X748 Frame Swap
So let me start off with a little back story first.
I was slightly looking for a X748 if the right deal came along. I found a 07 model in Missouri that needed a K92 trans-axle. I emailed the seller and he explained that he bought it at a farming equipment auction about 4 years ago and it developed a grinding noise that would happen when going up the slightest incline, and even when going in reverse. I called the P.O. on the phone and he explained to me that it developed that grind last fall some time and that he hadn't used it much if at all since. I gave the whole thing some time, did what I thought was my homework on the K92's and was fully prepared to either rebuild it or replace it should I buy it. I gave it a few more days and the P.O. and myself agreed on a date and time and price and I set out on a drive to Missouri from Michigan. (about 7 hours 1 way)
I arrived and he had the tractor outside his garage waiting under a large over hang. The first thing I noticed was the amount of dirt and oil under the tractor. It was covered. Anything you touched it was either oil or dirt. I chalked it up to the trans-axle having a leak somewhere and it had eventually lead to the "grinding". I checked the fluid level, color, and smell and all seemed ok. I drove it around his property and it never seemed to loose power while "grinding" but I couldn't put my finger on exactly what the sound was. The tractor then ended up on my trailer and I set off on the trek home. I got home the next day after an over night stay in Springfield, IL.
Today I removed the fender pan, foot rest, hood, fuel tank and began de-greasing and power washing everything. It was filthy. It reeked of manure, dirt, grease and oil. Once I got the first round of power washing done I noticed a very large crack in the frame on the right side. Large enough to where the "ear" of the frame was broken off free of the frame. The left side of the frame was just as much of a shock/ disappointment as the other. There were 2 more large cracks on the left "ear" and what I would call a very poor half a$$ fix on the frame.
The hydraulic cylinder bracket had cracked (from lord knows what) and someone welded washers on the frame in a poor attempt at fixing it. I could of thrown up, I was sick to my stomach. Well after a few moments of silence, a few choice words, a few deep breaths, and a quick eBay search I found a X700 frame. The seller and I agreed on a price, and he is shipping a frame out to me from Minnesota. The price of the frame is cheaper than any fix would of been to the trans-axle. Even a replacement trans-axle I was looking at almost 800 to a thousand dollars.
So next week/ weekend I am going to start the frame swap. It is a bare frame, but does include the break pedal, diff lock linkage, and forward and reverse linkages. The rest I will have to swap over to the new frame. I will take plenty of pictures along the way and try to document and explain as much as I can.
This afternoon I took the trans-axle out from under the old frame and finished power washing everything off. Tomorrow I am going to drain the coolant, and pull the motor.
07 John Deere X748
Cat. 1 Limited 3pt. hitch
540 Rear PTO
03 John Deere X585
54c Deck w/14 bushel bagger
51 Rotary Broom
54 Push Box
John Deere 10p Cart
Land Pride CAO556 Aerator
John Deere x475
47 quick hitch blower
02 John Deere x585 rescue project.