Hi everyone. Got a little good news on getting ready to start building my tractor.
To start with, I am finished with the guts to my boiler (the firebox, tube manifold and all, except the ash pan, is all complexly welded in, and I will get the metal for the ash pan in the morning so that should be finished by tomorrow night or by Friday afternoon at the latest. Probably tomorrow night but I didn't say that because if I had of it would take me a week, LOL.
I fixed a fuel transfer pump Mark, my cousin said wasn't any good any more tonight so now I can drain the used motor oil out of the tank that I am using for the water jacket as soon as the ash pan is installed and welded in completely in the firebox.
So if the Good Lord is willing, the boiler should be on line and heating the house, shop, and hot water by the 2nd or 3rd weekend in Oct., and the tractor is next in line.
What can I say, I need it to help me gather the firewood, LOL.
The next thing important is that I was at one of the Auto Salvage Yards I go to sometimes yesterday and told the guy, I forget his name now, but I told him what I wanted to do about building a tractor and he said I could pick out about any rear end and 5 speed transmission they have in the yard, as long as it wasn't one from something like a late model Mustang, etc. for a buck, or a buck fifty.
You know, anything that isn't popular or sells for a lot at a junk yard, which from my point of view, I don't want to buy something that is breaking down and needing replacement anyway.
I wonder what he'd do if I took it out loaded it on the truck and then came in and threw a $1.50 on the counter and ran like wild fire?, LOL.
Anyway, he also said there were still a lot of 60's and 70's Ford, Chevy, and Dodge pick-up down by the carp pond and I haven't been all the way down there since I was a teenager. I didn't realize the junkyard still went down that far.
But I can get anything down there and I know there were some old trucks down there with 4 speeds plus sub low transmissions and low geared rear ends down there, and I can get whatever I need for the front end from the straight front axle and springs to the steering box, column, etc., for nothing if I pay the buck fifty for the rear end & tranny to start with.
Or he'll let me get the rear end and transmission for just the buck, as he says it.
Anyway, it looks like I can get the complete drive train and front end for $150 and I think I have about every thing else I'll need short of the 90* gear box and some pulleys and belts.
So maybe in a couple or three weeks I'll be getting started on building it.
That is if no one else comes up with some more work for me to do.
Well, time to hit the bath and then the sack.
Edited by Ranger2000, September 26, 2014 - 07:23 PM.