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#46 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted November 09, 2015 - 05:58 PM

I hope you get to feeling better! The tractor is coming along nicely!


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Posted November 09, 2015 - 06:47 PM

I'm going to sneak out and visit my poor ole tractor.


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Posted November 11, 2015 - 12:01 AM

My Doctor said I can be on my foot as long a I don't over do it so I got some more done today. I hand sanded the fiberglass dash inside and out and got it primed and ready to paint. I got the front wheels sand blasted and right when I was finishing up the last one, the motor on my dust vacuum committed suicide so that's another $100.00. Here's a few more pics, hopefully I will be shooting the silver by this weekend. I can't put any of the pedal linkages in until I have the foot rests painted and installed. So when I get this far I will get the Onan cleaned up and painted.

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Posted November 11, 2015 - 12:08 AM

The dash had a little break on the edge that's why it isn't primed, I dug it out a little with the dermal and put some JB weld in it. In the morning I will sand that part down and prime it, hopefully, if it's not windy again tomorrow I will have the dash painted black.



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Posted November 11, 2015 - 08:31 AM

Where did you get your decal for the dash?


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Posted November 11, 2015 - 10:06 AM

Hi Tahoe, the decal is from    www.clickitandstickit.com  He has a really nice web site and it looks like he has a fair amount of decals,  the prices are kind of high but that's to be expected. His model # 00816 for this decal and the price is $18.00


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Posted November 11, 2015 - 10:19 AM

I'm not happy about using this early model dash, but I'll keep my eyes open for the original dash. I think that if a person could find the original molds for the plastic dashes and the fiberglass upper grills for these particular models a person could make allot of money and still sell them for a fair price, I saw an upper grill on ebay a few months ago for $300.00. These pieces are like gold if you can find them in any usable shape at all.   



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Posted November 11, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Here is the only nose on ebay and it's for a roper $500.00 I just bought one off ebay for $100.00 a couple of weeks ago and it has some typical damage, but it's in pretty good shape.DSC00006.JPG



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Posted November 11, 2015 - 08:47 PM

I worked on my GT today for a few hours, I got the dash completed but the pics didn't come out very well because of the glare from the lights. I also got the new steering wheel clocked, it came out really nice, hopefully the dash will be ready for it's new decal tomorrow. here's some pics.

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 06:09 AM

The dash looks real good!


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Posted November 12, 2015 - 09:25 AM

I think the dash looks good. I just painted one for my ST16, it turned out pretty nice although I just taped over original decal, too cheap to buy one right now.


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Posted November 13, 2015 - 09:51 AM

I got the decal on the dash, I was amazed at how easy it was, I sat the dash on my tractor just to see how much room there was between the steering wheel and dash. It is kind of close but I'm going to try it,  may be ok for the use it will get. this tractor is retired from work. Here are a few pics.

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Posted November 14, 2015 - 09:53 AM

My upper grill came in this morning, I have a little bit of work to do to it and I have more sanding to do on the hood. I'll get more pics up soon, I'm hoping to have all of the silver painted tomorrow on it. I have epoxy primer to put on it and base coat clear coat to shoot the silver. 


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Posted November 18, 2015 - 08:11 PM

Hello everyone, I finally started feeling well enough to work on my tractor today, I haven't been able to walk or stand for the past few days. I got most of the silver parts in primer and started working on my new grill, here are a few pics.

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Posted November 20, 2015 - 01:30 PM

I glued my new brake band liner in yesterday, I want to thank all of you guys that posted the procedure on here along with the part # from McMaster Carr, 6175K811. Allot of difference pay to $4.00 for the material as opposed to $40.00 for the complete unit, here are some pics.

This post is greatly appreciated.  I have a 20 hp GT Limited Edition and 18 hp Craftsman II, both of which need the brake lining replaced...the 18 hp model to the extent I ran into a stall door the other day, in 3H...Door didn't fair too well, GT wasn't dinged at all.

I have procrastinated doing the reline cuz drilling and riveting were going to be a challenge.

If glue works I can do it.

Question? Does everyone strip the paint for their restores or sand blast?  The LE is fairly decent looking but the other is a tad rough...thinking about repainting it completely.

Good post.  Thanks. 






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