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#31 Gary400 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 14, 2011 - 06:59 PM

i love mine , i got it last summer its a 1985 -318 then i bought a 1979 - 317 then a 1983 -317 . sold my L130 that was two years old and kept the old tractors . i wanted to paint mine this winter and just got to busy maybe get to it this fall . looking foreword to seeing more pics of the progress your making on yours .

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Posted March 15, 2011 - 09:48 PM

Monday we got the big bits back from the sandblaster's and finished our sandblasting, degreased the running chassis, and sanded off any remaining powder coat in preparation for the painting process:

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Sorta looks good all shiny like that, should I leave it that way?




There were some small cracks in the fender and a couple small holes in the deck so those got welded up and ground down


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Today, all the parts got an acid wash and a rinse down prior to priming, that yellowish residue is surface rust that formed within minutes of getting wet, which we then had to wipe down.



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stuff ready to be primed


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everything looked good primed out, we used OMNI epoxy primer with a 2:1 ratio to catalyst



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there is some pitting on the fender, which we will fill and sand


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the bumper had a couple dents that we pulled with a torch, pliers, and prybars as best we could, but we wanted it real smooth


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The deck has bad pitting on it, but we didn't fill it to make it look good, this will also help eliminate places for water to sit



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Tomorrow, there will be more sanding of primer and filler, the hood will get glazed/filled and blocked out, and hopefully some paint will start flying!

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Posted March 16, 2011 - 04:57 AM

Looks like its coming along nicely

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Posted March 17, 2011 - 08:43 PM

Looks like its coming along nicely


Thanks. More progress was made Wednesday and today. On Wednesday we painted all the black items. Today I reinstalled them, and the frame is looking good.

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Yesterday, we also filled the fender in, sanded and wet sanded it down, and primed it again.



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Today, I sprayed the heat shield and muffler with hi-temperature paint

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It's appropriate that we painted all the green pieces today, seeing as how it's St. Patrick's day


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We also pulled the rear wheels off and wet sanded them down, so they can get primed and painted tomorrow when the deck gets the yellow. The front wheels were in good shape, so we left them...this tractor will get used, I want it to look good, but it doesn't need to be perfect.

I plan on putting the tractor back together tomorrow, barring any unforseen difficulties. Then, after the deck gets painted, it should be ready to go on Saturday! Not time to mow yet, but I've got some chores in mind for it :smilewink:

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Posted March 18, 2011 - 04:51 AM

That's coming along very nicely.

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Posted March 18, 2011 - 07:40 AM

That project is zipping right along! Looking really good too!

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Posted March 18, 2011 - 06:47 PM

lookin real good cant wait to see it back together .

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Posted March 18, 2011 - 08:50 PM

lookin real good cant wait to see it back together .


Well then you'll be happy today!

That project is zipping right along! Looking really good too!



I've been able to work on it almost every day for the last three weeks, which really helps. This past week Grandpa and I were both working on it about 9 hours a day.


I didn't take too many pictures today, because I was busy. We got the mower deck, spindles, and hardware shot in yellow. They will be reassembled tomorrow after the paint dries. The green was dry this morning, so I started reassembling it.

Just a warning, the color in the pictures doesn't look ''right''. I'll try to get some in the sun tomorrow.


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I need to find a left hand taillight, the right one has a fresh coat of paint that is still drying. The seat will probably get replaced, but for the time being it is functional, just torn. And that hood decal is kind of rough, I'll probably end up getting a replacement. Thanks for all the positive remarks and encouragement! :thumbs:

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Posted March 18, 2011 - 08:55 PM

Extremely nice paint job! :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
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Posted March 18, 2011 - 09:01 PM

ok im painting mine now ,how much paint did you use . green and black

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Posted March 18, 2011 - 10:11 PM

ok im painting mine now ,how much paint did you use . green and black


We used about a quart of green, half a quart of black, and about another quart of epoxy primer. These paints also use an activator, so the total volume of mix that we used was higher. The paints get mixed with activator at a 2:1:1 ratio, the primer is a 4:1 ratio. This was also using 2-3 coats of primer and 3-4 coats of paint.

Extremely nice paint job! :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:


Thank you very much. Like they say, surface prep is 90% of the finish, we must have spent five times as much time prepping as actually painting. I'm pleased with it. There are a couple bubbles and one spot where the paint ran a little, so we may yet go back and wet sand it with 1600 or 3200 grit. I have to give credit to my Grandpa, he's the one who knows which types of paint to use, it's his shop, and he sprayed it. I did a lot of the prep though :thumbs:

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Posted March 18, 2011 - 11:20 PM

Very nice job & work done! Impressive paint job... equally impressive to the garage. Be thankful for the elbow room.

Thanks for sharing your rejuvenation with us!
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Posted March 19, 2011 - 04:47 AM

Awesome job on the 318
It looks like new :bounce:
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Posted March 19, 2011 - 07:42 AM

I feel like I'm just repeating what everyone else has said, but I'd be remiss if I didn't say what an great paint job that is! It looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor! I'm sure it'll give you many years of satisfaction! Thanks for posting the thread and keeping us up to speed during the process!

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Posted March 19, 2011 - 08:15 AM

I feel like I'm just repeating what everyone else has said, but I'd be remiss if I didn't say what an great paint job that is! It looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor! I'm sure it'll give you many years of satisfaction! Thanks for posting the thread and keeping us up to speed during the process!


:ditto:Very nice Job !!!!




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