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#1 jabelman OFFLINE  

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Posted May 24, 2015 - 07:43 AM


Well after a few months I got the suburban finished. Long story short this sat for years missing parts basically a parts machine or scrap. Spent most of the winter tracking down parts making parts and soaking it with pb blaster.
Spring came i tore it down and cleaned and repainted. My biggest fear was the clutch but to my surprise it freed right up. As for it running the 1st pull the fly wheel key sheared. (Should have just put a new one in).after that it fired right up. When I redid the engine I changed it from mechanical governor to an air vane setup. Found a nice decal kit online to finish it off. Only real issue was matching up the belts. The book#s didn't come close? I have it back to stock too with the right pulleys and spacers? I did decide to change to a larger engine belt 1 longer just so I can start it safer. Other than that runs and drives great. Maybe someday I will find the front rims but I am really not bothered by it. Well here it is enjoy and thanks for all the info i found on this site!!!

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#2 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted May 24, 2015 - 07:55 AM

Nice DB! You did a great job on it!


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Posted May 24, 2015 - 08:31 AM

Wow,
That is a really great job you did. Your DB looks great.
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Posted May 24, 2015 - 08:39 AM

You did a great job getting it back in shape!The hard work is worth the effort.
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Posted May 24, 2015 - 08:39 AM

Nice job! :thumbs:


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Posted May 24, 2015 - 11:53 AM

Great Job ! I am working on one myself , I can really appreciate all you have done with this . That is a beautiful Machine.


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Posted May 24, 2015 - 01:33 PM

I have never seen one of these before. I like the blue wheels as they set off the gold very nicely. You have done a superb job on reviving another rare tractor. Well done you!
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Posted May 24, 2015 - 04:16 PM

Good job! What's wrong with the rims?


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Posted May 24, 2015 - 05:02 PM

Very very nice.
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Posted May 24, 2015 - 05:32 PM

Nice, was wondering about how you mad the air vane govenor and how do you adjust it. Noel
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Posted May 24, 2015 - 07:42 PM

Thanks for kind words!
THe front rims original were 2 piece rims. Which if you need people think they are gold!
As for the governor setup the 143402 is the same engine as the 143302 with the difference being the governor. Basically finding the speed control the 2 links and the airvane. And removing the mechanical governor. For me the airvane seem simpler (sounds like another topic?)

Here some pics of the wheel. This took time Dremel ing the cracks and lots of filling and sanding. The factory one was welded on the shaft.

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Posted May 24, 2015 - 08:31 PM

Nice work


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Posted May 24, 2015 - 09:52 PM

Nice job ! like new again.


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Posted May 24, 2015 - 10:10 PM

Nice job!



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Posted May 25, 2015 - 06:23 PM

One heck of a good job! I'm sure there were times that you felt you would never get it finished.






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