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


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#16 classic ONLINE  

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Posted July 24, 2016 - 06:02 PM

I had some company over today and got a late start. Got to take a break from the tractors one in a while. With the needed measurements now in hand for the hood brackets, I took the tractor back apart. I found a piece of scrap steel , made up the hood brackets and welded them to the frame. Lots of cleaning, painting and assembling now, but I wish this heat and humidity would take a hike.

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Posted July 24, 2016 - 06:15 PM

I hope those will be heavy enough!


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Posted July 24, 2016 - 06:27 PM

It's what I had laying around Kenny, HA! I'm going to grind a slope on the back side of them to match the angle of the hood. The frame brackets that were on this frame originally, weren't even close to lining up with the earlier hood.

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Posted July 24, 2016 - 06:42 PM

You would probably love my scrap pile.


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Posted July 24, 2016 - 06:43 PM

How thick are they,  they look as heavy duty as the hood mounts on my long hood PK's  those mounts are 3/8" thick.


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Posted July 24, 2016 - 06:58 PM

The brackets are 1/2" thick. I threaded the holes so that I don't have to use a nut on the bolt. Makes it easier to remove the hood.
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Posted July 26, 2016 - 12:44 PM

Realizing that the front axle beam could spin around on the front of the frame like a propeller, I went ahead and made some axle stops. I took the measurements from my '56 PK frame, cut out two L shaped brackets and welded them to the frame. I sacrificed a crusty Allis B10 axle for the steel. All of the work is done on the frame now, so I can go ahead and paint it up.

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Posted July 27, 2016 - 04:35 PM

Well, the rear end is going back together now. Having to assemble the rear end around the frame is a but awkward when installing the center section. I had to run to the hardware store and pick up replacement 7/16" bolts, lock nuts, and flat washers. Someone torched off two of the eight bolts, and some of the rest of the lock nuts spun on the bolts too easily. It was better off to just replace them all for 11 bucks. I put a good amount of gasket sealer on the shoulders of the bull gear housing mounting bolts to insure that they wouldn't leak. Originally, there are rubber washers under the bolt heads, but I think that they allow the bolts to loosen up over time. I painted the tail section of the frame and the bull gear housings before assembly. It would have been impossible to get a good couple of coats of paint between the frame and housings when assembled. Now it's back to cleaning more parts to bolt on this thing.

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Posted July 27, 2016 - 05:46 PM

That looks nice good to see it coming together


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Posted July 27, 2016 - 05:47 PM

Awesome Sauce!


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Posted July 27, 2016 - 07:48 PM

You have a very nice rear end.



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Posted August 02, 2016 - 01:06 AM

I've been spending time locating parts and working on bits and pieces here and there. My Cousin told me about a couple of PK'S that he knew about. It turned out to be five when I got there, and only one was for parts. The others were sitting in the weeds and we're getting rained on for God knows how long. They looked to be late 60's early 70's tractors. Most had shot tires and other issues and prices started at 800. I did manage to buy the only pair of wheel weights he had off the rear of one of them. The parts PK looked to have been sitting for 20 years, was missing parts, and had a transmission full of water. It did have 24's on the Model A rear and the long front spindles, so I will be going back for those parts. Anyway, at least I had the wheel weights that I needed for this winter and also lined up a snow plow with the correct mounting system for this frame. I stopped at Lowes on the way home and picked up a piece of 1/2 steel round rod for about 5 bucks since I didn't have a tie rod. I used a pair of tie rod ends off of a damaged Allis B1 tie rod which are the same as these later tie rods. 1/2" round rod, really? I can't believe they used this for the tie rod on the later tractors. Might as well have used a coat hanger. I cut the worm gear and steering wheel end off of a shot Ross steering column shaft since some have a 1/2" bore and the O.D. is 3/4. I cut the round rod to length and threaded the ends 1/2-20. I cleaned up the steering column shaft and slid the round rod through it, then installed the tie rod ends. This makes a pretty stout tie rod when assembled. It wasn't a bad gig for 5 bucks, junk parts and some shop time.
Now for the steering column. I have a good spare early Ross box, same ones used on the early PK's, Mighty Mites, and Gard'n Mast'r tractors. With this 70's frame, I have to make up a mount for this steering box. I'll just copy the one on my '56 frame and make it a bolt on mount using the existing holes. I went through my steering column spare parts and had most of what I need to complete the column. I just have to shorten the shaft and column tube to PK length. I picked up military surplus NOS sector shaft bushings and a CR sector shaft seal. NOS upper steering tube bearings are hard to find, and the repros look terrible. I found that late 30's chevy car upper tube bearing looks the same, so I picked one up made by Saginaw. It fit the shaft perfectly, but is slightly loose in the original tube. Luckily the repro Willys MB steering tubes I get are bored slightly undersize, and these late 30's Chevy bearings fit really snug like they were made for it. These are a great replacement bearing for an original steering tube if installed with a little silicone.
I found a front engine pulley for the Briggs and a manual lift lever assembly for now. I just have to find a drag link or make one from a Willys MB drag link. I have a few other bits and pieces coming and it's almost complete now. With parts on hand, I can get back to it now.

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Posted August 02, 2016 - 12:26 PM

Hey classic looking good that's depressing about the PK's just sitting out wasting away.


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Posted August 02, 2016 - 04:05 PM

Thanks! Lot's of little things to do here and there, but it's all working out. It will be good to see it painted and on four wheels. It is a shame that those PK'S are sitting outside in the weather. A lot of expensive parts on them are destroyed already and they will continue to sit there at the asking prices.
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Posted August 05, 2016 - 01:55 PM

So, I finished up fitting the steering column parts together. I pressed in new sector shaft bushings, shortened the aftermarket steering column tube, and shortened the steering column worm gear shaft. I used a late '30's upper tube bearing which fit just fine. I'll install a new sector shaft seal and steering box cover gasket once everything is cleaned up and ready for assembly. I have a starter generator and voltage regulator, but I have to make the mount and adjuster. Mr. Haines dug me up a drag link assembly and it's on it's way, but I may have to modify it to make it work. This project is getting down to cleaning parts, assembly, and painting.

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