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#1 HowardsMF155 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 03, 2011 - 08:12 PM

I was rebuilding the front axle to my 1968 MF 12 hydro today. I was feeling really good, because I'd saved a LOT of money on bushings ($1.29 ea at local bearing place VS $24 ea at Massey) and on front wheel bearings. The place that helped me save so much money was my local bearing shop, Applied Industrial Technologies, very helpful people. Everything was going well, and I was tightening the steering arm to hold it in place and the casting CRACKED right along the keyway. Now I need a new steering arm, preferably used because a new one at Jack's is over $80.00. Does anyone have one? I'll try to post a picture if that will help. Or, does anyone think that a welding shop could do something for less than that?

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Posted October 04, 2011 - 07:47 PM

Sorry, no chance to get a picture today. Kid's school starts WAY to early, then some productive moving, followed by an expensive bolt through my truck tire and an opportunity to sell a car left no time to take a picture, let alone post it.

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 12:04 PM

Had a moment today to take and upload pictures of the part I need a lead on. Any help would be appreciated

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 12:17 PM

I am pretty sure it CAN be welded. I don't know on prices since I would try it by myself.

You could also weld 2 thick flatbars one on each side of the crack and add a screw like the other side to hold the crack closed.

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 01:50 PM

It looks like either cast aluminum or something like zinc metal. I think if it had been steel it would not have cracked. I AM thinking of doing some fabricating, but would prefer to have the real thing IF it is available for a reasonable price. I am not a collecter, just want something that will work, but I've learned over the years that the factory made stuff usually works best.

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 02:20 PM

It can be welded.

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Posted October 05, 2011 - 05:03 PM

It can be welded.


:ditto:It is aluminum.

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Posted October 07, 2011 - 11:21 PM

I have one that is slightly tweaked but not cracked. A guy could probably warm it up and lift it up a little to get it back in original shape.

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Posted October 08, 2011 - 09:28 AM

Thanks MF10,

I think I've got one on the way from a helpful member on-site here. I'll post here again if the one coming doesn't work out for some reason. Thanks very much for the offer.

Howard




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