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#1 sdevine OFFLINE  

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 07:37 PM

I have been restoring a David Bradley walk-behind, and it has been a fun project. I have taken it a step further, and created a DIY show, The American Garage- and the first project is to restore the DB. Photo shoots have slowed down the progress on the actual restoration, because I have to wait on some tasks to do in front of the camera. But, we are having a ball doing it, and would love to share it with you. You can find it on the web at www.theamericangarage.net . We will be releasing the first episode hopefully very soon- check it out and let me know what you think. Here is a photo of all the parts after sandblasting and priming-
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Posted October 19, 2011 - 07:48 PM

I'll keep an eye on your progress , Al

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Posted October 20, 2011 - 01:21 AM

went and looked at your site. Didnt see anything in the way of a video other than an ad. You do relize that there are still a large number of guys that dont text, twitter, tweet or do the facebook thing?
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Posted October 20, 2011 - 07:51 AM

You do relize that there are still a large number of guys that dont text, twitter, tweet or do the facebook thing?

That would be me:bigrofl:

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Posted October 20, 2011 - 09:02 AM

Great progress on the restoration! Should come out real nice! I've moved this to the "Walk Behind" forum.

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Posted October 20, 2011 - 10:17 AM

David Bradley walk behinds are great beginner restoration projects, as I did one when I was 16 yrs old. The fun was not having all the original parts, but tracking them down. I needed an AU7 Continental engine, but ended up settling for a later model AU7B. However, I have strayed heavily from DB's in the last 5 years, but first tractor restorations are never forgotten, just scratched, oops LOL. And funny thing is this past year at a tractor show I stumbled upon a complete Continental engine with the DB style pulley on it. Upon further inspection I decided that it had to come home with me because it was a Continental AU7, perfect for a completed restoration, if and when I decide to put it on my first (only) DB restoration project. It's funny how stuff works out sometimes. Good luck on your restoration.
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Posted October 21, 2011 - 09:20 AM

went and looked at your site. Didnt see anything in the way of a video other than an ad. You do relize that there are still a large number of guys that dont text, twitter, tweet or do the facebook thing?


Of course! And I am glad that you guys that are busy in your garages and barns and fields are out there, and that you might have some good comments and insights. But, the main thrust is to get the Facebookers and Tweeters to get off their chairs and go build something. Those are the people I want to inspire. You are already inspired, and doing stuff. Bravo! But, I will use the social media to get others involved that are busy holding chairs down. And yes- we only have the commercial up right now. The first episode is due to launch December 1- and you are the first to hear it because the press release is not out yet. We need an audience to be there when we launch- kinda like movie previews? So, hold tight and we will have the first one up 12/1. We are still discussing the frequency of releases, but should have that ironed out by launch date. Okay, now I gotta get up and do something in the garage before this chair starts to infect me.....

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Posted April 09, 2012 - 07:37 AM

I just watched your db restore series.It was fantastic!! get that show on tv and make sure they air it in Canada......GREAT JOB! :canada: :thumbs:
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 12:27 AM

I dont beleive that we will see this gentleman here again, as he hasnt been here since Oct/11. In my opinon they looking to sell stuff to people more than doing projects. I have watched the four installments and was disapointed that they didnt know much about the tractor(s). I also have some problems with them cruising the net and using pictures of other peoples tractors, some of which are good friends of mine, as ad's for the project.

Not saying that a good DB restoring how to is not needed, but it may be better to have people involved that know something more about the tractors and the work needing to be done. I also noted that there were a least two gas cans sitting 5 or so feet away, while the "Pro" welder worked. I think a little more on safty needs to be addressed.

I'll continue to watch the series, if we get any more, and hopefully it will improve. I take my GT hobby pretty serious, and would like to see it promoted in the same way.

And Steve, if you reappear, dont be shy, plenty of folks here to help you out with problems and where to get parts for DB tractors.

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 05:24 AM

Well i still thought he did a GREAT job.Those videos aren't easy to do.
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 10:26 AM

One thing I noticed is that he never pulled the hubs and checked the rachets. He also says its a 1952 model, but it has the spring clutch, and the motor mount is missing the metal strap were the drawbar goes. It also appeared in his takedown video, that the wheels were held on with nuts and bolts. All of these indicate to me it is a 917.5751 made between 1946-1949.

But in a later video, the hubs have studs and nuts, and the engine shroud is from a later model. In the takedown video the shroud was missing. I think he has at least 2 different tractors that he is working on.

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 11:41 AM

yes if you go back though the posts here you will find where there are 2 tractors, one being a 561 and the other being the 51 model. Not clear if he relizes that alot of the parts dont cross between the two. In the vid it appears that some pictures are of them tearing down one model, then the next are of another model.

For sure i wouldnt have tried to restore a tractor with a broken rear eye, to easy to come by good tractors. I sometime go though the parts to as many as 3 units so that i can have the perfect pieces, as i only want do this once. Now i relize that if you dont have 3 other tractors, then you might be somewhat limited, but still they made 1000's of them, most are still out there, and around this area there pretty cheap, compared to other makes.

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 01:17 PM

I also noticed my 57560 has a small slot in the frame under the clutch that my 5756 doesn't have, and these are just one number apart.

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Posted April 13, 2012 - 12:56 AM

got a picture of that slot????

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Posted April 13, 2012 - 06:20 AM

I can take one. It's just like the one for throttle cable. I know some of the later models have it, but I didn't think this model was supposed to have one. I think it's for the AU8 motor that was for the 57561.




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