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Bolted the engine in the Junkyard Economy tractor.


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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted October 08, 2016 - 08:27 PM

It's been a long haul getting to this point, but I should be taking the tractor for a ride tomorrow. I have a jack supporting the engine now, but I'll be making the engine mounts in the morning. I still have quite a bit to do to finish the tractor, but at least the drivetrain is just about done.

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Posted October 08, 2016 - 08:34 PM

That looks awesome!! Great work!


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Posted October 08, 2016 - 09:41 PM

You really did a bang up job on that tractor. Looks wonderful.


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Posted October 08, 2016 - 11:01 PM

Looking good classic yea its been a haul, but got to be rewarding I bet after you drive it tomorrow you'll have a smile that will take a week or more to fade.


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Posted October 08, 2016 - 11:14 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys. I've never been on a PK, so I'm looking forward to taking it for a ride. I had a smile on my face after getting the engine in MNGB, heh! It took a ton of hours to get to this point.
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Posted October 09, 2016 - 05:13 AM

Looking real nice!


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Posted October 09, 2016 - 06:58 AM

came along way and great story to go with it. thanks for sharing and saving a machine that was getting tossed,
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Posted October 09, 2016 - 07:43 AM

A labour of love, for sure!


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Posted October 09, 2016 - 08:13 AM

I really do like how simply these tractors are built. It's been a whole lot of fun gathering up the bits and pieces to make a functional tractor from basically junk and other people's parted out machines. I saved the bellhousing and tag from the '58 Junkyard find to use on my '56 PK. The tag on this tractor came from a '61 PK bellhousing that was cracked, and the bellhousing came from a '62 Jim Dandy. The hood and dash that I'm using came from an early '60's PK, so it's basically what the tractor will look like when done. Member username hooked me up with the '70's PK frame and front axle, so I can use the front attachments from that era. I have a seat from a '68 Sears Suburban that looks the same as the PK pan seats, so I'll be using that. I still have to pick up a link belt and make the mount and adjuster for the starter generator. Hopefully I'll have this machine all finished up by the end of next week, but now it's off to the shed to get the engine mounts drilled out and installed.

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Posted October 09, 2016 - 09:15 AM

Very nice! Too nice! :smilewink:  Was wondering on those tires in last pix. Same ones shown in junkyard pix?  What were they thinkin' throwing those out?  If same, how you get them so clean?  Quite the paint on this fella, much better than a stock one, sure shines! You going to make a floor plate or some foot rests for it?


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Posted October 09, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Thanks GL! I just fitted the simple angle iron motor mounts and I'm working on the seat. I'll remove the mounts and paint them once I run the tractor around for a little bit. I bought these tires a while back for my '56 PK grump. I decided to go with stock size tires on the '56 instead of these 9.50-16's on modified Case 444 rims. The Junkyard tires are good spares if I ever need them, but they have some dry rot cracks. I used Duplicolor DE 1607 Chevy red orange rattle can paint on this thing, and I used Rustoleum engine enamel rattle can paint on rims. It's nowhere near as durable as paint from a gun, but I'm not set up to shoot paint yet. This tractor will see quite a bit of use, but I'll take good care of it. I will take it for a spin later today. I will just be putting foot rests on this tractor and no floor panel or tunnel cover.

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Posted October 09, 2016 - 11:44 AM

I wouldn't worry about the rattle can paint being durable, the panzer I redid for the kids i used is rustoleum gloss seaside in a can, it's holding up just fine with them. I actually prefer it anymore. it's a lot easier just to shoot a few parts with our busy lives, I just the parts cure as long as possible before reassembly

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Posted October 09, 2016 - 11:54 AM

I hear ya Jay. This will do for me and at least it looks good for some pics, lol! I'm always running out of time since life is so busy, so yes, the rattle can paint save some time.
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Posted October 09, 2016 - 04:07 PM

Well I had to finish up a few things, but I started the tractor and took it for a ride. Man, I really like this tractor! I went to the end of the driveway to get the mail and took it for a ride in the woods. Everything is working as it should and no leaks. I'll paint the seat, engine mounts, and the air cleaner tube tomorrow. Now it's on to the hood, dash, fenders, electrical, and the wheel weights. I'd like to put a hydraulic lift on it at some point, but I'll clean up the manual lift for now. It was a good day!

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Posted October 09, 2016 - 04:37 PM

Hey classic that is one classy looking PK, I knew you would be a happy smiling operator once you drove it, will be fowwing to see the finished up tractor


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