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Well, Thought that I'd better bring some people up to date on this project. That is if any of them are still alive!

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Got a call to come pick this thing up between Christmas and New years. I guess my two calls a week to them finally payed off!

It has been gone SOOO long, that I had to get re-aquainted with it. The machinest and I figured it had been there slightly over 2 years.

I probably better start from the beginning:

Before I retired, I picked this up.

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The owner wanted to start it (reason for pickup nose) but engine was stuck (price went down) Pulled trans/rear fill cover. Ring and pinion looked great. (all I could see)

pulled rear end plug. (water came out, price came down more, I did tell him that all IH's had some water) (there was also ice in rear end...) This was a day or two after Thanksgiving in southwest Idaho.

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My brother helped pick it up early the next spring.

Before moving anything, I pored a quart of ATF down the muffler to see if anything would happen:

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And after he pressure washed for 2 1/2 hours, we found a tractor underneath.

The trip home was followed by inspection and start of teardown.

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I knew that If I didn't have a good head, that the game was pretty much over for bringing this one back. So head was priority-one!!

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I found various "items" as the teardown progressed:

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That Apalousa look is from JB Weld and this is what the other side looked like:

Well the computer has come down to snails pace, happens about this time of day. cannot get next pic. hopefully save this post.

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Got the head off and started six to eight months of pentrating oil theropy!

While the head was taking the cure, the rest lived in this:

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After the allotted time limit with my patience I started the heat/cool meathod, them the heat/cool/penetrating oil/repeat!!!!

and ended with this:

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At which time I was ready to send the head in to be checked, but had ruined my precups. To my suprise the head came back OK and rebuilt.

I found three precups down in the valley, and IH Scout finished it out with the fourth. By the way IH I still owe you on that!

Next is to check the crank. Being in the tent worked well except that water had run through it and froze. Rather hard to keep your mind on inspecting, and plastigage when there is only cardboard between you and ice. Crank was standard and acctully the bearings were within tolerance. But it looked like who ever put them in did it out in the field. Quite a bit of stuff embedded in them.

The shop got rearranged and the 400 went in.

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When ever I look at buying any thing, there is usually a list of questions asked. For a IH of this vintage they are like: How is the TA, how much oil did it burn, how hard was it to start, anything problems that you can remember? I talked to the husband when I bought it, didn't realize that SHE was the one that ran it. All that he could think of was that it would get into two gears at once, and that the wiring was in bad shape. He just wanted it gone.

When we went back to pick it up, we talked to the wife. She was a little upset that her husband had sold it as cheap as he did. The same questions: The TA was ok, gets stuck in two gears, the pto lever had to be held all of the time to keep the baler going (out of adjustment), the brakes weren't the best in the world, but were ok.

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I pulled the brakes down..... it had the old riveted linings with no rivet heads left. Of the four ware surfaces, I could only save the inner one. Shopping for used parts! Resurfaced new/used parts and drum to bring back into tolerance.

I had taken the belt pulley drive off to get it out of the way, when I did, I checked the shift forks... 1/2 to 3/4 inch vertical play... OH OH!

It was time to take the top off.

That is when I found this!

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If you look carefully the tooth just about to enter the bull pinion cage has been welded back on to the bull gear. Also the pinion cage has been welded both top and bottom.

The bottom had already rebroke. The spider housing had had one side replaced, and the "ring and pinion looked new". well time to drain and pull the axel, bull gear, bull pinion and cage. That's when I found this!

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If that had been gold, I would have been pretty well off! I will never do the oil check again right after freezing weather!

I pulled the pto to get better access to clean this stuff out.

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This is the pto that needed some adjustment.

After I don't know how many rags and gallons of kero. I think things are starting to show what went on.

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This would have been a sudden stop! Also where most of the "gold" came from. But notice the ware on the side wall of the case. That is from an outside bearing going out at another time. That also would explain this:

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Both out board bearings had been lost at one time (or more) and chewed up the seal areas.

At this time I am thinking: MONEY PIT!!!!!!

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G G thanks for photos you will love this tractor when it is complete how many hours does it have on clock .

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W400, This one did not have a tach. Did have an hour meter scabbed on but have not made out the reading. After getting into it this far, I am thinking that it is high hours.

I figured that this should have been the one that I "walked on by"..... But of course I didn't!

As I looked around her I found quite a few battle scars!

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When I looked at it the first time, I noticed that the head lights were mounted on flat bars about 14 to 16 inches above the hood. Thought--- loader?

Now that the top was off, I checked first and revers...... Yep, well worn!

Since these things did not happen at the same time, some one had to be fixing her and putting her back on the front line. I got to thinking that this tractor is "one tough old bird"!

I started thinking, this thing is like someone I used to be around. Never give up, keep putting one foot ahead of the other!!!!

I made up my mind that I could not put a lot of money into her, but this "ol bird" was going to put one foot ahead of the other one more time!

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I got the rear axels back in with new/used bearings and new seals. And got the wheels back on for safety.

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pulled front off.

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resurface to flywheel should do.

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That is a gonner.

"TA is ok"

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Don't think she knew what the TA was! Learned to be MOORE specific about asking!

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The TA was toast!

When pulling TA, noticed that the constant mesh gear in the trans had a couple of bad teeth. One looked like a human tooth that had lost its crown! Found the crown in the oil channel just ready to drop into the TA, only one more bounce! Well trans. has to come apart to fix that gear. Pulled the cover to the lower shaft and out came what was left of the retaining bolts. Some one had not locked them in.

Well had to start looking for used parts. Found a guy north of Spokane that was changing this 400 farmall from diesel to gas. Had two parts tractors, made two different buys there. Great guy!

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Found this down in the valley. And no they are not for sale!

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I did mention that right after the head came off, I was doing something where I had to move the fan. Low and behold, the crank moved a little... A few minutes of back and forth, the engine was free and the bores looked pretty good. Hone job and new rings-right...wrong!

When I got around to pulling the engine down I found that the lower oil ring (264's have one below the piston pin) had put a real nice ridge in the bottom of the sleeves.

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It's hard to see, but just beyond the glint.

At this point, the 2K for new pistons and sleeves was out of the question. In comes the possibility of finding used 281 pistons and boring the sleeves. My machinest had had done this on his TD6, just takes time. He said! Found the pistons at a reasonable price, he checked them out, and off the engine block went two years ago!

Remember that pto that needed adjustment? Opened it up and........well all I reused was the case, and that was because the doner was out of a 300 and the spacer did not want to come off. The side springs had gone through the gears, their needle bearings were in two to three pieces each, the drums had grooves in them, input shaft was shot, and the output shaft was shot. Got adjusted to the dead parts pile!

When I was in the trans., I went ahead and replaced first and revers, replaced bearings, bushings and seals. And cleaned, and cleaned some more.

In two years the shop and project gets to be quite a mess. Other things had to be fixed.

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The 350UD Had an electrical fire under the dash. Had to replace seals in steering, all electrical close. Ended up splitting it in the barn for new clutch disk while I was in that far.

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"OLD RED" Had to get his wide front and power steering fixed out in front of the shop.

"HITCH HIKER" lost the front pump seal, and the was shot. At least I could get to the lathe.

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But he is till in the field.

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Got his pump back on, just need to get back up there when not froze, or slimmy. Don't want to pack tools/hydraulic oil 1/4 mile.

Back to the engine. To much busness, this was on back burner. When they finally got a window, the boring bar bits needed reground every inch. HARD STUFF. (Window closed). Diamond bit was acquired, still no go. I saw the diamond bit, the holder was all blue and purple... (Window closed again) Finally he figured that they would use the bigger boring bar that could use ceramic bits..... But the travel was 1/2 inch too short! OK, would finish off with diamond bit in portable bar. A plan!

I happened to stop by the day that they started with the ceramic bits (to do some pushing) He could get only two passes before he lost a tip. Said that to get the bore out to where it needed to go, he had to make 12 passes per hole. That's 12 times 4 holes divided by three tips per triangular bit equills.....$230 some in bits that I bought.

When he started to finish the 1/2 it didn't work. So put the block back on the bigger bar upside down and finished. The big bar operator said please don't bring another one in!!!!!

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getting reacquainted cleaning out all threaded holes and getting ready for IT!

Here come the CRANK, here come the CRANK OH what a GLORIOUS SIGHT!!!!!!!

So much time had elapsed that I changed my mind about the bearings, so CRANKY got to lay down on brand spanking new ones!!!

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W400, This one did not have a tach. Did have an hour meter scabbed on but have not made out the reading. After getting into it this far, I am thinking that it is high hours.

I figured that this should have been the one that I "walked on by"..... But of course I didn't!

As I looked around her I found quite a few battle scars!

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When I looked at it the first time, I noticed that the head lights were mounted on flat bars about 14 to 16 inches above the hood. Thought--- loader?

Now that the top was off, I checked first and revers...... Yep, well worn!

Since these things did not happen at the same time, some one had to be fixing her and putting her back on the front line. I got to thinking that this tractor is "one tough old bird"!

I started thinking, this thing is like someone I used to be around. Never give up, keep putting one foot ahead of the other!!!!

I made up my mind that I could not put a lot of money into her, but this "ol bird" was going to put one foot ahead of the other one more time!

The left hand picture must be a weak point my W400 was cracked on both sides at this point welded and straped back on shop did them tidy

my one has TA delete from factory the seal had been gone for so long the seal spring wore a grove into shaft had to be rebuilt.

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Nice write up. You may have a new tractor by the time you are done. :) I sure like the looks of that one. We don't see too many W tractors around here.

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Thanks W400, I'll watch that area. I had thought that it was just because this tractor had had a backhoe in it at one time.

Thanks sledgehammer, it has some kind of curb appeal!

Turned the block 180 and put in pistons, and turned another 90 so I could get some good toque on all the caps, then wired the mains and locked the rods.

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After two years fasteners have moved to various places! (some that I did not think that they could survive in!)

I found all nine special nuts and locks for the back plate. By using the parts manual, I could pretty much figure what I needed to find. It is open most of the time.

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This picture looks a lot like one taken about 2 1/2 years before, but this time everything is clean.

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found the tappet cover bolts! I know these are right because of the copper washers. (hay, I'm getting a little smarter!)

When you have over 2 years to clean, rebuild, paint things, they go on pretty fast.

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I should add: and plenty of time to loose things! Could not find the hydraulic pump that I was planning on using, so cleaned the inside of the old one to put on as a "place keeper for the timing, also did that with an old injector pump.

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Got the clutch disc lined up...OPS! I could have sworn the shaft came out this way!

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This was about the most backlog of fasteners that I have been able to keep ready.

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That looks better! Also found the right bolts for the bell housing!

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LOOK MA!! No splitting stand!

I pushed this back together by myself, and was it hard to get started. That was before the two haves met. Those old diamond side wall Goodyears had taken a set!

I had put the front tower on to give the tractor some highth, not smart for getting that head on!

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Head in place. That thing is heavy. cannot get the cherry picker around the tractor, but could just reach past the back of the tub. The head was another eight feet further on a storage table, a new use for the roll around stool! Worked great except for being a little wabbaly!

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Well got side tracked for a while. First micosoft barrowed my computer for updating. That wiped out two days, then I lost my train of thought! I hate that!!!!

We have had a few good days here, so I pruned the wild prune trees, picked the last rows of Hopee Blue corn for seed, and brush hogged the stalks down.

Now it is nasty again, So here I am.

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A few attachments on.

Been going through my two rooms of cleaned, rebuilt, and painted parts.

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In one room I found the aircleaner on the right. I had been working on it just a few months ago, then in the other room tucked away in the bottom of a pile of boxes I found the one on the left. I know with one to use because it says so right there on the box, but why did I do the other one??????

I put the rear tires on in a hurry so that I could pull the engine years ago, and hadn't realized that I had missed something!

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