Well, today was a productive day. I found a paint supply shop closer to me than the one I had initially found that gave me the paint codes for Sherwin Williams/Martin Senour urethane paint for the brown and white. That was nice because the first shop was an hour away. The new one was only 20 minutes from me. So the trip was made and I picked up everything I needed to get this thing painted. Once I got back I sprayed the trans axle down with electrical spray followed by acetone to remove all traces of the grease and oils during assembly. Then I taped off the sections I didn't think should be painted and got it ready to paint.
The first stage was to seal the bare metal with epoxy sealer so the metal was etched and protected from moisture ever soaking into it through the paint, as well as giving the paint a good bond to the surface. In case I had too much sealer and paint mixed up I got a few more parts glass beaded and ready to spray also. It paid off in the end.
Then came painting all this with the Cordovan Brown Metallic. The first coat went on ok, but I was a bit concerned when the first coat showed it was going to be a bit transparent and wasn't a really good covering color. It ended up taking 3 coats to ensure it was all an even color coating. But I'm happy with the results.
I have to tell you that I wasn't really jazzed about restoring this with the stock colors. With the way it looked in it's old weather worn stage, it didn't look very appealing. But, after painting the parts I did, with the metallic showing in the brown, I really am liking the look of it. Pictures of completed tractors don't really show the detail in the paint. But I'm liking what I see so far.
Now for a sad/stupid story. When I took the 1050 apart I put a couple parts in a 5 gallon bucket of 50/50 mix of muriatic acid and water to dissolve the rust on them. I left them in there for a day. When I pulled the first part out and rinsed it off all was fine. But I had some sort of interruption that made me forget about the second part. It was the battery tray shelf and it had all four of the screw clips on it still. Well, I forgot about it for over a week. When I finally pulled it out, the clips had been eaten away. And the metal tray had been eaten away fairly badly especially on the edges and rolled edges.
So, my question and request is, does anybody have a good battery tray with the clips on it that I could buy? This one is not what I want to put back in this project even though it would work.
I guess that's it for now. Next step will be pulling the motor off the frame and pulling components off one at a time to glass bead them for restoring and painting.