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#46 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted January 14, 2014 - 08:15 AM

Mark, Welcome to the forum! :wave:

Thanks for posting the info. Why don't you mosey down to this forum and introduce your self! I'm sure you'll get a warm welcome!


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Posted January 14, 2014 - 02:39 PM

Glad I could help and I did post in the introduction forum just now.

 

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Posted January 14, 2014 - 06:49 PM

Glad I could help and I did post in the introduction forum just now.

 

Mark K.

Glad to have you helping out! There are lots of folks needing some kind of help out there. And we are a pretty friendly bunch!


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Posted January 14, 2014 - 09:37 PM

And we are a pretty friendly bunch!

 

Except for Cat. 

 

Ben W.


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Posted January 14, 2014 - 09:44 PM

Glad I could help and I did post in the introduction forum just now.
 
Mark K.

  

Glad to have you helping out! There are lots of folks needing some kind of help out there. And we are a pretty friendly bunch!

  

Except for Cat. 
 
Ben W.


And poor Mark has me as a neighbor!

Hahahahahahahaha
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Posted January 14, 2014 - 09:56 PM

heck of a job :thumbs:


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Posted February 01, 2014 - 09:09 PM

And its time for an update. 

 

The most recent project was loosening up the steering wheel.  OldBuzzard got his hands onto a newer wheel that doesn't show off as much glue as this old boy does.

 

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Unfortunately, the top of the steering shaft is just about gone.  I proved that when I took my socket and turned the bolt.  Even after soaking in my favorite penetrant (that even managed to penetrate the wheel itself) the metal gave before the nut turn.  I think I barely put any pressure on it before it sheared. 

 

I've had a puller on that steering wheel all week.  It hasn't moved yet.  I haven't given up yet, I haven't met a bolt that hasn't beat me. 

 

I'm finding traces that some things have happened to the this tractor.  Its pretty obvious that someone got ticked by the dampener adjustment on the hydro and decided to make a shortcut to get a wrench there.

 

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I removed the strong plywood insert behind the forks today as I was walking by.  As it came off, I noticed that someone had learned to weld by inserting two rods to help tilt the forks up.  The welds are not that fabulous.  I think that will have to stay. 

 

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Earlier last week I believe it was I fit the hood back on to see what kind of lean back I can get on the forklift's mast.  OldBuzzard and I agree that a new cylinder would solve that woe of not enough tilt, and I'm trying to squeeze the most out that I can out of the little space I have. 

 

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This seems to be the best tilt I will be able to do without adding more inserts behind the forks.  I've got an idea to create a insert that is much sturdier than plywood and removable as well. 

 

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I'm getting ready to get this thing painted in the next week or two.  This decal is on tap to be copied. 

 

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Some creative soul had added three spacers to the hinge in front of the hood to stick the hood out 1 inch more towards the front.  With those spacers removed, I gained some tilt back of the mast. 

 

The reason those spacers were put in was to allow the hood to sit farther forward so it would clear a throttle cable mounted to the side of the dash. 

 

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Excuse the blurry pictures on some of these, I'm not a world class photographer unless I have a tripod. 

 

Ben W.

 


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Posted February 01, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Looking good!

 

For the 'tilt back', what you are showing looks like it will be more than sufficient, PROVIDING, that the forks are 90* to the mast.

 

It would be easy to go back to the factory throttle setup, as they are readily available, but I think that it needs to stay as it is.

 

One thing that Ben didn't show is the reason for the extra spacers that moved the hood forward.  That was to clear the modded throttle.  My decision is to move the hood back to it's proper place and just cut out the hood to clear the throttle linkage.  I'm pretty sure that the original owners would have done that if had occurred to them.

 

I know that this may have some purists gritting their teeth, but I think that it's important to keep the history of this tractor, and that the 'modded' throttle setup, and other 'owner mods' be kept in place as much as possible.


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Posted February 01, 2014 - 11:08 PM


I know that this may have some purists gritting their teeth, but I think that it's important to keep the history of this tractor, and that the 'modded' throttle setup, and other 'owner mods' be kept in place as much as possible.

Naw,

Better then the scrapper or Joe Blow messing with it, every little mod is a part of the tractor's history or personality if you would.

Looking Great :thumbs:


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Posted February 02, 2014 - 07:51 AM

Looking good, Ben! Glad you are making progress on it.



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Posted February 03, 2014 - 07:07 PM

does that mean i can leave my 750 black and put the oem decals on it

 (refer to "new to me at a good price" in this forum)


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Posted February 03, 2014 - 07:29 PM

does that mean i can leave my 750 black and put the oem decals on it
 (refer to "new to me at a good price" in this forum)


You might not want to risk that...

From your location, I think you might be close to Brian (Bolens 1000) and he's real serious about putting them back to 100% factory.

He may visit and break a kneecap or two until you agreed to take it back to factory  :bigrofl:


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 09:27 AM

 

 

One thing that Ben didn't show is the reason for the extra spacers that moved the hood forward.  That was to clear the modded throttle.  My decision is to move the hood back to it's proper place and just cut out the hood to clear the throttle linkage.  I'm pretty sure that the original owners would have done that if had occurred to them.

 

 

 

Just so you know those three 1 inch spacers you refer to on the hood hinge are factory and not a add on. The early large frame had them built into the support and the 1886-01 and up had spacers instead.


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 11:20 AM

There were definitely extra spacers at the hinge on the hood.
 
They moved the hood far enough forward to 'clear' the side mounted throttle that it wasn't fitting correctly at the dash panel.
 
You can see the gap in this pic:
 
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You can see it  even better in the vid, and how it just clears the throttle setup. The plan is to move the hood back to it's original position, and then cut out the hood to clear the throttle.
 
The throttle setup area shows up very well at 1:15 in the vid:


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Posted February 04, 2014 - 11:25 AM

geez, what is the exhause off of? Honda CBR??

 

What is the capacity for this thing?






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