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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 04:50 AM

I had a tire on the FF start leaking slowly out the sidewall. Finally got a tube to put in it. The front wheels were looking rather crusty with lots of 'patina', so I thought I would put some paint on while I had the tire broke down.

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I broke the beads with the HF tire machine. Then I got out my small wheel holder. I built this some time back. It works real good, though more weight would make life easier. Either that, or make a way to tie it to the slab.

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I took the leaking tire completely off the wheel. Thought that might work best to clean the internal wheel area. It wasn't as bad as I thought. With the tire off, I cleaned all old grease residue using a mix of gas and diesel. Then a bath in degreaser followed with a clean water rinse. Got out the wire wheels and removed as much as I could get to. Then broke out the sandpaper. Kept an air blower handy to blow the dust (patina) away. Hands were too filthy to get pics here.

Once the sanding was done, I cleaned and dried the wheels again. Gave all surfaces a coat of Rustoleum Rust Reformer and let that set 24 hours per instructions.

Next up was to apply the finish paint. This being a Sears, I chose the Rustoleum Hammered Silver. I used that on the back wheels. I painted the interior surface of the wheel and around the valve stem hole since I am putting a tube in this. While that was drying I made some cushions to go between the wheel and the pipe on the holder so as not to scar the paint. I used some foam back flooring to make these.

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Here's my cup of soap to help getting the tire back on the wheel. It's just leftover bath soap cut into small pieces and soaking in water. Had this going 3-4 years now.

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Here I had the wheel mounted on the holder and am starting the tire back on.

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This shows the tire and tube installed on the holder.

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Now it's ready for final paint. I have some foam pieces I stuff in the bushings to keep paint out of there.

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I cut some cartons up to mask the tire and taped the valve stem off. Time to spray.

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To do the other side, I used two sawhorses spread so the tire rested on each. That way I could spray the back while the front is drying. Here's how it looks now.

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A before of the tractor:

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And after:

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 05:04 AM

Looks great, good idea with the cardboard. Noel
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Posted April 01, 2015 - 05:14 AM

Noel ,I noticed the cardboard but took a second look when you mentioned it , Kenny neat idea of cutting in in half :thumbs:


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Posted April 01, 2015 - 06:14 AM

Noel ,I noticed the cardboard but took a second look when you mentioned it , Kenny neat idea of cutting in in half :thumbs:

That makes it real simple to put on, plus I cut the arc in far enough so they overlap.


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Posted April 01, 2015 - 03:14 PM

Paint the wheels all over while apart. Is chance of scratches tho, mounting. Have even brush painted with good paint and keeping brush Wet. No brushmarks.

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 04:25 PM

Nice job, I like the cardboard idea too. smart not painting final color till tire is on, less chance to scratch.

 Now the rest of the tractor needs a refresh on the paint?


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Posted April 01, 2015 - 04:31 PM

Just to add to the cardboard. I save some pizza boxes they great for this
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Posted April 01, 2015 - 04:55 PM

Paint the wheels all over while apart. Is chance of scratches tho, mounting. Have even brush painted with good paint and keeping brush Wet. No brushmarks.

I won't do that ever! Not fun sanding scratches out with the tire on there. Plus you have to do about the same thing to repaint! Why go to double the effort?



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Posted April 01, 2015 - 06:00 PM

I got the other wheel done! One of these days, The whole tractor will get a make over!


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Posted April 01, 2015 - 06:32 PM

I just let the air out of a mounted tire after cleaning the rim up, press the rim down on cardboard for a pattern and cut the hole 1/2" smaller for a perfect spray guard every time.  Works like a dream just like Kenny has done here.  **To put that nice tire on that patina'ed machine is a shame though!!     :(

 

I gotta give Kenny one of these so he gets:

 

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 06:43 PM

Main issue is $ for paint and having to do it under the trees!


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Posted April 01, 2015 - 07:49 PM

Good idea on the cardboard I will be sand blasting my rim in the near future I will use that thank you for the tip
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Posted April 01, 2015 - 08:45 PM

Main issue is $ for paint and having to do it under the trees!

OK guys-  We gotta start a thread to raise some $$$ for Kenny's paint job!!


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Posted April 01, 2015 - 08:52 PM

One question the tool that is screw on the valve stem there is one of those in the tools that my dad had. That is the first one of them I have seen outside of the one in his tools. Do you know are these still available or are they just an old tool that you need to be in the right place to find them. The use of cardboard is an idea I will try to remember the next time I paint some wheels.

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Posted April 01, 2015 - 08:52 PM

This is a good way to get that important coat of paint around the edges where the bead is.
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