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  1. td-18,

    Just awesome! I am in same stages on my orange project tractor. I seen the corks which are correct in these I believe because my TD6 still has them in there. But as I refub some projects it would be nice to have a couple dozen corks of various sizes to plug holes for painting! Not sure how expensive corks are now days. Maybe hobby stores or on line??

    Anyway your under carriage is going to look great and function as new! That would be real nice to not have to worry about running a track off and having all the adjustments and things working as they should! But then there almost too nice to go out and do work!:!



  2. Duey, Folks

    Thanks! I dont think the finance manager will allow a full TD6 restoration! These rubber tired beasts are a huge drain on the wallet. The tracked machines want all the money and then some more! I try to make some little improvements to the old TD6 occasionally but it is VERY worn from years of hard work in gravel pits loading my Uncle Jack's dump trucks. I would like to get some pictures of his outfit back in the day. I may try to contact my Aunt and see if there are any pictures. 

    Sorry its off color, but I have a orange problem! Current status: I was even looking at old small blue tractors yesterday! What is wrong with me?:)





  3. North, Folks,

    Maple season was good for our little operation. Made 180+ gallons of syrup. I currently have the evaporator completely torn apart for the 20 year rebuild!:) New insulation, fire brick some stainless for a custom stack base, and new base stack. Another project for this summer/ fall.



  4. Folks,

     Haven't been on in a while. And I have not done a spring start up of the TD6! Currently working on a off color Persion orange tractor and its taking all my spare time and money. So the TD6 waits as usual. I don't have any small jobs lined up for it yet but I have thought about building a garage so It might get some work to do around there if I get off my duff!

    I have that rear light that needs installed when i do get it un-tarped!

    Hope things are good in RED land! Always makes me smile when I do get the old IH running and moving! It is in way better shape than when I brought it home. And its only cost me one back surgery! Not bad!:)



  5. Folks,

    Not much happening except for cold weather the next few days. It would be a good test for the TD6 starting upgrades if I attempted to start it mid week, at 9 degrees F!

    No projects for it this winter as the snow has been taken care of with the Ford Jubilee!

    Might fire it up and move it up in front of the sugarhouse for kids to look at during our big Maple open house in 2 weeks. 

    Just a warmer picture as a reminder that spring will be coming at some point!


    Hope things are good in RED land!



  6. Folks,

     Happened by on this topic. 

    Yes the electrolysis process works well its a line of site process so it won't get in holes unless you place a anode in there too. I use it on a lot of sheet metal. I have it set up outside and generally run it at 2 amp.  Arm and Hammer washing soda is what I use in the water to promote the process. Have done many parts over the last 5-6 years. IH, AC, and Massey. I like it for sheet metal as it removes most of the paint too. No its not acid dip and its not sandblasting! But if you have a tank and some time its way better than grinding paint and rust. Generally I feel I have a hard time keeping up with the finish work. It works all day and night!:)

    Here is a picture of a WD (Allis) fender in the tank:


    Electrolysis did not get it 100% but there was some plastic filler on this fender.



    Lots of time and its going to be ready for paint this spring.


    Here is the WD grill in the E tank:


    New screen and some body work, in primer.




  7. 16 hours ago, exSW said:

    Chris,my old TD-6 started in -5* weather after being laid up a couple weeks. Real beauty of that system.


    I agree! This one seams to start pretty good now that I have the starter and primary wires in good shape (rebuilt/new).

    Looking for that big snow for a excuse to get out and play with it!



  8. North, Folks,

    Thanks on the buck. I said trophy but in reality those horns got cut off and are hanging in the building! It will have to be a really nice buck for me to spend the $500 for a shoulder mount! My son and grandson have some really nice big racks. Like you I am more of a meat hunter. Been hunting 50 plus years and this may be the most points I have ever gotten on a PA buck. I made some Kielbasi and venison jerky which was a big hit with the family. I should be hunting right now but resting after a morning with me working and the TD6 watching and laughing!

    It got light duty today, Started well (I got to thinking, dangerous I know, This doesn't have a bendix. it made the same whirring sound this morning on the first engagement of the starter?) Anyway it started ok and we headed out to the front yard to make some nice ruts in the soft ground! For the wife and neighbors to laugh at. And for me to bump over this summer.

    I forked the leaves out of the ditch and the TD6 did the work of hauling and dumping them. Yea just about like a kid and a big toy!

    The three trunked Ash tree  (behind the dozer) is dying and is going to have to come down in the near future! We have lost a bunch of maples and now the ash are not in good shape.


    Had three full buckets of leaves. It just laughed, as it has never had to do leaves, in its life! So we have some good tracks in the yard too!:)


    Some day when I run out of things to do I want to run a good stiff 3 x 3 angle iron across the top edge of that bucket to straighten it up a bit, Just might show a little better. 



    Temp just got to the edge of the RUN area of the gage. It did come up, so it may very well be the gage? It also was only setting and idling. I think the new thermostat is working ok. After a lot of hours playing with this tractor I am finally getting comfortable with the old girl and how it basically works. Power washed the undercarriage and back up on blocks! 

    I would like to see pictures of your team and sleigh too! Some days I miss having horses. I know how much work they are too.




  9. Folks,

     Just reporting in. Deer season lingers on into muzzelloader, We hunted a couple small drive yesterday and today and saw two deer and a coyote. Not bad for two old men a smoke pole and a slingshot.

    Here is what happened in rifle season. A lot of this, 


    Followed by this.


    Me and my trophy. This is a real nice typical PA buck (9 point) taken with Rem 7600 in cal. 30.06. Many thanks to Daughter Kelly for allowing the old man to hunt her farm!



    With me feeling a year older today I thought it was appropriate to go out and test me and the TD6. Have put a bunch of money and work into the electrical system. So put some gas in it. and it started right up. Temp was at 32 F. Bendix kicked out when it tried to start. Never did that before but this starter rebuild is fresh. Switched over to diesel easy after a minute or two on gas.


    Untarped it and it was pretty clean. Since me and the TD6 are almost the same age I am not sure which one looks better? Both are  pretty rough!:)




    Added a snort of Sentry to the fuel.


    Proceeded to back drag the drive to fill in some pot holes. Went through all the gears and the steering clutches and brakes worked good.


    It never came up to RUN temp but I only had it running for maybe 40 minutes. and it wasnt really doing any work.


    Got the big chunks off the tracks and put it back up on blocks.


     I have another project for it in the near future. The ditch in front of the house needs the leaves removed. Might work good to fork them into the bucket and then dump them somewhere.

    Thanks for checking on me! Hope things are good in Red land!




  10. Folks,

     Winter seems to have begun its grip in our neck of the woods. Another gray day, but I feel thankful we are not washed away, or on fire like some of our members in Florida or California! (FYI Erie did get 6 to 10 inches of snow on last Saturday!)

    We just finished up archery season in PA. Seems like I have been hunting for a month, wait I have been!:) Looking forward to the first day of buck hunting with the '06, the Monday after Thanksgiving! Last year I barely made it out due to back surgery! Dang I am glad I had that done!

    Hope things are good!



  11. Dennis,

     Just found this! Great pictures of your Fordson Build! I had a chance to get close to one this summer. I decided to paint the one in front of our show grounds entry gate in Sagerstown PA. It is in really rough shape. I do have a picture of my dad on a family Fordson in about 1924 (he was 4 then). Even the dirt looks old in that picture! Your doing a great job and yes as someone mention you will have a lot of money in it!

    BTW any updates??



  12. Blkrull,

    Not a expert on these but I do have one. Sounds like something is stuck in the mid range position! (Thats about the best I could come up with, sorry:))

    The guys over in the construction section might be able to help too. I have gotten a lot of good information from them to make improvements on my TD6.

    Looks like a good clean machine you have. 



  13. Tanker,

     I don't need much of a push to get into trouble oh evil one on my shoulder! I guess I had not thought about hauling other old stuff to shows, but that could be a excuse to acquire another project.

     By the way how are you doing on your big Chevy truck? Do you plan a full body off restoration?



  14. 17 hours ago, Tanker916 said:

    Awesome man glad to see you are hopelessly hooked on restored machines.  Join me in darned vile and start working on the Ford but make sure its bigger than the trucks other people do so parts will be extra hard to find and truly give you the joy of part hunting.


    Well now that you mention it there is a ex firetruck (cab and frame only), that would just fit that bill! I know you have a big Chevy in the future plans too. I also looked at a 56 and a 55 Ford pickup that need everything! This fire truck would be of similar size as your Chevy. Its a 1956 Ford F-800 Big Job. Dayton wheels and all the big heavy stuff!! I just don't know what I would do with it when I got it done??? OK wait, I have way too many big toys now that I just play with! It would just be another part of the collection addiction. Oh yes it would be a joy finding parts for a old Lincoln  truck engine! I will think about it! Thanks for the gentle push!



  15. Folks,

     I havent updated for a while. Time moves right along. 

    Hope things are good in Red land!

    The grandson did real good at the local fair and placed in 6 of the 8 pulls he entered. Two firsts, Two seconds, a third and a fourth place!

    The TD6 is tarped and ready for winter. I would like to get it out one more time before the snow flies, but am going to have to hurry as the weather is turning colder. Might be a good test for the starter and new cables. 

    Just brought the Allis WD45 frame into the garage for work (refurb clean and paint), during the winter.

    Considering a old Ford truck as a possible next project.



  16. I am getting caught up again on your work! I read the entire thread! You have really done a nice job bringing this tractor back from the weeds! Your work is similar to mine too. I call it refurbish, clean, and paint!  Your doing very good and really enjoyed all the pictures of your tractor and your work. I have some IH tractors but currently stuck in the world of Persian Orange!

    FYI Don't worry about the 'crickets'! You have 15,200 views! Folks are watching from every corner of the world. As told to me by a wise man on this forum, when I commented about the same thing. " You wouldn't want everyone to comment! You would be overwhelmed!"



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