sorry for all the threads with questions but as my luck would have it things are not going well for me.
i thought today i would work on the 1886. i received my used steering bridge from rick the other day. woke up thinking today is going to be a good day and had a couple cups of java. went out to the barn to work on the tractor full of excitement. the parts tractor i have had a good steering shaft bushing so proceeded to tear into that first. after a few snags i finally got the steering wheel off to get the bushing to replace the other one. well wouldn't you know it the stud broke off the steering shaft while trying to remove the nut from the non parts tractor and was not able to remove the steering wheel. after seeing that the shaft would not fit through the hole in the tower i cut the shaft in half. good thing for a parts tractor. i can always weld the two back together later if need be.
now comes the fun part of trying to get that steering bridge out. the old one was repaired very poorly and had i used it the thing would have broke. well another snag. the pin that goes through the lift cylinder is rusted to the cylinder and would't budge even with a 6lb sledge. it is now soaking with pb blaster and hope to free it up. i thought i would just try and get that rascal out anyways by disconnecting the hydraulic lines to the lift cylinder but no go.
my question is finally...do you have to remove either the engine or trans axle in order to get the old one out and new one in? no matter how i positioned it the darn thing would not come out through the frame rails and the only way i see it going in is if i remove either one of those components.