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354 steering restoration

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First off let me just say that I am new to tractors and new to restoration work.  I own a 354.  The restoration has been like many others here, a year in the making.  I have made it from the front of the tractor to the steering column with very few issues.  My question is what type of oil do I use in the steering box.  Every where I have read mentions the oil fill plug and oil seals but not what type of oil.  Any suggestions?

 

The steering column and box was dirty, but it does not appear to have any leaks. Currently I can not hear feel or see any issues with the steering.  I know that at one point this tractor was under water.  I just don’t know how much of it.  Replacing all fluids as a safe guard.

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As far as oil goes , not knowing any thing about the gear box , i would not use a gl4 or gl5 high sulfur oil if it has brass , the sulfpher attaches to it and flakes it away little by little. 

Should have a recommendation in the tractor manual or it manuals . 

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Just a little update on my steering issue.  Pulled the cover off the side of the steering box and got a hand full of heavy grease and bearings.  After cleaning it up looks like I be redoing the bearings.

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I check my B414 manual ( has the same steering box )   calls for SAE-80 oil.  manual said 1-3/4pt.

 

Al

 

 

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Thanks Al.

Just a little update on my steering issue.  Pulled the cover off the side of the steering box and got a hand full of heavy grease and bearings.  After cleaning it up looks like I’ll  be redoing the bearings.

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@New@this18 I will need to open mine too, the seal on the output shaft is ... non existant. i packed mine with EP2 until i get to it this summer. I plan on doing a full rebuild on mine, its really sloppy... typical for a FEL tractor.

Keep posting pictures of your 354 rebuild. we all love pictures 🙂 

 

Al

 

 

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I have a 354  decent shape no leaks only on loader cylinders. Have a steering problem turns left but hard to the right was told it was the little box on the right side of tractor.

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Thanks.  I need to get an owners manual.  Any ideas on flushing the hydraulic system without taking it off the rear end.  I have an inch or more of sludge in the bottom.  Don’t want that in the refurbished hydraulic pump.

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Got things back together finally.  Now if I could just get spark.   Any ideas.  I have a new coil, distributor points, and starter solenoid.  

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