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#1 jabelman ONLINE  

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Posted June 30, 2013 - 08:01 PM

Starting to make some progress on the porter cable. Weather hasn't been to great for working outside lots of wire wheeling! Was surprised how easy the break down went since this one sat out for 25+ years. Would like to hear if any others are out there besides mine and the other fellows. I am trying to track downa hood. If anyone has any leads please let me know. I will try too keep some up dated photos of the restoration.

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Posted June 30, 2013 - 08:56 PM

You appear to be off to a real good start. :thumbs:    Good luck on the rest of the resto.  Hope you find your hood.  Rick



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Posted July 01, 2013 - 01:10 PM

Porter Cable???  Man that frame sure looks like a wheelhorse!  Have pix of what a hood is supposed to look like?  Where were those made?   Portland, IN show in fall has real odd stuff from all-over.



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Posted July 06, 2013 - 12:07 PM

Starting to put the frame all back together. Hopefully get the rims done soon

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Posted July 06, 2013 - 06:46 PM

I wish we could work out a deal because I have the perfect parts tractor that could complete your tractor.



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Posted July 06, 2013 - 07:44 PM

Nice start on the resto! Thank for joining us. :thumbs:



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Posted July 06, 2013 - 08:25 PM

Coming along nicely.

Have you got any pictures, of what the hood should be?

 

It might help, you in your search, if you post them.

 

 

Make sure you get those bolts that hold the frame to the tranny, good and

tight, and/or Loctite them.

On all 3 of my Massey Execs, (same frame/tranny) the bolts where loose.

When I got the first one, I thought the frame was broken because it wobbled

so much. Until I got the tin off, I couldn't see what was going on.


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Posted July 07, 2013 - 12:45 PM

Definitely will use locktite. Like any resto something always seems to loosen up.
Got the front wheels done and on. Starting to look alive again. Its shame the rears sat flat for all those years rotted away very bad looked brand new
As for sheetmetal pics user "bread320i" got some great pics of his which is what i am looking for.

Has anyone changed the rear axle seals on these? I will post a photo tonight.

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Posted August 01, 2013 - 11:54 AM

Alot of progress has been made. The quest for sheetmetal took me out in Pennsylvania and a deal was made. See photo. Unfortunately it is 100% and in really great shape aside from the bad red paint job. So i still needed sheetmetal. So another deal was made by someone travelling to pick up another one and a great parts one arrived from the midwest! Thanks to this site! So i got the motor redone and on waiting a few small fuel parts and hopefully be running soon. So now i have another one to redo after this one. The neat thing the 2 are only 34 apart on the serial numbers

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Posted August 01, 2013 - 05:37 PM

Probably the second one watched the first one go out the door, nice they are close in #'s.

Thanks for the updates, and :thumbs: on finding a second & the tins too.

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Posted August 01, 2013 - 06:53 PM

 

Alot of progress has been made. The quest for sheetmetal took me out in Pennsylvania and a deal was made. See photo. Unfortunately it is 100% and in really great shape aside from the bad red paint job. So i still needed sheetmetal. So another deal was made by someone travelling to pick up another one and a great parts one arrived from the midwest! Thanks to this site! So i got the motor redone and on waiting a few small fuel parts and hopefully be running soon. So now i have another one to redo after this one. The neat thing the 2 are only 34 apart on the serial numbers


Those are cool tractors! In those first pics I thought something looked familiar, and then Will pointed out about the frame and tranny being the same as the MF Excecutives. The rear fenders and tray along with the center sheet metal and battery cover all appear the same too. You are doing nice work and I will be following your builds!

Later---DAC

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Posted August 02, 2013 - 03:01 PM

Here is a scary photo. Went to fix a broken wire on the red one and had to take the flywheel off. So i took the engine off. When i did i heard a rattle in the crank case. After a tear down here a connecting bolt came unthreaded and the dipper was swinging. Thankfully no internal damage and i caught this now. Oh well new bolts and hope for the best. Looks like screw/bolt lock failed.

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Posted August 10, 2013 - 11:50 AM

A few more updates. It was good see the engine pop on starting fluid. The floor is back on and its time to fix the hood and rig a throttle cable.

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Posted August 10, 2013 - 05:27 PM

LOOKING GOOD!!  :thumbs:     Rick



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Posted August 10, 2013 - 05:28 PM

That looks awesome.

 

Wish any of mine looked that good.






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