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Shortening the steering column shaft and keeping it straight.


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#1 classic OFFLINE  

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 12:30 PM

So, I'm spending some time working on the Junk yard Economy tractor. There was no steering column, so I rounded up some spare parts to build one and picked up a reproduction Willys MB steering column tube to shorten. All of the worm gear steering shafts that I had on hand were too long, so I cut a section out of one and welded it back together. The steering shaft is hollow and has a 1/2" bore, so I took the left over piece of 1/2" round rod that had left over from making the tie rod and used that to align the two pieces of shaft to be welded back together. The steering column from my '59 Economy tractor is what I used to get the measurements for the tube and shaft lengths. Here are some pics of the process from start to finish. In the last pic, I drew a line where the weld joint is on the shaft and an arrow on the cardboard pointing to it.

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 12:43 PM

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 01:02 PM

excellent repair/adaptation


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Posted August 03, 2016 - 01:43 PM

Thanks! It was a fun project, and there was no way that I would find a good worm gear shaft in this length. It's a good way to cheaply repair a needed shaft when rebuilding a steering box/column.

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 02:01 PM

Nice job. Plug welds will keep it straight for sure. :thumbs:


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Posted August 03, 2016 - 02:16 PM

Great job! That's what I would have done!


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Posted August 03, 2016 - 05:19 PM

You done good classic.

I keep stuff around here myself, to cobble other things together.  Kinda fun sometimes taking chicken poop, and making chicken salad.


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Posted August 03, 2016 - 05:34 PM

Really well thought out repair Jim, pretty work
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Posted August 03, 2016 - 05:40 PM

Thanks, it is good to have some scrap and spare parts laying around. I picked up a Hobart Handler 140 welder since I always seem to need something made, modified, or repaired. I've done a few small things with this welder already, and I'm starting to get the hang of it. I've been around people welding for years, but just never tried it. I still have a lot to learn, but I'm getting pointers and I'm patient. You learn pretty quickly what NOT to do, and there's some pretty good videos on proper technique.
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Posted August 03, 2016 - 08:35 PM

I love my Hobart 140!


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Posted August 03, 2016 - 08:59 PM

HA! You have one too, Kenny. I did some reading and watched some videos before buying a welder. This one seemed to be the best bang for the buck and it's working real well. There are so many options out there, but this welder is acting like they said it would and I'm pleased with it. Yea, I could have spent more on something better, but it was in the price range that I was looking for. I bought an auto darkening shield with it and I really like it. Nothing real fancy, just a set up to do what I need to do.
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Posted August 04, 2016 - 07:45 AM

I have welded 1/2" bar stock together with mine. Just beveled the ends real good and cranked it up to 4. It's holding just fine! Multiple passes of course to fill the bevels. I've had mine for about 15 years now!


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 09:16 AM

I set the Hobart on 5/50, welded those 1/2" L shaped axle stops to the frame on the PK, and seemed to get good penetration. I made small circles as I ran the bead and it seemed to work ok. I did bevel the piece being welded on, and three passes really would have been the way to go. I whacked them with a hammer and they feel real solid, so I'll see how they hold up over time.

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Posted September 11, 2016 - 04:45 PM

I finally found some time to assemble, seal, and adjust the steering column. I had to run to the hardware to get three bolts to mount it to the frame. Once it's painted, the steering will be complete for the Junkyard PK. Now it's off to get the brake parts cleaned up and installed.

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Posted September 11, 2016 - 05:10 PM

Your steering shaft turned out real nice.  :thumbs:

 


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