Posted March 02, 2011 - 11:40 PM
This is how things looked at the beginning of the day, note the rust and all the gunk on the transmission and differential:
I decided to clean up the airbox and change the filter while I was in there, check out the old one
First new part on the tractor!
Is that supposed to be there?
It's a popsicle stick sitting on the block
steering column is rusty:
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:
paint stirrer=great for scraping off gunk
All the dirt I knocked off from underneath:
now, on to rust removal (the trans isn't rusty- thats rust dust from the frame)
Posted March 02, 2011 - 11:40 PM
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...
and these hoses were cracking, so they got replaced
the pile of dirt that came off the tractor today:
I got dirty but it was fun!
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!
Posted March 03, 2011 - 06:12 AM
Posted March 03, 2011 - 07:29 AM
Posted March 03, 2011 - 10:45 PM
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:
I tore the deck down today
this little effer was practically welded on there and rounded off to boot
this tensioner was pretty well rusted to the deck
The nut for the tensioner bolt on the deck is hard to get to:
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
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
I sanded it a bit to see if it would need sandblasting, and the answer is YES
Here's how it sits now
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:
I think I've got the sickness....must have caught it from you guys!
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.
Posted March 09, 2011 - 09:50 PM
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:
Cleaned up these brackets a bit (one on the right first)
Adjusted the brakes, now they work, adjustment hides under that rubber plug
Greased a bunch of stuff
And taped off some decals, we'll be careful when sandblasting, if nothing else I wanted to retain the serial number sticker
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?
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 :)
Posted March 09, 2011 - 10:09 PM
Posted March 10, 2011 - 08:31 AM
Its looking Good
As bhts stated above I probably would get the flywheel screen.
Posted March 10, 2011 - 10:57 AM
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Posted March 11, 2011 - 01:30 PM
Posted March 12, 2011 - 01:54 PM
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.
got this little bugger off the block where it had been laying
A week ago I picked up this little goodie also, it will wait until later this summer or fall to be restored:
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:
Posted March 13, 2011 - 07:48 PM
Posted March 13, 2011 - 08:13 PM
Posted March 13, 2011 - 10:33 PM
Should have some pictures up tomorrow if everything goes well!