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  1. I didn't want to bondo the sheet metal so I just filled the areas that were under the graphics to keep them flat. The tractor has been pitted my entire life so I didn't want to take all of it out.
  2. Thank you so much! I really appreciate everyone's input along the way.
  3. Thank you so much! Thank you! Wish I had a little better finishing experience but this has turned out far better than I anticipated.
  4. Oh, just a request. For the possible two people on this forum that may know my family, please keep my secret. My family won't get to see this until Thanksgiving. Thank you!
  5. Grandparents bought it new in 1943 so it was no details spared project. Thank you!
  6. Now I actually started a thread on this tractor over at the IHCUBCADET site 16 years ago about this time of year. Here we are all these years later and the job is done. I've been so thankful for all the positive comments and support that I have gotten from everyone in the community here and look forward to sharing it with you at the next Red Power or other shows this coming season. I had no idea when I started this project that it was going to take this long. It was way harder to balance work/life/finances than I anticipated without compromising what I wanted. This took way longer that it ever should have and should have been complete years ago. Since I started I have lost two aunts that will never get to see the dream I had as a child, come true. As disappointing as that maybe, life moves on and I'm very blessed to still have my folks, uncle and the youngest of my 3 aunts still with me. I'm hoping to unveil the tractor during the family Thanksgiving and be able to give back a piece of there past. My wife and daughters are over the moon that the project is complete and can't wait to see it at the shows and be able to travel around with it. We are very thankful for everyone's encouraging words and wise wisdom over the years of this project. You guys have been very patient and didn't want to leave you on the hook any longer. The timing didn't work out quite the way I had hoped but that's ok. Hope you enjoy!
  7. Just amazing Tony. I'm truly in awe of the time and detail that you folks put into your equipment. Just amazing how smooth it put out bales. Really hoping my project turns out half that nice. Thank you for sharing your journey with us as I know that takes a lot of time too.
  8. OK, I'm NOT HAPPY. I think I put more paint on the floor and my boots than I did on the parts. Grrrrr. So we picked up some appropriate tool(s) for the job. Great looking piece of equipment and I'm sure this is going to get things done. Can't wait to see how this lays down paint.
  9. My paint gun is dead. Packing has been leaking forever and it causing way too many problems. It was fine when it was new but it is not going any further. A new DeVilbiss is ordered and on it's way. This project is NOT going rouge over a cheap @#% HF gun..........
  10. Well, we're closing in. For what it's worth, I'm trying to save the pitting on the top of the tank and the hood. Oh, trying to make the decal areas flat so they lay correctly in case anyone is wondering. The hood looks awful here but is so smooth to the touch.
  11. Forgot about these. Didn't want to wait for gaskets so I made my own. Also found that the inspection cover had been hit at one time and the cover didn't fit quit right. Pulled that all apart and did some block and hammer work so it seated properly.
  12. Busted out the old rotted plugs, scrapped out the cavity and replaced the plugs with new ones. Finished off with some high temp paint.
  13. A little story on this group of photos. You may notice that the drive coupling going into the transmission does not have the proper dot headed bolt. I thought that was odd but I know that my dad had it apart in the early to mid 1960's so I thought nothing of it. When I got done replacing the seals and the gaskets I turned my attention to the mice nest that had been built on the top of the hydro pump and started cleaning. This is the point were I found the original dot bolt for the coupling trapped just behind the output lines, just sitting there. Hmmm. Threads were a little worn from riding there but nothing that the thread file couldn't fix. Installed the original bolt with no problems and moved on. Win for the day!
  14. Just some more picture of me cleaning up some things that should have been done in the beginning. Oh well. It's getting done now and it really wasn't that hard to do. A few buddies of mine helped me pull the top cover off and used a fork lift to take the wheel castings on and off. My friend that is letting me use his place (and fork lift) are John Deere fellas but they are sure impressed with how quickly I can pull the tractor apart and put back together again(thank you IH engineering!). I'm really blessed to have the support of all of my friends and family to make this happen!
  15. OK, trying to get it back in gear with some updates. Here i'm getting back to correcting some of my mistakes in the rear end. I knew I should have pulled those axles and put new seals between the rear end housing and the axle housings. They drip just enough to be annoying. ??? Also, here is my original amp meter vs. the repop. Wow!!! Couldn't resist playing around with an original hood emblem.
  16. Not exacty my H but very closely connected job that had to get done. Tail wheel was getting really bad on the plow and needed a new tire. Just can't mount a new tube and tire on a rusty torn up rim so spent a day wire wheeling and cleaning and another day getting some color down.
  17. Wow, been awhile since I posted an update. My last 'time off' didn't yield all the work I wanted to get done and my window of time is slowly closing rather I want to admit it or not. Wife has given me the green light to really take the gloves off and get this project closed out and finished. Got a new shop space that has been offered to me so the H may take another trip to a new facility, for a hopefully short duration. The tractor still has an axle leak between the axle houses and the rear end case. Even after new seals for the pedal shaft and the last remaining original bull pinion seal. If the axles have to be pulled it seems wise to go through them for bearings, seals and just be done. Got to get color on this soon.
  18. Dad's Oliver Plow Master 100 had that exact style. Loved how it worked and one item I do like better than the No. 8 IH design.
  19. Wow, the paint looks fantastic! Really looking good Tony, keep up the good work.
  20. Just a short clip of the wife learning to drive the H and helping out a friend. It just dawned on me the other day on how I can close my hood gap too. Hmmm. Got some work to do.... https://youtu.be/Uwfq4mRqEnc
  21. I have the same problem on mine and need to do the exact same repair on my H. Thanks for the reminder!
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