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So this morning I got a call from @oliver2-44 saying that he had been granted ownership of his early to mid 60's 953 and the current owner would be contacting me today to arrange for pick up...

Well I had already been stirring about in my shop preparing to reinstall my hydraulic cylinder on my 1994 520H.

The 520H was needing some bang juice so I headed down to the local store and got her 5 gallons of 89 octane non- ethanol gas.

 

When I got back home I decided to go ahead and prepare my rig for the upcoming 953 acquisition.

Hooked my home made 10 x 6 utility trailer up to my trusty 1998 Z-71 Silverado 1500, cleaned out the few leaves left in it,  aired up the tires and checked the lights.

Checked and loaded some tie-down straps...

 

Right now we are staged and awaiting the call from the present owner...

 

Meanwhile back to that 520H hydraulic cylinder...

 

Horse Newbie (Tim)

 

 

 

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pullstart

Wheel Horse tractors and the enthusiasts who enjoy them... rock!  Awesome job Tim!

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953 nut

So glad you were able to help @oliver2-44 get the 953. Getting it from NC to TX will be a neat trick but it can be done. Members here are awesome when it comes to "Haulin Help". Several years back I had bought a 953 to be picked up at the Big Show, ended up having spinal fusion surgery just before the show. James @Jrblanke and Van @Wheel-N-It came to my rescue, they had never met me and didn't know me but they pitched in and hauled and stored it for me until I was back on my feet. There are so many quality people on this site that I'm sure it can be done.               :text-thankyoublue:

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Nice!

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Okay I just got the call...going to pick up @oliver2-44 ' s 953 from @Electric_Ret near Waxhaw NC

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Met up with the donor and easily rolled the 953 onto my trailer...definitely was the easiest part of my day...

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Got the 953 back to my estate and started trying to figure out how to build a pallet under a tractor...I'm thinking that would be easier than taking it off the trailer.

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Started measuring and cuttin' the wood for the pallet...getting rid of some old lumber I had laying around and putting it to good use...

pallet size will be 6 feet by 3 feet...

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Actually before I started building the pallet, I drained the oil, removed the battery(battery may hold a charge)... not !

And drained as much fluid out of the rear tires as I could. BF Goodrich So far the hardest time I've had is getting the hand trucks and appliance trucks out of my tractor shed and putting them back. ( Didn't even use them)

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Vacuumed all the leaves and dirt out of the tool box after I gathered all the small spare parts from it...

Maybe 3 teaspoons of gas in the tank...vacuumed that out...and no I wasn't worried about it igniting in my Shop-Vac:lol:

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Trying to slide the pallet under the 953... for a tractor with only 2 wheels, she sure does roll easy !

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This is about as far as I got today...the 953 kept wiggling off the pallet...I don't think she wants to leave The Old North State.

Don't know what this treated 1 x 6 between the frame rails is holding up...

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953 nut
13 hours ago, Horse Newbie said:

removed the battery(battery may hold a charge)... not !

A bit of JB Weld and it will be good as new!               :ychain:

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953 nut
13 hours ago, Horse Newbie said:

Trying to slide the pallet under the 953... for a tractor with only 2 wheels, she sure does roll easy !

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:confusion-scratchheadyellow:     Have you considered pulling the pivot pin on the front axle so it would lay flat on the pallet?

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1 hour ago, 953 nut said:

:confusion-scratchheadyellow:     Have you considered pulling the pivot pin on the front axle so it would lay flat on the pallet?

I've actually scratched my head a bit...but I believe I'll end up stacking the 2 rear tires underneath the back of the frame where trans. would be and sitting the tractor on that.

Strapping the front axle down with plumbers strap, building a small wooden box for the small loose parts, and screwing it to the pallet, and may end up nylon strapping some of the bigger misc. parts...

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pullstart

Will the pallet have top boards too, for the forks to slid into?

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pullstart

I never fixed the audio, but I shipped a WheelHorse to Stefan in Bavaria last year.  Maybe this will help with crating ideas?

 

  

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10 minutes ago, pullstart said:

Will the pallet have top boards too, for the forks to slid into?

Yes sir it will...had rain here for the last 3 days so I have not been able to work on it.

I have it on the pallet technically, but I found out from the new owner that Fastenal has a strict "3 strikes you're out" policy against any shipping requirement violations...one of which is the pallet cannot exceed 6 ft long. The front tires hung over 3 inches so I'm going to have to remove the front tires and set the spindles in 2 x 4 cradles. But like I said...been raining here for 3 days.

I will put up some pics when I get back on it.

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oliver2-44

@Horse Newbie I just found this thread an can’t thank you enough for all your doing.  You are a shiny example of the type of people that make RedSquare the wonderful forum it is. 

 

Ive shipped with Fastenal a couple of times but never got near the 6 ft limit, so that was a lesson for me. When I checked with Fastenal the rep said it has to do with the type of carrier that they are licensed as.   

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6 minutes ago, oliver2-44 said:

@Horse Newbie I just found this thread an can’t thank you enough for all your doing.  You are a shiny example of the type of people that make RedSquare the wonderful forum it is. 

 

Ive shipped with Fastenal a couple of times but never got near the 6 ft limit, so that was a lesson for me. When I checked with Fastenal the rep said it has to do with the type of carrier that they are licensed as.   

No problem Jim...I'm glad to be of service.

I just hate that it's being done during the season of rain and short days, or it may possibly be on it's way already.

I will definitely keep you informed of the progress through PM on here, text, or phone.

Or you can catch up on any forward progress on this thread.

We are slated for more rain, and my shop wont fit the trailer right now so I have to work on getting it ready to ship outside.

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953 nut
On 2/8/2021 at 10:17 AM, Horse Newbie said:

Strapping the front axle down with plumbers strap, building a small wooden box for the small loose parts, and screwing it to the pallet, and may end up nylon strapping some of the bigger misc. parts

Go to Tractor Supply and pick up a roll of 9 gauge wire. This stuff is stronger than either one and not very expensive.

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13 hours ago, 953 nut said:

Thanks @953 nut , may already have some of that wire, or something just like it.

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pullstart

:eusa-clap:  well done @Horse Newbie!

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