I searched mainly the Sears forum on these topics and didn't find a lot. I've read that some of this stuff sometimes is somewhat difficult so I thought I'd post what went easily for me today.
I'm going to do this in two main beginning posts. To take it in order and to keep the topics separated, in this first post I'll show some tips and my "tire machine" rig I used that made the reportedly sometimes difficult Deestone 3 rib tires go on easily.
The Bearing upgrade I have written up here: http://gardentractor...ing-conversion/
A special Thanks! going out to MH81 for the suggestion of the Deestone 3 rib tires! I'm already liking them a lot and they look to me to be very well made 4 ply tires for a very low price.
The first assumption is: Because giant bench vises became pretty cheap, probably pretty much everyone has one. If not, a normal bench vise will probably work fine, too.
The below is a 3/4" NC bolt 8" long and a oak scrap cut about 3/4" per side wider than the wheel. Pine would work just as well; it's what I had on hand.
The bolt is clamped "mountain-man" tight in the vise but no cheater bar used.
With an 8" bolt, I had to use some spacer washers. The idea is to pull the wheel down tight against the wood so it won't be rotating or moving all over when trying to horse the tire onto the wheel.
The below is just the wheel on the rig:
Dish soap and water mix works, but I gotta say, this stuff the moto guys use sure is better. Sometimes it's a 2 edged sword, though: Things slip on easier... but also slip OFF easier until they've made it over center. You can see the container is pretty old. They're probably selling something newer and better now like 1.8?? Anyway, these 2 tires ring up 9 tires done with one container and still enough left for probably 4 more.
In the winter, I can't just throw the tire out in the sun to heat it. So I took it to 120*F in front of a radiant heater which worked fine. I believe with troublesome tires heat is of the essence.
I find that the steel kinda' pointy motorcycle tire tools hole out too many tubes. So I took these nice smooth forged aluminum ones out of my dual sport motorcycle kit and they worked great as always and no holes in the tubes. I hope.
If you don't have these, just pick the smoothest spoons in your tire kit and be careful.
Some tubes like this Firestone one are a pest about turtling back into the wheel, so a quick washer stops that nonsense. But be careful; with the neck secured like this, the tube could be ripped.
So then Murphy got involved and I couldn't find any of my 4 air chucks to save my life. So I used some more dual sport motorcycle kit and that aired things up fine.
So it's admittedly pretty basic. But having read that Deestone 3 rib tires can be a pill to install... and doing the above made it low difficulty (2 of 10? as tires go), I thought I'd post this. Next post will be about the ball bearing conversion as pertains to a 1968 year model Sears Super 12 tractor.
Edited by MH81, January 25, 2015 - 06:53 PM.