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This is where the project stalled out on me....... My wiring harness had not arrived. 3 weeks passed. Several nervous phone calls and e-mails were exchanged. Finally, on Friday June 9th the harness arrived next day air. I needed to be at the fairgrounds on Sunday morning to help prepare for the Roundup. Another all night session of wiring commenced. At 4 am, I attempted to start the 656. No electricity to the solenoid on the carburator. Spent the remainder of the day trying to find the problem. Finally had to accept the reality that this old girl was not going to make it to the Roundup.  😭

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This is how the 656 looked the Sunday morning I left for Des Moines to help my Chapter 5 buddies prepare the grounds for everyone to attend the Roundup. I spoke with Todd Roberts and he gave me some advice on what may be wrong. Despite spending 9 hours hauling tractors and camper home from the show, I went out and found the issue with the wiring. Had the 656 running in no time. The light green wire and terminal in the regulator harness were not inserted completely into the connector. So, I had no power to the solenoid on the carburetor.  I plan to finish assembly soon, but I had grass to mow and a garden to weed this week.

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Where do you guys find all these gaspots? Everything around here is diesel!

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Looks nice Aaron.  Should be good for several more decades of service. 

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18 hours ago, R Pope said:

Where do you guys find all these gaspots? Everything around here is diesel!

She looks nice!

 

Around here and SE Pa where I grew up it was the other way around, diesels were the minority. Must have been a holdover from the letter and number series. 560's and 656's being the most common and almost all gassers.

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This project stalled out on me after missing the Roundup. Spent all summer catching up with other projects.  Finally reassembled the seat suspension and mounted the seat. Bolted the deck on and adjusted the brakes.  The steering hand pump I rebuilt was leaking. After a second attempt it finally sealed.  Started bolting on sheet metal. Hood hole for exhaust was in the wrong place.  I painted a diesel hood instead of a gas hood, oooops!

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Finished assembly for this winter.  Will paint the hood next spring.

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One happy tractor enthusiast after the last bolt went in!

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Tractor looks good Aaron B)

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Wow, nice!!:D

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42 minutes ago, DT Fan said:

Aaron, do you by chance work at Colfax Tractor Parts?

Yes,  I do. Almost 6 years now.

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6 hours ago, DT Fan said:

Aaron, do you by chance work at Colfax Tractor Parts?

 

5 hours ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

Yes,  I do. Almost 6 years now.

So I got to ask if it's like the Johnny Cash song one piece at a time are you bringing all these tractors home in your lunch box ;)

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Thought you looked like the guy I talked to a couple of weeks ago when getting combine parts.

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14 hours ago, bitty said:

 

So I got to ask if it's like the Johnny Cash song one piece at a time are you bringing all these tractors home in your lunch box ;)

Bitty, working here is like a kid in a candy store for me.  So much temptation!  I hate to think how much money I have spent on tractors and parts in the last 6 years! 😲

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28 minutes ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

Bitty, working here is like a kid in a candy store for me.  So much temptation!  I hate to think how much money I have spent on tractors and parts in the last 6 years! 😲

I can understand that. 

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2 hours ago, nepoweshiekfarmalls said:

Bitty, working here is like a kid in a candy store for me.  So much temptation!  I hate to think how much money I have spent on tractors and parts in the last 6 years! 😲

So do you get a pay-check at the end of the week or a bill?

It would be a hard place for me to work too.

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On 11/10/2017 at 1:47 PM, DT Fan said:

So do you get a pay-check at the end of the week or a bill?

It would be a hard place for me to work too.

I know a guy who had worked weekends at Cabela's. He quit for this same reason. He spent more than he made :)

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Very nice 656 restoration. I also own a Farmall 656 gas gear drive and of all the IH tractors I have driven over the years it is one of my favorites. Mine is called "Old reliable" as it will start unassisted in any weather. The 686 also is a favorite but it is a diesel and is noisier. Sooner or later I will get mine painted like yours. This year I replaced the clutch and maybe next year I will get the engine overhauled. But it is one step at a time. 

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very nice tractor Aaron, the rear hubs are a big improvement. I have a 656 diesel that starts good :)

 I know its against policy but theres an IH Wind breaker on Ebay someone should buy ! I already got one

https://www.ebay.com/itm/International-Harvester-Windbreaker-Tractor-Heat-Houser-Vintage-REDUCED/122798889154?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228%26meid%3D976de0348310426f868c606e9700a834%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D122798889154&_trksid=p2060778.c100290.m3507

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20 minutes ago, hillman said:

very nice tractor Aaron, the rear hubs are a big improvement. I have a 656 diesel that starts good :)

 I know its against policy but theres an IH Wind breaker on Ebay someone should buy ! I already got one

https://www.ebay.com/itm/International-Harvester-Windbreaker-Tractor-Heat-Houser-Vintage-REDUCED/122798889154?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228%26meid%3D976de0348310426f868c606e9700a834%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D122798889154&_trksid=p2060778.c100290.m3507

Only an hour from me and I just bought it.  Thanks for the link.

jerry

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