In between work, family and Christmas preparations I have managed to steal an hour or two here and there in the hopes that I will be able to move this restoration forward.
Having completely stripped down the machine I was pleased to find some original paint on the steering gear that I am trying to get match and I may have a lead in the UK. if this lead works out I will be posting the codes here for the U.K chaps.
Following the electrolysis process, which removed an awful lot of the blue paint I was left with treated rust and the remains of the original gold paint. I am really please to see this as it shows me that this tractor is completely original.
never the less the old gold had to come off so further treatment with phosphoric acid removed a lot more and also treated the steel further.
Wire brushing followed and as can be seen by the pictures, the steel turnout beautifully. By the condition of the tubes it seems that I rescued the 800 just in time as some of the pitting is getting deeper but I think it is still acceptable at this point, Chaps your thoughts on this point please.
At the moment I have most of the front end ready for paint, all except the front axial and rims, which is the next job.
Whilst taking before photos of the front wheels I noticed that the tires appeared to be original as it states "Made in the USA" look at the red arrow.
If this is the case I am even more impressed as I would never have imagined that this tractor could be as original as it was having left the factory. I am convinced that this tractor did not seem much work at all as the tires are hardly worn (tread wise) but the photos show how cracked each tire is.
I have the wheels at the tire shop trying to get the tires off the rims as they seem to be "glued" on to the rims even thought we have let the air out of the inner tubes, yes the inner tubes were still inflated?
Now, some questions that hopefully someone will be able to help me with.
Looking at the parts manual I am unable to deduce the layout of the front bearings and the question is, are the front bearings just a bronze bush of sorts, I cant look at the actual bearings as these are at the tire shop, so would anyone be able to take a photo for me.
I want to inspect the bearings just in case I need replacements.
Does anyone happen to know what range of serial numbers were used on the 63 husky 800, I think I maybe able to track down what was imported to the U.K. and knowing the range I would be able to confirm if the serial numbers given to me from an archive here in the U.K.
I notice that on my 800 bolts are used as opposed to "cap screws" as specified by the parts manual, did this actually happen or could it be that the bolts are the only non original parts on this Husky 800.
If bolts were used was there any specification as to the strength of the bolts used?
So, I hope to be reassembling the "front end" in the new year, if I can get the paint matched and then it is on to the rear end, which should be interesting.
untill the next update
Isle of Man