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The "half of a1958 junkyard Economy tractor" will live again...Johnny Cash style.


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#1 classic OFFLINE  

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Posted July 16, 2016 - 08:24 PM

Ever since I picked up this wreck, I've wanted to build a tractor out of it. When member username offered me a free frame and front axle beam, I saw light at the end of the tunnel. Well, he dropped the frame off today and I couldn't be any happier with it. It's a later model frame, but will work with a few mods. I found an early 60's round hood and dash for a Briggs for 47.50 shipped and that just came in. I'll need to make up frame mounts for the front of the hood and weld them on to the frame. I also found a guy parting a '61 PK with a Briggs on it, so I got the flywheel pulley, clutch assembly, hogs head, and bell housing from him. A buddy had a Briggs 233431 engine that was in pieces in his shed. It sat apart for years, and some parts was missing. Luckily the bore has only .001 wear and the crankpin measures to near new specs. The gas tank is trashed and the oil bath air cleaner were missing, so I had to find those. I took a ride to my friends place to pick up some NOS Briggs parts for the rebuild. He had an NOS standard piston and rings, standard rod, sediment bowl, and carb rebuild kit. He also mentioned that he had an old Briggs that I might be interested in. It turned out to be a 1960 Briggs model 19FB. Someone hacked the PTO side of the crankshaft and it had no spark. It did have a rust free gas tank and the oil bath air cleaner that I needed for the PK, so I brought it home. I changed the old magnamatic ignition coil with a good spare, and the engine fired right up. The carb didn't leak and the throttle shaft is tight. This is the same carb as the 233431 engine, so that will be used on the Junkyard PK. I made a set of rear end gaskets for the '56 PK I'm restoring, so I'll have to make another set for this one. I found a good steering column and some other small parts to complete this thing, so I'm off and running. It's a blast parts hunting and using parts that are laying around doing nothing. This tractor will be made up from parts from the 50's, 60's and 70's and that Johnny Cash song came to mind during my searches. It probably would have been easier to just find a complete tractor at a decent price, but who knows what would be worn out, broken, or water damaged. Anyway, I'm having a good time meeting some good people and making some good finds along the way. It's half the fun of the hobby!

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Edited by classic, July 16, 2016 - 08:35 PM.

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Posted July 16, 2016 - 08:31 PM

Here's the old Briggs 19FB.

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Posted July 16, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Hi classic, your well on the way to making a tractor yea just get a Johnny Cash cd and start assembling. Yes you could have looked around for a project tractor but as you say this route can be fun and when your done it has your touch.


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Posted July 16, 2016 - 10:50 PM

HA! Just listened to that song while I'm hacking this piece of pipe out of the exhaust port. Darn thing wouldn't budge.

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Posted July 18, 2016 - 10:23 PM

Well,I honed the block, cut the valve seats and lapped the valves. I had these two blocks laying around with good standard bores, but they are later engines that have the crankcase vent in the valve cover. The one block is drilled and tapped to accept the hogs head, so that's the one I'm using. I spent a couple of hours getting the plumbing fitting out of the exhaust port...worst one I've ever had to remove.The crank and cam are cleaned up, so I have to scrub the block down and assemble this thing. The engine had the small PTO side bearing plate, so I have a large bearing plate that matches the bore in the hogs head to use. The bearings came in for the transmission, along with the brake shaft seals. I want to get this together ASAP, so everything I've been working on gets shoved in the corner...again!

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Posted July 19, 2016 - 03:52 AM

    Looking good jim, what are you referring to by "hogs head" ?


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Posted July 19, 2016 - 08:24 AM

Pete, the hogs head is a term someone came up with when describing the flywheel/pulley housing. I guess it was to help avoid confusion when talking about the flywheel/pulley housing and bell housing. This is the flywheel/pulley housing, also called the "hogs head". It bolts directly to the engine block, and then the bell housing bolts to it. Also, here is a pic of the two different size Briggs ball bearing cover plates. The larger cover plate is the one that needs to be used in order to keep everything in alignment when assembled. The smaller cover plate would work, but you would be relying on the 4 bolts holding the hogs head on for alignment, and it's not a good idea. The larger cover insures that the input shaft of the transmission is in perfect alignment with the crankshaft.

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Posted July 19, 2016 - 09:08 AM

keep us updated on the progress. i think alot of us are following this one. it's great to see posts like this on the site along with other restorations.
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Posted July 19, 2016 - 09:34 AM

I sure will, Jason. I'm having a blast piecing this one together. It's not what I would consider a restoration since it will be made up of parts from various years, so I don't have to be particular on the details. I'm just looking to build a reliable PK for regular use that's mechanically sound and clean. I'm digging through what spare parts that I have laying around to keep the cost down on this project. It's amazing what useful junk you end up with when you pick up parts machines, old engines, etc.
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Posted July 19, 2016 - 12:01 PM

Looking good am following your progress so are going to put 2 headlights on one side and one on the other :dancingbanana:


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Posted July 19, 2016 - 12:56 PM

Two headlights on one side and one on the other....and one tail fin, HA! Thanks MNGB. Just blasted and scrubbed down the transmission housings.

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Posted July 20, 2016 - 04:44 PM

Great project!


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Posted July 24, 2016 - 12:38 AM

Just a quick update. Member username dropped off the frame front axle, and fender last Saturday. He really knows his PK's and I really can't thank him enough! I got the frame cleaned up and I hacked off the hood mounts since it's a later frame. I had to mock up the drivetrain to position the motor mounts and position the hood so I can make and install new hood mounts. I'm going to use some of the parts that I picked up for the '56 PK on this one. I rebuilt this Briggs model 23DFB for the '56, but I'll be using the engine on this tractor. Now I can look for the correct earlier model 23 engine to rebuild for the '56 PK. I'm also rebuilding a Ross steering box to install on this tractor. I've sourced a few more needed parts, so I'm close to having a complete tractor now. After the hood mounts are welded in place, I'll disassemble everything and continue to prep for paint. It's lots of work, but I just have to keep at it.

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Posted July 24, 2016 - 07:26 AM

Looking good Classic, that's going to be a nice tractor when your done and your really moving along on it.

On a side note I see you have a DB Suburban sitting in your shop whats the story on it? Just curious don't what to hijack this story but?


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Posted July 24, 2016 - 08:37 AM

Thanks MNGB. I have plans to start using this PK real soon, so I have to keep moving along on it. I should make a lot of progress over the next couple of weeks. I picked up the DB back in 2014. I just read over the old thread about it and here's the link. I forgot that you had one until I read over the thread. I must be getting old, HA!
http://gardentractor...adley-suburban/




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