2nd UPDATE: Back on the H16 today. Started at the back and worked forward. First was to jack the back end up and remove the tires. Then removed the brackets that were bolted with the axle U-bolts to the frame. Not sure what they were for but were the same color as the green frame. Mounted two 23 X 10.50 X 12 Ag bar tires on JD rims. Then put on two JD wheel weights and bolted them on with 4 bolts each. With arthritis in both hand and elsewhere they are not very easy to handle. Used a hydraulic jack handle on the rim and the other end on a 6 X 6 block on a tall stool that was just the right height. Set the weight with U notch over the handle and slide it up into place. Got the first bolt through and washer and nut on it and knew it was down hill from there. Not real fond of the end of the bolt sticking out but no other way to do it. Carrage bolts fit in the square hole in the rim so will live with it. Moving forward I took the wheels off the H16 and swapped them over to the H16XL. They had a lot better tread. Had to replace the choke cable and actuator so had another hole to drill and bolt it in place. Then covered the old holes on the right side with flat head 1/4" short bolts.
Cleaned the foot pads off good with paint thinner and put down two strips of 3" wide non slip tape. Wet feet on smooth metal is not a good combination. Next in line was adjusting the brake linkage. Seeing as how the lift cylinder had been leaking the nuts were not seized so that was a minor project. Found out in the process of changing the front wheels the there is a lot of up - down movement in the front axle. Will have to drop the entire front end out from under the tractor to work on that so passed that project for now. The hydro linkage is A OK the way it is so on to the next item.
Removed the center planks from the work table so I could work up under the tractor and get at the lift cylinder. A big oily mess up there. Can't tell where exactly the oil is coming from so will replace the hoses and rebuild the cylinder. Unfortunately, the cylinder off the H16 is different and will not interchange. Will get at the cylinder removal tomorrow. Granddaughter woke up from her nap and wanted to run the trains so we cleaned things up , including ourselves and headed for the garden railroad. Tomorrow is another day.
Edited by chieffan, August 31, 2015 - 06:51 AM.