Well, since I have everything broken down as far as I want to go (I think), I thought I'd start a thread that shows where I'm at, what I've discovered, and what I'm replacing as I put it all back together.
Some may remember my initial thread, where I was given this tractor to me by my sister and brother-in-law. It came to me in a complete, but tired condition. It's a 1986 Case/Ingersoll (I call it that because of all the "twin-badging" on it). It was free, with the only condition that I "fix it up". Who could pass up that deal?
My initial plans were merely to do initial checks, see what seemed to be the "big" problems, fix those, change fluids, do a tune-up/routine maintenance, then try it out. After all, I was told the engine ran good and it had been used for mowing within the last couple of years. Only other problems were that it would not charge (might need a new battery) and the PTO would not engage to drive the deck.
So, I started small, bought a new battery and discovered that it wasn't the battery after all. Both the charging circuit and starter were not working correctly. Well, you all know the rest of the story as I'm sure it's an all too familiar, but one issue leads to another, and another, and another...
Before I knew it, my "just fix what's broke" approach turned into a full blown teardown! I believe Castoff mentioned this early on as the only way to know what you have, but I hoped I wouldn't have to go there. Believe me, in retrospect, if you receive something you're not sure about, that's the only way (at least for me)!! I discovered so many issues that would have only cropped up later after I had everything together.
What I started with (Point A) -
Where I've stopped (Point B) (I had just painted it) -
This is what I've discovered (so far) in getting from "Point A to B" -
• Missing motor mount
• Leaking lift cylinder
• High pressure hydraulic lines were rotten and leaking (outer casing literally crumbled in your hands)
• Small cuts in the low pressure (return) hydraulic lines, big leaks
• Loose oil filter adapter bolts
• Warped breather/valve cover
• Leaking/hardened/cracked valve cover gaskets
• Defective Starter
• Muffler outer cover wrap rusted to the point of crumbling
• Heat shield under muffler on heat exchanger support rusted away
• Incorrectly assembled PTO clutch, with damaged components
• Missing deck tension spring
• Front axle was bent
• Bent drag link
• Failed PTO safety switch (broken internal spring)
• Improperly grounded rectifier
• Missing hood release
• Worn out steering components
• Steering sector teeth profile destroyed due to worn out upper and lower steering shaft bushings, allowing the steering shaft to drop and improperly mesh with the sector
• Ball joints worn out on the tie rod and one end of the drag link
• Spliced/disconnected wiring
• And, of course, bent sheet metal, fender "droop", rust, bad paint, trashed dash decals, etc, etc
DR-Glad I found your post. :trink39:Beautiful job you are doing. I just bought a 1986 Ingersoll 446 last spring. My tractor has the Cat. 0 three point, selector valve (nice feature) and holding valve (another nice feature). Mine definitely had some use. But it did have a replacement 18hp Linamar installed. I see a bunch of similar problems reading your post. My tractor is a leaky mess-but the oil/grease seemed to protect the lower portion. Still cleaning it here and there. Hood latch is shot. The first thing I did was some rewiring-it was real messy in there and also had splices. My dash is different than yours, I have rocker for the lights above the ignition which I replaced. The bad ignition switch was affecting engine performance. I have a Case emblem on the hood.I am in the process of painting the hood and wheel wells/fenders. I am also touching up on the frame and footrests. Got some rust here and there. A bad spot was where a cab attached to the fender. This caused deep rust/pitting. I don't have time for an full off the frame restoration at this time which would be best way to go as you are doing very well. Once I am done with the painting I am going to go through the hydraulics and replace lines. etc. If there is anything you want to ask about my tractor down the road that may help you don't hesitate to offline me. Best of luck on what is already a great restoration!:thThumbsU AC/Case Guy