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#91 OldBuzzard OFFLINE  

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Posted March 12, 2014 - 11:44 PM

REALLLY looking good now :D :D :D

 

I love the looks of that cover for the weight box.

 

Once I got all of the 'stuff' out of it, there had to be 2" of 'crud' built up in the bottom that I had to shovel out. That lid will do a great job of keeping water, etc. out of there.

 

I figure that I'll have to have some weight in it, but I plan on storing lift straps, chains, and other 'goodies' in there as well, and that lid will protect all that.


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Posted March 13, 2014 - 06:59 AM

You're getting closer.

I can't wait to see a video, when it's all back together, and

doing it's thing.

That box sure did have a lot of crap in it.


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Posted March 13, 2014 - 07:52 AM

Oh, there will DEFINATELY be video :D :D :D

 

Once it's finished, on the way home, I'm going to stop in at the place where I bought it just so that they can see it in it's new found glory.

 

I think that they will appreciate that.


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Posted March 13, 2014 - 04:39 PM

Looking good,

Bolens was powder coating at this time which is probably why the paint acted differently than what your used to on the older stuff.

 

Are you going to clear coat when you are done? If your rattle canning the whole thing I would strongly suggest that.


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Posted March 13, 2014 - 08:09 PM

Looking good,

Bolens was powder coating at this time which is probably why the paint acted differently than what your used to on the older stuff.

 

Are you going to clear coat when you are done? If your rattle canning the whole thing I would strongly suggest that.

 

I didn't know Bolens power coated their machinery.  No wonder it was a pain to deal with.  :wallbanging:

 

The paint I am using is antique tractor paint, exactly what I use on my restorations.  I've never clear coated, and it really isn't necessary in my book.  The paint will fade if it is in the sun, certainly, but so will clear coatings over time.  Clear coating also shows scratches something terrible, and if Dave wants to work this tractor, it will get those. 

 

I'll let him decide if he wants it or not.  I don't have a problem doing it, its just not on my required list.

 

My experience with older restorations and clear coating was not good.  Maybe it was the painter, I don't know.  

 

I would still use clear coat if I was restoring a museum piece that was never going to get dirty again. 

 

I'd like to hear your thoughts, though.   What is your reasoning? 

 

Ben W.


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Posted March 13, 2014 - 08:10 PM

Oh, there will DEFINATELY be video :D :D :D

 

Once it's finished, on the way home, I'm going to stop in at the place where I bought it just so that they can see it in it's new found glory.

 

I think that they will appreciate that.

 

What you need to do is take a picture of it where it was sitting for years, and take a picture of it in front of the building.  It will make a good portfolio with the other pictures you have "before" and my "during".

 

Ben W.


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Posted March 13, 2014 - 08:17 PM

Im not one for coating on old tractors unless it is a museum piece, that goes for high gloss or over use of gold and chrome.

It is old, keep it old and original, it has developed a personality throughout the years, retain it and it will shine in it's own right.

 

Personally i like simi gloss or low sheen with out the gloss coating, just matt clear coating and the paint will have a nice sheen without blinding you.


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Posted March 13, 2014 - 09:46 PM

Well, this WILL be a working tractor, so I think that the clear coat may be overkill.

 

I'll have to see if I took any pics of it when it was sitting at Worchesters.

 

I know I took one of it under the tarp as a 'teaser', but don't know if I took any others.

 

I did take a walk around vid when it was there though.


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Posted March 14, 2014 - 10:02 PM

Oh goodie were gettin close to an unveiling eh? I will put my vote towards the No clear coat. Working machines  dont need to blind you in the sunlight. Who said that a tractor is prettier in a showroom than in its very own element? I never over restore  my machines. I think that a few scars and little dents make up for character and personality. I


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Posted March 14, 2014 - 10:18 PM

Oh goodie were gettin close to an unveiling eh? I will put my vote towards the No clear coat. Working machines  dont need to blind you in the sunlight. Who said that a tractor is prettier in a showroom than in its very own element? I never over restore  my machines. I think that a few scars and little dents make up for character and personality. I

 

We're getting closer inch by inch.  

 

This thing will still bear some scars, the carnage from the "great wreck" wherein the drive pedal was smashed into something, bending itself, breaking off the dash, and cutting up the fender. 

 

They do provide character. 

 

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Posted March 24, 2014 - 06:14 PM

:camera: ??????


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Posted March 25, 2014 - 05:39 PM

:camera: ??????

 

I hear you... there's pictures to be posted.  :D

 

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Posted March 25, 2014 - 08:06 PM

Well dang how have I missed this thread?

 

 

All I have to do now is sneak up to Ben's and steal the tractor while he is gone to work since I know where he lives. Ob will never find me.....oh wait....dangit. There goes that plan.

 

 

 

 

Work looks good, Ben. Ob will have to repaint the fire extinguisher I gave him so it matches the Bolens.

 

 

 

And yes you have to keep the coffee can . I will even sign it and call it a UW original!


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Posted March 25, 2014 - 08:47 PM

... And yes you have to keep the coffee can . I will even sign it and call it a UW original!

 

 

That's a given.  That's one of the things that gives it character, even if no one ever sees it  :D :D :D

 

Oh, one other thing.

 

I was going to 'cheap out' and not get a tail light, but on further reflection, I thought that it would be the same as not having the steering wheel cap, so, Bob is sending a NOS one to Ben for installation :D :D :D

 

I'm guessing that Ben is close to that 'magic' 90/90 point in the refurb...90% done with 90% to go :rolling:


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Posted March 26, 2014 - 05:46 PM

Ben? you still with us?

 

Ol Buzzard? you dont think hes done runnoff with yer Bolens do ye?






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