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#31 mike912e OFFLINE  

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Posted November 03, 2014 - 07:32 PM

The frame is attached to the transmission, holes have been tapped out and I'm beginning to pre-fit parts before final assembly . The driveline/clutch assembly is done except for a two piece collar to back the clutch spring . I used a heavy duty throw-out bearing and clutch disk and the stop pin located at the back of the clutch spring cannot be used . So I'm replacing it with a two piece collar . It's difficult to pace myself at this stage as I want to just plow ahead and get things done . I need to slow down and make sure it's assembled in proper sequence and correctly . And don't forget to apply the Loctite !

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Posted November 04, 2014 - 06:56 PM

Fitted the seat base and tool tray . The three point casting is mounted but the pin was powder coated it's entire length and won't fit into the hole . I've masked off the part of the pin that can remain yellow and will take it along tomorrow to get the wrongly coated area sandblasted clean .  Also started working on the spring assist for the implement handle . I have a friend making a new U-bolt as the old one had stripped threads . I will also be replacing the long threaded adjustment bolt as it is also in rough shape . I think I'll install the implement handle assembly next while access is available . The notched arc and pushrod block are easier to install at this stage . Each piece has to be inspected and worked on to make sure it fits properly ; cleaning excess coating out of close fitting holes . Well, back out to the garage and work on tomorrow's parts .

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Posted November 04, 2014 - 07:36 PM

Fitted the seat base and tool tray . The three point casting is mounted but the pin was powder coated it's entire length and won't fit into the hole . I've masked off the part of the pin that can remain yellow and will take it along tomorrow to get the wrongly coated area sandblasted clean .  Also started working on the spring assist for the implement handle . I have a friend making a new U-bolt as the old one had stripped threads . I will also be replacing the long threaded adjustment bolt as it is also in rough shape . I think I'll install the implement handle assembly next while access is available . The notched arc and pushrod block are easier to install at this stage . Each piece has to be inspected and worked on to make sure it fits properly ; cleaning excess coating out of close fitting holes . Well, back out to the garage and work on tomorrow's parts .

Looking good! Thanks for the pictures and updates!


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Posted November 06, 2014 - 02:19 PM

Installed the completed driveshaft assembly . I used my hydraulic press to tension the clutch spring and move/lock the two-piece collar into place . I also installed the front axle and installed new grease fittings, as well as the tie-rod with new ends . Working on the spring assist if I can figure out where I laid my 1/2-13 tap ! I also want to replace the flat washer used as a thrust washer with a ballbearing thrust washer . Should provide better service over the years . This evening I'll start removing the burnt on tape residue from the brake/clutch shaft and then plan on installing that mechanism tomorrow . I'll post some before and after pics so you can see what to expect if you decide to go with powder coat . FYI, there is special heat resistant tape especially made for this application but it's considerably more expensive than regular masking tape . Yep, I'm a cheap-ass old man !

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Posted November 07, 2014 - 08:24 PM

Mounted the implement handle w/ 3 point push rod and mule drive today . Attached the transmission rear cover and will wait until tomorrow to refill with gear oil . Also positioned the gear shift handle for installation after the transmission is filled .

Note that all of the parts added today, are like the rest of the tractor, powder coated . Even the smallest parts like the spring on the shift handle are powder coated . Should start to go a little faster now that most of the pain in the butt underneath parts are installed . The Ross steering column and fiberglass dash will be last except for the engine . I also need to purchase a new wiring harness and get it installed soon .

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Posted November 08, 2014 - 12:45 PM

Made some progress today . Put gear oil in the transmission , attached the shifter , fenders, foot rests and seat .  I need to get the engine painted and ready to install after the new wiring harness is installed ( need to order it soon ! ) . Here are a couple of pictures of today's progress :

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Posted November 09, 2014 - 10:08 PM

Looking really nice!
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Posted November 09, 2014 - 11:16 PM

This tractor is looking really great! I was skeptical of how the powder coat would look but it sure does look nice. I'm gonna take a cub cadet #2 dump trailer to get powder coated now just to see how that looks.

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Posted November 10, 2014 - 06:26 AM

That's looking real nice!


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Posted November 10, 2014 - 10:10 AM

This tractor is looking really great! I was skeptical of how the powder coat would look but it sure does look nice. I'm gonna take a cub cadet #2 dump trailer to get powder coated now just to see how that looks.

GTpicker01,

    Just make sure that you plan ahead . Holes will need to be tapped out and exposed threads will need to be taped or run over with a die after the coating process . Also remember that things tend to " grow " because of the added thickness . Two pieces that fit together closely before may not fit together at all after coating . I supply my coater with detailed pictures with added notes for him to follow . Makes his job a little tougher but mine is much easier when I get the part back and it doesn't require extra work . Good luck and please post pictures of the process and results when done . Thanks for following along with my build .

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Posted November 10, 2014 - 10:15 AM

Question. How do you handle grease fittings? Do you take them out?

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Posted November 10, 2014 - 02:21 PM

Question. How do you handle grease fittings? Do you take them out?

Absolutely ! Almost all are hammer-in type . The old ones can be tough to get out but using an 1/8" drill/drift punch makes fast work of it . I purchased a bag of 100 on E-bay . Fairly inexpensive . Just be careful not to damage them when installing the new ones . I use a piece of mild steel rod about 1/2 or 5/8 inch in diameter and drill a hole on one end that will fit the head of the new zerk fitting loosely . It has to rest on the shoulder just below the round head of the zerk . The old fitting have probably been painted over many times and won't pass grease easily . Easy to replace and using grease on a regular basis will make your tractor last longer . Just be sure to wipe any excess as grease and dirt make a fine grinding compound . I hope this answers your question GTpicker01 . Have a great day . And if your a veteran, thank you for serving our country . 


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Posted November 10, 2014 - 02:33 PM

Here's today's progress . Pressure washed the engine, taped for painting, primer painted and final top coat of paint . I'll let it dry for at least three days . On the tractor I was able to install the wiring harness, hood latches, hood rollers , grill w/headlights and voltage regulator , headlight switch and starter solenoid . I also installed the mule drive latch mechanism as well as the mule drive . I'm done for today as my back is killing me from humping that damned heavy motor around . ( that's the real reason that it has to sit for three days for the paint to dry ! ) . Tomorrow, if my back feels better , I'll try to get her back on her wheels . That way I can lower her down and sit on my stool to work on her . The steering column will be one of the last things to get installed as the fiberglass dash panel has to be refinished first . Then the engine goes in at the end, followed by the gas tank and muffler .

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Posted November 10, 2014 - 03:27 PM

Sorry I wasn't following you progress for a few weeks now , WOW it's looking great ! Keep up the good work !
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Posted November 10, 2014 - 09:38 PM

Just couldn't sit still this evening ! Started putting the sheet metal on the engine and one thing led to another and another............

Sorry if some of the pictures are blurry . They looked normal to me at the time !

It actually goes together pretty fast when most of the subassemblies are done and sitting on the shelf .

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