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#76 Eric OFFLINE  

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Posted November 06, 2015 - 08:38 PM

I second the above comment if you don't feel any play or slop then leave it unless you plan on doing the motor. I have found paint brushes and the round parts cleaning brushes to be invaluable in removing grime while in the parts bath. Sounds like your well on your way, winter is coming and you will be on your tractor before you know it. Good luck! Eric.
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Posted November 17, 2015 - 01:34 AM

Thanks for the help guys. I let the gears soak in diesel for about a week and they do look much better. I used a toothbrush to scrub off some of the grease and gunk. I may use a wire brush to tackle some of the thicker dry stuff that didn't soften in the diesel.

As I was draining the diesel from the pan I saw a bunch of little metal things...all of the needles from the needle bearings fell out! Can I reset them in the sleeve part or am I out of luck? If so any recommendations?

Also what material/thickness do you recommend for the gaskets on the two gear case halves? I have a small corroded piece of them left that I could try to match but if anyone has recommendations from experience I'd appreciate it!

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Posted November 17, 2015 - 09:04 AM

You can try and put the needles back in but since that bearing is over 50 years old It may be a good time to replace it

 

The original transaxle gasket was cork material and about 1/8'' thick 

The other smaller round ones for the outside were rubber.


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Posted November 17, 2015 - 11:31 AM

You can try and put the needles back in but since that bearing is over 50 years old It may be a good time to replace it

 

The original transaxle gasket was cork material and about 1/8'' thick 

The other smaller round ones for the outside were rubber.

 

Do you know where one could get 2 needle bearings for the big, single gear and any tips on pulling them?



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Posted November 17, 2015 - 11:46 AM

Do you know where one could get 2 needle bearings for the big, single gear and any tips on pulling them?

 

I have those on the shelf

 

 

If your careful you can either press them out or you may want to invest in a needle bearing puller which comes in handy working on this old stuff where bearings are everywhere!

 

Theres a decent selection on ebay , I think places like Harbor freight have them as well

http://www.ebay.com/...puller&_sacat=0


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Posted November 25, 2015 - 05:36 PM

What grease would be best for the gearbox?

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Posted November 25, 2015 - 05:40 PM

I used just general purpose grease, no heat in that housing

 

I put grease on all the gear teeth before I re-assembled them


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Posted November 27, 2015 - 11:35 AM

Nice looking tractor you got there. Good luck!


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Posted December 18, 2015 - 12:09 PM

How do I go about removing these needle bearings? It seems there is not an edge for a puller to hook on to.

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Posted December 18, 2015 - 04:25 PM

With there being no flange holding them in on the inside I think for these It will be easiest to press both them out one side.



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Posted December 19, 2015 - 01:10 PM

I got it! I used a blind bearing puller from Harbor Freight and was able to hook on to the spacer between both bearings and get them out. It may be insignificant to many but little things like this that I'm learning really make me proud of myself. Not having my dad (passed away) or many others around to help I really rely on the forums. Thanks.
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Posted December 19, 2015 - 01:11 PM

Glad you got them out. I am always learning new tips and tricks every time I work on this older stuff. The more you work on them the better you get



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Posted December 19, 2015 - 06:53 PM

 It may be insignificant to many but little things like this that I'm learning really make me proud of myself.

 

Not having my dad (passed away) or many others around to help I really rely on the forums. Thanks.

 

The important thing is that you are learning, the source is not important.

 

My Dad had a mower shop and I worked there for many years.  .....In my earlier years, I would go to my Dad and ask him how to do a certain task.  ...He would ask me what I would do if I were alone out in a desert, and then tell me to go figure it out for myself.

 

Other employees would go to my Dad to ask a question, and he would take the time to show or tell them how to do it. 

 

It took me many years to realize that my Dad was training me to think things through for myself.  ....That was one of the greatest gifts he ever gave me !!!

 

The internet is full of useful information, as you found here on GTT

 

However, sadly not all info posted on the web is correct, so you have to evaluate what you read, and use your own best judgment.   .....You will also learn that sometimes there are several different ways to accomplish the same task, and not only one way is correct.


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Posted June 01, 2016 - 12:27 AM

Okay guys - it's been a while but I need to get this back together! Don't judge because I haven't lol.

For those who have replaced the gasket on the gear case halves, what material and thickness do you recommend? When I took them apart initially the whole thing just sort of fell apart so I don't have much of a reference.

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Posted June 01, 2016 - 07:10 AM

The original was cork material and about 1/8'' Thick


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