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#1 tweidman OFFLINE  

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Posted February 04, 2010 - 09:00 PM

I will start out with a picture of the tractor as it sat with it's flat front tires at the sellers yard.

http://xa.yimg.com/k...393490/name/n_a

Unsure that it would run or move. I first replaced the SSI, really weak spark. Rebuilt the carb. and replaced the front tires so that it could roll...hopefully under it's own power?

http://xa.yimg.com/k...677200/name/n_a

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Posted February 05, 2010 - 08:11 AM

wow it should look sweet when your done i ever had a mass can never find them around here but but maybe one day later James

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Posted February 05, 2010 - 05:08 PM

She fired up and ran great. The hydro worked fine as well. Now that I know that all of the major systems worked I can start the tear down.

http://xa.yimg.com/k...001650/name/n_a

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I removed the engine and started taken her down to the bare frame.

http://xa.yimg.com/k...518516/name/n_a

I did not own a digital camera when I did this restoration, so I don't have many pictures of the rebuild. So I will basically jump to the finished product.

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Posted February 05, 2010 - 05:26 PM

After media blasting every single part, then priming and painting. As well as rebuilding everything I could possible rebuild.... it finally emerged from the garage under it's own power....

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http://xa.yimg.com/k...147991/name/n_a

http://xa.yimg.com/k...736584/name/n_a

Close, but not quite finished

Edited by tweidman, February 08, 2010 - 06:23 PM.


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Posted February 05, 2010 - 06:18 PM

Now that is one Fine looking machine!!!! :thumbs::good_job:

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Posted February 05, 2010 - 07:57 PM

Thank you for your submission Todd. I will get it added to the resorations section and the front page asap.

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Posted February 05, 2010 - 07:58 PM

Todd, you should post the pic with the brinly attached. I can't find my photos from the fawn grove show to post. I was drooling all over his tractor when we were there and didn't realize it was his LOL.

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Posted February 05, 2010 - 08:27 PM

Now that is one Fine looking machine!!!! :thumbs::good_job:


:ditto: VERY nice!!! Always enjoy pics of that tractor.

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Posted February 05, 2010 - 08:45 PM

:ditto: VERY nice!!! Always enjoy pics of that tractor.


Thanks Daniel, George asked my to post it to the new site. You should post your MF2050 or is it a 2055, I love looking at that build. :D

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Posted February 05, 2010 - 10:12 PM

I'll get round to it (2050) in a few days. Been kinda busy, plus sinus has me slowed down. Gonna get busier....my first Grandbaby.....Grandson is due any time, actually past due! Yep, then I'll be taking all the chores...I think my Son will have things to attend to!

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Posted February 06, 2010 - 01:13 AM

Very nice job man you have done alot of work to that tractor and it pay off in the end, thanks for sharing James

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Posted February 06, 2010 - 08:03 AM

I'll get round to it (2050) in a few days. Been kinda busy, plus sinus has me slowed down. Gonna get busier....my first Grandbaby.....Grandson is due any time, actually past due! Yep, then I'll be taking all the chores...I think my Son will have things to attend to!


Take your time Daniel. Congrats on the Grandson. You will have to post some pics of the new addition to your family when he comes.

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Posted February 06, 2010 - 08:28 AM

Right after I got it back together, the hydro started leaking. I had to tear it down to find the source of the problem.

http://xa.yimg.com/k...441417/name/n_a

After tearing it down I found that the input shaft seal was leaking.

http://xa.yimg.com/k...045060/name/n_a

I ordered a new seal from MF and got her on the road again.

Later that year I got to use the plow and I found out that lifting that plow with the manual lift was almost more work than shoveling.

http://xa.yimg.com/k...699530/name/n_a

This problem got me thinking about my first modification. I looked high and low for a power lift, but they seem to be rarer than hens teeth. So, I decided to fabricate a power lift. My first tractor fabrication project.

http://xa.yimg.com/k...233910/name/n_a

I bought a used electric actuator, and fabed up a mount that fit up into the frame, that allowed it to pivot. It tucks up nicely under the frame, you can't really see it, unless you look under the tractor.

I mounted the switch to operate the lift in the dash. Looking back on it now, I should have oriented the switch the other way. I still get confused which way to push it for up or down.

http://xa.yimg.com/k...222769/name/n_a

It operates the mid point and the sleeve hitch. I replaced the mid point lift pivot arm for more leverage, and boy is it strong. The helper springs are not needed on the plow, tiller, and blower.

Here she is all back together and ready for more snow.

http://xa.yimg.com/k...227382/name/n_a

Edited by tweidman, February 06, 2010 - 08:44 AM.


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Posted February 09, 2010 - 06:53 PM

Love the resto Todd, I was wondering if you were going to post it here. I wish mine would come out that good.

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Posted February 09, 2010 - 11:06 PM

After a number of years of work, I started to get a knock. Time to tear it down and find out why?

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It doesn't look to bad, considering it's age.

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Here is the problem....

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After the re-build, time to fire it up, get it hot, then re-torque the heads.

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Now it's time to put the rest of the tins on and finish her up.

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Back together and ready to work

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My daughter tried some plowing with my recently restored Brinly bottom plow.

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I finally got to rebuilding my tiller

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and then my daughter gave some tilling a shot....

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It finally made it to a show this past fall...

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Thanks for the show pic George!




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