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#1 steve b OFFLINE  

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 09:30 AM

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I guess it is time for an update: I sandblasted the rusty rims and painted, replaced the tubes and loaded the tires. I welded up a sulky: Word of warning: lock the ratchets in the hubs before going down hill ( the clicks just keep getting faster, and no brakes )(( I wonder if the guy on the owners manual with the cart of bricks noticed this)). Now for the opinion poll... Should I paint the tractor? I like how much of the original paint is sitll there. Where can I find a cycle bar mower? I would like to do some high grass mowing. As a note the Plow Trac is more fun than the go cart I never had as a kid!

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 11:11 AM

It's coming along very nice ! Tough call on whether to repaint or not . Either way it looks good. Al

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 01:35 PM

It always amazes me how much attention the "survivor" look gets at shows. I would probably leave it alone, personally.

BTW, I haven't ever seen a sickle for these. I am sure they existed, just never seen one in person. I do have a reel mower (seized) for mine.

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Posted July 17, 2011 - 01:56 PM

Once a machine is painted it cant be unpainted, you lose that originality and the marks that show it has lived, left as-is you can always paint it in the future should it get too bad, just give it a going over with an oily rag will look fine.
It has to be in very bad condition before i paint any of mine, but then its all down to personal choice, i do like to see old machinery restored to how it would have looked straight out of the factory but i like it more to see them in their working clothes.
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Posted July 20, 2011 - 02:13 PM

Once a machine is painted it cant be unpainted, you lose that originality and the marks that show it has lived, left as-is you can always paint it in the future should it get too bad, just give it a going over with an oily rag will look fine.
It has to be in very bad condition before i paint any of mine, but then its all down to personal choice, i do like to see old machinery restored to how it would have looked straight out of the factory but i like it more to see them in their working clothes.


Couldnt have said it any better! I 100% agree

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Posted July 28, 2011 - 03:58 PM

looks real nice,
I really like the sulky ya did

I found a sickle mower for one but if you saw it ya wouldnt be jealous
its being soaked in pennatrating oil and may need to be electrolytic rust removaled
many around here have been sitting on the ground for decades

I kinda like the original paint too
my "M or L" was painted black at some era
Id like to have seen it original
its gonna be gone thru completely, mechanicaly...but i dunno what ill do about the paint since mines no longer original

where do I find out about locking the hubs on one of theese critters ?

mike

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Posted July 29, 2011 - 06:43 AM

Mike,
Locking the hubs is really easy. Slide off the ratchet cap. you will see the 2 pawls and a spring. Take 1 pawl loose and turn it over so that the beveled ends face eack other. Put it back on the axle. Thats really all there is to it. Once you do this you will have to loosen the drive belt in order to move the ynot. No more free wheeling.
Steve
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Posted July 29, 2011 - 08:06 PM

interesting ,...ill look into that little trick

Ill keep an eye out for a sickle bar but im in west ky where are you located ?

Id love to find a plow and some weights for mine


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Posted July 31, 2011 - 09:25 AM

I am in NY. Mine came with a 1 bottom plow.
I would really like to be doing some mowing.
Lots of high grass around and places you can't
take a mower.
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Posted July 31, 2011 - 01:03 PM

well ny is pretty far from ky but ill keep an eye out
it still may end up being worthwhile

mike




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