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#526 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted April 12, 2015 - 05:50 PM

Valves and springs are installed, now to check and adjust the gaps. Overall been a good weekend for progress.

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Posted April 12, 2015 - 08:44 PM

After completely destroying the old air filter to make a gasket (A couple hours of work) to remove the wire mesh, cut each filter element with side cutters and a knife, dremel sand the remaining filter off, wash and clean) still came up short. I am probably the only one that knows intimately how a air cleaner is made. :D  A good weather strip solved the air cleaner issue,  Oh, Valves are adjusted to 0.005 intake and 0.013 exhaust. Only requires a 1/2 to 1/3 turn on each adjusting screw and I turned the engine over three times and checked each time. 

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Posted April 12, 2015 - 09:51 PM

Go man go! Looking real good.

About copper washers, I needed one for something that escapes me at the moment and just made one. I happened to have some sheet copper that had some thickness to it. I just used a hole saw that was the right outside diameter for the washer with a drill bit sized for the inside diameter. Heat, quench, good to go. I was in a situation I couldn't be down for however long it would take to find/buy one and making one was quick. 


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Posted April 13, 2015 - 08:29 PM

I guess the old adage applies here "If you want something done right, do it your self". I have been asking around, Neighbors, Friends, and on-line, and I cant seem to find anyone that wants to help me with the muffler issue. So I am thinking about asking the Wife to get me a flux wire welder for my 57 birthday this month. I have been looking over and measuring the manifold pipes. I am sure I can make the flange out of flat stock, and the pipe looks to be close to standard fence or antenna pole pipe, I am sure I can source some of this. Not sure how I can make the bends, or add the (Y) as I still would like two pepper shakers per cylinder. I quit brainstorming before I got a headache and painted the air cleaner and head bolts.

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Posted April 13, 2015 - 08:42 PM

Larry have you checked with a local muffler shop. If you take your old ones there maybe they could make up something for you.

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Posted April 13, 2015 - 08:48 PM

I'll try a few more, the one I talked to didn't have anything that small.



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Posted April 13, 2015 - 10:22 PM

You might try a Staiinless Muffler Shop. Some of them make their own mufflers and they might be able to use some larger diameter pipe as a platform.
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Posted April 14, 2015 - 05:30 AM

Finding bent pipe that diameter is a real pain. At one time I had a bookmark for a company in NEB that made small Aircraft exhaust parts. The pipe size was real close. Haven't tried to find it lately.


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Posted April 14, 2015 - 03:32 PM

I have a 1977 sitting in my barn , came with a set of disc , moldboard plow , cultivator , and snow plow with brackets . It was running when I mothballed it a few years ago . I would consider selling it for parts . I forgot to mention it came with the flared tractor fenders . Mine was yellow and white , also have all the original manuals for all the items mentioned .



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Posted April 14, 2015 - 03:37 PM

I forgot to add that I also have a set of duel wheel converters for this machine with the original tires , still in good shape .



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Posted April 14, 2015 - 04:36 PM

I am working another angle for the mufflers, I still have the ones purchased a while back that don't fit, MARKUS, I'll keep you in mind, but for now I need to hold off on another purchase to see what happens with the folks I talked with today. Thanks for the offer.



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Posted April 14, 2015 - 09:34 PM

Got the heads and intake torqued down. I may need to take the block to town for some measurements. I'll re-torque before I put the tins on.

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Posted April 14, 2015 - 11:18 PM

Larry, this pic should answer your question....:) Thought yours might be missing? The filter to shroud gasket is important for correct cooling/air flow etc.

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Posted April 15, 2015 - 12:40 AM

This is a bit rough on the text for readability but something for your files you might find interesting. :)

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Posted April 15, 2015 - 08:52 AM

Thanks for the Oil shroud gasket! Yes mine was missing and not listed in the parts manual.






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