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About SAM86

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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. Progress is slow but we are moving. Winter is around the corner and I need this thing in rolling fashion before then. Finished up the clutch assembly and have it ready to go. The homemade springs worked out nicely and should provide enough life for my use. Also finished up repairing and rebuilding the carb, not that its needed anytime soon. The big item of note is our acquisition of an original OS4 exhaust. This was on a super W4 that was left to my uncle after the passing of family friend/neighbor. She used the W4 to pull logs for firewood out of her woods and knocked the original upright exhaust off and broke the manifold. I don't know who put it on, or how they got an OS4 exhaust but I'm glad they did. My uncle sent me a message that he is listing the W4 for sale and I said not until I put the right exhaust back on it. Our other score was a set of very nice, approximately 50% worn set of Firestone Field and road 14.9-26 tires. We were the high bidder at $55. For the leisurely life of this tractor they will provide all the life we need.
  2. That bathroom and and addition will only be the start of the "extended" cost.
  3. Sheet metal is out there but it takes time and patience. The harder part is being prepared to take the financial plunge when the opportunity arises as you don't know when. My brother and I lucked out and found a great set of side curtains and the operator cowling. We were actually contemplating buying the side curtains just to put them in the barn, luckily we were able to purchase the O4 we had our eye on, then immediately bought them. Below is a picture of what we assembled. IIRC someone did reproduce the rear fenders and operator cowling. You may be able to search and find the old postings, I think on YT. Like previously stated, W4 fenders can be reworked into OS4 Fenders. You actually have a better chance at finding O4 sheet metal than OS4 as there were half as many OS4's manufactured. Ohh, if you didn't already know, you have a fairly rare set of outer rear wheel weights that are highly sought after. Last sets I knew of sold for $600.....each.
  4. I can relate and have also gone back to the simple, cheap, and in my opinion better shaving safety razor. My only advice is keep it away from the wife. Mine has been confiscated and need to get another now. I will admit they work great on legs too....not mine of course.
  5. When I did my OS4 I pulled the radiator and thermostat housing. As mentioned you will also need to pull the steering rod being an H.
  6. Diesel engine, fuel cap is taller, and an extra lever for the gas to diesel change over mechanism on the steering support. Other than weight, dimensionally the are the same.
  7. To properly adjust band brakes you first need to adjust the screw on the bottom of the cover. Back off the jam nut and thread the screw in until it pinches the band on the drum, then back it off 1/2 to 1 full turn. Then make adjustments on the adjusters to even out the pedals. Its my guess your bands are shot if the adjusters are that far down.
  8. Not much progress now that the weather has cleared up some and is allowing the opportunity to tackle some home maintenance projects and catch up on everything else the rain has halted. On the progress side we collected all of the desired parts from the donor H and both now have gone to their new home. Still need to get a gas manifold and flip over seat. I wanted to share this as I found it interesting. While cleaning up the donated bearings, we discovered one of the bull pinion bearings was starting to fail. The cage was broken and after cleaning out the old sludge we found some impressive race damage. This bearing rolled nicely and was tight prior to its removal.
  9. Sorry Tyler didn't see your post. The transmission holds 13 gallons of gear oil. You will want to use 90 or 140 weight. If none of the seals have been replaced 140 will help save some leaks. The fill level is checked by removing the square head npt plug on the left side of the transmission. With the tractor on a level surface add oil until it comes out of the hole and you are good to go. Before you add oil, pull the drain plug on the bottom side of the transmission and bottom side of the differential to drain off any water. Depending on what your intentions are you can pull the pto out, reach in an scrape any debris and sludge out of the bottom of the differential housing. Im not an advocate for "flushing" the transmission unless the transmission cover is removed and all of the oil passages are cleaned out. Flushing alone loosens debris, clogs oil passages and passes all that wonderful junk right through the bull pinion bearings.
  10. Our WD9 has an R in the bowl. You have to zoom in really close to see it. Doesn't matter what color you own, its one of the subtle ribbings guys in the hobby like to use to have fun with each other.
  11. My uncle Timbo1946 may chime in on this one as the family farm primarily used OS6's which share the same front axle. His "6" has a loader on it and at other times has had a fork lift mast on it as well. Booth attachments have moved some heavy loads. My "6" had a very long cherry tree shaker attached on the front of it. If I remember correctly early "6" series had a slightly lighter front axle and pivot pin that were prone to breaking, I cant remember what year this changed, but the front bolster, pivot pin, axle, and the stabilizer "wish bone" were beefed up. If you have the heavier setup, a thousand pounds on the front isn't going phase it one bit.
  12. Pretty sure that was my brothers W4. For once, the trucking company and dispatcher listened to what was needed to load it. Driver had the right trailer and equipment to load it in no time at all.
  13. I don't have a parts book for our '52 WD9 yet, but am wondering what battery box or is it boxes are supposed to be on it? Im guessing but the looks of the plate it may be two boxes. I've done some web browsing but haven't found a straightforward answer, and see a menagerie in google images. Thank in advance.
  14. Holy parts haul! The donor H had some nice surprises. In addition to the previously listed pulled parts we lucked out with a new set of brake bands, 8 out of the 14 transmission bearings are in great shape, and the crank had been ground .003" under with new IH bearings. Based on the condition of the bearings this engine was barely run after being overhauled. Too bad the cylinders were busted open by ice. Our new plan instead of just putting new bearings in the bottom end of the O4 is to do a complete crank swap. For transmission bearings we need the three on the main shaft (except the roller), front countershaft, and outer axle bearings. Now that I know what we have and need the transmission should be going back together soon. Also spent some time working in the '44 H and have it up and running. Runs good for not spending a ton of time on it, transmission is quiet and tight through all gears, starting system works, lights work! Who wants two H's? We will package them as a two for one special. Pic is what's left of the parts donor minus some boxes of parts in the garage.
  15. More play than actual work, but finally dry enough to get a couple fields nocked down. Our extended wet season (nothing like out west) meant this stuff is very weedy and thick. Was a good opportunity to work the ODS6 for the fist time. Third gear, six foot brush hog, thick field and some hills made the old girl snort.
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