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.
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.
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.
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.
Edited by johndeereelfman, September 07, 2015 - 04:45 PM.