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Posted May 22, 2011 - 05:24 PM

If you mean the axle ends where the spindles attach, I think some JB weld placed behind the new bushings will work just fine. You may also have wear at the frame where the axle bolt for the center pivot goes through. That is a very common wear area as well. I made new 1/4" thick washers on my lathe that fit the new bolt as a slip fit. I then bolted the axle in place with these spacers acting like washers. Once they were lined up, I welded them to the frame. Now my pivot bolt has a good 1/4" to sit on. I just hope it does not give me issues attaching a snow blower! I am sure I could work around it though.

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Posted May 23, 2011 - 04:04 PM

So I was wondering what you guys thought of these spindle and ball joint repairs. Gives you an idea of what I'm up against.

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Posted May 23, 2011 - 04:22 PM

I have a whole front axle with spindles that are in good shape
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Posted May 23, 2011 - 05:33 PM

Nice job on that center bolt area and I will be sure to check mine.

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Posted May 23, 2011 - 08:34 PM

Thanks, that washer was welded to the frame after that photo (Just my welds were not "show quality" due to a hard area to get my mig gun into.

As for the axle, I say find a replacement, that may be serviceable, but it's pretty hacked. Touch base with Mike above and see what you can work out, you will be better in the long run.
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Posted May 23, 2011 - 09:26 PM

Somebody butchered those spindles, you might want to consider buying a parts tractor, you can take the best from the 2 and make one.

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Posted May 23, 2011 - 09:48 PM

Doug, northern CA might as well be the north pole for finding tractors

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Posted May 24, 2011 - 08:44 AM

I have a whole front axle with spindles that are in good shape


I wanted to say thanks to Mike for hooking me up with an entire front end and some other badly needed parts at a price that can't be beat (great guy) with a wealth of good information. I think this forum and it's menbers have been my saving grace on this restoration. I of course will keep looking for a parts tractor for future needs but don't hold much hope of finding one around here.

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Posted May 24, 2011 - 01:11 PM

Try Lewiston Idaho, looks like all the tractors are located somewhere back east.

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Posted May 24, 2011 - 10:37 PM

Try calling this guy in Salem, Oregon for some of the other tractor parts you might need. He is just north of you and might save you freight costs. I called and talked to him a few weeks ago. He is a local home builder who collects garden tractors. Below is his craigslist ad with his phone number. Good luck!

Date: 2011-05-07, 7:10AM PDT
Reply to: sale-vdjtu-2367498158@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


I have a lot of older garden tractors, parts tractors and implements. I am also looking for old and unusual garden tractors. If you have a old garden tractor that you need some thing for I may be able to help. If you are looking for a project to fix up a old garden tractor I have some of them too. I also have some tillers and mower decks for lots of the older garden tractors like John Deere, Bolens, Cub Cadet, Simplicity, Sears, Wards, Jacobsen, Allis Chalmers, Massey Ferguson, Wheel Horse and more. Let me know what you are looking for. I do not have much of the newer Cratfsman, MTD or Murry type riding mowers. Also looking for old and unusal garden tractors.



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Posted May 29, 2011 - 08:29 AM

I have been trying to clean up and prime a couple of the smaller peaces every day and yesterday finaly got to glass beading a couple of the bigger ones althought there is plenty more to do here are a before and after of the frame. My 10 year old son worked with me on the blasting and has now claimed this tractor as his, little did he know it already was.

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Posted May 29, 2011 - 08:48 AM

...and has now claimed this tractor as his, little did he know it already was.


That's awesome. It'll really make his day when he finds out that it's his. I can't wait to do that with my son. Which I kind of really already done with a 4 wheeler but when it comes time for a tractor, that will be fun also!

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Posted May 30, 2011 - 08:47 PM

Well I pulled the head and there it was, the throttle butterfly screw, still have not pulled the valve cover so will probably find the butterfly there. The cylinder wall and valves are fine so I guess I got lucky. Have a look. Very good reason for the locktite vote!

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Posted May 31, 2011 - 01:03 AM

Looks like it bounced around like pop corn

I dont think you will find the throttle plate anywhere inside the engine

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Posted May 31, 2011 - 03:52 AM

Hard to believe that it didn't touch the cylinder walls and that it got through the intake valve without damaging it.




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