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  1. Mag finally came back after spending another pile of money on it. I will not be using that shop again. Grrrrrrr. Any ways, tractor is running and got a chance to put the no. 8 behind it and check it out. Here are a few pictures from the other day. The first picture is plug #1 after about an hour and a half of running. Pretty decent I thought. Third picture is the pto shield making it back on the tractor since the 1950's according to Dad. The shots of the temp gauge was trying to verify if the new one I put in the tractor was accurate, the whole time I have run it there was 0 movement, not even a little. So after firing it up the last time I closed the shutters and let it idle for a bit. The gauge finally moved and proved to be close enough for me. Daughters first solo test drive
  2. Yes. I will check that for sure. Hahahaha! Ya, I was just being a wise acre. Out of all of them I really thought the left side shot was pretty cool. Gotta wait till the mag makes it back from Indiana any way.
  3. Coolest pictures to date and it's snooze town. Got to get a better tractor must be. J/K!!! As if the starter debacle wasn't enough to drive me bat crap crazy, the mag started chattering like a red squirrel in the fall. It doesn't have two hour on it and it sounds like it spun the front bearing behind the rotor.........what gives. Grrrrrrrrr. Oh well, in the box it goes, back to the shop for round 2. When it returns I will slot the holes for the grill to move it back and correct the gap then get prepared have it welded back in. Not sure if I want to burn that myself or not but I guess well see how it goes. Wish I had the hood tig welded as opposed to gas welding in brass due to warping but the metal wasn't perfect to start with anyhow. Maybe I'll try and rebuild the original mag myself. I put it on the tractor just to see if I would get lucky but not dice, had to try though.
  4. The tin was a another whole animal. Things just aren't quit lining up here......, looks like there will be some refitting going on here.
  5. Stinking cotter pin would not come out for anything today. Finally pulled the entire shaft and put it in the drill press to get it fixed, then a little time in the sand blaster to finish the ends off. Reassembled with some Kendall blue and viola. Also took the time to adjust the breaks to the 1 3/8" from the platform as described in the manual. Certainly feels different from the operators stand.
  6. Well, I tested it up to 150 the other day. The pictures above are both brand new gauges, the one in the pod is one I bought last year and the other that is sticking in the top of the radiator is one I bought for my Dads M 10 years ago. Both pictures are taken at the same time @ 140 degrees. Just a bad gauge I guess. Here are a few from today.
  7. I have a new battery box but the tray that bolt to the transmission housing is rough. Just have to pick up some stock and make a new one. Should be good. Here are a few updates from yesterday. My temp gauge is dead for some reason, got to get that exchanged. Here is a link from my trip down the road. Click here
  8. Sounds ball park to me. I put $800 just to have the block hot tanked, sleeves and cam bearings installled and crank ground and main bearings purchased. Also, had the fly wheel resurfaced and hot tanked another $90, nos head that had been on the shelf forever, hot tanked and checked $65. On and on and on.........
  9. Thank you! It's not looking too promising as far as getting paint on this year but all the detail work should be done. There is still a battery tray that needs to be built now that I think of it, being that my parts tractor is missing this piece.
  10. Here is a few from yesterday. The brackets for the pto shield are skewed on the left and right for a reason. The shield was pretty bent up and the original brackets were gone or rotted off so it was centered and brackets bent to fit. I bought a piece of 1 1/4" flat stock and left the center 6" long because it seems like someone always thinks that they make good steps and they really don't but just in case.
  11. I love the exhaust work!!!! Very well done.
  12. I believe you are correct. There was also a warning sticker of some sort directly on top of the hood next to the radiator cap.
  13. Here's a few updates from the other day. Got to get this thing done, its driving me nuts!! There was a decal on the side of the hood. Anyone care to pontificate on what it might have been? I have to say, cleaning up the grill was a drag with a wire wheel but the condition of it was a little better than I expected. My weld repair leaves a lot to be desired but the holes are filled and ground back so hopefully they won't stick out too awful. I love the look of the tractors all neat as a hat pin but this old war horse has earned its stripes so to speak. It's really hard to blend all of the parts together, pitted fenders, gas tank and hood with a near perfectly smooth grill. Makes me wonder if I should lean on the primer a little more with the heavily pitted stuff just to 'soften it up a bit' and make it look a little more cohesive.....hummmm... Pardon, I'm just typing to myself here as I look at the pictures. Oh, interesting story on the pto shield, or at least I think it is. My Dad never remembered seeing this on the H from an early age so it's been missing from the tractor since at least the early 1950's or before. Back when I was still living at home, he remembered it was laying in an old junk pile across the road from his parents farm and picked it up on a hunting trip, carrying it home as we lived 1/2 mile away or less. It was pretty mangles but I managed to get it close, some what, kind of back to normal. The brackets are nearly all gone so I bought some flat stock and am going to see if I can put it back together.
  14. A few shots from the other day. Where does a fella find a freeze plug for the back of the belt pulley? It's not a standard size, the hole measures 1.160 which is no where close to a standard size freeze plug.
  15. Few pieces done yesterday. Wish I could have gotten more done. Don't worry. I ground the welds and blended them back in on that fourth picture, flap wheels are awesome. That material is pretty heavy so it was a little bit of a chore getting it back where it belonged.
  16. Very nice! I would love to work my way up to something that size someday.
  17. Wow! That is too funny. How are Ron and Judy doing? Do they winter down in Texas like Judy always talked about? I missing going pheasant hunting out there, they have such a beautiful farm.
  18. Poweshiek County. Dad and I used to hunt there on Clayton farms. Love the area! Thank you for the kind words. I hope to wrap this up soon so my family can enjoy it.
  19. Wow!! Great progress so far! I would love to have a diesel in one of the letter series some day.
  20. Thank you Doc! I tried very hard to get the mechanical as close as I knew how with the best parts I could find. I really don't know whowee about restoring tractors and don't pretend too but there is so much information out there and so many groups to lean on, like this one! The real credit goes to my Dad, who is a mechanic, machinist, farmer, and general tradesman and those who have sold me the parts that I was missing; CaseIH, Steiner, many individual collectors and so on. This has really been more of a group project with me just turning the wrenches and running the sand blaster.
  21. Am I posting too many pictures? Any way. Needed some clamp bolts for the wheel to rim. Took a chance and called my CaseIH dealer and viola! I know, there not dot bolts but I wanted a little meat on the bone to work on later so these fit the bill and were reasonable in price. We'll find some original bolts later on.
  22. Here is a few from the other day. The rusty bracket is whats left of an M&W part I think.
  23. Looking good Dennis! Those set ups look like there a lot of fun to plow with.
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