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#61 HowardsMF155 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 11, 2014 - 10:33 PM

Excellent restoration there.  Thanks for letting us follow along.  


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Posted March 12, 2014 - 10:00 AM

That looks real good! Glad you have it usable again!


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Posted March 12, 2014 - 09:53 PM

 Thanks you Howard, and Kenny both for the kind words. This has been a fun project, and I can't wait to really put it to work. With 14hp, its not my most powerful GT, but it is my largest. This this thing towers over my Wheel Horse C-160. Its longer, wider, and much taller. I love that it has a hydraulic 3 point. While I don't mind a good ol strong arm lift, as I get older, I enjoy these type of things more. :bigrofl:

 

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Posted March 13, 2014 - 06:12 PM

 I took a short video of the 444 today, and thought I'd share it. I'll try to get a better one of it tilling soon. Thanks

 

Matt

 


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Posted March 16, 2014 - 07:49 PM

Great job


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Posted March 16, 2014 - 08:01 PM

Great job

 Thanks Kevin, I appreciate it.

 

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Posted March 19, 2014 - 10:53 PM

Your tractor looks phenominal. Great job on the restoration. I hope my 444 looks as good as yours does someday!


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Posted March 20, 2014 - 04:35 PM

Your tractor looks phenominal. Great job on the restoration. I hope my 444 looks as good as yours does someday!

 Thanks for the kind words. :thumbs:

 

 I've been working on a weight bracket for the front of the 444, as its very light in the front with the tiller on it. I built it using the existing mule drive bracket. I have a bunch of 1/2" steel plates from a hospital fracture table that I used for building the rest. I added the plates to both the front, and back side of the bracket, for strength, and the extra weight. I also built the suite case weight pocket from these plates as well. The bracket by itself weighs about 40lbs. 

 I purchase 5 inexpensive suite case weights, that were plasma cut from 2" thick steel. They are rough cut, but after some grinding, and paint they will look good. They weigh 22 lbs each, so my total added weight will be around 150lbs.  Here are a few pics.  Thanks

 

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Posted March 26, 2014 - 05:14 PM

 Progress has been a little slow lately, but I did get the Brinly plow that came with the 444 back together yesterday. After taking out of my e-tank, I realized it had some really bad rust pitting, but I wasn't about to do body work to a plow, so I just gave it a coat of paint to prevent further rusting. I also installed all new adjustment hardware, and coulter wheel Thanks

 

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Posted March 26, 2014 - 05:40 PM

Weight bracket and plow look good! Was the plow making a good furrow for you? Kinda hard to tell in the pic.


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Posted March 26, 2014 - 06:06 PM

Weight bracket and plow look good! Was the plow making a good furrow for you? Kinda hard to tell in the pic.

 A good furrow? :say_what:  :bigrofl:  Kenny, I have to level with you, this is my first plow, as I've always used a tiller. After watching several videos, I'd say it wasn't going deep enough, so I've adjusted angle a little more, and I've also moved it from the hole in the center of the sleeve hitch, to the one on the right side. I was suffering from some traction problems as well, but I should have about 300lbs of wheel weight on by this weekend, so that problem should be solved. I'm really looking forward to learning how to really use this attachment, so any tips you want to offer would be great! Thanks

 

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Posted March 27, 2014 - 07:35 PM

 I got the painted weights back on the front of the 444 today, and I'm very pleased with the way they turned out. I've also started adding weight to the rear wheels. Factory Case weights are crazy expensive, so I decided to go the dumbbell weight route. I will paint them to match the tractor. The pics below are with 150 pounds on that wheel. Two 50lb plates up front, and two 25lb plates behind them. The fit very nicely, and there is still room to add at least another 50 if I wanted too. Hmmmmmm.  :D

 

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Posted April 24, 2014 - 09:55 PM

 Well, I've been working on the 444. I'm sure my fellow Case owners out there know what a pain in the rear these GT's can be to till with, if not equipped with a Flow Control Valve. The way the travel control on these Case tractors is set up, if you try to go slow to break up the hard ground, your not getting much power to the wheels, so you end up stopping. You then push the travel control further forward, and you end up going to fast! :hitting_self_roller:  It can be quite frustrating! So, I installed a flow control that allow the tractor to go very slow, with full power to the wheels. I can't believe what a difference this made in my 444. Its so much more enjoyable. I also installed a later model travel control valve, with built in holding valve from a 446. While these Case GT's are very well built machines, I think they should have come standard with these features, rather than it being optional. Anyway, here are a few pics. Thanks

 

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Posted April 24, 2014 - 10:06 PM

Matt, That is one slick installation and the 444 is Beautiful. What a GREAT JOB you have done, way to go !! :thumbs:


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Posted April 25, 2014 - 08:00 PM

Matt, That is one slick installation and the 444 is Beautiful. What a GREAT JOB you have done, way to go !! :thumbs:

 Thanks Brian. I've really enjoyed this project, and hope to get many long hours of use out of it now. :thumbs:

 

Matt


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