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Posted July 06, 2014 - 09:30 PM

Looking good!

Wont be long till your driving her again!

The first drive after a Restore is always a great feeling!


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Posted July 06, 2014 - 10:22 PM

Very nice.    Excellent restoration your doing an that tractor. 


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Posted July 07, 2014 - 12:27 PM

Looking good!
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Posted July 13, 2014 - 09:50 PM

Well, it runs and drives!!!!! :D

I got it running after a brief struggle with weak spark. Whoever (me) set the gap on the points had them a little close. I thought I had them right at 0.020 but apparently not... They sure weren't as easy to get to as when I had the engine on the bench. As soon as I got them set, it fired on the first pull, and started on the second.

I drove it around the yard a little, and almost lost the right front wheel! Apparently the same guy who set the points also installed the wheel. The new bushings I put in the wheels had much thicker flanges than original. I cut them down, but apparently not far enough. I had put a spacer under the lock ring, but I guess that kept it from fully engaging the groove. It locks good without the spacer, so that's how it is now. Next time I pull the wheel, I'll take a little more off the flange.

Just have to put the hood and belt guard on, and she's done! Got the decals on the hood tonight, so I can put it on the grill, and then on the tractor. Here is a peek at the hood.

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Posted July 14, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Once again, this is really looking nice. That is going to be one pretty little tractor. You did a great job with the paint. 


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Posted July 14, 2014 - 09:38 PM

Well, I ran into a major setback. I was trying to get the governor adjusted, and it seems that the tab has broken off the governor cross shaft. I can spin it around and around.
So, the engine is going to have to get torn down to replace it. Oh well, everything should come apart easily...

It was complete for a few minutes, and looked good! I started to take it back apart, but didn't do a whole lot, I didn't feel much like working on it tonight after finding that.

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Posted July 15, 2014 - 02:43 PM

That stinks! It still looks great though !!
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Posted July 15, 2014 - 04:24 PM

Yeah, that does sux, just a bump in the road.



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Posted July 15, 2014 - 06:00 PM

Yeah, that does sux, just a bump in the road.


Yep, it's not the end of the world. It won't take too long to do it. In fact, I'm about to walk out to the shop to start on it. I can't wait for the first "official" test drive. The one I took the other night doesn't count due to the hood not being on.
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Posted July 15, 2014 - 06:06 PM

There you go, good chance to inspect the inners while your there.


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Posted July 15, 2014 - 08:12 PM

Sorry to read about your governor setback.  Sounds like you can tackle that issue though. 

 

I have a 1959 that was my father's that I have been using which is burning oil which probably needs ring and other work to the engine. 

 

Do you recall roughly what the cost was to have the crankshaft turned and the cylinder rebored?  I had a quote of about $300 which also included flattening the cylinder head and grinding the valve seats.  The price seemed high to me so I have held off on that.


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Posted July 15, 2014 - 08:43 PM

Looking good!! Sorry to hear about your setback.
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Posted July 15, 2014 - 08:59 PM

Sorry to read about your governor setback.  Sounds like you can tackle that issue though. 
 
I have a 1959 that was my father's that I have been using which is burning oil which probably needs ring and other work to the engine. 
 
Do you recall roughly what the cost was to have the crankshaft turned and the cylinder rebored?  I had a quote of about $300 which also included flattening the cylinder head and grinding the valve seats.  The price seemed high to me so I have held off on that.


That seems high. It was about $95 for what I had done.
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Posted July 16, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Bummer on the tab. There is always something with these machines. Should be a pretty easy fix after you get it apart good luck with it.


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Posted August 04, 2014 - 04:25 PM

It's done!!!!

I finally have had time to work on the the tractor. While I had it apart, I replaced the wiring to the points and kill switch.

Took it for a ride around the yard for a few minutes in between rain showers.

Here she is:

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