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Posted December 03, 2016 - 08:15 PM

Hi olcowhand, no its a Model 23 FB in this model Economy.


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Posted December 05, 2016 - 08:06 PM

The reassembly of Old 49 began today and it went well got the frame assy out of the paint room and started bolting parts to it. Got the rear wheel rims painted and the wheel centers 1/2 painted will get the outsides completed tomorrow and the front axle is primed and will get paint tomorrow. So here's how it looks tonight.

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Posted December 05, 2016 - 11:23 PM

It's really coming along well! One thing that will keep the mice out of your engine, is 1/4" screen. It let's the air flow, but keeps the mice from insulating your cooling fins, pissing all over your flywheel, and chewing the coil wires. I cut the screen a little bigger than needed, then fold the edges over to make it fit just right. Two sheet metal screws hold it to the back plate, and two blobs of high temp silicone below the head tin at the top two corners of the screen. So far so good, with no mice getting in.

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Posted December 05, 2016 - 11:34 PM

Thanks classic I like that idea, will be incorporating that into Old 49's engine.


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Posted December 06, 2016 - 05:25 AM

That is looking real good!


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Posted December 06, 2016 - 09:02 AM

That is looking suh-weeeeet, GB!!!!


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Posted December 06, 2016 - 09:04 AM

It's really coming along well! One thing that will keep the mice out of your engine, is 1/4" screen. It let's the air flow, but keeps the mice from insulating your cooling fins, pissing all over your flywheel, and chewing the coil wires. I cut the screen a little bigger than needed, then fold the edges over to make it fit just right. Two sheet metal screws hold it to the back plate, and two blobs of high temp silicone below the head tin at the top two corners of the screen. So far so good, with no mice getting in.

 

I like that, and I got rat wire around. You do super neat work.  :thumbs:


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Posted December 06, 2016 - 10:05 AM

Thanks Ellis. I had three engines fail on me, and two others needed the shrouds pulled off to clean out nests. The coil wires shorted, or mouse piss rusted the magnets and armature in a short amount of time. I had enough, so out came the rat wire. This modification does require maintenance if you use your tractor for mowing. The rat wire can catch dry grass clippings and other debris. It can be checked by shining a flashlight behind the carb to see if things are clear. Mice got in other Briggs engines, a Wisconsin AHH, and a Tecumseh HH120 that I have. All of my engines will get rat wire at some point.
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Posted December 06, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Looks great! What paint are you using?  


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Posted December 06, 2016 - 11:58 PM

Hi Rory, Fleet Farm rattle can tractor paint name is Old 55,


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Posted December 08, 2016 - 08:18 PM

Hi all, made some progress on Old 49, got the rear wheel installed and the front axle and one front wheel, my friend hasn't finished up the new spindle so when he came by to visit this afternoon I asked " What am I suppose to do drive around on 3 wheels" he laughed and said it would be done tomorrow after work.  On another note learned this so I'll point it out in case there are other who disassemble one of these tractor INSTALL the steering gearbox before you install the engine hogshead etc cause there's no way to get the GB in place with the engine bolted to the bellhousing Also learned that there is right and wrong way to install the brakes assemblies I got them mixed around and had the left on the right etc.

 

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Posted December 08, 2016 - 09:22 PM

Now it's really coming together. The brake housings had me confused for a minute when I assembled mine, too. That welded on steering column mount was a bad Idea on the early tractors for the very reason that you mention. I almost welded the mount that I made to use the early column on my later frame, but bolting it on made more sense. The earlier columns are built stronger than the later ones, no aluminum! It really is worth the effort fixing up these old tractors. Simple everything and tough as nails. After the long process of bringing mine back to life, I'm now using it regularly. I was out cutting firewood in some hilly rough terrain, and man can this thing climb and pull.

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Posted December 08, 2016 - 09:41 PM

Thanks classic boy that Pk looks at home in the woods working, looks like you still don't have any snow I'll see what I can do and send the next slated for us on to you :wave: :dancingbanana:  We got about 4 / 5 inches of really fluffy stuff with 25 to 35 mph winds it was hard to see at times but lucky for us the snow didn't come at once but over a day and a half. Did get to try the plow blade on the 1614 and it worked good.


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Posted December 08, 2016 - 10:27 PM

We'll be getting some snow soon enough. Don't send any just yet, I'm still getting wood out as you can see, HA! I spent so much time rebuilding this thing, that I'm a little behind on the wood pile. It looks like I won't be painting the hood, fenders, and hitch assembly until spring now. At least the PK is holding up and running well. I can't wait to plow snow to see how it does. I better get going on the tire chains! Got another day of cutting wood planned for tomorrow. The ash bore beatles have nearly wiped out all of the ash trees around here. I have to cut two big ones down next week since the Beatles are killing them. I'm looking forward to seeing that '49 back up and running again!
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Posted December 10, 2016 - 01:52 PM

Hi all, well my friend came thur checked my mailbox this morning a nice shinny new spindle was in there with the old one, took it in to the shop (left it outside on the door ramp) it was -9*F last night and the spindle was cool, I got the fork cleaned up got the paint out of the spindle bore and out of the lock bolt hole set it in front of the furnace and let it get good and warm put the fork in the vice went outside and got the spindle aligned it up and just a couple of little whacks with the dead blow hammer and it was in place this cold snap worked out didn't have to use the press to get it in place. Reassembled the wheel and installed it in the front axle and now I don't have to drive around on 3 wheels. So now its to do the alignment and tighten all the bolts and tie rod end nuts. Maybe start it up for a short test drive.

 

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