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#1 GTTinkerer OFFLINE  

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 03:26 PM

I bought this Workbird about five years ago and tore it down over last winter. Today I finally got the time to put my version of Daniel's electrolysis device together and get some of the parts in the barrel to get rid of the rust.

The restored tractor is what I am hoping to make the not so good looking one look like. I have the front mounted snowblower along with the mower deck carrier frame but not the mower deck itself.

The tractor has an 8 hp Kohler that needs also to rebuilt. It is front wheel drive and rear wheel steering. The geared transmission is belt driven and has a "traction pedal" like the ones found on a hydro unit where you push with the toe to go forward and the heel for reverse.

I am retiring on June 16th so maybe I'll get it done this summer.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 03:36 PM

Welcome to the forum. That is a pretty neat outfit. Never seen one before. Good luck with it.
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Posted May 01, 2011 - 03:47 PM

I want to thank Daniel for the information on removing rust the "easier" way. I put my version together today and have one of the more important, and most irreplaceable, parts in it as I type.

I used some reel mower bedknives for the electrodes and 10 gauge wire to run between them. It is hooked up to a battery charger at the 10 amps setting.

Seems to be working fine. After about four hours the water has became dirtier anyway. Hopefully after work tomorrow I'll be able to change the parts in it.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 03:56 PM

Those Workbirds are some very unique machines. I think it is going to make for a wonderful project and will stay tuned to see your progress. Those reel mower beds should make for some nice electrodes that are easy to clean. Keep us posted how it works for you. I am ready to set ours up again now that the weather is getting warmer and it should work better now.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 04:02 PM

That's a neat looking tractor,golfwrench.

BTW, welcome to the forum.

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 04:04 PM

I can honestly say that I have never seen a Workbird before; I didn't even know they existed. Very unique tractor and a great project!

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 08:50 PM

That's a very interesting project you've found! Best of luck with the restoration and keep us posted with your progress! Oh, and BTW Congrats on the pending retirement!!

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Posted May 01, 2011 - 08:55 PM

Welcome to the forum. Never heard of or ever seen a Workbird. Cool.

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Posted May 02, 2011 - 11:13 AM

I bought this Workbird about five years ago and tore it down over last winter.
The restored tractor is what I am hoping to make the not so good looking one look like. I have the front mounted snowblower along with the mower deck carrier frame but not the mower deck itself.

The tractor has an 8 hp Kohler that needs also to rebuilt. It is front wheel drive and rear wheel steering. The geared transmission is belt driven and has a "traction pedal" like the ones found on a hydro unit where you push with the toe to go forward and the heel for reverse.


If you don't already have the Owner's Operating & Parts Manual for this tractor, I have uploaded one to the Manuals section.

Link: George Work-Bird Tractor Manual - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums
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Posted May 03, 2011 - 07:51 PM

Bruce,
Many thanks for the manual. I bought a reprint of the same manual online a couple of years ago but yours is much clearer and easier to read

Thanks again,
Bill

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Posted May 03, 2011 - 07:55 PM

Bill, how's the electrolysis going?

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Posted May 04, 2011 - 08:43 AM

Bruce,
Many thanks for the manual. I bought a reprint of the same manual online a couple of years ago but yours is much clearer and easier to read

Thanks again,
Bill


You're quite welcome. ......Those pages are actually scans of pages copied from an original manual. .....I donated the original manual to an exhibition of equipment mfg'd by George. .....Former employees and local historians were assembling an exhibit to showcase the various products made by this religious Community. .....I don't know if the exhibit is permanent, or if it was done to celebrate an anniversary.

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Posted May 04, 2011 - 04:58 PM

I pulled the belt drive part from the tank tonight and it looked great after power washing it. Only a very few small spots where the paint remained. Since the part will be disassembled and a couple of bushings and idlers replaced I put in my parts washing tank which is filled with #2 diesel. This should keep it from rusting until after I get the time to pull it apart.

I put the belt cover in the tank to see how the larger frat pieces will turn out. It will be power washed and primed as soon as it comes out.

Thanks,
Bill

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Edited by golfwrench, May 04, 2011 - 05:04 PM.





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