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#1 KennyP OFFLINE  

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Posted September 26, 2017 - 02:29 PM

I made up a tool this morning. Rather simple, but should work.

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What's it for? Well look at these.

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It will hold a spindle so you can install a new piece to fix it. A few of our tractors have the issue of breaking a spindle and this will aid in repairing it. I built this for Ford/Jacobsen spindles, but with a little modification, I'm sure it would work on other brands. I hope to try it out before too long. Main thing will be getting some stock to replace the broken part.


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Posted September 26, 2017 - 03:54 PM

Great idea. I had a spindle break on my LGT 165 a number of years ago. About 7 or 8 years I'd say. Repaired the old spindle and ordered a new one, just in case. Still have the new one, the repaired one didn't break yet.

 

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Posted September 26, 2017 - 04:50 PM

Way to go. I always feel a sense of satisfaction when I can make a tool.


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Posted September 26, 2017 - 05:39 PM

Looks like it should do the trick.  What angle did you set for the camber?



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Posted September 26, 2017 - 06:12 PM

Looks like it should do the trick.  What angle did you set for the camber?

With the tools I have for measuring, it's right at 100° +/-. Maybe closer to 102°. Hard for me to tell. I had the angles clamped to the spindle and clamped the 1/4" bar to it when welding.


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Posted September 26, 2017 - 06:15 PM

What is breaking; the steering arm? How do you secure it in the proper position?



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Posted September 27, 2017 - 05:37 AM

What is breaking; the steering arm? How do you secure it in the proper position?

What breaks is the spindle at the hole the roll pin holding the arm goes through. They used a 5/16" roll pin, pretty big for a 3/4" shaft!


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Posted November 01, 2017 - 04:42 PM

Kenny - newer member and first time tractor (ford 1979 lgt 165) owner here. I just want to say I appreciate all the useful posts and pictures you share.  I noticed a fair amount play in my left hand side spindle steering arm thingy so I anticipate this being a bigger issue in the future.  I am having a hard time visualizing how you are using this tool to make the repair. Is what you saying that this bracket allows you to copy the angle so you can fabricate a new spindle or something else?

Thanks.


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Posted November 01, 2017 - 04:46 PM

Kenny - newer member and first time tractor (ford 1979 lgt 165) owner here. I just want to say I appreciate all the useful posts and pictures you share.  I noticed a fair amount play in my left hand side spindle steering arm thingy so I anticipate this being a bigger issue in the future.  I am having a hard time visualizing how you are using this tool to make the repair. Is what you saying that this bracket allows you to copy the angle so you can fabricate a new spindle or something else?

Thanks.

I hope to replace the part that goes through the axle with this.  Yes it helps hold the angle, but will also help me clock the pin hole correctly.

Is your play at the arm or bushings in the axle?


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Posted November 01, 2017 - 05:23 PM

I hope to replace the part that goes through the axle with this.  Yes it helps hold the angle, but will also help me clock the pin hole correctly.

Is your play at the arm or bushings in the axle?

A little of both.  The guy I bought it from pointed out that there was play in the steering / spindle roll pin area and it  was something to keep an eye on. He suggested I may want to re-drill that hole that holds the roll pin.  You can watch the spindle axle turn before it catches the roll pin (or maybe the other way around) to actually turn the wheels so my guess is that axle pin hole is hourglass shaped in the middle. Maybe I could just try replacing the roll pin to see what that does first.  I am hesitant to drill and bore it out bigger due to potentially weakening that area further.  


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Posted November 01, 2017 - 05:33 PM

I would try a new pin first. That is already a large pin (5/16") and bigger would just weaken it more!


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