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  1. I have a 504 with loader and like the tractor a lot. reverse is slow. I use a 800 lb. concrete weight on 3 pt even though tires are loaded. has a large snow/chips etc bucket. It's not a great loader but it's way better than no loader. Does fine with a 5' bush hog, would run a six. Mine has cat 1/2 as original. Came with bushings etc to do both. Tractor looks fairly good. Do you know anyone who could look it over for with you?

  2. I think it was just teed into main pump pressure line and supply from tank to pump. So just one check valve? It was factory and ran off the truck battery. mid 80's Ford with Brazilian 6. Did a head gasket and valve clean up on it. they said it went good after. I think it was supposed to be automatic switch over but there was a problem with blown very large fuses. Was ex power co truck. Fuses might have just been corroded or missing it was a long time ago.

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  3. 3 hours ago, New Englander said:


    Exactly. It takes pressure to release the check valves so no pressure, no movement, the cylinder is essentially locked in place. The exception is when the piston seal fails and then it can drift down. I had the lower boom seal fail. At first it would start to drift and a quick bit of up would set it but shortly thereafter it gave up and wouldn't hold. Where the cylinder was attached to the turret is two pins into a trunnion, pins internally threaded for removal. Well, I fabricated a puller with grade 8 rod but couldn't get the pins out, so I fabricated a pin spanner to disassemble it in place.  I ran the boom up and rested it against a convenient maple and was able to take the rod and piston out for the hydraulic shop to reseal. Cylinder barrel was perfect so it was a good fix.

    I have been stranded twice. Once next to the house while painting, luckily next to a window that my wife let me in. One of the bucket control lines blew in that case. Sun gets them and it had been spliced a few times. Eventually I replaced all of them when a squirrel nested in the boom and she, or her babies, gnawed through them. Nearly 500' of 5/16 air brake tubing. Any squirrel going near that truck now does it at great peril.  The other time it stranded me is due to the keyway in the hydraulic pump being worn to nothing and failing. My wife and FIL got me down with an extension ladder. I had replaced that key when it broke several years ago, no stranding. The keyway was worn then and the key sheared. When it failed again it did it with such gusto that it pushed the pump off the mount breaking both grade 8 bolts!

    If I don't find a replacement truck I'll have to spend some money on fixing the pump and PTO. What I like about this old truck is that it's strictly hydro-mechanical The only electricity needed is to start the engine, all controls are hydraulic.

    I'm ordering a self rescue kit in the meantime. Right now I won't go up unless my wife is home to answer my distress call


    I went out on service call for one of those pump failures. That bucket truck had a battery powered emergency pump. The operators didn't know about it but I got it working to lower the boom so it could be driven to my shop for pump repair. The spline coupler had stripped. They got the guy in bucket out with an extension ladder before I got there.

  4. I used to soak the pivots with the favorite weasel piss of the moment and use a hydraulic jack handle on the end of the blade. Put the cutout over the center of the blade and lightly tap the end of the handle with a smallish hammer as they needed to go in to turn. Add vice grips to handle for rotational assistance. When you do this keep in mind that a bent fan is a ruined fan. This was on the unmentionable yellow machines. There was a hole in the hardnose that lined up with the fan for this. Turn a blade and rotate fan to next blade. repeat

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  5. They only repair/replace if oil consumption is "excessive". They define excessive. Years ago they told my mother that a qt. every thousand in her 6 cyl. Chevy was normal and not a warranteed repair. She informed them that none of her previous Chevys used oil and that this would be her last. She was in her sixties at the time and had Chevy 6 cyl  cars all her life but not after that one.

  6. 44 minutes ago, augercreek said:

    There's a lot of Diamond T in that Federal I think!

    The cab looks the same. The one pulling the trailer also has a very similar nose to a late 40's Diamond T.

  7. I found a soft spot in the frozen woods two days ago. Had to walk out and get the dozer to winch out tractor. Didn't want to get it all mud but I kept it fairly clean. I generally pull things out with a winch as steady pull rarely damages anything although I have found the tensile limit of a few chains, snatch block hooks, etc. I scrapped all the low grade stuff and constantly monitor chains for damaged links as pieces fly like bullets without much effort at all from the winches. Will try to take some pictures of destroyed hook that I keep around as a reminder of what not to use.

  8. 1 hour ago, vtfireman85 said:

    That’s how i know what a classy guy you are Mike, you can use “To Wit” in a sentence. 

    How does that compare to half wit? is it 4 times more ?

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  9. I've gotten so annoyed with parts counter people ignoring the people standing in front of them that I've gone outside and called them on the phone and then gone in and picked up my part while all the same people are still standing there waiting. I also changed parts places.

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  10. On 11/6/2023 at 6:06 AM, vtfireman85 said:

    Your angel #2 attended my wedding with her sister. She was the talk of the town for some time. 

    Did they come over from Tupper?

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