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Posted December 26, 2015 - 01:02 PM

Good luck with it!


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Posted January 14, 2016 - 11:14 PM

Cleaned up the Craftsman with the pressure washer yesterday. It looks better with the green slime removed. I still need to change the oil in the hydro, but after that its ready to put to work.

 

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Posted January 15, 2016 - 06:51 AM

That looks better!


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Posted January 16, 2016 - 10:42 AM

I ended up trading a Briggs 18hp opposed twin for this 1997 Craftsman 18.5/46 tractor. The mower shop had picked it up as an engine donor. The PO that they got it from said it ran when parked, but thought something was wrong/locked up in the rear end. I got it home and had it running in a couple hours after freeing up the starter drive and bypassing some safety switches. Once it was running I found it had a blown head gasket. Got a new one installed and it runs good.

 

On to the rear hydro. While I had it running I tried the hydro lever and got nothing. Looked underneath and saw the drive belt was loose because the brake/clutch pedal was stuck part way down. Got that freed up and away it went. the hydro was quiet and smooth. Next problem was the I couldn't push it. The hydro freewheeling valve was rusted and wouldn't release. After a thorough cleaning it operates as it should and the tractor can be pushed now.

 

I think its a keeper now and worth ordering tubes for all of the tires and putting a new seat on so my rear doesn't get wet. Jeez the lights even work. The mower deck is shot.

 

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Boy, she's a dirty one. Gota say, I never knew they made them green in that style, I thought they were always grey until the rounded style came out, like this one:F4702.JPG



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Posted November 28, 2016 - 08:25 PM

Picked up this steering shaft cover for the Craftsman. When we got this tractor the steering wheel was off and this piece was missing. Now I just need to see if it fits.

 

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Posted November 28, 2016 - 08:34 PM

Picked up this steering shaft cover for the Craftsman. When we got this tractor the steering wheel was off and this piece was missing. Now I just need to see if it fits.

 

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Took you 11 months to do that?    :poke:  :bigrofl:  oh I'm just full of it tonight ;)


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Posted November 28, 2016 - 08:52 PM

Took you 11 months to do that?    :poke:  :bigrofl:  oh I'm just full of it tonight ;)

That's pretty fast for me. We'll see how long it takes me to install it. :bigrofl:


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Posted November 29, 2016 - 02:50 PM

Installed the steering shaft cover. Thought I better get it done quick so Titus doesn't poke me in the eye(or somewhere else) with a stick again. :D

 

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Posted November 29, 2016 - 05:02 PM

Damn! That was quick!


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Posted November 29, 2016 - 09:29 PM

Damn! That was quick!

Yep!!! And I Only needed one coffee break before I finished. :bigrofl:


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Posted December 29, 2016 - 08:09 PM

I've been looking for Cheap wheel weights for this craftsman for snowblowing, etc... Was thinking about making up some out of concrete, but today I found something that should work better. This is a Farmall C/SC 10" single front wheel. Its 2-piece, made of cast iron, and each half weighs about 60 lbs. Its almost a perfect fit in the 12" wheel and will just need a relief for the valve stem.

 

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Posted December 30, 2016 - 04:51 PM

Had to shave the outside dia. to get the weight to seat in the wheel.

 

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Posted December 30, 2016 - 06:15 PM

Drilled holes for the valve stem. I will finish it up with a cutoff wheel and a die grinder.

 

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Posted December 30, 2016 - 08:22 PM

Found my 3" cutoff wheels after looking right at them 5 times. Finished up the valve stem relief.

 

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Posted January 26, 2017 - 08:47 PM

Changed wire in the MIG and got the crosses welded and they still fit.bananapowerslide.gif Now to get the mounting holes drilled hopefully in the right place. At this pace they might be ready for next winter. :D

 

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