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#16 ckjakline OFFLINE  

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Posted November 08, 2011 - 09:08 PM

wheels look good.I think the older masseys w/the red centers look good.Really sets the wheel off.

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Posted November 10, 2011 - 10:21 PM

I worked 2 1/2 hours on it tonight. I put the wheels on the rear. I had to take a tap and clean out all the bolt holes as the tractor was buried in the dirt and these were all full of dirt and rust. It looks pretty cool with those big tires on it. Then I started making the front spindle. I figured out the length ( I hope) and then bored the hole for the front axle. I had to ream out the bushing so the 1" shaft would fit as it was a little undersized. The next step will be to get the plate welded on the bottom and the spindle shaft in place. This will take some work to get it all straight and true. This is the fun part.
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Posted November 10, 2011 - 10:37 PM

Nice look Dan, cool lathe too!

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Posted November 11, 2011 - 09:49 PM

I worked a couple more hours on it tonight. I put the plate on the bottom to get the hole right for the spindle shaft. Then I welded a large washer onto the outer spindle housing to make a bearing surface. I am going to use a nylon bearing in between the plate and washer so I don;t have to oil it. Less grease running down the front tires. I am going to put a 1" shaft collar on top of the plate and weld it to the plate. Then I made the shaft long enough to reach the frame. I am going to drill a hole in the frame and the shaft and bolt the shaft to the frame. This will give it two support areas and it will allow me to change the shaft if I ever bend it. This will make more since when I take a picture of it.PB110040.jpg

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 09:04 PM

I worked all day on the MF10. I finished the front spindle putting a heavy collar on top of the plate for the shaft to run through and then bolted the top of the shaft to the frame. I put the axles in the spindle and machined a grove for an expansion plug to keep grease from running down the spindle onto the tires. I put a grease zerk in the back side of the spindle. Then I had to get the shifter and indexer for the vari speed off the shaft. It was really stuck, I had to take it to the press to get it off. I drilled a hole and put a grease zerk in it so this won't happen again.I cut out the nylon bearing for the spindle and made a spare which I will forget where I put it.Then I sand blasted a lot of parts and the frame. A coat of primmer and I am done for the day. PB110045.jpg

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 09:09 PM

You're doing an awesome job there. Thanks for the update.

Also, thanks for the laugh. "I made a spare, but forgot where I put it" LOL LOL

Keep up the good work.

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 09:12 PM

I wish I could get this photo thing down. I get them scattered all over the place.

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 09:41 PM

Looking super thus far! Isn't that an Atlas lathe? I had an Atlas 10x36 before I got my South Bend 10x42. Both great lathes!

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 09:56 PM

Yes it is an Atlas, we have had if for over 50 years and it still works pretty good.

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 10:06 PM

What size are the front rims? I need a set fro my 1650.

Great work, I am in the process of restoring my 1650A. I only get to spend a few hours each week on it. I wish i could make progress on it like you are on yours.

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Posted November 12, 2011 - 11:03 PM

They are 6" rims off a wheel barrow.

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Posted November 13, 2011 - 01:48 AM

That's coming along nicely. I enjoy seeing/reading about projects like this. I don't have the space or the shop area to do a rebuild like this, but it sure gives me some good ideas. Thanks!

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Posted November 13, 2011 - 05:48 AM

You are making good headway,thus far.

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Posted November 13, 2011 - 06:04 AM

Looking good. I have a question though. Are the front wheels going to be standing straight up or leaning some what? Can't tell for sure. Something like this:
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Posted November 13, 2011 - 06:26 AM

They are going to be straight up.




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