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#106 UncleWillie OFFLINE  

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Posted March 26, 2014 - 06:28 PM

I locked him in a closet when I came and stole the forklift.


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Posted March 26, 2014 - 08:32 PM

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

 

That's it. 

 

We're actually at the "nothing to see here" point wherein until reassembly begins, all you see is one layer of paint after another.  Which really means nothing looks that different from the last weeks pictures. 

 

It is also to darn cold to paint.  We don't have a heated shop, and I haven't been on the phone selling parts out there enough recently to fill it full of hot air. 

 

Ben? you still with us?

 

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

 

I'm still with you, sorry to disappoint you.
 

Stop suggesting things like that.  You'll get the law on me that much faster. 

 

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Posted March 26, 2014 - 08:36 PM

I locked him in a closet when I came and stole the forklift.

 

You didn't mention the rest of it, I see.  You forgot that my shop was booby-trapped, and we both had to wait until someone else got home to unlock me from the closet and let you down from hanging by one leg from the rafters right inside the shop door. 

 

Leaving you upside down for three hours really made a mess, though.  I had coffee everywhere after it all drained out.

 

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Posted March 26, 2014 - 08:40 PM

:bigrofl: :bigrofl: :bounce: :bigrofl:


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Posted March 26, 2014 - 10:17 PM

Now you need new floors in the shop after the coffee ate holes in them.
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Posted March 27, 2014 - 08:11 PM

Now you need new floors in the shop after the coffee ate holes in them.

 

You didn't get the bill yet?  I sent it to you a couple days ago. 

 

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Posted March 27, 2014 - 08:58 PM

You didn't get the bill yet?  I sent it to you a couple days ago. 

 

Ben W.

So that was what Heath ate out of the mailbox.


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Posted March 29, 2014 - 09:15 PM

I suppose I ought to catch up on the doings of Bolens 1886 tractors.

 

New shoes for the front end!  OldBuzzard found new hubs/spindles to fit the front, and new tires.  They are a little wider, once I think will be good for the forklift attachment.

 

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Here's a comparison, new and old:

 

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The rear tires were so old that the tire shop blew them up getting them off.  One tore like paper.  I saw it. 

 

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The steering wheel shaft came from Bolens with a stud on top for a nut to hold the wheel on.  Let me say that it was a dumb idea.  That stud shears off everytime, since it bastes for years in the water which collects in the hole, rusts, and then I expect it to unscrew.  Just brilliant.  I tapped it to 3/8-16 and it should last forever.

 

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The hydraulic pump was made by Gresen of Minneapolis.  They are still in business: http://gresenpumps.com/

 

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I suspect the old steering wheel is done.  It shattered on the way off.  Someone had gorilla glued it along the way with dubious results.  Thankfully Dave sent a new one along with the tractor.

 

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The weight box is changing colors:

 

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The engine received a nice even coat of high heat primer.  It should last well. 

 

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Do you like my fancy spindle supports?  I sell you a complete pair for $25.  eBay price is $50.  Snatch 'em while you can.

 

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Primer, primer, everywhere.

 

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Take a look at how perfect a 90 degree angle the forks describe.  I think this may be part of the problem Dave was complaining about, where you can't get the load past level to hold it on the forks.

 

I'll restore these to correct.  "Pass me a hammer!"

 

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Ben W.


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Posted March 29, 2014 - 09:47 PM

Ohhhhh I want 3 pair of those spindle jacks
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Posted March 29, 2014 - 09:58 PM

Lookin' good there Ben  :thumbs:

 

I chose those tires for three reasons.  Being wider I'll have better flotation, they are a bit taller, so I'll have a bit more ground clearance, and they rated for 1130 lb @ 45 psi, so I won't have to worry about putting a full load on the lift.

 

Oh, on the forks, remember that we discussed putting a hole in each one out near the end.


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Posted March 29, 2014 - 10:00 PM

Ohhhhh I want 3 pair of those spindle jacks

 

That'll be $75.  Send me your PayPal email and I'll send you an invoice.

 

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Posted March 29, 2014 - 10:01 PM

Lookin' good there Ben  :thumbs:

 

I chose those tires for three reasons.  Being wider I'll have better flotation, they are a bit taller, so I'll have a bit more ground clearance, and they rated for 1130 lb @ 45 psi, so I won't have to worry about putting a full load on the lift.

 

Oh, on the forks, remember that we discussed putting a hole in each one out near the end.

 

I'll get a hole burned.  I'm figuring 5/8 or 3/4, any preferences?

 

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Posted March 29, 2014 - 10:05 PM

And here was probably the status as of a week and a half ago.  A lot of little parts need paint.

 

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The new weight box cover wants a nice big Bolens husky man sticker on it.  :rolling:

 

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I also got the inside of the fender skin turning white.  I really like the color, it matches what was there exactly, but it probably has too much cream in it for the critical collector's eye. 

 

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The rear rims are ready for new shoes.

 

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The came off the mast, big greasy creatures that they are, and I was able to get the mast bright red.  You can't miss it.

 

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Someone had asked me how I kept the mast upright.  Here's the dirty secret. 

 

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That's a ratchet strap hanging from the rafters. 

 

Call me a redneck.

 

Ben W.


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Posted March 29, 2014 - 10:06 PM

All this now happened after the short interruption I had while I had to clean the coffee off the shop floor, since Heath ate the bill and I didn't get the money I needed to hire a pro.  OldBuzzard will need to sue Willie for the delay, don't blame me.

 

So from today, we started out like this:

 

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We ended up like this.  :dancingbanana:

 

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I wanted to show a skeptic (whoever he is) that yes, I do indeed paint the undersides of the tractor.  :rolling:

 

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I uncovered the underframe of the forklift on the tail end for the first time today and got a sneak preview of what the red and black look like together.  I'm pretty tickled.

 

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There's an update.  Now are ya'll happy?

 

Ben W.


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Posted March 29, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Ben ,it's really looking good. Can't wait to see it finished. :thumbs:


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