Thank you for the inquiry . You know the old adage ; what can go wrong , will go wrong . I installed the implement spring assist and I'm having difficulty cinching the "U" bolt tight enough on the shaft . When I move the implement handle the spring assist bracket slips . I'll have to see if I can get the u-bolt nuts tight enough without shearing them off . The starter/generator belt is installed and tensioned as is the PTO rod w/turnbuckle , also properly adjusted . The remaining decals should be here any day and I can install them on the fiberglass dash, which has been given two more coats of gloss white paint . If the surface at the decal's location is not completely smooth any imperfections will show up through the decal . And the last thing that needs to be tackled yet is the gas tank . I'm debating bead-blasting, as I did on previous restored tanks , or using paint stripper . I might try stripper this time so I can compare effort and results . By the way, if your wondering why the tank is being painted instead of powder coated, the answer is simple . The tank's three sections are soldered together with soft solder which, unfortunately would melt during the baking portion of the powder coating ( 350-400 degrees F. ) . I had considered removing the solder and reassembling the tank with silver solder, but I think the effort might be too great for the results obtained . So paint it is .
Note from yesterday's post : installing two extra 1/2" bolts through the mule drive to frame would probably add enough safety to allow the front trailer ball to support a trailer and safely move it .
I also installed the tank support and still have to torque the head bolts that I removed .
I keep chipping away at it , in addition to the other daily tasks like moving firewood and keeping the wood stove going , making my own meals , laundry and making sure that the dogs are well fed and spoiled . This retirement isn't all it's made up to be . Some days I wish I was back at work as there was less work to do !
I'll post pictures later .
Edited by mike912e, November 22, 2014 - 02:16 PM.