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Picked up a Sleeve Hitch for my 1669L XL medium frame tractor


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#16 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted April 15, 2018 - 12:54 PM

If using Rust reformer, you have to wait 24 hours for it to cure before coating it!


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Posted April 15, 2018 - 01:11 PM

Do you know if this version of sleeve hitch is the same shape and width as one for a tube frame?  Just wondering if the only difference is the lift brackets or if there are other differences?

 

Hi Stew I have a sleeve hitch that I picked up with that lot of Bolens tractors during the winter of 2016 - 2017. The guy I got everything from said he thought it was a home made sleeve hitch. It was not right when I got it as far as the width and the way it was bent was not square with itself. I ended up cutting the rod off flush with the inside edge of the bracket and reshaped the bracket in the vise. Then I had my local welding shop weld it up nice, to big for my welder. I bent and squared it up so it would fit evenly between the attachment brackets on the rear end of my H14 tractor.

 

The new sleeve hitch that I got for the 1669L from Paulgo looks like the same width as the home made one for my tube frame. The reason I was looking for one for my 1669L is because my H14 is still in the garage getting a partial restore and would not be done until this summer and I have to grade my driveway. After getting my 1669L and driving it I realized I wanted to use that tractor to grade with, the two cylinder Vanguard 16HP is such a nice engine to do work with. Not that I won't use the tube frame sleeve hitch some times. The 1669L is a little larger tractor and a great machine to mow, plow, grade and haul things with.

 

I don't have a factory tube frame sleeve hitch so I don't know if the length is to short on mine or what but the width seems to be right. Maybe Kevin can tell us.

 

Here are some pictures.

 

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Posted April 15, 2018 - 01:27 PM

If using Rust reformer, you have to wait 24 hours for it to cure before coating it!

 

Yes that is correct, KennyP is right I forgot to point out that Rust Reformer is not a primer it is a rust converter and you must wait 24 hrs to top coat it. That is why you still see the sleeve hitch with only rust reformer on it today. Once it warms up again I will top coat it with self etching primer, color coat and clear coat. If you guys have any questions about it call Rust-oleum technical service. The phone # is on the can and they are great to work with when you call them.


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Posted April 15, 2018 - 01:34 PM

The hitch it’s self looks to be ,I’ll do a comparison when/if we can get a few more days like yesterday and the day before. If you want a looksee , pic four shows the hitch mounted on the 1669 more pieces than a TF one but again the frame looks the same.

http://gardentractor...69l#entry680025

 

Thanks for checking in Kevin, and thanks for sharing, I took a look at your post, nice tractor and a great picture of the sleeve hitch. Nothing like a good picture to help show you how to install something. It will help me when I go to install the sleeve hitch on my 1669L. :wave:


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Posted April 15, 2018 - 01:42 PM

Hmm... thanks for posting pictures; they triggered a vague memory.  I think I got one when I purchased my H16 25 years ago or so. I'll have to dig around in the barn and look for it.  Dumb (really dumb)  :bigrofl:  question... what's it for?

The sleeve hitch allows you to use attachments like the box grader, plows, harrows, cultivators etc....allows you to drag the attachment behind the tractor and raise and lower it as necessary.


Edited by logmillingman, April 15, 2018 - 01:44 PM.

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Posted April 15, 2018 - 10:50 PM

The sleeve hitch allows you to use attachments like the box grader, plows, harrows, cultivators etc....allows you to drag the attachment behind the tractor and raise and lower it as necessary.

Thanks!  I checked the corner of the barn where I placed it 25+ years ago and yep, it's still leaning on the wall!  Now I have to find a toy to pull with it...


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Posted April 16, 2018 - 06:27 AM

Thanks!  I checked the corner of the barn where I placed it 25+ years ago and yep, it's still leaning on the wall!  Now I have to find a toy to pull with it...

If you can post a picture of it so we can see what it looks like.



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Posted April 17, 2018 - 03:59 PM

Today the weather finally stopped snowing, raining and warmed up enough to cleanup and spray rust reformer on the clevis pins and hitches along with the lift cable assembly for the sleeve hitch.

 

When I got the sleeve hitch from Paulgo it came with two cables to lift the sleeve hitch, he told me the smaller diam. cable was the original one and the larger diam. cable was a replacement.

 

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I decided to use the larger diam. cable because that is the one that is shown in the later model 18330-03 sleeve hitch. I disassembled the cable assembly, wire wheeled all the pieces and sprayed them with Rust-Reformer.

 

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Then I wire wheeled the clevis pins, and hitches and sprayed them with Rust-Reformer and then hung them to dry.

 

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Tomorrow I will prime, paint, and clear coat the pieces I did today and also the sleeve hitch. That will complete the painting of the sleeve hitch for the 1669L Bolens tractor. The next step is to mount it on the 1669L tractor.


Edited by logmillingman, April 17, 2018 - 04:02 PM.

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Posted April 18, 2018 - 03:46 PM

Today I finished the painting on the lift cable assembly, and the clevis pins and hitches.

 

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I sprayed clear coat on the lock nuts and the machine bushings that I will be using as washers.

 

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Applied the primer, dark hunter green gloss enamel, and clear coat gloss enamel on the sleeve hitch.

 

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Edited by logmillingman, April 18, 2018 - 03:50 PM.

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Posted April 19, 2018 - 06:48 AM

Nice job on all of this. You will have a great setup to use for years to come.


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Posted April 20, 2018 - 03:30 PM

Took some time today to lay out the sleeve hitch assembly.

 

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I assembled the cable bracket onto the sleeve hitch.

 

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Installed Adjusting bolts for sleeve hitch.

 

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Assembled the lift cable.

 

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Installed the clevis pins and hitches on the sleeve hitch.

 

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Now all that is left is to connect the sleeve hitch brackets to the 1669L tractor


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Posted April 20, 2018 - 10:29 PM

If you can post a picture of it so we can see what it looks like.

Here you go! This is as close as I can get to my sleeve hitch until the motorhome comes out (if Spring ever gets here)

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Posted April 20, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Here you go! This is as close as I can get to my sleeve hitch until the motorhome comes out (if Spring ever gets here)

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Thanks, maybe when spring comes you can pull it out and take some measurements and pictures of it. I have a tube frame sleeve hitch but it is home made would like to find the real length of a factory one.


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Posted April 21, 2018 - 06:18 AM

I believe I have a factory tube frame one , says brinley on it but appears to b correct shape based on pics.  I'll try to get some pics for you.


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Posted April 21, 2018 - 02:43 PM

Thanks, maybe when spring comes you can pull it out and take some measurements and pictures of it. I have a tube frame sleeve hitch but it is home made would like to find the real length of a factory one.

WIll do! Shouldn't be too long now. (I hope)


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