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#61 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted September 13, 2016 - 04:35 AM

Thanks Kenny. I am very impressed with the vinegar, have you ever tried it out? Was just curious to see if anybody else had as good of results. 

I have on a few things. Seems to do well.


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Posted October 07, 2016 - 05:51 PM

I know it's been a while since last updating, but work has been keeping me pretty busy lately. However, after three weeks of having all of the parts clear coated with clear acrylic lacquer, I was finally able to polish a couple of parts, to see what the results will be like. Have a look, as I think they turned out pretty nice:

 

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Posted October 07, 2016 - 06:34 PM

I like it!


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Posted October 09, 2016 - 07:29 PM

Today I took some time to start on the assembly. First, I bought a piece of rubber stair tread protector from the local hardware store, and cut in to fit the inside of the toolbox. Then I decided to run some John Deere rubber dash channel around the top edge of the toolbox just to help protect the edge as well as give it an added look. I then installed the fenders with stainless steel hardware. 

 

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After the fenders were installed, I continued on with installing the toolbox to the transmission. I also installed both wheels as well as the seat spring, seat, brake drum and band, the shift lever, and the drive hub. 

 

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I also got the front axle and spindles assembled. Coming along slowly, but I think it's going to look pretty good when complete! 

 

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Posted October 09, 2016 - 07:31 PM

Coming together nicely Troy.
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Posted October 15, 2016 - 07:07 PM

Got some more work done to the RJ today, however it was a frustrating day to say the least. Good start however, by getting the frame, front axle, front spindles, idler arm, clutch arm, and idler pulley all polished up and ready for assembly. After running to the local hardware store for stainless steel bolts, nuts, and washers, I was ready to go. 

 

I got the frame mounted to the transmission without issues, however when I went to install the idler arm, I quickly found that it couldn't be done without scratching the paint! Frustration Number 1!!!! I installed it, but wasn't a happy camper when I was done. I had to walk away for a bit.

 

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After calming down for an hour, I came back to the project and decided to install the front axle, the spindles, and the front wheels. Although the front axle and spindles went well, I found that the hubs for the front wheels weren't wide enough for the spindles! The replacement rims that I got for this tractor apparently aren't off of an RJ like I was told they were. Frustration Number 2!!!! I had to dig out the original wheels for this tractor, which aren't in the best of shape, and see if I can somehow make them work.

 

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After spraying the beads with PB Blaster, I started working the beads down. The brass valve stems were too far gone to get removed, so I had to work the beads down with the calcium still inside the tires. I was amazed to find how well the PB Blaster aided in breaking the beads loose. After the beads were finally broke, I found that the calcium was pretty much contained to the inside of inner tubes, and the insides of the rims really aren't bad at all. WOW!!! What luck. Only one face of each rim is bad, but I think I can make them work with a little work. 

 

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I finished the day installing all of the grease zerks, along with the grease zerk caps and spindle caps. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day!

 

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Posted October 16, 2016 - 05:07 PM

A bit more progress.

 

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Posted October 17, 2016 - 06:54 PM

Building a 3-wheeler?


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Posted October 17, 2016 - 07:14 PM

No Kenny. When I realized that the rims weren't going to work out, I didn't mount the other front. 

 

If you take notice on the last pictures, you'll see I have the lift lever and clutch/brake pedal installed. You'll also see that I have to remove the paint from the cross member in order to get them mounted, In the picture the cross member looks silver, but believe me, it's gray primer.  

 

Not a very good weekend at all!!!!  :mad2:  :mad2:  :mad2:


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Posted October 17, 2016 - 07:23 PM

Looks like you made some progress atleast.


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Posted October 18, 2016 - 06:26 PM

Looks like you made some progress atleast.

 

Yes Brian, I'm slowly making "some" progress. It's been slow as work has been keeping me busy the past few months. I was hoping to finish it up by the end of the year, however with the weather threatening to change soon, not sure that's going to happen. 



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Posted November 01, 2016 - 08:34 AM

Nice job! Your attention to detail is impressive!


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Posted November 15, 2016 - 01:12 AM

It's coming out top shelf. Very very nice job your doing.

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