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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted August 23, 2015 - 07:46 PM

It's been slow going, but I'm finally getting some major work done on this tractor. I spent a lot of time rebuilding, sand blasting, and priming. I still have lots to do and I might have this tractor on four wheels by the end of next weekend.

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Posted August 23, 2015 - 07:54 PM

That's a well built heavy duty tractor. What model is the engine?


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Posted August 23, 2015 - 08:09 PM

The engine is a Briggs model 23 R6D with gear reduction. I have all of the parts for a complete rebuild, and the engine is almost ready to reassemble. I just have to cut the valve seats. This was by far the most worn out Briggs engine that I have taken apart.
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Posted August 23, 2015 - 08:50 PM

   Looking good jim, you had better get crackin I want to see that at the Hudson show :thumbs:

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Posted August 23, 2015 - 10:10 PM

Looking great!

 

I love seeing the oddballs restored like this. 

 

Ben W.


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Posted August 24, 2015 - 12:10 AM

Thanks guys,and I think I'll get it done by then Pete. The oddballs are fun to work on, but it's a challenge finding parts to restore them.

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Posted August 24, 2015 - 07:08 AM

I think its going to be really cool when complete can't wait to see it. Did you repair the steering wheel or actually find a good one.

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Posted August 24, 2015 - 08:31 AM

The steering wheel is NOS and I found it on ebay, Hank. Here is the thread on the steering coulmn.
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Posted August 30, 2015 - 11:06 AM

Well, I won't have the tractor back on four wheels just yet, but the rear end is assembled for the most part. My backing plates were a bit too pitted up, so I found another pair that should be here by the end of next week.I also found a nice set of tins for the engine, since mine were badly pitted up. I have to do some welding on the front spindles to get them back to 1" diameter. That will take some time, but I don't want to put the front end back together and have it all sloppy. I also have to weld new washers on the spindles, since the original ones are completely shot. Here are pics of the backing plates and engine tin that I found. Some light sand blasting will clean them up just fine.

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Posted August 30, 2015 - 11:23 AM

Here is one of the rear axle assemblies. There was scale on the oil seal surface from when the Garden-all company welded the shortened axle halves together. I polished off the scale so that the seals wouldn't leak. Rear axle end play is to be set between .003 and .008 thousandths. This is accomplished by installing shims between the axle housing and back plates. An equal amount of shims need to be installed on both sides of the axle in order to center the axles in the carrier. I heated up the new outer axle bearings in oil to 225 degrees and they just slid right on. These outer bearings are to be packed with wheel bearing grease, since they are not lubed by the differential oil. They need to be greased every 20,000 miles, so I think I'll be good for a while.

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Posted September 01, 2015 - 11:29 AM

Working on cleaning up the brake drums, lug bolts, and front end parts.the Mopar galvanized lug bolts had paint and some staining on them. I lightly blasted them and buffed them with a wire brush. The brake drums are in real good shape, but it took a while to blast the paint and crust off of them. It's way too humid to prime and paint, so the drums will sit in a box inside. Here's a couple of before and after pics.

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Posted September 04, 2015 - 04:31 PM

The engine tins arrived and I stripped the paint off of the blower housing. I was having a hard time locating engine tins in nice shape for the Briggs, but this set finally came along.
I couldn't find new washers for my front spindles, so I decided to try to make them with my hole saw set. The large hole saw really howled in the drill press, but worked fine cutting through the 3/16 steel plate. I cut about 2/3 of the way through the plate with the large hole saw first, switched to the small 1" hole saw and cut completely through, switched back to the large hole saw and cut the rest of the way through the plate. I then touched up the edges of the washers with a file to finish them up. The whole ordeal took about 2 hours, but at least I have washers now.
The ball joints on my drag link looked like they were just salvaged from the Titanic. These exact adjustable ball joints are hard to find as I found out while searching for them. I did manage to find two NOS ones on ebay and they just arrived. I need to complete the front end and rear brake assemblies, then it's time to prep and paint the wheels.

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Posted September 04, 2015 - 07:48 PM

   Looking good !!  in the future when you are cutting washer like that take your tin and clamp it between two pieces of plywood, it will make it easier.  drill out the small hole but don't go all the way thru the bottom piece of plywood then you have the center hole already there to drill out the larger size.  this will also keep the hole saw bit from chaffing around.  keep us informed

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Posted September 05, 2015 - 12:53 AM

Thanks Pete, I appreciate the advice. I should be getting further along this weekend, but lately, work has been keeping me real busy.

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Posted September 05, 2015 - 04:26 PM

The brake back plates came in today, so I sand blasted them and wire brushed them. The back plates are in great shape and I'm working on cleaning up the other brake drum. one of these back plates came from a 1937 Plymouth Desoto, and the other one came from a 1937 Dodge D5. They are the same and work with the 10" brake drums.I should have the rest of the brake components cleaned up and ready for primer and paint tomorrow.

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