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#31 Paulgo ONLINE  

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Posted May 21, 2015 - 07:59 PM

I now see the flaw in my thinking.  The parts guide only lists one tie rod for all versions of the HT23.  That is an error.  Earlier models would have had one that is male thread on each end.  Later models had female ends.  Figured it out by looking at the difference in the newer "socket" ends and the older "ball joints".  Different names and style for parts meant to do the same thing.  Since most of the front end needs to be replaced, I will take it completely back to the older version for everything from the power steering cylinder forward.  :)

 

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Posted May 22, 2015 - 03:54 PM

Worked on the old girl today. She fought me for a couple hours, but finally took the bit.  Would only run on full choke for the first 15 minutes.  Then she started bucking and I was able to take that off.  After another 15 minutes I could even idle her down and she sounded like an actual tractor. Then I drove it back and forth just enough to know the hydro works... 

 

Now I can get it up on blocks and tear the front end down.   :ok:

 

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Posted May 27, 2015 - 04:29 PM

Really need to get the beast up and mowing, but still no luck finding a bolster.  Patiently waiting... 


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Posted July 03, 2015 - 02:29 PM

Got lucky and found a donor tractor willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to get mine back in service.  Will post pics in a few days.  Just wanted to update everyone...


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Posted July 05, 2015 - 08:27 AM

I kept the HT on its tires and moveable while searching for parts.  Once I had them here it was time to pull out the jack stands.

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Had to cut the old steering linkage to get the axle off.

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The original bolster had been broken and brazed on both sides.  The right side snapped back off when I turned the wheel to get the mower deck out.  010.jpg

 

Then I had to grind the steering parts off. 013.jpg

 

Was able to save the spindle. 015.jpg

 

Ready for a good bath! 016.jpg 017.jpg

 

Had some smoke coming out of the tins when I ran the engine.  Investigated and found this. 021.jpg


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Posted July 05, 2015 - 08:39 AM

Sanded and repainted the rims with some white I had on hand. 011.jpg

 

It isn't Bolens Green, but was the best I could do with rattle cans. 020.jpg

 

The PTO shaft bearings and the needle bearings on the wheel spindles were just dandy, so I cleaned them up and greased them good.  Pressed new bearings and seals into the hubs.  Also pressed a new bearing into the idler pulley.  021.jpg

 

Success! Fired her up and drove around the yard. It's Alive!!

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Posted July 05, 2015 - 01:57 PM

Awesome paulgo! I always love to clean up and work on something, and after that it runs great!


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Posted July 05, 2015 - 07:55 PM

Niiiiiiice job, good work, I'm thinking some of those QT's may not get as much seat time now, may be a new favorite , you know, just saying.
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#39 Paulgo ONLINE  

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Posted July 05, 2015 - 08:01 PM

Niiiiiiice job, good work, I'm thinking some of those QT's may not get as much seat time now, may be a new favorite , you know, just saying.

Thank you, and you got that right!  I need to build a winter cab for this and figure out some extensions for the 42" blower.  Got chains and FMC rear wheel weights.  :)



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Posted July 08, 2015 - 07:19 PM

Careful - if you build a cab and get the blower on it you will find yourself praying for snow so you can continue to test drive the HT-23 - love is blind and makes people do strange things :love:

 

Glad to see you got it mobile - if I remember correctly the hour meter on your tractor showed very low hours - does it still work or do you think it has more hours on it than the meter shows?


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Posted July 15, 2015 - 12:06 PM

Gotta be ready for the snow!  Gets pretty serious up here.  :)

 

Hour meter appears non-functioning...  :( 



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Posted August 23, 2015 - 09:18 PM

Wonderful tractor and nice save!

Spin that air intake tube on the air cleaner around and let it have some warm air from the exhaust manifold for the winter. ;-)

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Posted August 27, 2015 - 12:48 AM

That Bolster doesnt look all that hard to make... now I have ideas turning in my head haha


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