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#166 hatedge OFFLINE  

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Posted May 21, 2014 - 02:45 AM

Ben, I have to thank you for sharing all the details of this story with us and making it picture heavy. This thresd has everything to make it one of the best Ive read here. 

 

Ps: Ol'B Im getting quite jealous of your GT. You better keep her  happy or Ill certainly try to woo her. :love:



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Posted May 31, 2014 - 08:47 PM

This will have to be my favorite update of this entire thread to this point. 

 

How does this look?

 

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We're getting warmer.  Definitely warmer.  I'm not afraid to call a pickup date now.  :wave:

 

I put the first decals on today so I could button up the dash.  Just for kicks and giggles, I set that steering wheel emblem in place.  It really makes the tractor look sharp.   

 

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The hydraulic cylinder mount looks like this:

 

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The machine shop had to cut off both mounting brackets and replace them so it could accommodate the wider and thicker cylinder.  I like the 7/8 pin much better than the 1/2 pin anyway with the pressure of the mast hanging on it. 

 

Another advantage this gives is rear tilt.  This is as far as I wanted it to go back without letting it crinkle the paint on the hood as Dave bounces across the yard. 

 

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Here is the new muffler.  What do ya'll think?  I'm not exactly jumping up and down, but it is better (and quieter) than it was!

 

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The hydraulic pump is back on as of today:

 

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The next day or two will see me get the control valve assembly working right and back in place.  We'll also see whether new hoses will be an improvement or not!

 

After that, it is sticker time and hopefully after that, it is roadtrip time for Old Buzzard.

 

Ben W.

 

 

 

 

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Posted May 31, 2014 - 09:03 PM

Lookin good Ben. That is really coming together nice. 


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Posted May 31, 2014 - 10:38 PM

Congrats. You're almost done.

Looks good. The muffler too.


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Posted May 31, 2014 - 10:48 PM

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO it's getting CLOSE!!!!!!!  *pant* *pant* *pant*  :rocker2:  :rocker2: :rocker2:  :rocker2:  

 

The muffler is a non-issue for me.  It has to be better than what was on it, and is close to the original look.

 

Looks like it may be a smaller diameter than the original, and that may not be a bad thing.  If you look at the large frames with the original mufflers, you can see that the decals on the hood are always wrinkled from the heat coming off of them.  Maybe this one won't do that. :D :D :D


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Posted June 01, 2014 - 03:46 AM

Looking great Ben, looking real good :thumbs: really come a long ways.


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Posted June 01, 2014 - 05:07 AM

Looks great, Ben!


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Posted June 01, 2014 - 06:56 AM

Almost there! And worth every minute to look that good!
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Posted June 01, 2014 - 06:10 PM

Looking good Ben.
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Posted June 02, 2014 - 05:09 AM

that sure is a sweet set up


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Posted June 14, 2014 - 09:15 PM

No pictures today for this past weeks progress.

 

I might even make you wait until it is all done.  :smilewink:

 

The past days have been occupied with a couple final details.  One was the throttle, which is now mounted in a way that it still matches the look Old Buzzard wanted (like it was in its working years) without requiring the hood to cut butchered (not happening on my watch.)

 

The decals are almost all on. 

 

I see that I need three more that Sam's Bolens did not include.  As much as Old Buzzard paid for that set, you'd at least think they are complete.  But it is not.  I need the rear reflective quarter panel stickers, whatever "instructions) goes on the center of the hood, and the Bolens name sticker on the engine heat shroud.  I'm a bit disgusted that Sam didn't create those, too. 

 

I'm still hunting someone to recreate the K482 Kohler name plate, but we'll get by with what we have for now. 

 

The biggest project has been fighting the hydraulics.  I think another leakdown problem is happening in the valve block.  It is not fixed to my preference, although the leaking is better than it was since the new cylinder has taken away that piece of the problem.  Maybe O-Rings weren't enough then inside the valve body?  It is an old Dukes valve, one of the best companies making valves back in the day, but maybe running a forklift has just worn it out. 

 

Ben W.


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Posted June 16, 2014 - 08:51 PM

the hyd hoses might have air in them also



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Posted June 19, 2014 - 11:04 AM

That is cool you were actually able to have it mounted on the front of the tractor instead of the back. I've been watching this thread and am impressed at the work you have done nice job.

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Posted June 24, 2014 - 09:36 AM

Ol' B you must be clawing at the walls with anticipation :wallbanging:

I cant beleive you are not camping on Bens front lawn already....That might just be the break some jealous member needs, to go and woo your new belle :D


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Posted June 24, 2014 - 12:42 PM

Actually I'm a day late in leaving for Ben's place to pick it up, and may not leave until tomorrow,

 

Combination of tall grass, the Sickle-Mo needing maintenance, followed by the 1250 throwing  the starter belt about 1/2 way through, which means you have to remove the PTO belts, but the front mount of the mower covers up the bolts that hold on the bottom shield of the PTO belts, which has to be removed before you can get the belts off....

 

This is too much like actual WORK!


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