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Posted August 21, 2016 - 10:18 PM

Well, I got the sheet metal all pulled off a few days ago and I got the wheels off today. I was going to start painting today but I realized I'm out of mineral spirits so it will wait till Monday. This is not going to be a show quality paint job, I would just like to make this tractor look a little better when it's out in the field. I fixed up some oil leaks on it and I pressure washed it off as good as I could. There is still a little grease build up in some hard to get to areas but it will half stay because I'm not taring it apart any further. 

 

Anyone know anything about removing the emblems? they have a little flat spring clip on the back. I don't want to goof them up and I'm wondering if there is a trick to it

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Posted August 21, 2016 - 10:27 PM

A Dremel tool with a cutting wheel will remove the keepers. Or a small jewelers screw driver in between the keeper and the tit to loosen the keeper. Careful so you don't break anything.


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Posted August 22, 2016 - 12:49 AM

The trick is not trying to save the keeper's
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Posted August 22, 2016 - 05:25 AM

Your moving along pretty quick :thumbs:   It didn't look too bad to start but I'm sure it will nice when your finished . .


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Posted August 22, 2016 - 06:01 AM

Those clips are a push thru style, put in from outside before the trim. Worst part on working with old pot metal trim is you break the pins off the trim part with not much force at times. Think the idea of spreading the clip ends should work. Might need careful work getting a thin blade under the trim side itself also to ease out. Nice wide as you can fit putty knife. Try to pull each end out about even, not one end off at a time.


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Posted August 22, 2016 - 07:49 AM

For a working tractor, don't worry about saving the keepers.  You can re-attach the emblems with a good quality double backed tape like is used for floor covering.  To get those grease spots out used some cheep oven cleaner.  Spray it on, keep it whet with the cleaner for about 15-20 min., then hit it with the pressure washer again.  It will take paint and all off.  There is a place in Ill. that had a bunch of re-manufactured IH tractor parts and believe they have the keepers and some emblems.  Also have the special bolts used for the time work but I used slotted screws rather than the philips.


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Posted August 22, 2016 - 10:42 PM

Thanks for everyone's help



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Posted August 23, 2016 - 12:27 AM

I use small black vacuum line to replace the clips, pushes on easy comes off hard and lasts for a long time out of the sun, best part is it takes the shock out of the emblem and won't rattle lose like the spring c lips eventually do,sneeze wile your trying to save a spring clip and you'll have to put a screw in it, besides those clips are on a lot more things than tractor emblems
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Posted August 23, 2016 - 10:13 PM

Today I got everything painted except the front axle (ran out of paint) I started getting the tin bolted on but I ran out of time. I will get the front axle painted tomorrow and hopefully I will have time to paint the wheels. Hopefully I will be able to get the wheels back on this Friday.

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Posted August 24, 2016 - 07:29 AM

Looking good! I love old working Farmalls. My Grandmother had an old Cub and it was the first real

tractor I learned to drive.


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Posted August 24, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Just about RED-E then?
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Posted August 24, 2016 - 04:37 PM

A few decals and some silver on the wheels and she is gonna look real good. 


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Posted August 24, 2016 - 07:15 PM

A few decals and some silver on the wheels and she is gonna look real good. 

 

 

Way ahead of you!

I have the emblems, I just haven't put them on yet, I am going to give all of the tin another coat of paint to cover up any scratches from installing and also cover up all of the new bolts holding it on.

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Posted August 25, 2016 - 09:50 PM

Today I got the front axle painted and I went ahead and repainted the tin. I then got all of the wheels put back on and it's looking pretty darn good. I am going to use some chrome polish on the emblems and get them put on tomorrow.  I'm going to build mounts for the fenders so they are closer to the tires and they will stand taller. I also didn't bother painting the seat assembly because I'm going to replace it will a nice fluffy suspension seat!

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Posted August 25, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Damn nice job there BTS.

You got yourself a nice tractor there.


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