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Posted March 05, 2017 - 02:14 PM

I bought a 1961 Ride-a-matic at a local auction in 2008 and for some unknown reason I have never got around to looking at it. My lad has been nagging me for ages to get it in the workshop so we can take a better look at it. We dragged it into the workshop over the Christmas break but have only just got around to looking at it.

 

It has lots of homemade add-ons and parts of it have been painted blue

 

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We got it running today but it needs some head and other engine work. The gearbox appears to be locked solid as it will not go into gear. Does anyone have any advice before I dig into it?

 

It looks like one of the head fixings also locates the front hood bracket. Mine is a bit of a mess, can someone help me with a picture of what it should look like?

 

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Thanks

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Posted March 05, 2017 - 02:21 PM

Doesnt look too bad, I am not sure 100% but I would assume there was a stud that stuck past the baffle to hold down a hood bracket possibly.

 

Someone who has one of these should be able to get you a picture.

 

 


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Posted April 01, 2017 - 04:19 AM

My 9yr old son wanted to create a video about this tractor and he is very keen follow it up with others as we make progress. We had a few problems with the microphone

 

https://youtu.be/TJFu0FKRS5g


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Posted April 01, 2017 - 04:37 AM

It nice to have a young one interested in a tractor project .
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Posted April 05, 2017 - 04:46 PM

Good video Iain and Joseph. Looking forward to more updates as and when you get to it.
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Posted April 05, 2017 - 04:54 PM

Great video, like how you integrated the stills into it.


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Posted April 16, 2017 - 03:50 PM

We have completed another video on progress. I have to say I prefer working on the tractor to editing a video but my son Joseph wants a video diary of progress. Comments welcomed.

 

https://youtu.be/MNYF-UTG9Z8

 

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Posted April 16, 2017 - 04:12 PM

Good commentary Joseph. And good workmanship too.

My only critique is that the editing could have edited out the old geezer mucking around on your RAM :-)
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Posted April 17, 2017 - 02:28 AM

Good commentary Joseph. And good workmanship too.

My only critique is that the editing could have edited out the old geezer mucking around on your RAM :-)

 

Thanks Andrew. The old geezer would have put on his Sunday best and used a film star pose if he knew he was being videoed :D  :camera:  


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 09:40 AM

Its all coming together now :thumbs:

 

Even better when it moves again under its own power :D


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Posted April 30, 2017 - 03:10 AM

We have made a small amount of progress on the 61 Ride-a-matic and here is a quick video update

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=BeM4dbORZTw

 

Iain


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Posted April 30, 2017 - 06:14 AM

Good update Iain. Glad you got the head sorted on the RAM. I drained the transmission oil from my 600 last week and it was no where near as grungy as yours I am pleased to say.

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Posted May 14, 2017 - 02:53 AM

We finally got the chance to finish off the jobs we had planned for this tractor and took it for a ride, well one of us did as I got to watch. Video update from my son:

 

https://youtu.be/hjBGuReaTfk

 

Iain


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