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#1 MNGB ONLINE  

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Posted April 01, 2017 - 06:22 PM

Hi all, well I got back to working on the row cultivator that came with the 1949 Economy tractor, I had started on it the last week of Feb but I got to hurting so bad I didn't feel like doing much finally got that under control a month later so now its on to projects. These cultivator are very heavy the main beams are 1.25" square steel about 5.5' long and the shovel / point stand-offs are 1" square. Had to use the oxy-acetylene torch to get most of the nuts lose they had to be cherry red before they would come lose. Ended up running a tap in all the nuts and a die on the bolts to clean up the threads, got everything cleaned up and about 90% painted will finish the painting tomorrow or Monday then it will be to reassemble it.

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Posted April 01, 2017 - 07:09 PM

I've never seen one of those GB. It's coming along well and will look great behind the tractor. Those rusty bolts can sure be a chore to remove, and I'm betting that they are fine thread, too.
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Posted April 01, 2017 - 07:46 PM

Hi classic no for the most part they were course thread only the mount bolts were fine thread, this cultivator mount under the tractor you remove the lift hitch and this mounts in the back tube where the hitch goes and the front mounts to the frame same as the hitch.

Your mentioning of fine thread brings up something I've wondered about seems EPCO (Economy) really liked fine thread bolts where other mfg used course threads in casting they used fine threads I wonder what the reasoning was, also have noticed they liked 7/17" bolts, my thinking is they are almost as strong as 1/2" but most likely cost less, any thoughts?


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Posted April 01, 2017 - 08:04 PM

Thanks for the info regarding the plow, GB. Fine thread bolts seem to stay tight better than coarse thread bolts. It's why you always see fine threads on lug nuts. I think they used 7/16 hardware on most things on the Economy's, since that's what was needed to do the job. 3/8 hardware wouldn't cut it in many places on the tractors, and 1/2 would be overkill in my opinion.
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Posted April 01, 2017 - 08:58 PM

Hi yea that's what I was thinking on the use of 7/16" bolts, interesting before I  got into Economy/Power Kings I seldom used a 7/16" bolt very seldom needed to restock the bins now I use them all the time it seems. Yes I know what your saying about fine threads holding the torque and seldom loosen on there own, another thing I just learned is they are stronger per size in any grade then course thread bolts so that may have been another of their reasons.


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Posted April 02, 2017 - 04:52 AM

I only ever saw pictures of those mounted I never knew those cultivators main beams were separate , like you said pretty HD built . They'll you good on your tractor
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Posted April 03, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Hi, got the cultivator close to reassembled this morning, I'm short 4 7/16" X 3" bolts so this afternoon its to get some then the reassemble can be completed and a test install on the tractor to see how it looks and work as far as lift etc.

 

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Posted April 03, 2017 - 03:35 PM

Sweet! How long before it meets dirt?


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Posted April 03, 2017 - 05:34 PM

Hi, got the cultivator reassembly completed and installed it on Old 49, wasn't to hard a job to install it got the lift adjusted so it lifts as it should. 

Hi Kenny it will be a couple of months before it will get used.

 

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Posted April 03, 2017 - 05:53 PM

Looks good on there!


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Posted April 03, 2017 - 07:42 PM

Man, that looks great GB! I'm glad you picked up that tractor and brought it back.
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Posted April 03, 2017 - 10:19 PM

Thanks classic, I like that old tractor more all the time I'm also glad I got it, looking forward to trying the plow and this cultivator later this spring.



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Posted April 04, 2017 - 12:13 AM

You're welcome, and the old one are fun to run around and put to work. I'm working my butt off on the rusty 1960 Economy tractor now. I'm amazed at how simple and strong these tractors are, so it's worth tearing them down completely and getting them back in shape. Post the plowing pics when the time comes!
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Posted April 04, 2017 - 07:23 AM

Hi, ok here's a few pictures of the plow, I want to get it in the dirt this spring and see it work.

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