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WHX12    7,526

Oh my... I am really gonna watch this one! Get that camera tuned up! :handgestures-thumbupright:

BTW good title to your thread Richard!

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Aldon    3,257

Nice backstory for a tractor resurrection.

 

I look forward to following this one.

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JC 1965    1,082

Great story behind that little tractor Richard. I can't wait to see the restoration. I can see why you like the 953 tractors. Keep us up to date with the restoration. Thanks for the photos.      :thumbs2:

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953 nut    15,105

Prior to beginning the disassembly I introduced the 953 in the foreground to the other 953s in the herd. The street rod 953 on the left accompanied me to this year's Big Show, to the right is the original worker that I brought to last year's show and far right is another early production 953 with snow cab frame that I bought from @A-Z Tractor at this year's show. The two early production 953s were probably on the assembly line at the same time, serial numbers are 62-780 and 62-829.

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One of the biggest challanges will be some rust through on both sides of the seat. Apparently the seat cushion was in place and wet leaves or debris accumulated there causing the rust.

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The rest of the sheet metal is in good shape and once I have inspected it closely I'll come up with a game plan. Haven't used my mig welder in a while, but shouldn't be too hard get accustom to it again. 

This morning I began to take it apart, nose, grill, hood and engine are off. Once I remove the front axle and transaxle I will fabricate a rotisserie which will allow me to work on it at a comfortable height and body position.

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19richie66    2,194

Definitely have to watch this. Richard, when you build the rotisserie, keep in mind the air brake slack adjuster assy for the rotation mechanism. Works great. You can overhaul a transmission on it or bolt the back end of a frame to it and spin it where you want it and it wont move on you. Kinda has it's own brake lock.

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953 nut    15,105
6 minutes ago, 19richie66 said:

air brake slack adjuster assy

:thanks:    The only thing on the rotisserie will be the frame, dash tower and rear sheet metal, not enough weight to worry about.

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19richie66    2,194

You got me wanting a 953 or a 1054 now. Also is the frame,front axle and steering pretty much the same as a gt14. They look similar.

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953 nut    15,105
5 minutes ago, 19richie66 said:

front axle and steering pretty much the same as a gt14.

Frame is a little shorter than the GT-14, but the front end is all identical.

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953 nut    15,105

Got back out to the shop today and fabricated the rotisserie and mounted the 953 frame. One support is an old home built engine stand and the other is just an angle iron lagged to the wall with a pipe welded to it, nothing fancy, but functional.

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I used a hydraulic lift table to bring it up to the proper height.

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This will save a lot of bending and crawling on the floor.

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Easy access for removing the stuff from below

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I used a contour gauge duplicator to get the shape and contour of the fender area to be replaced, then I made a template out of MDF so I can check the pieces as they are bent. Some laborious cleaning is next, Image result for yuck!

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19richie66    2,194

That'll work just fine. I have my transmission on the rotisserie at the moment. Makes it nice being able to sit on a stool and work on it.  :popcorn:

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JPWH    2,086

Looks like you're making good progress. I like the contour gauge duplicator. I will be looking for one.

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