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#16 Lauber1 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 09, 2014 - 08:19 PM

those hubs sure look like the ones from a Simplicity. I have an extra pair out in the shop someplace, ill have to compare them with your pictures.


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Posted October 09, 2014 - 08:51 PM

those hubs sure look like the ones from a Simplicity. I have an extra pair out in the shop someplace, ill have to compare them with your pictures.

They are very similar.  Mine are for a 1.25" axle.  Not sure what size axle Simplicity used.



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Posted October 10, 2014 - 08:21 AM

Nice job so far.

 

I really don't want to know how much I spent on my Bolens, I know it was more than I originally wanted to!  It was worth it though.  I'd never be able to get my money back if I sold it, but since i never will it doesn't matter.


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Posted October 20, 2014 - 05:29 PM

I got the axle back a couple of days ago and have installed it (1.75 hrs), along with the oil seal (.25 hrs & special tools required).  The machinist also installed a nice bushing for the gear case cover axle hole that was elongated.  I have also re-installed the idler pulley bearings & inner races (.5 hrs & special tools).  They also got painted, but that isn't being counted as time spent "getting it running again". (no pics)

 

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The next part is to get the rims cleaned up so I can put the tires back on.  They are rusted inside & out, so I decided to e-tank them.  I cut a plastic barrel down to size, bent some rebar, and then bolted 2 bent lawn mower blades to a 2x4 (3 hrs).  The rebar will get the rust inside the tube groove (or whatever you call it).  The blades will get the outside, or at least one side of the outside.  I will flip it over & re-run it tomorrow morning to get the other side.

 

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Totals:  $480 & 21.5 hrs.

   


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Posted October 21, 2014 - 07:46 PM

I'd like to hear more about this e-tank, and would like to see your results. Very interesting, never seen that trick done.
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Posted October 22, 2014 - 06:57 AM

I'd like to hear more about this e-tank, and would like to see your results. Very interesting, never seen that trick done.

Here is an article describing it.  http://gardentractor...lectrolysis-r59


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Posted October 22, 2014 - 05:07 PM

I'd like to hear more about this e-tank, and would like to see your results. Very interesting, never seen that trick done.

 

Before:

 

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When they come out of the tank, they will flash rust, so I wire brush them, dry them, and then apply a coat of rust converter to prevent re-rusting.

 

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In addition to the above, I also had to drain & refill the tank, clean the rebar & blades, and then prep the next rim for its turn in the tank.

 

Totals: $480 & 24 hrs.


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Posted October 22, 2014 - 06:29 PM

Impressive results, I have to try it.
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Posted October 25, 2014 - 05:07 PM

I turned the second rim two days ago (.25 hrs), and yesterday it got removed, washed, and a coat on rust converter (.75 hrs).  Today, both rims got washed, rinsed and primed (1.5 hrs & $10).

 

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Totals: $490 & 26.5 hrs.


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 07:09 PM

Mark; I hope your wife isn't peeking at your totals; money or time...LOL...Dave


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Posted October 25, 2014 - 07:13 PM

Hey, Dave!  Glad to hear you survived.  I did find you a deep tank with carb.  I will send it on to you as we discussed.  


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Posted October 26, 2014 - 07:14 PM

That will be great Mark. Plans have changed and I will be going to Fla. after all. That will make for more run time and less refueling at the shows down there....Dave



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Posted October 28, 2014 - 04:49 PM

Some day's I just have to shake my head and wonder what drives prices.  

 

I stopped at my Fastener store (.5 hrs) of last resort because, well, it was my last resort for some 3/8"-16 x 3/4" square head set screws.  I asked the clerk how much they cost.  The reply was, "50 cents each or 50 for $3.75".  Now, I am no math whiz, but I can usually spot a deal.  What I don't get is why are they 1/10th the price in bulk?

 

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Anyway, I got one of the rims painted today (.5 hrs).  It will use up the rest of the can to do the other rim.  There goes another $35 for the special tint automotive paint.

 

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Totals: $529 & 27.5 hrs.


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Posted October 29, 2014 - 06:07 PM

Painted the second rim today (.5 hrs) and then cleaned up the threads on the engine mounting lugs (.25 hrs).  Then I started to deal with this problem:

 

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The tractor isn't truly "usable" without the front implement mounting lugs.  The one is missing and the other is badly worn.  I have tried welding a new lug in "freehand" before and it always goes badly.  The misalignment is obvious from a mile away, and the impliments fit poorly.  This time, I made a jig for holding the new lug square in the hole and properly spaced from the other one (1 hr).  I needed to use one of my other tractors to make the jig, so I am calling this one "special tools required".  The new lug will get welded from behind first.  The welder may also qualify as "special tools required".  I have some scrap 1/2" round rod, so the cost (to me) is zero, but I will add $1 for the sake of keeping track of the cost for the average Joe.

 

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Totals: $530 & 29.25 hrs.


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Posted October 31, 2014 - 06:10 PM

This post seems to have gotten lost in the inter-nubulus.  Here it is again, as best as I can remember it.  If some Moderator finds the original, please replace this post with the original.

 

I didn't mean to do this tonight.  I lost 8 hours sleep last night trying to figure out how to grind the welds off the back of the remaining lug so I can remove it, and then clean up the welds on the new lugs.  The problem is two-fold: 1) you can only access the welds from below, or when the tractor is turned over, and 2) my grinder is larger than the opening.  

 

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I was standing around in the garage, trying to come up with a plan, when I remembered the angle die-grinder I bought on sale a year ago "in case I needed it someday".  

 

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Once I had the lug out, I cut two new lugs from some scrap I had lying around, mounted the jig, and then welded the new lugs in place.  Now, I will be the first to admit that making a welding jig from wood isn't the best idea, but it worked with only a few flames.

 

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Totals: $530 & 31.5 hrs (not counting the 8 hours of lost sleep).


Edited by New.Canadian.DB.Owner, October 31, 2014 - 06:18 PM.

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