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New Cub Cadet 149: The tear-down begins!

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#181 IHCubGuy ONLINE  

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Posted February 27, 2016 - 09:51 PM

Didn't have a lot of time today to work on the tractor.  I did get aluminum primer on the aluminum parts on the motor Friday night.  Today I put the first coat of yellow primer on the whole engine.  It was my first time with a gravity feed paint gun.  It worked great!  I had very little over spray.  Here is what it looks like

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Looking pretty good.  I have been thinking about an HVLP gun for a few years now but just can't see to get past the cost of one for the amount of times I use it.


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Posted February 27, 2016 - 10:39 PM

Looking pretty good.  I have been thinking about an HVLP gun for a few years now but just can't see to get past the cost of one for the amount of times I use it.

The one I used was a friends.  He got it from Harbor Freight Tools.  He said he paid only $20 for it.  I didn't want to buy one until I tried it first.  It worked a lot better than my old style can one that I have.  Much easier to clean as well. 



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Posted February 28, 2016 - 03:50 AM

Looking pretty good.  I have been thinking about an HVLP gun for a few years now but just can't see to get past the cost of one for the amount of times I use it.

 
 

The one I used was a friends.  He got it from Harbor Freight Tools.  He said he paid only $20 for it.  I didn't want to buy one until I tried it first.  It worked a lot better than my old style can one that I have.  Much easier to clean as well.


I have that gun and think it works great.

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Posted February 28, 2016 - 05:35 AM

The engine is looking good! I bought the set of guns from HF. They work well!


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Posted February 29, 2016 - 12:12 AM

The engine is looking good! I bought the set of guns from HF. They work well!

I probably will too before I start painting some of the other parts of the tractor.



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Posted February 29, 2016 - 12:39 AM

I finished putting the second coat of primer on today.  Hopefully I can get my first coat of IH yellow on tomorrow.

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While I let everything dry, I worked on the cylinder for the fel.  The seals and scrapers where very brittle or hard.  Some of the O-rings were no longer rounded but square.

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Once I got everything cleaned, I started installing all 8 of the O-rings and scrapers.

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Next, I put the piston into the cylinder and lined up the hole for the retaining/locking wire.

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I then rotated the gland. The wire feeds itself as you turn the  gland.

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You can see both the hooked part of the wire and the part that I trimmed in this picture.

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When they were all done, I put them in a draw to keep them clean. 

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I didn't have a blanket to cover them up.  Kenny can I borrow Alice's? :D


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Posted February 29, 2016 - 05:37 AM

I finished putting the second coat of primer on today.  Hopefully I can get my first coat of IH yellow on tomorrow.

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While I let everything dry, I worked on the cylinder for the fel.  The seals and scrapers where very brittle or hard.  Some of the O-rings were no longer rounded but square.

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Once I got everything cleaned, I started installing all 8 of the O-rings and scrapers.

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Next, I put the piston into the cylinder and lined up the hole for the retaining/locking wire.

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I then rotated the gland. The wire feeds itself as you turn the  gland.

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You can see both the hooked part of the wire and the part that I trimmed in this picture.

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When they were all done, I put them in a draw to keep them clean. 

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I didn't have a blanket to cover them up.  Kenny can I borrow Alice's? :D

Gonna have to find your own blanket! Alice loves hers to much to part with!


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Posted March 01, 2016 - 01:58 AM

I finished painting the motor today.  I was able to get 3 coats on over an 8 hour period using a hardener.  I had problems with the first coat because I didn't have enough reducer in the paint.  Once I got that figured out it went fairly well.  I can tell you I'm not going to win any prizes!  Besides, this is a work tractor not a show piece.

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While I was letting the second coat dry I decided to work on the front axle retaining pin.  Members IHCubGuy and Olds45512 suggested I use a 3/4 x 5 grade 8 bolt in place of the pin.  This helps pull the front axle channel together taking out a lot of play in the front steering.  Great idea guys!  It really made a difference.  Here is how I made my new axle pin.

I cut the head off the bolt down to 1/8 in. using a cut-off wheel.

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I drilled a 1/8 in. pilot hole at the thread end of the bolt followed by a 13/32 bit until I was half way down the length of the bolt.  This took a lot of time as I had to sharpen the drill bit several times. I threaded the end of the bolt for a grease zerk. Next, I drilled an 1/8 in. side hole to intersect the vertical hole.  I ground a channel around the circumference of the bolt in line with the 1/8 in. hole.  This should allow the grease to spread more evenly. Then I installed it.

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The bolt is installed from the backside of the axle so that there is enough room between the bolt and the engine oil pan.

 

Some of you might be wondering why the grease zerk is not centered in the end of the bolt?  It's called offset grease zerking.  It was invented by the Atlantians before their island sank.  It was rediscovered by me in my shop tonight.  It works on the same principal as the muffler bearings.  In other words the darn drill bit moved on me.

 


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Posted March 01, 2016 - 05:22 PM

Looks good to me as I won't see the fitting from my house.  I doubt anyone including you will see it with the loader on the tractor.


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Posted March 01, 2016 - 07:39 PM

Looks good to me as I won't see the fitting from my house.  I doubt anyone including you will see it with the loader on the tractor.

Yea, your probably right about that.  I do like how the steering is so much better with the bolt in place of the pin.


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Posted March 03, 2016 - 02:10 AM

Worked on the steering linkage again tonight.  When I installed the heim joints I noticed that they were longer then the stock style ball joint.  This caused the linkage from the steering gearbox to the steering knuckle to be longer than stock.  The difference was about 1/2 in. to long even with the linkage rod bottomed out in the joint.  I also made sure that my steering wheel was centered.  I did this by making sure I had an equal number of turns both left and right and that the left front tire had the proper toe adjustment.  Here is how much extra I needed to remove.

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I also had to bend the rod by about 10 degrees at the gearbox end to alleviate a small binding issue.

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Once I had that figured out I could work on the length of the linkage for the tie rods.  With the Danco steering knuckles on the front axle, they had lengthened the tie rod with a short piece of all thread welded to two nuts that were also welded together.  They threaded the welded double nut onto the end of the tie rod lengthening it by about 1.5 in..  I didn't like that so I got rid of the all thread piece and decided to cut the tie rod and add  a piece of 1/2 in. inside diameter 1/8 in. thick steel tubing that was 4 in. long. 

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The difference, with the joints threaded in about 3/4 of the way, is about 5/8 in..  I ran out of time so I'll be welding it tomorrow.

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I also figured out why the right front tire had so much camber compared to the left side.  It's not bent but when they welded the spindle to the knuckle at the factor they didn't align it correctly.  I can fix it by extending the length of the lower part of the steering knuckle where it bolts to the front axle.  I might wait to do that.

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Edited by Mark 149 J., March 03, 2016 - 08:00 PM.

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Posted March 03, 2016 - 08:03 PM

I got home from work and the wife was napping so I snuck out to the shop and finished welding the tie rod. 

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Posted March 04, 2016 - 01:41 AM

I finally decided it was time to remove the dash and cowling tonight so I can start preping the frame for paint.  Didn't take a long time but I had to be cautious when removing any of the wires from the switchs or gages.  Luckly nothing got broken.

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If the weather holds out this weekend I should be able to get some primer on the rusted areas.  If not, I'll be sand blasting the fel and looking for anymore cracks in the welds. 

 


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Posted March 04, 2016 - 05:41 AM

Those Heim joints look like an excellent upgrade :thumbs: coming along nicely :thumbs:


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Posted March 04, 2016 - 11:44 AM

Looking good!

 

 

 

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