guess I'll find out when I use it again. C'mon snow!

Oh, and I replaced a missing quick pin. Not sure where that went, although I suspect it'll either appear when the snow melts or when Mrs. Rev washes whatever I was wearing when I took the forks off and put the bucket on.




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