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#181 UncleWillie ONLINE  

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Posted January 01, 2015 - 03:29 PM

WOw how did I miss this thread. That snow blower will be handy in Texas LOL.

 

Great work on that tractor. It will be  awhile before the DragonFly comes back from the paint shop. So I can live vicariously reading this.

 

The deck on the DragonFly was worse than that one. I actually had to get a bunch of it welded up and then used the JbWeld on the rest of it. 

 

 Took a break, Grandson wanted a snack so I prepared some blow torch pop corn. Too cold and windy outside to fix this on the grill gas burner. Turned out surprisingly well.  

I have cooked a lot of stuff with a propane torch. I made stew once with canned roast beef, canned vegetables, and a coffee can. It was too wet for a fire and I was hungry. 


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Posted January 01, 2015 - 03:42 PM

Welcome Uncle Willie, Yep I lucked out with this find here in Texas. It will be one of those 6-9 month restores, but it keeps us out of trouble and broke. Just finished sanding and sharpening the blades. They are in real good shape and don't have any Knicks. Just touched them up with a pass or two on the grinder.



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Posted January 02, 2015 - 10:52 PM

Latest progress, mandrel shells painted, more parts drying, blades sharpened and painted, things lined up to work on next, working on new runners, only needed one, but had enough stock to make two.
Now for the weird one, I have been carrying a bag of bolts, nuts, and springs with me all week looking for matched. One item, a carriage bolt with a long shoulder, Ace Hardware, Tractor Supply, and Fastenal all said that it would be hard to find. Soooo at Wal-Mart, I was picking up some PB and other supplies and drifted into their hardware section looking for springs and right there a (2 pack) od shoulder carriage bolts. Unfortunately they still fit loose in the idler bracket. Option 1 is to use a shoulder bolt I found that fits tight, option 2 is to replace the brass sleeve and use the new carriage bolt. I hope the regular bolt works out. 

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Posted January 02, 2015 - 11:33 PM

That mower will never work, you are Way, way to organized. :poke:
Is there anything the head of that bolt could catch on? Does it really need to be carriage?
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Posted January 03, 2015 - 12:52 AM

That mower will never work, you are Way, way to organized. :poke:
Is there anything the head of that bolt could catch on? Does it really need to be carriage?

I won't know about the bolt till I get to that point of re-assembly. Spent the evening on searspartsdirect and spent another 100 on idler pulleys and some hardware that I couldn't find local, even found the deck brake still available. All that remains is an elusive 9503H spring and belts. I lowered the deck down so I could mark the holes for the runner. I'll probally start assembly this weekend, I really don't like deck top covers, but this has a mount for the brake assembly so I will need to leave it as is.

Pouring cats+dogs outside so I'm in here riding it out.

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 02:33 AM

Really looking sharp.
Larry, what paint are you using? For spray, it has a lot of shine.
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Posted January 03, 2015 - 05:46 AM

Those carriage bolts are pretty common around here, especially in the longer lengths. Looking good!


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 12:58 PM

MH81, it is a local brand that I found at a Fred's store, I have used this paint on all the GT's and it holds up well. Can't beat it at $1.00 a can. Kenny, yes the carriage bolts are common here, but mostly fully threaded, I needed one with a good size shoulder and was having trouble finding it. Once I did, I found that it fits loose in the bushing (bushing is worn) hence the option of replacing the NLA bushing, or going with a bolt that has a slightly larger shoulder. I think I'll go with the later option. Working on pressing the new bearings into the mandrills, One done so far, and working on the bottom runner.

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:54 PM

The shoulder on the carriage bolts is a bit undersize to, I think. A regular bolt with the shoulder is probably the best way to go!


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 05:38 PM

Well, all was going ok on the mandrels. Finished the outers, and started on the inner. Pressing the bearings on is almost as bad as getting them off, anyhow, after pressing the lower bearing on the center shaft, I went to install the races. I was using a rubber mallet on the outers and a large socket to seat them. The center mandrill race just fell in! Lots of slop, so I checked the numbers. Old race is LM12711, and the New is LM12710. Looks like I am taking the races back Monday. At least the bearing part numbers match so I shouldn't need to press the bearing off again.    

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 06:11 PM

rats

all ready to play ball and the game is called on account of rain


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 06:44 PM

It's things like this that really aggravate me. The bearing shop wouldn't sell unless I brought the bearings and races in  to be matched. Thinking back I don't think the even looked at the races, just went to the back room and brought these out.  


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Posted January 04, 2015 - 12:19 AM

I went as far as I could go tonight, need more hardware, the parts ordered from Sears, and exchange the races for the center mandrel. Guess I'll watch Voyage to the bottom of the Sea and call it a night.

 

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Posted January 05, 2015 - 09:29 PM

Exchanged the races today and the Center mandrel is installed. Work really eats into the shop time.... but I need a pay check to keep the progress going. Still looking for some elusive hardware.


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Posted January 05, 2015 - 11:04 PM

That looks sharp, might be too nice to use.
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