SAM86

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About SAM86

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    New York
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    '48 McCormick WD6
    '49 McCormick OS4
    '49 McCormick O-4
    '49 McCormick ODS6
    '51 McCormick OS6
    '52 McCormick WD9

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  1. SAM86

    Newest addition with unexpected arrival

    Been a while since the last update. Mom, Brother and I are all kind of settling into a routine that works for us. This week is ending on the brighter side but started of horribly. Riley developed a serious intestinal infection that sent us back to the intensive care team in the NICU. He is back on full assistance untill everything is cleared up. We were very fortunate the staff is so in tune to what these babies are telling them they caught it quickly. Hopefully we can restart normal feedings by the end of this week.
  2. SAM86

    You tube links for dad

    Sorry to hear and best wishes. There is a guy on Youtube that goes by "squatch253". He does a lot of restoration, repair and general antique machinery videos. He focuses mostly on old Cat crawlers and he has two prototype MM machines. He does very detailed restorations and repairs. The repair work on the MM tractor castings he is currently working on are second to none.
  3. My .02, if it were my dilema and the threads were gone and too fragile to re-thread or thread larger I would consider theses options in order of lesser prefderence. 1) drill out the remaing thread and make some plates with new tapped holes in them to line up with the existing hole pattern. I would install the plates inside the water jacket with some epoxy or other fastening method to hold them in place untill the radiator core is bolted up. The idea is to "sandwitch" the cast iron instead of relying on the cast threads. Any type of "sandwich" method will give you far superior support than just the threaded holes. Obviously longer bolts would be required. Once assembled its out of sight and no one would be wiser to it. 2) instead of plates epoxy or braze nuts under each hole, same principle as method 1, with less clamping area but may be more easily achieved. 3) get out the torches and wallet and build up each hole with braze. 4) build up each hole with the poor mans method (JB Weld) then re tap to the next larger size.
  4. SAM86

    Newest addition with unexpected arrival

    Things have been crazy lately so I haven't really kept pace with this post. Thank you all for you sending your best, and sharing your stories. We are thrilled that Riley is doing very well to date and is off all support other than his feeding tube and a little warmth added to his bed yet. He still needs to overcome a periodic low heart rate, but he has been able to do it on his own. His body needs to rember it needs to do several things at the same time. Big brother John was well enough to go for his first vist...cough cough... I mean pestering on Monday. He has alot of questions but is taking the whole thing quite well.
  5. SAM86

    Newest addition with unexpected arrival

    Yesterday was another good day but had its setbacks. The Mrs was discharged mid afternoon and Riley continues to make progress breathing and with accepting moms food. He was moved under the "billy" lights for the next day or so. So far he is getting a reputation as the "feisty" one as he does alot of moving, stretching and generally giving the nurses a little bit if a hard time when the distub him. I told the girls I'm sorry, but were all glad thst he is and they also agreed. This morning I am now the proverbial Milk Man taking moms food to the hospital. Its going to suck but Meg has a head cold so no visiting the NICU.
  6. Well, they say life throws you some curveballs as my wife and I experienced this week. Our second son was due to enter the world arond February 25th. Wife started having contractions on Monday this week but was released after a quick checkup. Ended up back at the local hospital Tuesday and reality sank in when the Dr's told us we were being transferred to Stong Memorial in the city for early delivery. Skipping a few events our second son Riley joined us at 2:42am on 12/20. He will be spending the better part of two to two and a half months in the NICU. We are absolutely thankful he is doing as good as he can be, making progress everyday. Mom is also doing great. The past week has been flown by and has been mentally exhausting. I am very thankful for the support we have from family, friends and coworkers. I have enjoyed and taken comfort in the Red Power community through some of my own life events and others. As I write this, this morning it is yet again providing me a much needed breather for a few minutes.
  7. When I unmounted the last set of tires during restoration of my '51 OS6, it had flaking remnants of paint on the inside of the rim's. Tires had been changed once, maybe twice in its life time. I highly doubt my grandfater would have painted them, and the tires I took off the tractor were the same set on it when he sold it in the late '70's. I don't 100% recall what manufacturer was stamped in the rim but I think it was B.F. Goodrich.
  8. SAM86

    Its snowing! lets see your winter gear/toys

    My day to day around the house machine is a Kubota B2601. Pic from last winter. We just got 14" of snow last Friday and I was mowing leaves the week prior. Still had the mower deck on so I had to use the bucket. Kiddo had to have his own "blower" as well.
  9. SAM86

    Td6 stuck rack

    Probably going to need to soak it down with something more than alcohol. Marvels Mystery Oil did the job for me. Mine also took quite a bit of leverage (12" pry bar) to get the initial movement of the rack. Once it moved it still took substantial leverage to work it back and forth but decreased quickly. The more it moves the further the oil can work into the mating bore the rack slides in and dissolve the "gum".
  10. SAM86

    WD9 help needed

    Diesel wont cut a gummed up tank. Since its a small tank put half a gallon of vinegar in it with some odd nuts and bolt. Let it sit shake and repeat. You can also dump in a gallon of boiling water the help sofen up the varnish then use vinegar. I did one tank that had some stubborn varnish in the very bottom. I heated it with a heat gun untill it liquified, boiled, and burn off. All that came out was a little burnt powder and I had a clean tank.
  11. This is one thing on my long term list to do. To this point I have not found original or replacement thrust bearings for the king pins. At some point in the future, I would like to take one of my "6's" apart and see how much it would cost to have a bearing manufacturer maker the upper and lower races. You can pull them apart and replace just the ball bearings, only catch being I dont know the original size of the balls. They sit individually on the races. When you pull yours apart you will probably find the balls wont be bery round any more.
  12. SAM86

    My helper this afternoon

    He may have been sleeping, but I bet he was dreaming about every bin you put on that truck. I wish I could have taken John with me the last two weeks helping at Stricklands, but I dont dare without a proper buddy seat. Pulled 120ish full bins out two weeks ago and set out 100ish empties this past Friday afternoon.
  13. SAM86

    TD6 project

    Replied to the topic in the General forum.
  14. SAM86

    Td6 stuck rack

    Here is the link I was thinking of. The first two pictures show the "rack" in its open and closed position looking through the removed oil fill neck
  15. SAM86

    Td6 stuck rack

    I just un-stuck the rack on my pump the way Grumpy Gaby described a month or so ago. The pump will hold alot of fluid, and if your front seal isnt in the best condition it will end up in your crankcase. I ended up pulling the oil drain plug out of my pump so each time I sprayed down the rack it helped flush out 70yrs of crud out of the bottom of the pump. You would be surprised how much crud can be hiding in there. It took me the better part of an hour, spraying the rack, and working it back and forth with a prybar in the pump until it was freely moving. You will know when you have it good when the throttle arm (disconneced frorm the rest of the throttle linkage) on the pump moves with little to no resistance. If it feels like you are pushing a spring back and fourth you need to continue soaking the rack down to remove varnish.