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#1 Talntedmrgreen OFFLINE  

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Posted June 25, 2015 - 08:38 AM

I'm pretty pumped about a restoration I'm finally making headway on, and wanted to share.  It's been long enough...I found this nearly a year ago (or rather, it found me).  It's a real unicorn, as I have only seen four model F32S...the Simplicity/AC model (2 reside right here on GTT!).



I commented last year when the Mott found me, here:



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And a few months back was surprised with some original literature on the mower, here:



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I really wanted to get this mower in shape, as it was badly neglected, and seems to have sat on it's end, on damp ground for a very long time, resulting in pitting and some decay.  The mechanical's all seem unaffected, with the exception of the caster spindles.



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I was able ask a favor of a fellow AC collector, who lives locally in a fab shop.  He replicated my destroyed sheet metal gaurds, out of a bit heavier gauge steel...life saver!



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I am not even good enough at welding to be called a novice, but I tried my best and the patch job on the main body of the mower, where you could drop a golf ball through the rust holes...I was very pleased with this minor accomplishment:



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I went to work on the top half with filler, and really took my time to make it look as good as possible



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There were several bolts rusted/snapped off that held the rusted guards on.  I drilled and retapped the holes, to use the oem machine thread bolts.  Every bolt on this thing is fine thread...which I found kinda neat.  I did have to fab one missing flange, weld on, and drill/tap for the end belt cover.  The spindles were subjected to months of intermittent electrolysis, lubricants, heat, sledge hammer blows, etc.  I could not free them.  Finally, with only a week remaining before the show, one came free and the other I had to cut.  A friend welded the seam shut and no one will be the wiser.



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The paint on this thing has to be the most durable stuff ever created...I had decided to save $$ by NOT going to my sandblast guy (that, and I didn't want further damage to the rusty areas)...it took me a very long time to grind and wire wheel the old finish completely off, after disassembly, but eventually I had bare, rust free steel and dis some yellow paint sampling...I ended up going with Cub yellow from TSC (and plenty of hardener).



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From a towbehind Mott restoration I did a couple years back, I had clickitandstickit make up the Mott decal set.  I got ahold of them and reused/modified some of those, to match what this mower had, and based on pictures of others online.



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The mule drive assembly is odd, and I only know of one other that is complete.  I still need to figure out how it mounts properly, as the brochure pictures just don't show clear enough:

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I did contact another owner who was missing the mule, and my fabricator friend, and had a repop made for him during the project, so we can both be up and running:

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Finally, we had some dry weather, and I began paint 3 days before the show...Tuesday:

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Any by 10pm last night, things were dry enough to begin some assembly

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I'm very happy with how things are looking, and can't wait to put some more time into finishing it tonite.  I painted the casters this morning while getting ready for work...between  5-6am, and bolted up a few more parts.  I'm short a couple fine thread bolts for the sheet metal and will grab some at lunch.  I'm thinking it will display well this weekend on my Squire 9, which is otherwise, show ready  =]





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Posted June 25, 2015 - 08:51 AM

Nice job!


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Posted June 25, 2015 - 09:27 AM

I am sooo envious! Very nice job. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted June 25, 2015 - 09:50 AM

Thanks!!  I used to really enjoy these projects, but life changes don't allow for much of that anymore.  Someday I hope to get back into saving more equipment.  

 

My preference is to hang stuff in a makeshift 'booth' for painting, but as busy as we are, and with the kiddo's keeping me on my toes, it's just simply to move the table outdoors, spray, move it indoors to dry.  I've been lucky that both Tuesday and Wed were dry with lower humidity, and no wind.  Being that it's Father's Day week, my wife has been quite congenial  :thumbs:

 

I had it torn all the way down, but the bearings all looked great, and it had been factory painted partially assembled.  I figure that since I scratch the crap out of everything when I reassemble, the paint over partial assembly was the way to go.  I'm dying to try it...I'm a huge fan of Mott mowers.  The tow behind variety works great, but mine was LOUD.  The 8hp Briggs really rattles the steel housing.  I've also had 60" and 48" 3pt models.  The 60" was just too darn heavy for my tractor...not so much for lifting, but for transporting.  The slightest incline and it wanted to tip me over.  The 48" is ideal and I use it almost weekly during summer.  I'll have to get some video of that one.


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Posted June 25, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Man you have done a great job bringing that back to life.  That will be a great little mower.


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Posted June 25, 2015 - 12:20 PM

That is going to be the hit of the show! Glad you hung in there and made it a sweet, functional piece again. :thumbs: :rocker2:



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Posted June 25, 2015 - 01:47 PM

That's a great restoration; well done for persevering with it.

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Posted June 25, 2015 - 02:52 PM

I am sooo envious! Very nice job. Good Luck, Rick

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Posted June 25, 2015 - 03:02 PM

I am sooo envious! Very nice job. Good Luck, Rick

 

Rick, I've learned a LOT about how these mowers mount up, even just today.  I can probably help get you a mule drive for yours...seems I thought Elon was missing that?  Also, I learned just an hour or so ago from another owner, that there is a small bracket that bolts behind the axle, for the mule to bolt to.  I'm missing that and will be fabricating one tonite, which should have me up and running (so long as I can find a belt to fit).  I can help get you setup with that as well, if you like.


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Posted June 25, 2015 - 05:04 PM

Rick, I've learned a LOT about how these mowers mount up, even just today.  I can probably help get you a mule drive for yours...seems I thought Elon was missing that?  Also, I learned just an hour or so ago from another owner, that there is a small bracket that bolts behind the axle, for the mule to bolt to.  I'm missing that and will be fabricating one tonite, which should have me up and running (so long as I can find a belt to fit).  I can help get you setup with that as well, if you like.


Thanks. What we need to do is document and produce drawings of the parts so that others can use them. Have you checked www.Simpletractors.com for the plans? I think that I am missing all of the mule drive but I thought that Elon said that one of the snowblower mules would work?

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Posted June 26, 2015 - 08:11 AM

Well, I'm working on a small mounting bracket I didn't realize I was missing, to hold the mule in place.  So, she's not operational yet, but good enough to take along to the show tomorrow.
 
 
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This corner, and especially the top surface near it was totally rotted...after some patience, I think it hides well.  I'm also loving the paint.  It looks better than I had hoped, sprayed well, dried fast (dry to touch in under an hour), despite humidity outdoors, and seems rock-hard and scratch resistant, only 24hrs after spraying.  It is the Majic enamel from TSC, in Cub yellow, with their hardener mixed to a 'dallop plus a dribble' per half pint.  First time I have tried that paint since they dropped Valspar...I'm happy enough to consider trying it on a tractor, if it stands up to some wear.
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Posted June 26, 2015 - 10:33 AM

Where did you get the gold paint on the Squire?

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Posted June 26, 2015 - 11:57 AM

VanSickle color matched it for me, from an original, unfaded steering gear. TISCO has a part for it now. I bought a gallon for $80/delivered and it did my tractor, several implements, and enough left to do it again.
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Posted June 27, 2015 - 08:16 AM

Made the missing bracket and moynted my mule drive while I await the rain over at the Gilmore show to clear. Used an adjustable belt to get proper length...71"

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Posted July 02, 2015 - 06:52 AM

Finally had 30 seconds to catch up on this.
Glad you got it to the show and it sounds as if you're now operational with the new bracket.

BTW:
Many of the pictures are missing from the thread, one of the hazards of linking them instead of uploading.
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