I Love All Color Tractors
You do some really nice work JRD. Thank you for taking the time to keep us up to date on what you are doing. It looks great!
As it is post 1955, might as well go with the plastic handlebar grips. Save the wood ones for a pre-55 unit. And in red, not black or white.While rooting around in my stash of spare parts, I found a pair of handles with wooden ends. They're a bit dried out, but look like they're servicable. Given the nature of this project, I think they'll be a good addition. I also have some white and black plastic handle ends. What do y'all think? Wood or plastic?
With red handlebar grips you use black control grips. Looking good!:thThumbsUMan, I gotta retire or something so I'll have time to finish all these projects.
Couldn't find any red transmission control handle ends, guess I'll just use the black ones that came off it. Oddly, the handlebar handles are red.
Machined up a new pivot for the governor linkage. Put the tires on the wheels. Put the tank on. Went to put the kill switch together, discovered that my replacement switch doesn't fit. Not sure what to do about that yet. Forgot to bring the dog gear and trunnion block back to the shop, so couldn't put the PTO together.
I keep saying I'm gonna run out of little fiddly bits on this thing, but it hasn't happened yet.
BTW one of my QE inspectors discovered the fuel line is chafing against the cylinder baffle. I fiddled with both, but both appear to be correctly installed. I know there was never a lot of clearance in there, but this seems like something wrong. Unless somebody has a better idea I'll probably bend the line a bit to try to move it, or just put something in there to prevent wear.
Or at NAPA in the Belden wiring section. Same grommet as used for the spark plug wire holder.JRD,
You can find a grommet to fit it at Lowes-in the section where they have all the specialty hardware in those pull out bins/ drawers- that's where I got my replacement one.
I never get sick of seeing or hearing about other people's projects. Anybody can buy a new tractor but it takes skills many are lacking in today's society to rebuild an older unit.Mounted the transmission controls. Spend 45 minutes rooting around in my stash of parts, finally found the solenoid and stuck it on. Made a bracket to hold the starter switch. Discovered I had the wrong size lugs, so couldn't make up the wiring, sigh. Went to mount the throttle and couldn't find it. I swear I sandblasted it and painted it and put it aside months ago, but I must have put it somewhere safe, because I couldn't find it today. Grumble. Replaced most of the axle housing bolts with shiny new ones.
I dunno whether you guys are as sick of hearing about this thing being almost done as I am. Gonna try to find time tomorrow and tuesday to knock down the rest of the stupid issues. We'll see how that works...