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Dang it!  My replacement radiator can't be repaired..........Argggg!  So was hoping I could save an origianal.  Which leads me to a question; are all the repops the same or should I avoid any certain ones?

Thanks for the input folks!

 

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24 minutes ago, fbh31118 said:

Dang it!  My replacement radiator can't be repaired..........Argggg!  So was hoping I could save an origianal.  Which leads me to a question; are all the repops the same or should I avoid any certain ones?

Thanks for the input folks!

 

A very very high percentage of the reproduction ones are Chinese junk at least our experience has been that way

Now there may be some company that does make quality ones but I haven't found them yet we're fortunate to have a good radiator shop that does our radiators

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Wow! You have taken on a big project. Thanks for all the pictures. Having done a couple tractors I can relate. But the ones I have done have been worn but undercover. Yours is a challenge. You might want to consider a big electrolysis tank for some of the parts? Nice that your dad is working with you on this family tractor!

Regards,

 Chris

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OK,  time for a little update on the ole' H project.  After talking to you folks and others in the restoration game I think I'm going to pass on the sandblasting, other than small parts that I can fit in my blast cabinet.  I just can't risk contaminating the internals of the trans and the rear end and there are just more hoops to jump through, so that's out.

While I'm waiting for the cold weather to break, the starter and generator are going out, like this week so I'll drop a few pictures of my rusty pieces.  I can't wait to see how they come back after seeing how the mag turned out.  

Hope your all staying warm!

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Ouch!!  Crickets and tumbleweeds....  Can't wait to get the tractor unwrapped from winter hiding and get going this summer, lots of work to do.  I'm looking for a vintage Prestolite battery.  Hoping to find a vintage 6 volt replacement to add to the resto project.

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I am enjoying reading this. I'm behind you on the story arc of my Farmall C restoration, so I'm reading with keen interest.

Forgive my ignorance, but what are those blocks you riveted onto the rim?

 

KWRB

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3 hours ago, KWRB said:

I am enjoying reading this. I'm behind you on the story arc of my Farmall C restoration, so I'm reading with keen interest.

Forgive my ignorance, but what are those blocks you riveted onto the rim?

 

KWRB

They keep the Rim from spinning on the wheel during heavy pulling, almost like a lock.

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sorry haven't read the whole post but as far as rad goes, could you get a local shop to build you one? as long as tanks are good they could put cores in it.

 

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Thank you 1206!  

I'm sure a shop could build one for enough money but I was mainly interested in a good used original, the old brass tanks are hard to beat when taken care of.  My goal here is to have a nice original with as many original parts as possible but I'm not trying to be impossible or 'no expense spared' type of guy just nice.  We'll see how it goes, if I ever get started this summer.........

 

KWRB

Michigan M is correct, they are just stop blocks to prevent the rim slipping.  Everybody tried to convince me that the originals were welded in, not true.  These were riveted in just like you see in my pictures.  The factory probably had a cleaner way of doing it but my way looks original for the outside and wasn't that hard to do.  The rivets were ordered from Fasenal and we used a piece of channel iron in the vice to back the rivets.  Heat the rivet up with a torch and break out the ball pen hammer and start working it into a head.  It really wasn't as hard as I thought it might be and really turns out pretty slick.

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Almost up to date.

 

 

This top picture here just blows my mind.  This tractor has set out since the late 1960's or early 1970's and nearly every piece of hardware has come right off.  All the bolts on the light bar were this bad and all four nuts came right off.  Some of the hex's were so bad that I had to pound a metric socket on to get on and they walked off like nobodies business.......  I should be buying lotto tickets or some thing.  This can't be the norm by any stretch of the imagination.

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Very nice, you're doing good work on it. It'll be up and running before you know it.

So if I may ask, how far are you going into this restoration?  Complete down to the bolts? Or just presentable? Do you happen to still have the flat belt pulley for it? Or were you leaving that off? I see in the photos above its no longer on it. 

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30 minutes ago, Reichow7120 said:

Very nice, you're doing good work on it. It'll be up and running before you know it.

So if I may ask, how far are you going into this restoration?  Complete down to the bolts? Or just presentable? Do you happen to still have the flat belt pulley for it? Or were you leaving that off? I see in the photos above its no longer on it. 

I'm going to start with being functional at this point.  I had to change engines due to a crack in the water jacket and the original steel wheels were cut off, so it will never be %100 but I would like to leave a little meat on the bone for later, so to speak.  I do have a flat belt pulley for it.  This is a family tractor that has been out of use since the late 60's to early 70's so any level of operation would be a God send.  My parents are getting up there so it need to get done.

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Sounds good, The only reason I asked about the flat belt pulley is if you were in need of a pulley I happen to have a spare one I'd part with that's in good shape but since you have one forget I asked. 

Heck my H is just a running tractor I use on the farm. It's not original but it has been in the family since Grandpa bought it in 1948. Same principle, no problem there.

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2 hours ago, Reichow7120 said:

Sounds good, The only reason I asked about the flat belt pulley is if you were in need of a pulley I happen to have a spare one I'd part with that's in good shape but since you have one forget I asked. 

Heck my H is just a running tractor I use on the farm. It's not original but it has been in the family since Grandpa bought it in 1948. Same principle, no problem there.

Thank you for asking about the belt pulley!  Dad saw one years ago along side the road in a pile of trash from a roadside clean up.

Always wanted to make it a perfect original on steel but now that I'm married, it wouldn't be much fun for the girls to run so I opted for rubber.  Maybe someday.

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Made good progress yesterday.  All the clutch fingers have been properly adjusted, rails and front bolster are back on and the belts and generator have made it back on.   More to do though.

 

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