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#31 JakeKuhn ONLINE  

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Posted July 16, 2016 - 09:37 PM

Looking good Troy! And from what I see most of the rear tires are mounted backwards like that. Why, I couldn't tell you, but thats usually what I see. 


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Posted July 16, 2016 - 09:57 PM

Since I found the transmission, I took some advice and contacted fellow member Jake Kuhn to see what he has available as far as seals, gaskets, and bearings. He is able to come through with everything for me, so the parts are all on there way. A big THANK YOU to Jake for all of his help and patience with me. Today I starting taking the transmission apart, and was surprised to find that there is hardly any wear on any of the gears. I thought for sure I'd find at least one broken tooth somewhere, however that's not the case here. Even the bearings all turn freely and don't seem to be needing replaced.

 

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Posted July 16, 2016 - 10:13 PM

I did a little more wet sanding to the fenders, this time with 1500 grit, and then shot them again with paint. The mirror shine is almost there, but not quite to my standards yet.

 

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The steering column has been primed last year with numerous coats, as my way of filling all of the small rust pits. So it was time to sand it down, apply another coat of primer, wet sand, then start applying some finish coats. Right now, I only have two coats on it, so after a few days of drying, I'll wet sand and apply some more paint.

 

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Posted July 18, 2016 - 08:13 PM

I still need to wet sand and apply more finish to the gas tank yet, but I wanted to see how well the sediment bowl assembly would look when installed to the tank. This is the first time I ever custom painted one of these sediment bowls, and after seeing it semi-mounted, I'm not too sure if I like the look or not.

 

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I also got another coat of finish on the steering column/shaft, as well as a first coat on the shift handle.

 

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I gave two heavy coats of primer to the outside of the toolbox, as my way of filling the small rust pits. I'll let this sit out in the hot sun for the next few days,  

 

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This tractor still had the original seat cover on it when I bought it, and since it wasn't all torn or cut up, I figured I'd try to clean it up and see if I could save it. It was covered with light brown stains, and was really filthy, so last night I scrubbed it real good with some Comet bleach then left it hang on the wash line all day today in the hot sun. WOW!!!! What a difference. Couldn't believe how well it turned out. I scrubbed it again tonight and have it hanging on the line again for tomorrow. Don't know for sure if it will bleach any whiter, however even if it doesn't, I'm still very happy with the results. 

 

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Posted July 20, 2016 - 02:20 PM

That's looking great! Take a close look at the internal teeth 3523 gear. I can't tell from the picture what they are like. Excessive wear is a common problem and the cause of it slipping out of 3rd gear. Also, when you get it back together shift it into 3rd. You will feel it slip into the detent. Then check for any in/out play on the input shaft. There should be none. Here's a comparison of a NOS 3523 gear(on the left) and a worn gear on the right. That one would probably be OK as long as the hookup with the input gear was solid.

 

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Posted July 20, 2016 - 07:27 PM

Here is a closer look at what my gears look like:

 

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Posted July 21, 2016 - 07:35 AM

Unless I'm seeing things wrong those look to be as nice as any I would expect to find in one of these oldies. :thumbs:


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Posted July 21, 2016 - 04:05 PM

Yes they are, and like you, I was very surprised to see how well all of these gears look. Hardly any wear on any of them. Judging by the gears and the seat cushion, I seriously think that this tractor hasn't been used much, and if so, it was well taken care of as far as servicing goes.

 

I said earlier in my beginning post that I decided to buy this tractor, due to it being an RJ and my youngest son's initials are RJK. What else I find interesting is, his birthday is August 26th, and the transmission is dated August 27th. Just something I found rather neat. 


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Posted July 22, 2016 - 09:17 AM

For a serial # why don't you use your son's initials and birthdate. That would really personalize it.


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Posted July 24, 2016 - 08:20 PM

Finally got around to taking the rear axle apart today so that I could inspect the axle gears, and again to my amazement, hardly any wear at all. 

 

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Since my parts arrived, (Big Thanks to Jake Kuhn) I was able to replace all of the bearings and external seals. Still need to get axle seals yet, so they'll have to wait to be replaced.

 

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I was also able to get the rest of the frame stripped and primed today.

 

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Posted July 28, 2016 - 06:49 PM

Replacing the axle bushings:

 

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Posted July 28, 2016 - 07:06 PM

Looks like its coming along nicely :thumbs:


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Posted July 28, 2016 - 08:30 PM

   Boy I wish the rear I just took apart looked like that!!!  Mine is and or was a very nasty crusty mess, got it all torn down tonight and I need to replace a few things.  It was run dry at least one time I can see the wear marks on the axle shafts and main drive gears.  Nice job on the resto !!

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Posted July 29, 2016 - 05:36 AM

Do the bearings press into those welded rings on the plate?  Looks that way!


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Posted July 29, 2016 - 05:18 PM

Do the bearings press into those welded rings on the plate?  Looks that way!

 

Yes Kenny, they do and trust me, they aren't the easiest things to remove or replace!  :(


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