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Posted February 04, 2014 - 09:30 PM

My first post here on GTTalk and i thought i would post about my latest restoration. I picked this little 855 up last winter but i had too much fun playing with it so i'm just now getting around to restoring it! When i bought this thing the shift lever was sitting on the seat, but i figured for $60 i really couldn't go wrong. I brought it home, and split the transmission to look for damage, but it was actually in pretty good shape. I put new needle bearings in the axel housings, along with new seals and a new seal on the brake shaft. Turns out the only reason the shifter pulled out was because the set screw broke. 

 

Anyway I finally decided to pull it into the shop and get it restored before the big Wheel Horse show in June. So far i have it torn down to a rolling chassis except for the blasted steering wheel. I never have luck with steering wheels! spent the last few evenings working on stripping the paint off the parts I do have torn off. 

 

Tonight i took the motor apart. It runs like a champ with no smoke or any bad sounds so im just going to put some new gaskets on it and rebuild the carb.

 

Will post more pics soon!

 

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Posted February 04, 2014 - 09:37 PM

:welcometogttalk:   Keep us posted on your progress,, we love pics!


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Posted February 05, 2014 - 12:03 AM

Hello there and welcome! :wave: Nice looking horse you got there :thumbs:


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Posted February 05, 2014 - 12:09 AM

:welcometogttalk:  That's a nice looking Wheel Horse you are working on. You will like the big show in June, there are tons of tractors there and a ton of great people there too.


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Posted February 05, 2014 - 09:54 AM

cheluIS fought (and won) a steering wheel battle royale on another thread.  His story of woe may help.

 

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Posted February 05, 2014 - 09:20 PM

Thanks for the link to the other thread! I'm going to try his drilling method and see how that goes. 

 

Time for an update on the 855!

So i saw a thread on here somewhere about soaking parts in apple cider vinegar to make the paint removal process go easier and it worked surprisingly well.

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You can see where half of the foot rest was out of the vinegar and the other half was in. I think it worked well. Worked well on the other two parts as well.

 

The Kohler ended up being kind of a greaseball so i'm going to spray it with engine degreaser and pressure wash it on a warm day......warm as in above freezing lol! Pulled the flywheel and cleaned it up and sprayed the back with a high heat paint and primed the front. I got quite a few parts cleaned up today and primed with a can. When the weather warms up I will prime them with the gun.

 

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The bracket on the bottom of the fender where the seat latch goes across was broken, but that seems to be a common problem. I have some spare parts fenders that i've just saved for the sheet metal so i cut a corner off the bracket of one set of parts fenders and tomorrow i'm going to weld it in place. I'm also going to use an extra piece to weld on top to reinforce it a little bit. 

 

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It’s going well so far!


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Posted February 14, 2014 - 09:45 PM

I haven't posted here In a while. Im juat trying to dig out of all this snow! Lol I'll try to get some pics up tomorrow but I just mostly need some warm painting weather now.

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Posted February 15, 2014 - 07:53 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! I'm a little late, but looking forward to the restoration progress. Hope the snow duties ease up for you folks up that way!


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Posted February 26, 2014 - 03:35 PM

Sorry it's taken so long to put my progress up. I've been sick for a while and haven't done much with it, but i'll give a progress update.
I've pretty much made a mess of the shop. There are parts laying everywhere waiting for spring and good painting weather.


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I've had to do some body work. The drive pulley on the tranny was bent (Don't ask me how) and it did this to the drive belt shield. So now i need a new drive pulley. Anyone know if i can get that at an autoparts store. My dad thought it would be difficult getting one since it's a 3/4 inch bore and keyed. Any thoughts would be nice.

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The fenders were pitted under the seat so i got that all patched up.

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We did have some warmer weather last week. And by warmer i mean above freezing. lol So i was able to finally degrease the engine and wash the frame off before i started working in those.

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So to make myself smile and feel like a serious transition from rust bucket to thing of beauty is happening, I painted the black parts lol.

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By the way i lost the battle on the steering wheel and gave up. I thought i was going to break it on the 20 ton press and that was my last resort so i have a game plant to paint it now it's just going to be a little more difficult. I also ordered the decals today and am waiting like a kid on Christmas for those. Terry from redo your horse makes such excellent decals! I also needed a seat, so i ordered one of those Michigan style low back seats. So hopefully come the end of the week i'll have this thing completely ready for paint. And yes i'm procrastinating doing the wheels......because i strongly dislike doing wheels.

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 03:40 PM

Thanks for the pics! How did you prep your parts? Do you sandblast or use the wire brush and sanding method?



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Posted February 26, 2014 - 06:27 PM

I use a combination of apple cider vinegar and wire brush. This is the first time I've used the vinegar and I'm so impressed with the results that I'll use it from now on.

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 10:06 PM

How do you use the apple cider vinegar? Do you soak the parts?

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 10:28 PM

I have a big rubbermaid container in the basement that I put the parts in for at least 24 hours. Most times though I'll put them in on a Saturday evening and not touch them again until monday. The longer the parts are soaked the better it works. I have also found that I get three good uses out of a one batch of vinegar and then it loses potency or something.

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 10:57 PM

Do you use this method on your big parts(frame, etc.)?

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Posted February 26, 2014 - 11:18 PM

No. Frame and wheels I just used a wire brush and wet sand. Now the hood I was able to fit in half one night and half the next. Same goes for the drive belt shield.

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