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I suppose I should have started this back when I began restoring this plow but better late than never right? It's pretty much completed now except for the decals that I am still looking for... so technically it's still a work in progress. 

 

Anyhow, I picked up the HD-42 plow with an RJ mount back in mid January with great help from @OILUJ52

 

Here's what I started with:

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It had all the essential parts; blade, front channel, rj mount, lift bar, and foot pedal (no chain, though). The only things missing were the 2 skids. Everything was in decent condition with some light to mild pitting vertically along the left edge of the blade face. The "front channel", as it's termed in the parts list, came mounted on an A-frame with 4 bolts, and the piece that attaches to the lift bar had been removed from it to accommodate the A-frame setup. All easy fixes! 

 

First things first, I made a new piece for the lift bar to attach to on the front channel, welded that on, and welded the 4 bolt holes up on both sides.

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Next, I made up some skids.

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I didn't snap a picture of the pitting on the left edge of the blade but I ran side by side beads the entire height of the blade about 2 inches wide - must have blown through 10 rods to do it. I filled in any other digs and gouges with welds. Being a plow, I didn't want body filler anywhere close to the blade. I did, however, use a small amount to fill in a couple of scratches on the topside of the front channel. 

 

I made one modification that was not original. There are 2 pieces of angle iron that are bent to fit the curvature of the blade and mounted to the backside of the blade on each outside edge. These were originally plug welded to the blade leaving a gap between the 2 on the outside edge - a perfect place for water to get trapped and promote corrosion. So I welded those up on both sides. It makes the edges look much better too!

 

And I just realized that I didn't snap any pics of everything down to bare metal or after body work either. But, here's everything after all my fixes and shot with a second coat of primer.

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I'm having some trouble attaching the after paint pics. Will post when I figure it out.

 

 

 

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You may have reached your limit of pictures John.

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Here's some pics after paint (PPG AUE300 in IH50), color sanding, and buffing. 

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I'll snap a few pics of it mounted on my RJ when I find the time.

6 hours ago, Ed Kennell said:

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Thanks Ed, I'll have to do that in the near future. 

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Now it`s too "purdy" to use...

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If we get another snowless winter like this one Jay,  We may as well put all our snow machines in the museum.

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That would suit me fine...

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3 minutes ago, roadapples said:

That would suit me fine...

I just watched the weather,,,,,,,,,,,,snow Friday and Sunday........jusss   shoot me !!     loloololol

 

 

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Yeah , tornadoes the other night here , 50mph winds now for two days in a row - and snow forecast for this weekend , go figure ...

Welcome to Illinois - I think not...

 

Sarge

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