Good work Stew by the way.
Edited by Bolens800uk, February 19, 2017 - 04:16 AM.
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Posted February 19, 2017 - 04:01 AM
Edited by Bolens800uk, February 19, 2017 - 04:16 AM.
Posted February 19, 2017 - 03:19 PM
Sunshine for the third day in a row - sure is nice to work outside in temperatures that are above freezing. Sanded the first coat of body filler and applied a second coat and sanded it. With the warmer temperatures there is a bit of moisture in the air from all the snow melting so I got a coat of self etching primer applied to the inside and outside of the hood which should slow down the rust that kept forming on the freshly sanded metal.
Posted February 19, 2017 - 03:24 PM
Once the self etching primer dried I gave the hood a coat of paint on the inside - got a few runs in the paint and the area where I welded the piece in has a few ripples but doesn't look too bad in my opinion. I will probably have to repaint it again once I get done priming the outside but at least now it has a good coat of paint around the clips that hold the wiring on the inside of the hood and other hard to get at areas. The outside area where I welded the piece in is still a little wavy so I may give it another coat of plastic filler but it will be mostly covered up by the hood decal so time will tell.
Posted February 19, 2017 - 03:29 PM
Coming along nicely!
Posted February 19, 2017 - 05:28 PM
Posted February 20, 2017 - 03:29 PM
Decided to let the paint on the hood dry for another day so I painted the heat shield today since the weather was still nice. I drilled a 1" hole in the right side of it the same as what the 1050 has - not sure if the 1053 will need it but it will not hurt anything. Will probably have to drill some more holes in it once I decide on an engine but in the meantime with it painted it will not rust and I can bolt it in place. Once I had the hole made I cleaned it up a bit with a round file and then I primed and painted the heat shield - I also painted the belt guard for the engine at the same time. In between coats of paint I worked on the hood hinge and hood stop - both were partially seized and the hood hinge was bent and had a couple of cracks. Sprayed them with WD40 and worked them back and forth a few times and they moved much easier. I gave both pieces a wire brushing and then I straightened the hood hinge in the vise.
Posted February 20, 2017 - 03:32 PM
Once the hinge was straight I ground out the cracks and welded them with the mig. Then I sanded the hinge and the hood stop, primed them both and painted them - I painted the hinge silver metallic and the hood stop ivory.
Posted February 20, 2017 - 03:36 PM
In between coats of paint I found some truck cap tape that was left over from another project and applied it to the lip of the dash. Once it was in place I trimmed it with a razor blade - it may be a little thicker than what was used originally but should work for the hood to sit on.
Posted February 20, 2017 - 03:55 PM
That's looking real nice!
Posted February 21, 2017 - 03:01 PM
Around 40 degree F but drizzling today so I moved the hood over to the heated shop - while it was warming up I got the heat shield and the hood hinge installed. Used a couple of 5/16" x 2-1/2" bolts to act as standoffs on the front of the hood where the hinge bolts go and made a tee out of a couple of 2x4's to support the rear of the hood so I could work on it with access to the sides, top and front. applied a few coats of primer and sanded them and then it got painted. Got a run in the right side and a big sag at the front below the grille while I was painting it so I washed the sag off with thinners and repainted the area. Definitely not perfect and there are a few ripples where I welded the piece in but for a work tractor it will do for now - at least it is one colour and won't rust for a while. I may sand it and repaint is once it is on the tractor and the weather warms up more - time will tell.
Posted February 21, 2017 - 03:14 PM
While I was waiting for the primer to dry and in between coats of paint I removed the dash and decided to sand the flat black where it had reacted with the ivory paint and after masking it I gave it a few light coats of the flat black again. After about the third coat the ivory started to wrinkle and react the same as what happened before - I am thinking now it is because there is a flattening agent in the black that reacts with the ivory as the black paint dries and looses its gloss. If anyone is using the Krylon flat black I would recommend that you paint the area you want flat black first and then mask it off and paint the rest of the area around it afterwards rather than trying to apply the flat black over a freshly painted surface. I ended up stripping the area of the dash back down to bare metal with the help of some thinners, a razor blade, a utility knife, some sandpaper and a scotch brite pad. Took a bit of work and some of the paint coming off was a gooey mess with the thinners but I finally got the paint removed and the metal cleaned up enough to paint it flat black. I thought that when I unmasked it the area around the flat black would be wrinkled but it actually doesn't look too bad in my opinion. After the paint had dried I installed the dash back on the tractor.
Posted February 21, 2017 - 05:36 PM
It is coming together now and looking awesome! Great work!
Posted February 21, 2017 - 07:52 PM
Stew all I can do is quote Darth Vader, "Impressive . . . most impressive, Obi Wan has taught you well".
Posted February 22, 2017 - 05:00 PM
Thanks so much for all the kind words - without them as encouragement this project would probably not be this far along.
I resisted the urge to do anything with the hood today but by 2:00 pm the sun was shining and the outside thermometer was reading 60 degrees F so I gave in and installed the hood. Then I just couldn't resist rolling it out in the sunshine and taking some pictures as it posed - I hope you will forgive me for posting so many. The cap tape may be a little thick on the dash and I may have to find some thinner stuff as I had to spread the hood a little bit at the rear to get it to go over the dash (guess I should have tried the hood on before I painted it) and I scratched the edge of the rear lip a little bit but I am very happy with the way the tractor looks. Still have lots to do to complete the project but today was nice to see it out in the warm sunshine.
Posted February 22, 2017 - 05:06 PM
Instead of the cap tape, maybe a piece of inner tube would work! Looking mighty good out in the sun!