Went on a road trip last weekend to Claremore, Oklahoma (225 miles one way for me) and picked up a Sears Craftsman FF20 parts tractor. It had most of a rear PTO on it and it had the lower lift arms on it that will fit on my FF18. It was pretty much just a parts tractor too.
There is a B48G onan motor in it, but with that pulley on the crankshaft I would imagine this motor came off of a sears suburban or a GT, not a FF. The motor does not run.
The lift arms found a new home on the back of the FF 18
I have pulled the back tires/wheels off of the parts tractor and Iam working on putting some new ag tires on them.
First, I took the tires up to the firestone store in town and they pulled the tires off the wheels. Both tires had inner tubes, and both tubes are in good shape. I will reuse the tubes. Some one filled in the original valve-stem holes and made new holes in the side of the wheels. weird.
I got started on preparing the wheels to paint, but was out of sandpaper.
Had to make a trip to harbor freight! I bought sand paper and a right-angle variable speed drill and wire wheel brush to help remove old paint and rust from the wheels,
then I sanded them all over by hand, then I brushed off the paint and then cleaned the wheels where I was painting with acetone. I do that outside with gloves on. It does a good job cleaning and leaves no residue. I have an angle grinder, but I don't like trying to wire brush with it, it spins too fast for me and throws little pieces of wire everywhere. Went to Ace Hardware to get paint. Machinery gray is the color. Looks pretty close to what was on them.
. Got 2 coats of paint on them, that should do it. enamel is a good paint, trick is to let the item painted set for a week or 2 to let the paint harden up good. I know the can says dries in an hour or two, but it is not really dry down deep for several days. and can be peeled off fairly easily, especially when trying to mount the new tires.
Edited by Delmar, July 04, 2015 - 05:16 PM.