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#16 a4hope2011 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 02, 2011 - 11:40 PM

Today was the longest day I've been able to work on my tractor (7+ hours). It was also the dirtiest. The agenda for today was cleaning and rust removal. A couple parts came off so I could get at the fittings... you'll see how that went shortly.

This is how things looked at the beginning of the day, note the rust and all the gunk on the transmission and differential:

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I decided to clean up the airbox and change the filter while I was in there, check out the old one


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First new part on the tractor!






Is that supposed to be there?

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It's a popsicle stick sitting on the block




steering column is rusty:

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Whoops....



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That'll need to be welded



These things are STILL rusted on, I think we'll try heating the bolt with a torch from underneath:

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paint stirrer=great for scraping off gunk

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All the dirt I knocked off from underneath:

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now, on to rust removal (the trans isn't rusty- thats rust dust from the frame)



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Posted March 02, 2011 - 11:40 PM

check out the grinder with sanding wheel sitting on the tire:

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I know, it still looks rusty, but it looks better in person, and it's all real smooth now



finally got these little buggers out...

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and these hoses were cracking, so they got replaced

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the pile of dirt that came off the tractor today:

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I got dirty but it was fun!

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Tomorrow, more detail work with the dremel, and maybe starting with the deck. As soon as Grandpa is finished with a minivan that got sideswiped, we'll degrease everything and wash it down. Then, paint! :dancingbanana:

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Posted March 03, 2011 - 06:12 AM

Looks like you are making great progress. That garage bay is a little on the empty side..... I see more tractors in your future :poke: :D

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Posted March 03, 2011 - 07:29 AM

She has quite a bit of rust issues. Did she sit outside a lot? Nice progress you are making. Keep up the good work!

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Posted March 03, 2011 - 10:45 PM

Today I would say is pretty much the end of "phase I". Most all the cleanup is done. The rust management on the frame is done. Disassembly is done-I could go farther, but I'd only end up fixing things until they don't work anymore.

Fender, tins, deck, and small bits are ready to be sandblasted. Hardware is ready for the parts cleaner, and some of it is getting replaced with shiny new stuff. Chassis and powertrain is ready to be de-greased and powerwashed.

Sadly, "phase II" won't begin until later next week - Grandpa is busy with an insurance repair and needs to get it finished up. It's all his equipment, and I'm not about to go frogging around with stuff I've never used before. He finished the welding today but that leaves grinding and sanding, priming, sanding, priming, sanding, priming, painting, painting, painting, painting, clearcoating.....

Here's some shots from today:

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I tore the deck down today


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this little effer was practically welded on there and rounded off to boot

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this tensioner was pretty well rusted to the deck

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The nut for the tensioner bolt on the deck is hard to get to:


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can't get a ratchet on it. Can't get a crescent wrench on it. Vice grips? Nope.

Take a break, go get a soda, Grandpa comes over to see where I'm at. He says, "can you get a box end wrench on it?" DUH


This is what it looked like underneath the tensioner

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deck is pretty much stripped down now, the bolts that hold the spindles on don't have heads on them, so we'll cut them off with a torch next week

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I sanded it a bit to see if it would need sandblasting, and the answer is YES


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Here's how it sits now

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It was about 15f this morning, but 60f in Grandpa's shop - this wouldn't be happening now if I couldn't work on it there.

:thanku: to everyone for the positive comments!

Here's a tribute to the man himself, grinding welds on a minivan in the next bay over:

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NUTNDUN,
I think I've got the sickness....must have caught it from you guys!

akretowicz,
I think she must have. I bought it used at an auction, so I don't really have any knowledge of its history other than what I have discovered this week.

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Posted March 09, 2011 - 09:50 PM

I hope I can keep you guys satisfied. The pace should pick up here in the next couple days :smile1:



I had kind of gotten to a stopping point on Thursday, with not too many things left to do by myself. Friday Grandpa went with a friend of his to pick up a motorcycle he'll be reconditioning. Saturday, we drove an hour and picked up a model 49 snowblower, which I forgot to take pictures of...hopefully I'll remember to do so tomorrow. Sunday we went down to visit my parents. Monday and Tuesday I did some little things, sanded a bit of rust here and removed some gunk there. I was also helping Grandpa get that van finished. Today, that van finally got paint and its parts reinstalled, and I got a little work done on my tractor at the same time.

The hood got sanded down nice, it'll get wet sanded after primer:

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Cleaned up these brackets a bit (one on the right first)

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Adjusted the brakes, now they work, adjustment hides under that rubber plug


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Greased a bunch of stuff

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And taped off some decals, we'll be careful when sandblasting, if nothing else I wanted to retain the serial number sticker


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This week we'll take the deck and fender to the sandblaster's if the weather is okay. They work outdoors, so they are dependent on the weather, which doesn't look like it's going to cooperate this week (here in Michigan). We'll do the smaller parts in Grandpa's cabinet. Also on the agenda is degreasing and blasting off the grime from the frame and motor area.




A couple questions for you guys. How many grease zerks are there on this machine? I don't have an owners manual yet. I got the ones on the front wheels, front wheel spindles, two on the driveshaft, one on the brake pedals...what am I missing?


Oh, and how important is the screen over the flywheel?



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this machine didn't come with one. It does allow you to turn the motor over by hand, though, so you can get to the zerks on the driveshaft :)

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Posted March 09, 2011 - 10:09 PM

Looking good! As for the screen i would recomend getting one.You don't want someting to get in there and bind the motor when it is at full throttle or throw someting into the oil cooler.

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Posted March 10, 2011 - 08:31 AM

Thanks for the pictures.
Its looking Good :thumbs:

As bhts stated above I probably would get the flywheel screen.

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Posted March 10, 2011 - 10:57 AM

I should have an extra flywheel screen, and did you check the manual section for owners manual on 318? I haven't yet, but will see if we have one.

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Posted March 10, 2011 - 10:58 AM

That is a nice job.

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Posted March 11, 2011 - 01:30 PM

In the JD Operator's Manual OM-M87709 Issue C5 which covers the 316, 318 and the 420 L&G Tractors serial # 285,001- the only items shown that are greased by a grease fitting on a 318 would be the front spindles, the brake pedal shaft and the drive shaft.

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Posted March 12, 2011 - 01:54 PM

Thanks for the tips and comments guys. I'll probably pick a screen up at some point. I did some research, and on later 318's they were not installed at the factory. Apparently, not having one allowed the engine to run slightly cooler, and the area is pretty well protected as is. It would have been cheaper, also.

texas deere and horse,
thanks for the tip about the zerks. There is currently no owners' manual, just technical manual for these models posted here.



I finally got some real work done yesterday. We took the big parts out to be sandblasted where, get this, they were out of sand! Those should be done next week. We got the cabinet set up and started blasting the smaller pieces. Also changed the oil, and repaired the pto switch and rear taillight.



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got this little bugger off the block where it had been laying

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A week ago I picked up this little goodie also, it will wait until later this summer or fall to be restored:


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It has a little rust in spots, but nothing that can't be cut out and re-welded in. Functionally it's fine, I watched the previous owner run it on his 318 before I purchased it.







Oh, and a little eye candy, grandpa's 425 with blower and cab:


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Posted March 13, 2011 - 07:48 PM

what year is your 318 ? i like the flip up seat my 318 doesn't have that and i hate having to fill it with gas the gas can hits the seat.

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Posted March 13, 2011 - 08:13 PM

Grandpa has some cool rides! You're coming along well on the JD!

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Posted March 13, 2011 - 10:33 PM

Gary 318: It's a 1990, serial #18,xxx.

Should have some pictures up tomorrow if everything goes well!




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