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#16 classic ONLINE  

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Posted September 06, 2015 - 08:45 PM

Finally got a chance to see how the color will look, and I like it. It took a while getting the brakes adjusted just right, but I got them adjusted, disassembled them, then primed and painted the back plates. I painted the area of the frame just behind the back plates, since I'll never get paint in that tight area once assembled. I'll have to do the same thing with the steering column and front axle.If the paint is dry enough tomorrow, I'll pull the back plates out and install the brake spring retaining pins. I can then assemble the brake assemblies for the last time, and install the drums. The second pic shows the actual color without the camera flash.

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Edited by classic, September 07, 2015 - 02:28 PM.

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Posted September 17, 2015 - 12:05 PM

Wow, looking great!

 

I'm envious of your attention to detail. 


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Posted September 17, 2015 - 03:45 PM

Thanks oldiron1. I figured that I would restore this tractor the best that I could. Lately, work has me real busy and I'm finding it hard to find the time and energy to get anything substantial done. Things are settling down, so I'll be getting back to it. The front axle and spindles are done and ready for primer and paint. I just need to adjust the steering components before they get primed and painted, too. I set the engine block in place and I'll be mocking up the rest of the drivetrain so that everything is in alignment before tightened up the frame and cross member bolts. I also have to pick up a 1" pipe nipple and elbow for the muffler.

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Posted September 21, 2015 - 10:57 AM

Did you use an off the shelf color for the paint or was it custom mixed?



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Posted September 21, 2015 - 11:03 AM

Just off the shelf, Doug. It's Ace hardware rust stop, International green.
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Posted October 13, 2015 - 07:34 PM

Very nice looking restoration. Would you have any thoughts on where to find a crank start handle and jaw for the Model 23 Briggs? Those are the only pieces I am missing, ant the old tractor has a rope pull pulley mounted to the engine, which doesn't allow for the expanded metal grill.
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Posted October 14, 2015 - 01:17 AM

I do have the original hand crank and jaw for my tractor, but I wouldn't know where to locate either of them. Both could be fabricated fairly easily, but you will also need the original single groove belt pulley and collar for the engine. I will get some measurements and pics together of the parts and post them here.Here is a pic of the pulley, jaw, and collar assembly.

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Posted October 14, 2015 - 05:05 PM

Thanks! The pictures will help. I didn't realize there was both a pulley and a jaw nut. My tractor looks the same as yours.....I bought it 30 years ago for $25 and have been using it for everything imaginable, without an issue.......other than a failed magneto (from mice) and worn points....and my original front tires finally gave out. It killed me to replace them with a non-original tires.
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Posted October 14, 2015 - 06:24 PM

You're welcome. I will get some more pics and measurements of these parts and the hand crank as soon as I can. I stopped working on this tractor for now, since winter is creeping up on me. I'm getting some machines ready for winter use and cutting firewood. These Gard'n Mast'r tractors are very well built and I can see how they can be worked for so many years without issues. Mine was in real rough shape since it sat outside in the weather for many years. Once I'm done with rebuilding the tractor, it should outlast me if not left out in the weather again. The original tires are hard to find, but I lucked out and found a new pair of fronts. I'm still looking for a pair of Goodyear Super Sure Grip 7-16 tires for the rear or the BF Goodrich check mark treads in 7-16. The mice just got in the blower housing of my '64 Simplicity landlord again. I just pulled the engine out and I'm installing a screen behind the blower housing to seal it off. I'm not going through this routine again. All of my Briggs engines will get the same screen installed. 1/4" wire screen will do the trick and won't stop the air from cooling the engine. I think you got a bit more that your 25 bucks worth out of that machine!




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