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post #76 of 88 Old 04-17-2019, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 1054 rework project

I decided to take advantage of not having rain today and cleaned up the underside of the hood and sprayed a coat of rust reformer on it just because. In hopes to get topside sanded along with the fender pan and re primed tomorrow if the rain holds off again. The steering wheel project can be something for rainy days. I figured that I also ought to get the PTO assembly cleaned up and some paint on it too. Mechanically it is good as-is. I remember taking it apart and replacing a bearing and seal when I first got the tractor running 3 winters ago. Took note of the lack of paint on the back of the mounting flange and under the brackets that mount the belt guide/guard. Also the paint was rather thin on the topside as evidenced by the surface rust that has formed. These assemblies obviously were installed before the tractors were painted. The original V-belts must have had a bit of paint on them too, no way to avoid it. I noticed that this tractors PTO has the nylon bearing guard on the front end of the shaft. My 1050 and 1220 didn't have one. Must have been an upgrade at some point.
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Re: 1054 rework project

Got the hood and fender sanded out and put 2 more coats of primer on each. I suspect that the way the weather report looks they might sit a few days till the rain goes away. Not in a big hurry on that and will also give the primer plenty of time to cure out. Also got the PTO assembly de-greased, wire brushed, sanded and primed. I thought that that was the last piece that needed prepped for paint and then remembered the two headlight retainers hadn't been sanded yet. It looks like with all the rain that is forecast I will have plenty of time to get the steering wheel finished.
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Re: 1054 rework project

Between the rain storms today I managed to get the color sprayed on the fender and hood. Same as before I was having issues with the spray bombs. I suspect they might have sat in storage a while before I bought them. Seems to be a bit of difference in shade between some of them. Had one that kept spitting and sputtering for the first half of the can even though I shook it as well as the others. Glad it was one I used on the underside so not as noticeable as if it had been on the topside. I managed to get my way through it and overall the paint turned out decent enough for a GT. I don't believe I will attempt to spray can another tractor. Would be much happier mixing paint with reducer and using a spray gun. Possibly use spray cans for parts detail work.
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Re: 1054 rework project

Still working on the steering wheel. Sanding and filling in low spots with the epoxy. I now have the red stripe and the grille painted on the hood. Bolted the hood on today and everything still lines up good. Happy to see that! The sun was getting low and the shadows getting long but I managed to get some pics of today's progress. Its slowly looking like a tractor again. Starts and runs, I let it idle out of the garage and back in, low range. Still can't figure out where i laid the red plastic grip that goes on the PTO lever. Its there some place, I'll find it some day.
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Re: 1054 rework project

She's looking good David. And you probably know already, that if buy a new plastic grip, the old one will show up right away. At least that's how it works with my tools...lol.

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Re: 1054 rework project

Thanks for the compliment! Yes,isn't that the truth! I know a lot of places that the grip isn't hiding. Not too worried yet. In about a month the garage is going to be cleaned out,up so we can do a rummage sale. I also want to clean and paint the floor. Pretty sure during that during all cleaning and moving that it will show itself.
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Last items that I could find in the garage to clean,prime and paint. As far as I know the only thing left would be the rear wheels that I swapped onto the 1220 early last winter. Ought to get that done too I suppose. I really like these twist-loc pads for sanding, cleaning. They do a nice job.
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I got tired of sanding on the steering wheel and decided it was good enough for an old GT. Not perfect but way better than it was. Gave it 3 coats of hammered finish black and thought it looked OK. Picture was taken about 10 minutes after the last coat. I'll see how it looks tomorrow after the paint is dry.
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Re: 1054 rework project

Haven't had much tinker time the past few days. I thought the steering wheel looked alright and installed it using a dab of never-seize in case I ever want to remove it again. Also mounted the fender pan and seat. Its almost looking like a complete tractor again. I stuck the headlights and their wire harness back on and did some testing with a digital meter to see how the charging system was performing. Had a bit of fussing with the jumper wires as the meter acted a bit erratic at first. I have never had had any issues with a dead or low battery, just always showed a slight discharge on the ammeter when the headlights were on. I have always suspected that this motors charging system had just enough capacity to operate the Cubs electric pto clutch and keep the battery charged. It didn't have sealed-beam headlamps like this tractor. I seem to remember 2 small bulbs that were in twist lock sockets that served as the headlights. Testing the B&S regulator first, at full throttle I found 23.8 VAC form the stator and 13.66 VDC coming off the regulator with 13.26 at the battery, showing a positive charge rate on the ammeter. This was with the lights off, when I switched them on I had about the same rate of negative discharge with the battery voltage dropping to about 12.3. Using jumper wires I hooked up the regulator that was originally on my 1220 with the Tecumseh motor. Taking into consideration that I was using 14 gauge wires about 3' long with alligator clips to make the connections. I observed readings at the battery of 13.3 with a small rate of charge, lights off, and with the lights on I saw 12.77 with the ammeter needle sitting at dead center or about zero. Just for another reference I borrowed the Kohler regulator from the 1050 and tried that too. I saw 13.72 VDC at the battery,lights off and 12.52 VDC with them on and ammeter again showing a slight discharge. Not sure if a fresh B&S regulator would help or if just switching to LED headlamps that don't draw as much current would be the solution. Or just don't use the headlights! The only time I can think of that I might need them would be blowing snow after dark. And a side note, the Kohler and Onan motors on my other tube tractors both came form similar model Cubs with electric clutches etc. and both of them will keep up with the headlights just fine. Maybe I need a different stator and flywheel designed for a higher rate of output?
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Re: 1054 rework project

Haven't been able to find much tinker time lately for tractors. I did swap out the stator and got an improvement in the charging rate. Now have aprox. 14 VDC at the battery. I have a new regulator on order and hopefully that will give just a bit more. Would like to see about 14.5 or so. Will know more about that later in the week. Been moving things around in the barn and had a good opportunity to drag out the mid mount grader blade. Got that installed as sometime in the not too distant future I will be doing some driveway maintenance. Hopefully this setup will be helpful with the spreading and grading. Might have to bolt on some wheel weights, not sure, never used one of these grader blades before. Supposed to have a truckload of crushed bank-run delivered soon and then the project can start.
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I received and installed a new regulator. Had hopes that it would show me an increase in the DC voltage at the battery. Didn't seem to make much difference, possibly a slight increase. I tried another battery just for grins and saw almost the same readings. I guess that about 14 volts is the best that this system as is will produce. It does seems to stay ahead of the lights now, as in no discharge displayed on the Amp gauge with the lights on. I am going to run it as is and see how things go. I believe the next step would be to find a flywheel with the larger magnets if I need more juice. Ran the tractor for about an hour grading the driveway and everything seems fine so far.
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Re: 1054 rework project

NOW THAT...is looking real nice! I'm digging that mid mount blade. Great job David.

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