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#1 Swalker OFFLINE  

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 08:40 PM

I got busy on the seat for the Ford today. Most of you saw the hideous red seat that was on it before. I could not wait to get it off the tractor. I had nothing to work with, and the seat and fenders were really in bad shape. The first pics I took were after I did a little straightening on her. Anyway, I grabbed some scrap sheetmetal I had laying around and got to work bending it around a plywood form I made up. It turned out okay I guess. I took some artistic license because I had nothing to work with. I was going to just put a lip on the side edges of the seat, but I stitched in some 1/4" rod to give it a smooth edge and stiffen things up. I think I will go with 1/8" sheetmetal for the seat bottom because there isn't much that can be done to stiffen it up without building a lip around it. I think that would hold water. Maybe someone could post some pics of their seat bottom so I can get some ideas. Hopefully, I can get this matched up with the rest of the tractor by next weekend.

 

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 08:44 PM

Nice lookin Top! Keep up the good work. It'll all come out n the wash and will look good. Then on to getting the body looking good.

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 08:50 PM

Did you drive it yet ? Fastest hydro I driven so far.



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Posted August 21, 2016 - 08:53 PM

Nice lookin Top! Keep up the good work. It'll all come out n the wash and will look good. Then on to getting the body looking good.

Thanks. I am seriously thinking about just trying to get the seat to match the "well used" look of the rest of the machine.


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 08:56 PM

Did you drive it yet ? Fastest hydro I driven so far.

Not yet. I am still getting the fuel tank lined out. I soldered up the pin holes and cleaned it out pretty good. I'm just waiting on the weather so I can get it nice and dry before I pour in the REDKOTE. Then, I still have to get a new SSI trigger for it. I cleaned up the lift mechanism and got all the lights working. It's getting there...


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 08:59 PM

Would think a seat with those U-bolt long springs bolted to this fender assembly would be better?  The orig seat isn't built into or onto the fenders like that is it? What I'm saying is the fenders metal can be fixed up  seperately and then a seat mounted to that flat area or on springs like many others do. Am I wrong?  Otherwise is gonna just be a back-breaker hitting rough yard or such, way I see it.



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Posted August 21, 2016 - 09:21 PM

Would think a seat with those U-bolt long springs bolted to this fender assembly would be better?  The orig seat isn't built into or onto the fenders like that is it? What I'm saying is the fenders metal can be fixed up  seperately and then a seat mounted to that flat area or on springs like many others do. Am I wrong?  Otherwise is gonna just be a back-breaker hitting rough yard or such, way I see it.

 

GL, the seat is build into the fenders just like he built it.

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Sammy, you did a nice job and it should work well for you.


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Posted August 21, 2016 - 09:21 PM

It is just a flat plate on a hinge so you can lift it up and get to the tool compartment underneath. I think that the original seat cushion was about 4" thick to help with some of the bouncing. That's probably what I'll do just to keep it like it was built.



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Posted September 11, 2016 - 08:34 PM

UPDATE:

I've been tinkering around on the tractor for the past few weeks. After I got the seat back put together, I just couldn't bring myself to sand off over four decades of character on the rest of it. After much deliberation, I decided to attempt to match the new parts to the rest of the tractor. I used a lot of elbow grease and some scrubby pads to get down to the original finish. The seat frame had been painted a long time ago with the wrong color, but I was able to sand it down to help match it. About three coats of clear on all the tin work really brought its character. There is also an original Cletus Leverett service sticker on the hood. It's no where close to being done yet, but she's getting easier to look at. Hope you like it.

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Posted September 11, 2016 - 08:45 PM

This is one of the things I love about finding and fixing old stuff.

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 11:36 PM

She looks nice Swalker
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Posted October 30, 2016 - 03:40 PM

Hey guys! I have been out of the loop for a little bit. I went to CA to "play army". Some of you may remember Fort Irwin. It hasn't changed much and I doubt it ever will. Sorry about the sideways pics, I can't figure out how to get them right.

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Anyway, It's good to be home with my family as they put up with my Ford 140 addiction.

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Posted October 30, 2016 - 03:49 PM

I finally have everything cleaned and clear coated. I didn't want to spend $200 for a new crank trigger, so I converted the engine over to points. I think it runs pretty well as it is. Everything is working well for now. I have the vinyl on the way for the seat cushions, so they should be done soon. I have had lots of fun with this tractor. It was great to move it under it's own power for the first time since I bought it. It's definitely not as heavy when you're not pushing it. Thanks to all of you who have shared their experience to motivate others to get out there and get wrenching.

 

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Posted October 30, 2016 - 04:05 PM

Thank you for your Service! Fixed the pics for ya!


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Posted October 30, 2016 - 07:12 PM

In the pictures I find one thing that needs to be changed. The hitch on the back of the tractor needs to be turned around so that it below the rear axle. Having a hitch above the axle is asking to easily have a tractor on top of you. Your tractor looks great & you have done a very good job repairing it.

 

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