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Posted October 14, 2015 - 09:02 AM

The frame on those are really beefy. Here's a couple of ideas for ya, Ellis:

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Posted October 16, 2015 - 07:27 AM

As I mentioned earlier, there was a drip coming off the water pump. Got after it last night right after work. Went smooth, disconnected the headlights/water hoses, yanked the hood. Radiator came off without much fuss. Pulled the pump.

 

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Going in I was hoping that it might be the seals and perhaps I could rebuild it. Foiled again :wallbanging:  If you look right below AMPCO, there's a long crack running east to west. It's hard to believe it was only dripping. I'm weighing repairing it vs. a new one at $130. I'm leaning towards biting the bullet. Did I tell you guys what a great deal I got on this tractor? :bigrofl:

 

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Posted October 16, 2015 - 07:58 AM

Of course you can repair it.  I busted the water pump on a Yanmar 3 cylinder when I went to press it apart for a new kit.  Shattered the housing, but even I got it TIG welded back together and No leaks (I'm no TIG welder by any means)!   But my pump new was way more than $130, so if it were me, I'd buy new.


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Posted October 16, 2015 - 08:34 AM

Of course you can repair it.  I busted the water pump on a Yanmar 3 cylinder when I went to press it apart for a new kit.  Shattered the housing, but even I got it TIG welded back together and No leaks (I'm no TIG welder by any means)!   But my pump new was way more than $130, so if it were me, I'd buy new.

 

Yup, that's probably the route I'm taking, Daniel. To be on the safe side on more than one front. And at the end of the day $130 is relatively cheap insurance.


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Posted October 17, 2015 - 12:17 PM

Clean gasket surfaces well. I use little scotch pads for my die-grinder to do that. Looks to me like someone torqued the bolts too much on that one with maybe a rought spot on the castings or ?? making it bind? OR NOT!  Heat from fixing might warp more, still not fit flush and re-crack, and is PIA to get back off as you know. Don't forget gasket, darn things don't come with things like that much anymore, best check box.


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Posted October 17, 2015 - 05:06 PM

Hey! See your same post on YTTractors!  I also see the posting on that seat there, cool!  I tried to click on that to look at those chairs, but didn't work that way. Those were neat, but I bet costly! 


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Posted October 17, 2015 - 08:38 PM

Hey! See your same post on YTTractors!  I also see the posting on that seat there, cool!  I tried to click on that to look at those chairs, but didn't work that way. Those were neat, but I bet costly! 

 

I do have a thread on MTF? I got a couple pics for you today. Like said, yours if you want it. You can see the notch I spoke about.

 

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As to the gaskets for the water pump. I didn't find any. I was planning on going with Permatex. Cleaning and truing the surfaces real well, beforehand.



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Posted October 17, 2015 - 08:51 PM

Put a little time cleaning, assessing the Suzy today. The passenger side rear fender had some obvious damage, so I removed it.

 

Main connecting point torn right through.

 

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Good size dent and tear on one side.

 

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Dent,  crease on the other.

 

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Another split, tear.

 

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Time for the dollies, hammers and anvil. Some Tig time, too.


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Posted October 18, 2015 - 12:13 PM

I don't like NOT using a gasket, even if most use silicone, which I hate for the mess.  Get Gasket paper and cut one out and then still use a little gook to hold it on when assembling. The material will also take up any gaps that may be on surfaces that aren't flat. I've always been a fan of Permatex #1, but most guys think that is out-dated sealer. Hey, it dries and works good for water and air fittings I think, still comes apart if needed. Don't put a lot on and make big squeeze out, then is messy!



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Posted November 09, 2015 - 09:42 AM

Yup, I'm digging on the Suzue. Everyone that lays eyes on it falls in love. And it's in pieces.

But returning whole soon..........

Installed the new water pump Saturday. Checked all. Flushed/cleaned radiator. Need to replace/build one of the rubber radiator mounts. Soaking one of the fenders in canned octopus legs oil. Walbaums is going under, so they had a 50% off sale on all the canned Goya stuff. Tasty, and great shop food! And revitalizes those rust spots :thThumbsU

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Posted November 15, 2015 - 12:46 PM

Tackled the seat situation Friday night. The "new" seat is one I scored off a Gravely rider that gave it's life for the Custom build. It's not perfect. Couple small tears, but overall it's fine. My plan was to augment the seats springs with coil springs in cups. This also served to level the seat's stance.
 
Cut two lengths of SS for the cups.
 
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Here are the main ingredients. The two cups turned and washer tacked on. Above them are two seat springs from a Gravely 430 rider. They've been blasted, primed and painted. On the bottom is the bolt we started with, the one on the left has had the head thickness turned to 1/8".
 
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Spring system installed. The pins used are quick release clevis pins I manufacture at my business. They're made from SS and brass. They are used for temporary scaffolding, stanchions and railings.
 
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Had to rework the hinge a bit. Added steel and still need to do some final shaping for aesthetics.
 
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The cups new home.
 
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Cut some rubber over material pads and stuck them in the cup bottoms.
 
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All together.
 
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Mike is the first to check it out.
 
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Posted October 25, 2016 - 08:27 AM

A little update. Since the last work, and some use, we emptied the tranny/hyd. fluid, flushed it out, cleaned the screen, torqued everything etc. Went to refill.........waterfall out the bottom of the power tube. I mean volume. I'm thinking some casting damage, perhaps. You can't really see the area well as there are just a couple smallish holes with the drive and PTO shafts in the way. Time to split it at the tranny face. That was quite easy. Disconnect some linkage/hydraulics. Half an hour, two guys. After a quick look, it's obvious someone had been there before. And without going into detail, I'm hoping they didn't do these things to make a living. Anyhow, aside from some crude work, they forgot one thing..........the PTO shaft seal. Right below the fill hole is the PTO shaft. We pour fluid in, hits shaft and runs right out. Six bucks for the seal.

 

Here's a  shot of it split.

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Now getting the two halves together was a fair amount tougher than splitting it. Two sets of hands, for sure. Took Mike and I about an hour and a half. Also put my head into the clutch pedal......HARD!!! Still feeling that one, lol.

About 2pm yesterday all was buttoned up and we took her out. Such a nice machine. Went through all the paces. PTO, three point hyd., 4WD, Hi/Lo.....all good. Next, we're taking a Gravely dozer blade and re-fitting into a snow plow w/ hyd. lift. Really like to push some snow with this bugger. These machines are an incredible value, love to score another one.......or two, someday.

 

Iron Mike at the helm. He really likes this machine. Probably his favorite.

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Posted October 25, 2016 - 10:09 AM

You got yourself a nice machine there. I for one really like the Japanese small tractors. I recently picked up a Mitisubishi mt2201 for a project. Just sold a Yanmar 4x4 with a loader. 

Good luck with your project. 


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Posted October 25, 2016 - 10:20 AM

You got yourself a nice machine there. I for one really like the Japanese small tractors. I recently picked up a Mitisubishi mt2201 for a project. Just sold a Yanmar 4x4 with a loader. 

Good luck with your project. 

 

Thanks a lot, Chris. I'm with you on these small Japanese tractors. Lots of capability for the buck.....with a reliable diesel.

 

Have you posted about your Mitsubishi? Love to check that out.



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Posted October 25, 2016 - 11:39 AM

No but I will take photos this afternoon as I'm going to be installing some rear lighting. It had a lot of electrical problems which is something I enjoy working on. Now that it is up and running it is apparent that it has a heart of gold. 


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