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#1 MNGB OFFLINE  

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Posted November 05, 2016 - 07:05 PM

Hi thought I start a new thread for the refurbish of Old 49, work has been slowed this week due to needing to rebuild the shop entry door witch also meant repairing the main door as the entry door is part of the big door but that's done so now on to the Economy, Removed the engine and the clutch and flywheel since I didn't know how long the flywheel had been on the engine crankshaft I was a bit concerned how hard it would be to get off, removed the 4 bolts holding the hogshead on got it back out of the way removed the set screw and got a wood block put it against the engine and placed a pickle fork between the wood block and the flywheel pulley gave it a rap with a large ball-peen hammer and low and behold it backed right off was able to pull it off by hand after that.  Removed the bell housing and then the transmission, noted that the DS tube was full of grease up to the tube.trans split area so the bearing is not lacking for grease. So Monday I'll wash and clean up those parts and prime and paint them. Did get a few things painted like the tie rod steering arms the lift lever and rod and its associated parts. 

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Posted November 11, 2016 - 07:22 PM

Hi, have been working on old 49, dissembled the trans found the input & output bearings needed to be replaced so those are ordered the rest of the trans looked good and all the bushing etc are in good shape. cleaned the engine up and got it painted along with the hogshead & bell-housing, dissembled the steering gearbox found some surface rust but it cleaned up good the rest looked good so reassembled it and painted it, had to repair one of the brake bands the tab that fits over the cam was broken gas welded it and reassemble it and both are painted. Dissembled the left front wheel and am working on getting the spindle out of the fork looks like I'll have to take it to my friends shop he has a bigger press than I done

 

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Posted November 15, 2016 - 09:11 PM

Hi have made some progress on Old 49, got the transmission repaired and reassembled, it turns so nice now with new bearings. Checked out the RH front wheel assy and the spindle shaft is good enough to reuse, took the LH one over to my friends and used his press pushed the spindle out with no problem, he will fabricate a new one this weekend. Removed the rear wheels and opened up the RH final drive and it looks great inside, no cracks in the gear bearings look good will checkout the seals and the LH unit tomorrow.

 

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Posted November 16, 2016 - 10:36 AM

It's looking good! Thanks for all of the great pictures! Wish I could see it in person.
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Posted November 16, 2016 - 01:03 PM

Excellent! Boy, that paint really pops. Love the "nuts & bolts" pics, thanks. Subscribed.


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Posted November 17, 2016 - 11:22 AM

Looks great! I really enjoy not just hearing about, but seeing the restoration progress. I'm anxious to see more! :)


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Posted November 30, 2016 - 02:01 PM

Hi progress has slowed some due to the snow and plowing and thanksgiving, but have beeen picking away at the refurbish got a lot of little things doen that don't show, worked for a couple of days on the front wheels but they are so rusted that I couldn't save one of them and the other is doubtful so I went with a set of replacements, will be whatching for some originals but they are really scarce so finding a pair of them may be hard. Working on getting the frame ready for paint after its paint then reassebly will start.

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Posted November 30, 2016 - 02:47 PM

Something about black and orange........good stuff. Good progress, getting there. She's gonna be a beaut!


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Posted November 30, 2016 - 11:18 PM

What is the front rim/tire size? Bolt pattern, also.

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Posted November 30, 2016 - 11:26 PM

Hi Cat385B, its a 4.00 X 8 tire, its a split rim with 8 bolts around the edge of the rim, the center hub is approx 5" I'll take a picture tomorrow so it can be seen better


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Posted December 01, 2016 - 07:48 PM

Hi, well it went well today got the Economy frame and rear end in the paint room, got it primed and the bottom side painted, got the front axle cleaned up and ready to be painted, and got the rear wheel centers off, was worried that the nuts on the mount boults would be rusted solid but they can loose easily (did treat them with liquid wrench), hopefully tomorrow afternoon the frame can be flipped over and the painting finished.

Hi Cat, here's a couple of pictures of the front wheels also

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Posted December 02, 2016 - 08:33 AM

Those pics show well just how very simple the frames on these are. Really chugging along now. Are you planning on sending the PO a couple pics when she's done?


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Posted December 02, 2016 - 08:05 PM

Hi, got the frame and rear end painted and Monday will wrestle it out of the paint room, and then the reassembly can begin, also got the front tires back on the rims and got the RH one assembled, cleaned up the rear tires and was surprised to discover that they are ballasted which I really like and the rims are in great shape I'm thinking the chloride may have rotted them away sometime ago and new ones were installed minus the chloride ballast. only have the front axle and rear wheels to paint oops forgot the lift hitch, but next week it should start looking like a 1949 Economy again.

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Posted December 03, 2016 - 07:31 PM

It's really coming along well! And to think that you were second guessing the purchase not that long ago. Bringing these old tractors back to life is well worth the effort!
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Posted December 03, 2016 - 07:47 PM

I'm not up to speed on Economy tractors, so I'll just ask if that's a model 14 Briggs?


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