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Posted April 02, 2017 - 07:43 AM

You guys are catching it down there! We're getting some rain at least, should help for the drought.


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Posted April 02, 2017 - 10:23 AM

For those that have previously replaced the brake material and used JB Weld to affix it, and worried that it may not hold (DON’T WORRY!).

I wouldn’t have done this if I could have flipped the band over. But sense it is pouring rain and I can't do much else I decided to replace the material. One area was worn about 2/3 down, the rest of the band relatively untouched. Anyhow, I let the new material form over night, then proceeded to chisel, scrape, sand, and use every dremel cutting tool I had to get the old material off. (the best ones were the diamond coated router dremel bits) then a final sanding.

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Posted April 02, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Get all your clamps ready (including jumper cables) and mix up a good portion of JB. Evenly coat the inside of the band, and put the remaining JB on the back side of the brake material. Clamp everything up and wipe the excess off. (Yep, one of my clamps have seen better days). Let sit 24 hours. I will need to scrape the excess off the edges tomorrow, mask and paint.

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Posted April 02, 2017 - 06:55 PM

Moved the rims outside into the sun to help drying. Started on the side rails, and finished the brake re-lining. https://www.youtube....eature=youtu.be

 

 

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Posted April 03, 2017 - 10:00 PM

This evening I installed the new chrome valve stems on the rims, Painted the insides od the side rails, and scrubbed the tires. I am hoping to mount the tires on the rims tomorrow evening (giving the paint another day to harden). The fronts will be easy, the Rears take some thought as I want the tread facing the same way from Left and Right, and the prying to take place on the back side of the rim’s

 

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Posted April 03, 2017 - 10:06 PM

Nice

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Posted April 04, 2017 - 08:04 PM

Ok, here is my step-by-step for wrestling alligators. First gather some tools, the most important is a spray bottle with a mixture of (one part Dawn Dish soap, two parts water) I like it slippery! Remove the valve core, and place it and the tool close by. I used cardboard to prevent scratches, and two prying tools. For the 8” rims, lube the tire rim area, don’t be stingy, and slip the back side of the rim into the tire, slid in easily. Then flip the rim over. Place a knee or foot to push one side down so the bead is in the deep part of the rim, and then pry the bead around the rim, I used 2” grabs and only the screwdriver on the 8” rims. Took about 5 minuets each for these

 

For the AGS, set them up so to make sure the rims are orientated correctly, Trust me, and don’t skip this step. Like the small rims, lube the bead area and push the back of the rim into the tire, you may need to pry some on this step, but it wasn’t too bad. Now for the wrestling part, flip the rim over, and push and side down into the rim, easier said than done. Here you will need both pry tools to work your way around the tire. Make sure you keep pressure on the part of the tire that is in the rim. When you pry the tire onto the rim, remove the back tool and leap-frog it 1-2” in front of the other around the rim. The last 3-4” should push the rest of the way on. Take a Beer break before tackling the second AG.

 

At this point I spray both sides again and bounce and spin the tire to center the rim. Hit it with the air nozzle to start the bead to seat, 10 or so psi. Add the valve stem and add air till the bead’s seat. 20psi usually does it, but I had to take one to 25psi to get the job done.

 

Miller time!

 

Notes:

These tires are 7 years old, New tires WILL be more difficult.

I let these set all day in the sun, and did the mounting when I got home.

Use of straps and grease is permissible on difficult tires.  

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Posted April 04, 2017 - 09:45 PM

I think I need a bigger trailer (and Truck) as I will have four Show machines soon.


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Posted April 07, 2017 - 09:41 PM

 I "was" on the fence to keep the transaxle silver and black, but I think now Black and Green with just a touch of silver seems fitting now. Steering shaft will be replaced with a better one, I had to shim the old one, and new ny-liners and shifter gasket. Getting more parts ready for cleaning.

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Posted April 08, 2017 - 08:14 PM

I went back and looked at what I did for the Roper and BOH Transaxles, Been a few days sense I did those, and I like what I came up with. Gloss Black body, Hubs, shifter cover and knob are Tractor color. Case bolts are silver.
To do this I remove each case bolt (one at a time) and wire brush the bolt channel (this will make sense in a few). I replace the old bolt and move to the next. Do all 11 this way.
In the meantime I'll pick up 11 new bolts, and 22 new lock washers.
The Transaxle will be drained, and painted black with the old bolts, then new silver bolts and lock washers will be installed (one at a time).
Some may like this, others may ask "why?" I just like the way it comes out.

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Posted April 09, 2017 - 02:12 PM

I drained the oil, looks the same as the day I put it in 7 years ago. I kept it to use as Bar oil and general lube. I needed to paint this in a spot that I can leave it dry a few days before flipping it over, so I moved everyone outside so not to get any overspray on them.

I should have this finished up this week, and hopefully a rolling frame by next weekend.

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Posted April 09, 2017 - 06:12 PM

Couldn't leave it alone, Had some help flipping it over, and it is resting on non-painted areas. Got the shifter done, now to wait till the paint hardens.  

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Posted April 09, 2017 - 06:16 PM

Here you are re-restoring your tractors, and I still haven't managed to finish one yet. 


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Posted April 10, 2017 - 09:31 PM

A little progress tonight, Replaced the old bolts with new, and installed the brake band. Need the paint to harden some more before I go further with this. Parts on the trailer are being washed in the storms tonight.  

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Posted April 11, 2017 - 05:22 AM

Looks like you guys are getting a bunch of rain again this morning.


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