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Project Journal - An Unlikely M
Handle: Ncarolinasailor  
Project Name: An Unlikely M  
Tractor: Farmall M  
Started: 13:33 11/03/16  
Updated: 07:46 05/16/18  
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14:59 07/24/17

 14:22 11/03/16  Getting to work....
So my uncle dropped off the tractor yesterday...Based on the VIN it is a 1941 M. Most Ms this far gone would end up in the scrap heap but I like the challenge and I am not looking to do the "make it look brand new" thing. I just want to get it running and make it look like it did in its farm days.

10:07 11/07/16

 10:07 11/07/16  Missing Parts
Getting under way here I need to work on the steering support so I need to pull the wheel. This proves to be a task because it is rusted in place. Looking it over I can see a number of missing parts.

- Air Cleaner
- Muffler
- Belly Pump
- Radiator Sheet Metal
- Grill
- Front Hub/Rim
- Steering Shaft Cover
- Starting Ratchet Springs

And parts too damaged to be functional:
- Wiring Harness
- Front Rim
- Manifold
- Seat
- Steering Support

Have a look!

11:35 07/21/17

 11:35 07/21/17  Pulling the Motor
The crank is very stuck even without a piston in the motor. I am going to break it down entirely. Started last night by removing the front bolster (one heavy beast).

14:58 07/24/17

 14:56 07/24/17  Getting ready to pull motor
With Front and radiator removed there's not much left to do before pulling this motor and getting it on the stand...

17:09 07/28/17

 17:09 07/28/17  Getting ready to pull motor 2
For the sake of time (equipment place is only open 7-12 on weekends) I got everything ready to pull the motor. Don't worry I will have the trailer attached to the truck before lifting the motor.

11:29 07/29/17

 11:29 07/29/17  Pulling the Motor
Well it's done. Went well (took me all of about 2 hours).

11:33 07/29/17

11:33 07/29/17

 11:31 07/29/17  Motor is on the stand
Sitting under the shed I should be able to clean it up and finish disassembly.

07:46 05/16/18

07:46 05/16/18

 07:46 05/16/18  Transmission Cover
I am still focused on rebuilding the motor but I wanted to have a look at what waited cor me in the transmission. After pulling the belt pulley drive I saw a lot of rust from open bolt boles allowing a little water and the PTO leaking the fluid down over time. Scrubbing with a toothbrush a little it actually doesnt look that bad. There is a missing tooth on one gear and its match so we will see if it all has to come out...
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