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Restoring my 520H

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oliver2-44

Nice project.

We would enjoy any stories you can share about your dads dealership. Also any pictures of you at a young age with horses would be cool! 

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bellevillerod

Great love to watch the whole process of rebuilding a tractor. Will be observing and taking notes so as to learn all that I can. I'm starting to get into the hobby of small time collecting and redoing yesterdays tractors. With a tilt towards Horses but love a lot of the old iron. My dad was the man that got me hooked on wheel horse tractors. I'm going to redo his C-160 here before long. 

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Achto

Great looking tractor to start with. I'll be joining in for the show.:popcorn:

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Tractor boy

Im chiming in to follow, that tractor looks good. 

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dclarke

That looks like a nice one to start with. I'll be watching too. Lots of wiring on that tractor, be sure to mark it well and take lots of pics when you take it apart. 

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76c12091520h

 Some pics of the deck before teardown; deck is in great shape, solid, just needs fresh belts, blades, and a little love.  Tomorrow night, some pics of the progress so far and some shiny stuff

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WVHillbilly520H

@76c12091520h, may I suggest you become a supporter so 1) you are helping keep the lights on here at RS, 2) unlimited uploading of your restoration pics/vids...its a small price to pay...

for all you get sharing and receiving great info for our little red tractors.

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76c12091520h

 So I figured since I'm waiting for the powder coater to get the deck shell done, and there's only four bolts holding it on, I may as well be comfortable since  I'm mowing with this one this year; stripped all the brackets and the seat pan, replaced or refurbished all the hardware with grade 8 or stainless, applied epoxy primer, basecoat and cleared(and got a new seat!).

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76c12091520h

 Cleaned and refurbished all the spindles,  stripped and refinished the brackets and the deck/ mule drive pulleys, all new hardware.   

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76c12091520h

 NOS parts from my dad's closed dealership; most of the stuff that I'll be posting is the last of what he had in inventory.  Got the deck and some other stuff back from powdercoating, stay tuned.

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76c12091520h

 NOS rear hubcaps; sent the fronts and some other small pieces out to be rechromed0518191048.jpg.55667418278e3bdcbc5fc6bdc29b9d67.jpg

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trailhopper

Looks great. What seat is that?

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76c12091520h

Seat is made by Milsco, bolted right on with no modifications, came with the armrests.

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76c12091520h

Got the deck back from powdercoat, seam sealed all the gaps in the baffles, applied bedliner to the underside

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Jennifer
1 hour ago, 76c12091520h said:

Got the deck back from powdercoat, seam sealed all the gaps in the baffles, applied bedliner to the underside

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Will you be putting new decals on ? I would assume!  Doing nice work!

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Achto
12 hours ago, 76c12091520h said:

Seat is made by Milsco

 

Made right here in my home town.:thumbs2:

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76c12091520h

 Had a few pieces on the deck and decided I wasn't happy with the color(too orange) of the powdercoat. It's been a crapshoot over the years every time I have something done, the color just wasn't right. So I figured since I have other pieces to paint I may as well just do it or I won't be able to live with myself; the side chute was NOS and that's what I used for my color reference. Since it was always a source of dirt accumulation, I filled in all the seams around the reinforcing bars at the lower edge of the deck before painting. Also shot the fuel cap and detailed the lettering, then covered it in flat clear: 

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oneroadkingman

 definitely definitely a great-looking to start and it's going to be better when you're done can't wait to see.

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76c12091520h

 Since I'm using/debugging this beast prior to the major teardown, I decided to fix the squeaking hood that's been driving me nuts. Removed the hood, threw away what was left of the shredded nylon hood hinge bushings, drilled out the  worn hood hinges and the mount plate on the frame and installed bronze 70's-80's GM door hinge bushings. If they can hold a 100lb GM door a 5lb hood won't ever wear them out. Squeak is gone and works nicer than new without any wobble :) (they'll be made pretty later)

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76c12091520h

I knew that the battery would need replacing sooner or later but I was hoping to hold off until the teardown this winter; no such luck. Replaced it about a month ago, but if there's one thing that bothers me is a parts store/ generic / or mismatched battery in show car, tractor , you name it so I waited until the show and came up with this :

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dclarke
13 hours ago, 76c12091520h said:

there's one thing that bothers me is a parts store/ generic / or mismatched battery in show car, tractor , you name it so I waited until the show and came up with this :

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Great idea! Those generic decals always bugged me too. I went with a Delco decal from “Vinylguy” on some of my batteries.... Very nice job on your tractor!! 

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76c12091520h

Picked up a used early model 520 steering wheel at the show (thanks Eric), couldn't take looking at the Toro emblem any longer; cleaned out the crack where it was split, used some good quality structural adhesive, repaired some other minor blemishes, retextured it, and refinished with basecoat and semi-gloss clear (and a little extra detailing) 

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76c12091520h

 Did the final assembly on the deck, added some protective padding to the top of the shell to prevent the crossbar from scratching, installed the last of dad's nos blades and belts, installed a replaceable bushing in the leveler rod hole; will save the last overall pics for after the decals get here :) 

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76c12091520h

Painted my new to me inside rear wheel weights, and assembled the mule drive. I used a set of older cast pulleys with the replaceable bearings. Had these pulleys for sale at the show and nobody would even make an offer on them...….

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