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Posted January 23, 2017 - 04:32 PM

A while back I was asked what else I was going to do to Alice. At that time I didn't know. So I thought I would start a thread and just keep adding as I did find things to do. 

First off, I ordered a pair of thrust bearings for the steering yesterday. Steering is not that bad, but why not make an improvement if possible. Not sure when they will arrive, but I'll document the install here.

I'm still not happy with the 3-point lift, so I will try one more thing. That also will get documented here. I have an idea for this, just have to take things back apart to make the change.

Hang around folks! I'll update as I find something to change!


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Posted January 23, 2017 - 06:16 PM

:watch_over_fence:


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Posted January 23, 2017 - 06:24 PM

:watch_over_fence:

You may wear a blister on your nose there!


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Posted January 25, 2017 - 07:28 AM

I jacked the front end up yesterday to see if i could put the thrust bearings in without taking the wheels off. I can do that, but I found some slop in the spindle bushings. Going to have to order those before I continue. And the axle will have to come out to change the bushings. Bummer.


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Posted January 25, 2017 - 03:56 PM

The thrust bearings are here. Ordered the spindle bushings this morning!


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Posted January 26, 2017 - 05:55 AM

Spindle bushings should be here Saturday!  :dancingbanana:


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Posted January 26, 2017 - 07:24 AM

looking forward to any updates you do


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Posted January 26, 2017 - 08:59 AM

Just in time for the weekend and some overtime in the tractor department :dancingbanana:


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Posted January 26, 2017 - 09:06 AM

I may go ahead and pull the axle and get it ready for the new bushings if I can get enough heat out there!


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Posted January 26, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Well, I braved to cold (wind chill is 30°) and went out. Got a fire going and lit the two burner propane heater. Knocked of some of the chill. Jacked Alice up and put some stands under her. Got the front tires/wheels off.

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Unhooked the drag link and pulled the front bolt. The axle fell out.

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Put the axle in the vice and took out the spindles and old bushings. Now for the issues found. Bushings are bad, but there is a lot of wear down into the spindles where the axle sits.

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My thoughts on this is to clean things (get the grease washed off) and put one of the old bushings down into the worn area. They are brass. Then I can weld the worn area and smooth that back out with out harming the shaft. What do you all think?

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Posted January 26, 2017 - 03:05 PM

I would think you would want to build up the worn area right into the shaft - otherwise the bushing may try and work its way out into the worn area unless the groove is supposed to be there - just my thoughts.  If you have a small grinder and are careful you should be able to clean up the weld into the shaft area without hurting the shaft.   


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Posted January 26, 2017 - 03:11 PM

Well, I did it as described above. Came out pretty good considering. That new surface is where the thrust bearings ride.

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Now I'm waiting for the new spindle bushings to arrive.

 


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Posted January 26, 2017 - 03:16 PM

I think it's worth a shot!  It's cheaper than buying a another set of spindles!

It's going to take a lot of time and patience to grind down the weld.  Maybe you can figure a way to rotate the spindle as you grind down the weld?  That would help make it more uniform.

Good luck!

Ooops to late!  You already finished it!


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Posted January 26, 2017 - 03:24 PM

Looks good Kenny - if you grease them faithfully with the weight off of the front axle they will last a very long time.


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Posted January 26, 2017 - 03:29 PM

Looks good Kenny. If you really want to fine tune the flats you can take Dykem or a black magic marker and paint the area, then just spin a race with some downward pressure and that will remove the color from the high spots. I'm sure you got it good to go already though :thumbs:

 

Looking forward to see what your plans are. Tuned in!


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