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#16 johndeereelfman OFFLINE  

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Posted August 02, 2015 - 05:09 PM

Well, today was the only day that I had off work this week, so not much to report. However I did get a couple of parts completely stripped and first coated with primer:

 

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After getting the brake band all stripped, I took about an hour taping it up so that I wouldn't get paint or over spray on the pad:(Sorry, just a pet peeve that drives me nuts when I see it. No offense to anyone out there, I'm just anal I guess)

 

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I also got the co-axle housing for the rear lift cable stripped, although I didn't prime it yet as I haven't made up my mind yet as to if I want to paint it or not:

 

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Still looking for the other parts in the garage, although I think I'm going to have to unload the whole left side of the garage in order to get them out once I find where I put them. SIGH!!! :(  That could be a weekend project just in itself!  :wallbanging:


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 06:21 PM

Didn't get much done the past two weeks, other than dry sanding the primed parts (shown in my earlier post) with 220 grit paper and second coating them again with primer. Can't say they aren't getting enough drying time huh? Anyway, had to work all day again today, but I'm looking forward to a little relaxation tomorrow by getting back to these parts again. Tomorrow I'll dry sand the parts again, but this time I'll use the brown paper bag. If the parts look decent, then I'll wipe them all down with some rubbing alcohol and start applying the first coat of red.

 

I'm actually surprised with this tractor. With it being over 50 years old, there isn't a whole lot of rust on the pieces, and for what does have rust, it's just surface rust and isn't pitted at all. Makes sanding and finishing a whole lot easier on me!  :D  I think I have determined what color combinations that I'll go with as far as adding some details. Not sure how it will turn out, but I guess you guys will be the judge when it's all put back together.  :thumbs:


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Posted August 16, 2015 - 06:18 PM

Today after Church, I got some of the parts out and started sanding them with the brown paper bag. The paper bag has just enough texture to smooth out the primer, but yet not enough to remove the primer from the surface. After all parts were sanded, I wiped them all down with some rubbing alcohol which not only removes the sanding residue, but also aids in softening the primer just enough for the first finish coat to adhere well. Will also smooth out any missed sanding strokes that the brown paper bag might not have gotten too.

 

Here are some of the parts that I first coated with finish today. These parts will now hang for a couple of days before I apply a second. Although with my work schedule, they may end up hanging until next weekend before I can get back to them. I painted a couple of other parts as well, but since they are different colors, I'll post pictures of them during the assembly process, just in case those of you out there can identify the parts before they are on the tractor!  :smilewink:  :poke:

 

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Posted September 06, 2015 - 08:44 PM

Just a quick update. I've been working on the parts already shown before. Most of them have been second coated with finish color, and are waiting to be wet sanded and coated a third time. I was also able to find and dig out the frame and steering wheel, so I'm hoping to get them stripped and primed tomorrow if all goes well. The steering wheel has numerous cracks showing throughout the grip area, so I mixed up some JB Weld and filled them in. Not sure if it will work or not, but I figured it's worth a try. When hardened, I'll go back over the filler and sand it all down smooth and repaint the grip area black. I'm pretty sure the steering wheel spokes are supposed to be painted red like the tractor, but after stripping the old paint off, I think I'm going to file out the rust pits and polish the spokes to a shine and keep them natural. I think with the black grip area, the red steering column/shaft and center, and the polished steel spokes, it will look pretty good when it's all done. 

 

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As I get parts of the frame stripped, I prime the raw metal so that it doesn't rust. Let me just say, stripping this frame with a 4" wire wheel and grinder isn't exactly the most pleasant experience that I have ever had. I also found out that the hood support that is welded to the frame is slightly bent, so I'll have to do some twirking on it so that I can get the steering column back in line.

 

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Thanks to fellow member Kenny (Littledeere), I was given a set of front wheels that had original Wheel Horse tires mounted on them, but after dismounting the tires, I found that one of the tires is in really bad shape. The inside bead has numerous threads that were broken and are sticking out towards the center of the tire. Even if I use a tube for this tire, I don't think the tube would last long with those threads. So if anybody out there has a decent 4.80/4.00-8 Wheel Horse tire that they'd want to sell, I'd be interested.

 

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I spent a few hours on the good tire cleaning it up with a toothbrush, wire brush, and some tire cleaner, just to see how well it would turn out, and I gotta say, it doesn't look bad at all. 

 

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Posted September 06, 2015 - 09:44 PM

How long do to think it will be before you get used to red overspray boogers instead of the std green?
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Posted September 07, 2015 - 09:57 AM

Not long at all Alan. I was thinking about working on Caleb's John Deere at the same time, doing two restorations at the same time, but I was afraid my boogers would look too Christmassy!  :smilewink:


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Posted September 07, 2015 - 01:38 PM

I need some help guys! I'm currently working on getting the frame stripped, and took notice that there appears to have been something welded to each side of the frame, on the front, just next to the steering guide. Whatever it was is gone now, but if I'm missing parts that need to be there, I want to get them replaced or made. However, if this was something that was added, and then removed due to not being needed, then I want to grind away the extra weld from the top and sides of the frame. Anybody know what this might have been for? 

 

For some reason I can't get pictures uploaded on this new system, so my apologies for not posting any. Hopefully you'll be able to understand what I referring to. 



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Posted September 07, 2015 - 02:23 PM

It's kinda hard to say without seeing it but there should be a square piece (sorta) welded to the upper corners on the front of the frame. They are axle stops.


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Posted September 07, 2015 - 02:27 PM

http://www.wheelhors...a-om-ipl-snpdf/

 

It's only a drawing but you can see them on the parts diagram (if the link works).


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Posted September 07, 2015 - 03:43 PM

Those axle stops aren't what I'm referring to Bob. They are mounted on the front of the frame. The welds that I'm talking about are on top of the frame, as if something was welded to each side of the frame, just behind those axle stops. I really wish I could get pictures posted!  :wallbanging:



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Posted September 07, 2015 - 04:17 PM

Well after continuous swearing, a whole bottle of aspirin, and a few shots of alcohol, I finally figured out how to upload pictures! (Just kidding of course, although not far from going that route) Anyway, here is the frame and the weld build up that I'm referring to. Is it factory, or added by someone in the past? 

 

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Posted September 07, 2015 - 04:21 PM

Don't ya just love technology? :D

 

Definitely added. Time for the angle grinder.


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Posted September 07, 2015 - 04:53 PM

Here are some of the others that I got stripped, primed, and first coated this weekend. A good weekend for sure!

 

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Posted July 16, 2016 - 09:22 PM

Well, it's been over a year, but I finally got back on restoring the tractor. I've been working at it slowly the past few weeks, and here is what I have so far. I got the gas tank and fenders completely stripped, applied two coats of primer to all three pieces, wet sanded with 320 grit, applied two coats of finish to all of them, wet sanded with 400 grit, and have applied an additional coat of finish to all of them.

 

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Found the seat and hood. After the dent was pounded out, I primed it and quickly found out that I'm going to have to break out the bondo and do a little filling, sanding and shaping. 

 

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Posted July 16, 2016 - 09:35 PM

Thanks to fellow member ckjakline (Craig) I now have a set of rear tires and rims for the tractor. He stopped by and hooked me up with a nice set of original 6-12 Turf Tires with the Wheel Horse name on them. After a couple of days of cleaning, sanding, priming, and adding some finish coats of white, here are the results:

 

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And after being white lettered:

 

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Only trouble now is, I just took notice that the tires need to be mounted opposite of what they are now.  :wallbanging:


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