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#1 WrenchinOnIt OFFLINE  

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Posted May 01, 2015 - 03:29 PM

Picked this up last fall, it's been setting .. waiting ..wondering .. So 'cause I'm totally bored and with nothing to do (A HAHAHA, um right) I thought I'd see what was ailing it. For starters bad starter , rebuilt one replaced it, next starter solenoid didn't like I yanked its ol' buddy starter #1 , so it went on strike , being a good Union guy I tried to negotiate in good faith, but in the end negotiations broke down (as did the solenoid) and I unceremoniously replaced it with a new one (USA made!). Next all the usual suspects were found to be 'lacking a good , solid effort ' so they got canned ( cripe now I sound like management, I'll make amends Hank , promise). Plugs, plug wires, points, fuel lines, condenser , coil, fuel filter , etc. etc. replaced.
Noticed (and felt)a bad vibration , a lot of stress cracks as well . Universals on the driveshaft had seen enough. Good used d-shaft volunteered and was installed. Gave the old boy a compression test , and he got a (IMO) B . Some pretty funky looking carpet took the foot pads place I'm guessing years ago and left their mark, 'course being bored and lacking projects I broke out the glue gun & melted some metal together burning some consumables into the mix as well, put the pan in the blast cabinet and hit all the pitted metal, a feather of fiberglass and of course primer and paint and the old pan will be as it should. And.. well.. I guess it means the whole darn thing is going to get refurbed.

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Edited by WrenchinOnIt, May 01, 2015 - 03:49 PM.

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Posted May 01, 2015 - 04:42 PM

Looks like it has alot of potential!

Looking good so far :thumbs:


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Posted May 01, 2015 - 05:41 PM

Looks like a good Union Built! job to me there wrenchinOnit
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Posted May 02, 2015 - 02:51 AM

Nice revival! Will be following. :)


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Posted May 02, 2015 - 05:23 AM

Looking good so far, waiting to see how you finish it up. Good job !! :thumbs:


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Posted May 02, 2015 - 05:01 PM

Looks great! Will be following your progress.


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Posted May 12, 2015 - 04:51 PM

Bit of an update, discovered this (1st pic) which led to this (2nd pic ) went 4 for 4 got 'em all ! Next pics of repair work and couple of the fender pan ( apologize for poor quality of pic on last 2)

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Posted May 12, 2015 - 05:21 PM

Nice Work!

I really like the repairs you made to that broken housing, I wish more people would fix these OEM engines instead of swap them! 

Awesome work!!! :thumbs:


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Posted May 17, 2015 - 07:48 PM

This weekends progress, couldn't see painting the frame engine in, firewall bent and stress cracked so I pulled the engine, pushed it outside to degrease and pressure wash it , also discovered the bull gear is bad 😕 ( yay )
Tired of cleaning these engines (takes about half case or more of brake cleaner) and the crap running all over, so I made an engine cleaning stand today , also tired of bending over wrenchin on 'em so I made it height specific for user , that'd be me. Last pic couple pics I knocked down the paint on one of my 23's hood reshot it and stickered it ( had to sneak it in here )

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Posted May 17, 2015 - 07:56 PM

Looking great!

The least favorite thing for me doing a resto is removing the decades of filth and grease on the engines!!!!


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Posted May 17, 2015 - 08:00 PM

Looks like fun to me!


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Posted May 17, 2015 - 08:08 PM

This weekends progress, couldn't see painting the frame engine in, firewall bent and stress cracked so I pulled the engine, pushed it outside to degrease and pressure wash it , also discovered the bull gear is bad ( yay )
Tired of cleaning these engines (takes about half case or more of brake cleaner) and the crap running all over, so I made an engine cleaning stand today , also tired of bending over wrenchin on 'em so I made it height specific for user , that'd be me. Last pic couple pics I knocked down the paint on one of my 23's hood reshot it and stickered it ( had to sneak it in here )

Is that all back together again or is the battery/gas tank plate still off?  I can almost see the area I am having trouble figuring out.  Might you have the time, and inclination, to take a couple close up pics of that PTO linkage assembly for me?  Top and bottom would be great if still visible.  I have one on my HT23 that isn't hooked up due to a cracked bolster and is missing a couple parts.  All set until it reaches the axle support.  That's where he took it apart.  Parts guide doesn't show how it is supposed to look inside the front area. 


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Posted May 18, 2015 - 07:08 AM

Rather than buy that expensive carb cleaner, go to dollar Store (or what ever you have close) and get a case of oven cleaner.  Lot cheaper and works just as good.  Spray it on, let it soak in, wash it off.  May have to re soak a few think spots but that is normal.  It takes paint and all if left on to long.


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Posted May 21, 2016 - 06:47 PM

Well a year later and the engine is done, hope to finish painting the tins this week.

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Posted May 21, 2016 - 06:57 PM

Very nice,good job
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