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On 10/8/2016 at 8:08 AM, Johndeereelfman said:

need a emoticon that does cart wheels or back flips, as this would show just how happy I am with the results!!

:party:   not back flips, but happy, happy, happy!

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22 hours ago, russellmc301 said:

what polisher did you buy?

 

 

The brand is called Shop Force. It is a combination box that contains an electric 120 volt 10" buffer with two pads, one buffing and one applicator. The box also contains a smaller 3" detail buffer that is run off of your vehicles cigarette lighter. This polisher also has two pads, again one buffer and one applicator. Both buffers oscillate at 2,600 RPM's. The buffers were bought a few weeks ago at a yard sale, new in the box, unused, for $10.00. 

22 hours ago, 953 nut said:

:party:   not back flips, but happy, happy, happy!

 

 

Thanks Rich, that'll work!!! 

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Got some more work done on the RJ today, although I ran into bad news. I'll get to that shortly. Anyway, I got the frame all polished up and after running to the hardware store for more stainless steel bolts, nuts, and washers, I was able to get it attached to the transmission. I also polished the front axle and spindles, so they were all assembled as well. After getting the idler arm, idler pulley, and the clutch arm all polished and ready for assembly, only then did I realize that the rear wheel needed to be removed. No big deal. However, when I went to slide the idler arm through the transmission covers, I couldn't get around from having the arm all scratched up. Frustration Number 1!!! 

 

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So after calming down by walking away from the project for about an hour, I figured I'll install the front wheels. After putting the first wheel on, I found that I apparently grabbed the wrong set of rims for this tractor, as the hubs on these rims aren't wide enough for the spindles. Frustrating Number 2!!! So after digging through the garage, I found another set of wheels that I'm pretty sure are the original wheels for this tractor. Only trouble is, they are full of calcium and don't appear to be in the best of shape. I couldn't break the valve stems loose, however after spraying PB Blaster around the beads, I was amazed to find out how well the beads broke. I eventually cut the valve stems off with my Dremel and cutting wheel as the stems were brass. I got the tires removed and found that the calcium was contained inside an inner tube so the insides of the rims aren't bad at all. In fact, the sides that you see in the pictures below, are the only bad areas of the rims. The backsides are in good shape and should clean up well. 

 

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After the tires were removed, I installed all of the grease zerks along with the zerk caps and spindle caps that I bought from Glenn. 

 

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I sure hope tomorrow goes a lot better than today did!!! 

 

 

 

 

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44 minutes ago, Johndeereelfman said:

after spraying PB Blaster around the beads, I was amazed to find out how well the beads broke

  Great tip, thanks for sharing. Your work is outstanding, know your son will be proud.    :text-coolphotos:

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Not much progress today, as it was another disappointing day!

 

The good:

- I polished the belt guard and got that installed

- I got the rear lift cable, clamp, and hitch assembly installed.

- I got the brake rod and spring installed.

 

The bad:

- When I went to install the lift arm and brake/clutch pedal, I found that I needed to strip the paint from the cross member as there was no way to slide either of these pieces on. 

- After finally getting the lift arm installed, I realized that I never painted the lever that latches in the clip while in the raised position.

- I painted the steering bushing and individual tie-rod bushing silver, however the fixed tie-rod bushing is painted red. 

- When I went to install the brake/clutch pedal spring, I found that I never painted the metal plate tab that attaches to the transmission plate. 

 

I finally called it a day and walked away from it. Tomorrow's another day! 

 

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Great job on this tractor. Any updates on this? I cant wait to see it finished.

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No, no updates lately slim. The weather didn't hold out for me long enough to finish last year, and since my garage isn't insulated, nor does it have enough room inside, I'll have to wait for Spring to finish this project. Sorry Sir! I usually work on remodeling the house over the Winter months, just so I can stay busy. 

 

I also just took notice that my membership is about to expire, so I guess I need to get that updated as well. 

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57 minutes ago, Johndeereelfman said:

No, no updates lately slim. The weather didn't hold out for me long enough to finish last year, and since my garage isn't insulated, nor does it have enough room inside, I'll have to wait for Spring to finish this project. Sorry Sir! I usually work on remodeling the house over the Winter months, just so I can stay busy. 

 

I also just took notice that my membership is about to expire, so I guess I need to get that updated as well. 

Well fortunately spring will be here before you know. I will be watching this one. Im sure your son is going to love it. 

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This whole restoration is awesome! :text-coolphotos: i've just bought one here in the UK and am hoping to do a full restoration.

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This thread was a great read!

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Agreed @Aldon....and you thought I pay and I thought you pay attention to detail, We got nothing on this guy! Sure do hope he returns to finnish this up!

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15 minutes ago, WHX9 said:

We got nothing on this guy!

:text-yeahthat:      @Johndeereelfman has been doing a great post; warming up a little outside so I hope he will get back to work!   :ychain:

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JDelfman has a young man waiting more anxiously for this to be finished probably more than any of us.:handgestures-thumbupright:

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Sorry for the delay guys. Yes, I am planning on working on this tractor again, and hopefully soon. The weather here in PA is starting to warm up, however not quite to my liking just yet. Then there is the rain for what seem like every other day. Since I do all of my painting outside, I need the weather to be just a tad bit warmer yet. As soon as progress gets back underway, I will be posting again, I promise. Although, I guess I should renew my site supporter so that I can post pictures. I'll have to get the supporter dues sent out within the next week or two. Hope I can find the contacts mailing address again! 

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Hey Guys, just wanted to drop in and say I didn't forget about you all. This year has just been very busy at work and I haven't had the time to get back on this tractor restoration. I'm very sorry, as I know what it's like to follow someone's post and then the poster just seems to disappear without giving the finished results. That's not my method, and I'm not deserting you guys. Somethings are just a little more important right now and from the way things looks, time won't be on my side anytime soon. I will get back to this tractor eventually, and rest assured, when I do, I will continue to post my progress. I hope you all can understand and will continue to watch for updates as time allows. Thanks Guys!!

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The wait will be worth it👍

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9 hours ago, Johndeereelfman said:

Hey Guys, just wanted to drop in and say I didn't forget about you all. This year has just been very busy at work and I haven't had the time to get back on this tractor restoration. I'm very sorry, as I know what it's like to follow someone's post and then the poster just seems to disappear without giving the finished results. That's not my method, and I'm not deserting you guys. Somethings are just a little more important right now and from the way things looks, time won't be on my side anytime soon. I will get back to this tractor eventually, and rest assured, when I do, I will continue to post my progress. I hope you all can understand and will continue to watch for updates as time allows. Thanks Guys!!

I know the feeling all too well. I am going to get my suburban done this fall/winter for sure. I just have too much on my plate right now and unfortunately its not a priority. I picked up a mini rail frame that I will not touch until the suburban is done. 

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9 hours ago, Johndeereelfman said:

Somethings are just a little more important right

Fully understand and looking forward to your progress when the Sun, Moon and Earth are all in perfect alignment.    :wacko:      Hold on, that is today!     :ychain:

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12 hours ago, Johndeereelfman said:

I hope you all can understand

We sure do! The nice thing about these projects is you can set them  aside when life calls but yet they are just like a good dog waiting patiently & happily waging it's tail when you can get back to it!

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