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#91 JohnWR OFFLINE  

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Posted June 03, 2020 - 07:09 PM

Found a little time tonight to sneak away and start assembly. I grease fittings in and put the bucket on. 3ABF1758-B25B-4438-9B73-6C9AE848180F.jpeg
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Posted June 03, 2020 - 07:15 PM

Looking very good. That's come such a long way so far, it doesn't even resemble the pics at the beginning of this thread. Nice work. Nice final touches Kevin supplied you for the finished project too. 👍
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Posted June 03, 2020 - 07:23 PM

Looking very good. That's come such a long way so far, it doesn't even resemble the pics at the beginning of this thread. Nice work. Nice final touches Kevin supplied you for the finished project too.


Thank you I appreciate the kind words, I was actually looking at Pictures today and was thinking man regardless if it’s perfect or not I definitely saved this loader.
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Posted June 03, 2020 - 07:37 PM

Bound to succeed with these shop essentials : red arrows BFH , BFSBH , blue arrow, BFF,  green arrow MFGG. not seen is this pic but previously detected was MFMAT. This build ( rebuild) no doubt will be a success !
 

Seriously , thank you for the kind words in your previous post, I retain some moderate skills, a waining can do attitude, failing up close eyesight regardless of strength of diopter ( to many years watching the pretty blue light) and a simple gratification to put what I do still posses  to use if a need arises. Unfortunately time gets away from me sometimes though. 

 

You’re on the downhill side of it , where all your hard work soon will tell and the old boy can start earning its keep. 
 

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Posted June 03, 2020 - 08:00 PM

I’ve been fortunate to build a decent set of tools for home.

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After doing a couple hundred of these frame replacements (The storm gray box is my work setup)
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This is the most important tool for any box is a long barrel air hammer in the right hands you can do various jobs and not make a mess lol.
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Posted June 03, 2020 - 08:15 PM

This is the most important tool for any box is a long barrel air hammer in the right hands you can do various jobs and not make a mess lol.
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Yes, certainly need some good earplugs or headgear when using that New Years Eve noise maker tho.
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Posted June 03, 2020 - 08:34 PM

Yes, certainly need some good earplugs or headgear when using that New Years Eve noise maker tho.


I should cause I know it effects my ears but honestly it doesn’t even phase me anymore.
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Posted June 04, 2020 - 07:19 PM

Snuck away again for a little bit tonight and made some more progress.

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Also swung by Deere and got some more suitcase weights. Did the math with the weights loaded tires and wheel weights I’ll be just over 500 lbs counter balance.

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Posted June 04, 2020 - 08:07 PM

Don't forget your own weight. That should be plenty, even with a child behind the wheel. 😉
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Posted June 04, 2020 - 08:19 PM

Don't forget your own weight. That should be plenty, even with a child behind the wheel.


That’s the hope cause I’m a stick sadly lol.

Just got an email from my machinist buddy he’s got the shaft turned down he just needs to cut the key way tomorrow and Saturday it will be home bound.
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Posted June 04, 2020 - 09:37 PM

Snuck away again for a little bit tonight and made some more progress.

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Also swung by Deere and got some more suitcase weights. Did the math with the weights loaded tires and wheel weights I’ll be just over 500 lbs counter balance.

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Your pics have visions of Ken's thread title appearing here... :D

 

New hoses, new paint, fresh looking loader... nice, yes, very nice. :thumbs:


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Posted June 05, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Looks like its coming along nicely.  I may have missed it in reading your thread but were you able to get the arms straight?  On another note my weight box I built for the rear of my tractor weighs 402lb and I have 50lb apiece wheel weights on.  I have had my bucket fully loaded with heavy clay and I would say the weight was sufficient.  When I was pulling into an area to dump the load and the front tires went into a dip the rear got a little lite but stayed firmly planted.  I will at some point load the rear tires but do not want to do that until I get new rear tires put on.  I also think my bucket extends forward of the tractor just a bit more than the Johnson buckets do so your weight should be right on.  Your machine looks great and I know your anxious to use it.  I have been using mine quite a bit and I know it has made work much easier than the "OLD" shovel into cart then re-shovel out of cart method.  I wish I had this 20 years ago but better to at least have it now than never ever have it at all.  LOL Keep plugging away.  By the way the yellow is great.  It makes the loader stand out and really say LOOK AT ME.


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Posted June 05, 2020 - 07:23 PM

Looks like its coming along nicely.  I may have missed it in reading your thread but were you able to get the arms straight?  On another note my weight box I built for the rear of my tractor weighs 402lb and I have 50lb apiece wheel weights on.  I have had my bucket fully loaded with heavy clay and I would say the weight was sufficient.  When I was pulling into an area to dump the load and the front tires went into a dip the rear got a little lite but stayed firmly planted.  I will at some point load the rear tires but do not want to do that until I get new rear tires put on.  I also think my bucket extends forward of the tractor just a bit more than the Johnson buckets do so your weight should be right on.  Your machine looks great and I know your anxious to use it.  I have been using mine quite a bit and I know it has made work much easier than the "OLD" shovel into cart then re-shovel out of cart method.  I wish I had this 20 years ago but better to at least have it now than never ever have it at all.  LOL Keep plugging away.  By the way the yellow is great.  It makes the loader stand out and really say LOOK AT ME.


I got the frame as square at it will ever get at this point. The only way would be to cut it apart and re weld everything square. This was a must own purchase for a long time and I can’t wait to use it for sure I have about 8” of pine needles and all these trees to move once I start dropping them. The yellow was the original color they changed to black later in years.
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Posted June 05, 2020 - 07:29 PM

Some more progress I’m as far as I can get for now.
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I also changed the bottom suction fitting out to a true 3/4 fitting a played with house routing.
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This is a picture of the shaft the machinist sent me I should see it Tuesday or Wednesday.
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Posted June 07, 2020 - 07:36 PM

Never fails 3 steps forward 2 steps back. Went to pull the front axles and discover the pto idler pulley was trashes and broken and the bearing was smoked and had a 1/2” of play so today ended like this.
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Did manage some progress. New pivot bushings, new pto bearings and rebuilt and spindles. I’m gonna re build the front hubs this week as well. Pto shaft will be here Tuesday and my replacement idler pulley later in the week. I also need to reline the pto brake.

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