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


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Posted October 02, 2016 - 04:42 PM

 I picked up a couple of spring assortment kits, and two of the springs should work fine.

Do you really expect us to believe that?


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Posted October 02, 2016 - 04:50 PM

Just in case, HA!

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Posted October 02, 2016 - 05:00 PM

Just in case, HA!

Don't let them know about that or they will exclude them from the next mix.I have a huge assortment and don't remember of ever having a usable one.You never fail to amaze me!


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Posted October 02, 2016 - 05:13 PM

There isn't one spring in the bunch that will work without bending and cutting it. They may even fly off since the levers travel so far before engaging the bands. I tried a brake spring from an Allis Big Ten, but it had too much tension and flew across the shed like a bullet. It took me a little while to find it.
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Posted October 02, 2016 - 05:42 PM

I took the broken brake return springs off the latest panzer to 2 different napa's to match up, it's a shame the counter workers can't match up anything unless it's in the computer.
local hardware store match in a matter of minutes
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Posted October 02, 2016 - 05:57 PM

Thanks for the tip, Jay. If these springs won't do it, I may have to go that route.
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Posted October 07, 2016 - 04:55 PM

I spent some time blasting parts and getting the engine ready to install it. I honed this engine .020 over, installed new valves and an exhaust valve guide bushing. The block is a 1963 Briggs 23DFB and the crankshaft came out of a 23AFB. I had to cut a notch in the crank to accept the sheet metal key on the 23DFB flywheel. I ran this engine for 15 minutes for the initial break in and let it cool down. I then removed the oil pan, cleaned it out well, and reinstalled it with a new gasket. The engine is full of fresh oil now and that will get changed out after an hour of running. I retorqued the head, made up a copper fuel line, and installed an extended oil drain pipe. The engine mounts are just two pieces od 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 3/16" angle. I went to the steel shop today and picked up two pieces, but I had them cut 1/2" longer than the ones for my '56 PK. Once the engine is hanging in place and bolted up, I'll slide the angles in place, mark the holes, and drill them out. I'll give them a couple of coats of paint and install them. I'll finally have the engine installed tomorrow, so this cobbed together PK will live again.

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Posted October 09, 2016 - 06:56 PM

Took the PK for a ride today and all is good. Still have lots to do to finish it up. I started another thread and should have just posted the pics here.

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Posted October 13, 2016 - 12:09 PM

I'm working on the hood, dash and electrical system now. I made the bracket and belt tensioner for the starter generator, stripped the paint off of the hood, and I'm repairing cracks and replacing a broken off piece from the dash. I have to carefully drill some holes in the starter generator and tap them for mounting the voltage regulator. I also have to relocate the ID tag on the starter generator, since it's in the way of the regulator. The hood is in really good shape, but someone took a coarse sanding disk to it and there are many deep scratches throughout. It will take some time to smooth that out.

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Posted October 13, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Some good filler primer may help on the hood.


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Posted October 13, 2016 - 12:32 PM

Looking good Classic it coming along I like it.


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Posted October 13, 2016 - 02:34 PM

Thanks! Filler primer just might do it Kenny, the scratches are everywhere. I finished repairing the dash and made sure it fit right, so time to blast it and paint it.

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Posted October 13, 2016 - 03:59 PM

sand it out with 300 and spray with etching primer, then sand with 1000, then shoot it with color

I am also voting this one for tractor of the year

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Posted October 13, 2016 - 06:05 PM

Thanks for the advice and good words Jay, I appreciate it! The dash is done and I'll be able to start hooking things up tomorrow.

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Posted October 14, 2016 - 03:22 PM

I rebuilt the starter generator this morning. I found some NOS Delco bearings, so I installed them along with new brushes. I drilled and tapped the holes to mount the regulator and relocated the ID tag on the generator. The dash, switches, and ammeter are in place, so now comes the battery mount, wiring, choke and throttle.

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