This will have to be my favorite update of this entire thread to this point.
How does this look?
We're getting warmer. Definitely warmer. I'm not afraid to call a pickup date now.
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.
The hydraulic cylinder mount looks like this:
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.
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!
The hydraulic pump is back on as of today:
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.