I sold my Dayton a couple weeks ago, and dragged my Case 444 out of hibernation... it started right up on 2 year old gas--Sea Foam does wondrous things!!
I changed out all the fluids, etc., then went to work to install a 3 point hitch I bought a few months ago.
The hitch was complete, but the rod on the lift cylinder was VERY badly pitted and rusty.
When I bought the hitch, the seller sent me a new cylinder rod with a threaded end... however, when I got the cylinder apart, I found that the rod was pressed into the piston, and the end peened over.
I got the rod off the cylinder, but now I'm trying to figure how to use the cylinder rod I have-- I know they're generally hardened so I don't think I can turn another end...
I also need to put in a new seal kit. The piston and bottom plug just use a 1/4" O ring, but I'm not sure about the wiper and rod seal at the top of the cylinder. Are parts still available?
These pics show the 3 point hitch, less the lift arms and links, on the tractor. The cylinder mounts on the left side... the bottom of the cylinder has a hole through it, and a plug above that. It mounts to the 2 tabs you see at the very bottom. The inside distance between the tabs is right at 3"--maybe a bit narrower. The OD of cylinder is 2.75".
The cylinder rod is 1" in diameter with a hole for a 1/2" pin. It connects to the rocker behind the left hand upper lift arm.
I've looked for a replacement cylinder, but haven't found anything actually made for the Case hitch--the lift cylinder for the JD318/400/420 looks to be fairly close--can it be used?
Has anyone else found a cylinder that will work in that location other than the factory cylinder?
If anyone can give me some suggestions, I open for it.
Thanks in Advance