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#1 Chuck_050382 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 04, 2010 - 10:52 AM

I got started on my 990 project over the weekend.
I bought it back in October for $400. It ran but smoked a little more than I would like, but it was strong. All the linkages have 33 years of wear and tear.
I am going to tear it down to the frame and rebuild it from there. Not trying to build a show tractor, want a good worker that looks decent.
Here is how it started.
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I took a lot of pictures in case I can't remember how it is supposed to go back together.
I got all the sheet metal/tins off and removed the gas tank. I found that one of the rear hubs was not tight on the axle and has rubbed on the end of the axle housing some. The brakes are in need of work and missing any trace of brake pads.
I haven't opened the motor up, but plan on rebuilding it.
here are some more pictures.
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Please remember to clean around your pump fins..
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Got the motor pulled off yesterday, but then sat it back on the frame to drain the oil.
That old Briggs is heavy. Found that one of the mounting ears on the starter/generator was broken.
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Posted February 04, 2010 - 12:31 PM

never seen an Eaton hydro so gunked up! Must have had an oil leak for that much stuff to accumulate. Good to see the start on the project!

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Posted February 12, 2010 - 10:13 AM

chuck Looks like fun.cant wait for some more pic. I't great to see someone put so much time into a tractor that's going to last a life time. Thasks for sharing. James

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Posted February 12, 2010 - 10:45 AM

You definitely got a great start on it, can't wait to see it progress. Them 990's look like some stout machines.

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Posted February 15, 2010 - 12:09 PM

Got some more done yesterday.
I got the dash/steering assembly out. and removed the batter tray and gas tank support.
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I cleaned off the pump fins some.
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Got the motor on the work bench, ready to be opened up.
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The chassis will be going to the car wash to be degreased soon and then tear down will continue.
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Posted February 15, 2010 - 12:22 PM

Awesome progress Chuck. I can't wait to see more. With your permission once it is done we will publish it to the main part of the site then :thumbs:

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Posted February 17, 2010 - 01:49 PM

Chuck looking good thanks for the post later James

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Posted February 19, 2010 - 09:37 AM

got some more parts removed, doesn't look much different. Hopefully I can get everything off the frame this weekend.

BTW, I posted a wanted ad for rear rims for the 990. would like to have a set of turfs ready to go and probably a r4 tire ready. Plan on loading both sets.

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Posted February 19, 2010 - 09:38 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. I am enjoying this project.

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Posted February 20, 2010 - 08:14 AM

Thanks for the update Chuck. It will be well worth it when it is all done.

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Posted February 20, 2010 - 09:52 AM

Lots of work isn't it Chuck! Many times when I get deep into a project, I wonder what I've gotten myself into. But then I finally finish & know why! She's gonna look great!

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Posted February 25, 2010 - 10:23 AM

Got a little more done last night.

Got the front axle removed, along with the hydraulic cylinder and valve.

I hope to get the rear end off the frame next and then continue stripping parts off the frame.

I am thinking about maybe yellow with a gray frame.

Here are some pictures of the distruction.
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here is the parts pile.
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hydro valve on the work bench.
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Posted February 25, 2010 - 10:36 AM

GREAT Machine Chuck, I really want one to prove to my buddys that MTD did make a good machine, once. Also love the Ford LGT in avatar.

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Posted February 26, 2010 - 11:16 AM

That is going to be great when it's done.

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Posted March 01, 2010 - 12:33 PM

Got a nice amount done last week.

I got the rear end removed (very heavy),
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These pins were my enemy Saturday
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I defeated them. Just a few more parts to remove and I can start cleaning parts up to prep for paint.
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Once I get all the frame disassembled I will probably start working on the motor until it is warm enough outside to paint.
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