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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted January 02, 2015 - 07:41 AM

I thought I'd share this, as it may be useful to others when dealing

with a seized control cable.

 

I've been working on a Massey Ferguson 8 hp Hydrostatic MF8H.

The cable from the shift lever to the hydro drive unit was seized.

 

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Tough to get at the shift lever end, so I disconnected it at the drive unit end.

For 3 days, I dripped PB blaster in to it, 3 in 1 oil, acetone/atf mixture, and

applied a bit of heat. It appeared to be seized only in the aluminum tube

at the end, as I could turn the outer casing.

 

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I finally got it to move about 1/4" by holding the clamp on the casing tightly, and

pounding on the end with a hammer. Fine, it moved, but I needed a easier way to

work it back and forth, to work some grease or oil into it. I had an idea on New Years

morning ( that's surprising in itself ), to make a clamp-on, puller/pusher, so I could

get that cable moving. I took all of 15 minutes to drill a few holes in some 1/4" x 1"

flat bar and round up some 1/4" threaded rod. It work like a charm, and once I

got the solid end of the cable out of the tube, I sanded the rust off. It's working

like a new one now.

 

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Posted January 02, 2015 - 07:47 AM

Thanks for sharing, looks like it worked well


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 07:48 AM

Sweet! Will, that is a great idea! I'm sure lots of people have been faced with that same problem and this is a quick and easy solution. 


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 07:51 AM

Nice. That's using your head for something other than a hat rack.
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Posted January 02, 2015 - 08:14 AM

Good idea, Will!


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Amazing how & when our minds work to figure something out. Great idea!
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Posted January 02, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Looks like you gotter done. Amazing what we think about at the most unexpected times. So many times I've struggled with something and then out of the blue it comes to me hey why don't you do it like this,or hey why didn't I think of that sooner.


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 12:07 PM

That is a great idea Will!  You would make a great homesteader on the last frontier. Oh wait! your already up there! :smilewink:  :poke:


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Posted January 02, 2015 - 04:11 PM

that took you all year!


Edited by superspeedex, January 02, 2015 - 04:11 PM.





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