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  • Birthday January 25

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    '49 McCormick OS4
    '49 McCormick O-4
    '49 McCormick ODS6
    '51 McCormick OS6
    '52 McCormick WD9

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  1. Anyone a part number and manufacturer or the dimensions for a WD9 fan belt? Ours decided it had enough this weekend and suffered a rapid disassembly event. Been looking at my usual go to sources and not finding one readily listed, or having luck finding crossover part numbers. Thanks in advance!
  2. I didn't see you mention this in your diagnostics yet, but have you checked the rotation of the engine while cranking it?
  3. unfortunately no, other than I have all of the patch pieces cutout, formed and bought the welding supplied. Last year at this time we knew we were going to be moving in the fall of 2021, also needed the summer free to help my parents build their new place so we could move. Ended up spending the rest of the winter packing, sorting, preping, and purging beforehand so it would be easier when we were ready in the fall. Im glad we did because we ended up moving 4 houses in total getting everyone resettled. Should be getting back to it soon as I finish getting the shop setup and find where I put everything.
  4. A little off color question tonight but I am helping a neighbor with some odds and ends repairs on an Oliver / Hart Parr 28-44. The big item that needs attention is the carb and I don't have any experience with this particular make and model. We both would prefer to send it out and have it completely gone through. Does anyone have a recommendation for a reputable place to rebuild/repair an Ensign carburetor?
  5. One of the important factors you didn't mention is the ceiling height of the barn and ceiling height under your loft. More light is better has been the age old tale, but with led's, too close and too many lumens can make them unbearable. In addition the type of bulb that you want to use will also dictate spacing and total desired output. For example, my preference is to use 5k, frosted LED bulbs. The particular once I purchased were 2200 lumens. My ceiling heights range from 8 to 10ft. After converting all of my existing fixtures from fluorescent to LED, I could easily reduce the number of fixtures by 1/3.
  6. Does anyone have the specs/process to establish the required shim stack under the bull pinion carriers when setting up a differential in a letter series tractor, specifically and H or W4? My manual covers setting up the ring and pinion to establish correct tooth contact but not establishing the overall differential shim stack. Being straight cut teeth and the differential only supported by ball bearings I have an idea of what it should be but am looking for confirmation. I had to replace one bull pinion carrier, and the differential so the original shim stack may be in the neighborhood but Id like to get it where it should be.
  7. Add me to the list as well. Several listed locally but all rust buckets or will require a fair amount of $$ to find and replace missing parts. I did manage to find a Logan model 200 lathe two months back that will do the majority of the turning work I need so at least I am 1 for 2 right now.
  8. Getting ready, finally, to start surgery on the rear fenders. This is going to take some patients and a lot of mig wire.
  9. Did you decide on bolting the transmission to the existing frame without cutting it down, or will you be cutting it shorter?
  10. Wow four months and no updates, time does fly with all the chaos, kids and changing jobs. Working on and have completed many small repairs but no real big items. Finally had it out and about under its own power this past weekend. This is hands down the smoothest and quietest running one in the collection. Now the bad, I messed up something during the transmission reassembly or the differential is toast. This one was not running or driving prior to tear down so I don't have a baseline for its normal transmission sound. After driving it for a while, going through the gears, right turns, left turns, holding individual brakes I have ruled out the gear set side. Sounds and feels the worse making a left tun with light brake pressure applied. So I am thinking its a bad differential, or I messed up setting up the ring and pinion after replacing the broken left bull pinion carrier. I expected some noise after resetting the ring and pinion backlash but not growling and vibrating. Ohh well, live, learn, fix, hopefully don't repeat, move on to the next lesson.
  11. They are all in progress in one form or another. The OS6 needs some steering box work to eliminate a death wobble in road gear and has also developed a very unhappy bearing in the transmission. So some careful surgery will be happening in the near future. The OS4 just received a magneto rebuild as it was dead this spring when we went to get it out. Also explains why it was being miserable to start last fall. My ODS6 just went under the knife to replace the lifter cover, cooling jacket, and several other leaking gaskets on the replacement engine. The head was never retorqued after being rebuilt so that was done as well. Our O-4 is in process and is running again. Just pulled all the sheet metal out of the barn to get going on that. Helped my brother resurrect a very nice, original OS4. Just wrapped that one up a few weekends ago. Brothers ODS6 has developed several unknown leaks over the winter so we need to look at that yet. Oh, lets not forget we still need to get my uncles O-6 into the shop yet. Don't fret over fixing your hood. Take your time and you will be fine. Just make sure everything is worked back into place before welding in a patch. After the patch is welded in and the holes re-drilled do not attempt any more adjustments as the small welds will crack through.
  12. I for one am completely excited to see this finally in the shop. I as well as many other grandchildren have spent countless hours crawling on, over, and around this old crawler never having seen or experienced it outside of the barn. There have been many stories shared at family gatherings about the memories you "kids" (mom, aunts and uncles) have and created around this old crawler and the many other mechanical wonders grandfather assembled. Its time for this one to breath new life.
  13. Yes, that is our tried and true makeshift gas tank that has served us well. It is missing enough, has enough issues, and has enough good pieces that make it a nice parts tractor that will keep several projects and other orchards going. We currently have three "4" series orchards that will all be benefiting from some parts.
  14. Unexpected surprise that is going to save us a lot of work. We found a '48 O-4 that popped up for sale and worked our a deal. This is going to be a major parts donor. Guy we picked it up from said it spent a good amount of time in hay fields. I believe it as the rear platform has not been eaten away from all the spray chemicals that typically take a toll on most orchard's. The plan as of now is to use the rear platform pieces, grill and various other small items from the parts tractor on our O-4. The front cast wheels will be going on my OS4 so all of my orchards have the same front wheels. Whats left of the rear fenders will make great patches for us when we start working on sheetmetal. The rear fenders needing the most work. For the heck of it brother and I threw in new plugs, cleaned the carb, filed the points and had it up and running with minimal effort. One thing is certain. Whom even owned this machine previously liked their grease gun. I have never seen so much excess grease piled up like this thing has all over it. There are several non factor installed grease fitting added to various mechanical components.
  15. Finally getting back to the O-4 after operation stop leak has been completed on the ODS6 and making an exhaust for my brothers resurrected OS4. Started getting the rear inner fenders and platform put back together yesterday. These pieces only need some minor repairs, but I want to check the fit and assembly as I go. I need to have a new pivot pin made for the clutch handle. The original one broke, so the previous owners cut a hole through the platform and welded it to the axle housing. Of course it has be be different than one from a "6" so my available donor is not useable. I really need to find a lathe to make life easier remaking parts like the pivot pin. The Clutch handle was also broken and repaired in place so it will be replaced with one from a parts tractor. Aside from a few minor things like hose clamps, coolant and gauges the engine is ready for first startup. Went to the shop tonight to keep making headway but Riley decided he was not tired and joined me for some tired, not tired shenanigans before finally crashing with me in the recliner.
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