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Old 09-04-2020, 10:43 PM
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Thanks Dutch, I remember your tractor.
I use my A/O outfit lots for the dangdest things. Yes, we need a torch or we can't go on.
Anyhow, I had a town day after two weeks, so there's little progress. The guages are in and the oil line is hooked up. The throttle linkage is hooked up and functional. But when I grabbed the exhaust pipe and muffler I got frustrated, because the bends were a few degrees out everywhere, so it wouldn't fit. I have a Princess Auto pipe bender that I should be shot for buying, but I had learned a few tricks so I should be able to bend some mandrel bends a little bit more, right. --- Wrong. This machine kinks exhaust tubing in three places even in a one or two degree bend, if you don't do some of my tricks. I forgot the tricks and had to learn them over. Too late smart.
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Old 09-05-2020, 10:36 PM
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A little more happened today. The exhaust is all on there and tightened up. All of the steering is mounted and functional.
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Old 09-06-2020, 05:08 AM
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Looking good MM, you should be ready for a test drive about first snow.
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Old 09-06-2020, 10:57 PM
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Thank you Dozer. You may think of me as a flaming optimist, because I'm hoping for a little time before that first snow.
There was quite a bit of taking things back off, today, so I could put something on that was hidden behind something else.
I finally got the battery in and clamped down, both cables installed, and the cable from the safety switch to the starter in place.
Some previous owner cut a chunk out of the fan shroud and that weakened it so it started cracking up. I welded it up and added a new piece so now I'm doing some body work.
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Old 09-07-2020, 11:07 PM
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Here's a picture of the new battery and cables mounted. The battery hold down rod and the ground strap could not be installed with the air cleaner in there. The aircleaner couldn't be removed without taking off the air intake pipe to the carb. The air intake pipe and can't be taken off without taking off the carb, ---- or swearing a lot and prying freshly painted things around.
The second picture is the fan shroud in its second coat of high build primer.
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Old 09-15-2020, 11:33 PM
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Life keeps happening to me, but I finally got back to the Ferguson. Here's the rad and shroud on and clamped in.
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Old 09-21-2020, 10:26 PM
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The gas tank is now sand blasted. There are holes showing in the bottom so I have to do some patching.
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Old 10-04-2020, 09:46 PM
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I've cleaned the inside of the gas tank out, dried it aggressively, poured 'Bill Hirsch' sealant in, sloshed around, let that dry for a long time, and then painted the outside.
This tank looked good on the outside and between the baffles on the inside, so I thought it was worth fixing. It may not have been. I may have learned a valuable lesson. [Don't be cheap].
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Old 10-19-2020, 12:08 AM
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Today I think I finished up mounting the gas tank and plumbing from the sediment bowl to the carb. The hood is now on there but the hinge bolts are not co-operating. I have to make a shoulder on one of them and the other one just won't start in its captured nut.
Also the pictures in my camera card are stuck in there and the computer can't get them out.
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Old 10-19-2020, 07:41 AM
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Take a deep breath and relax, OM OM OM or if you're an electrician ohm ohm ohm
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