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Project Journal - AC D15D Restoration
Handle: YTSupport  
Project Name: AC D15D Restoration  
Tractor: AC D15D  
Started: 18:59 03/01/18  
Updated: 19:30 03/01/18  
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I have the D14 and D10 restorations going right now, but I want a place to record the work I do on the D15D. I will be doing some things simultaneously. I don't think I will get going on the D15 Diesel until 2019. As small things are done now, I'll include them here. For example, today I received the replacement radiator shroud for it. It's a wreck, but it's better than what is on there. The one on the tractor, had over half of it cut away. I didn't feel I was up to fabricating the bends at the sides of the grill mounts, just not that talented. So, I picked up this one which only had the lower middle section destroyed. It looks like much easier fabrication job. When I bought the tractor, I wasn't phased by the shroud's condition, because I assumed wrongly that the D14 spares I have, would fit fine. But AC completely reworked the sheet metal. Every dimension is about an inch to an inch and a half larger, shroud, grill, hoods and center channel. It makes two tractors that seem totally alike, actually totally different tractors.

The photo is of my D15D and the D17D. It needs an engine rebuild, smokes so badly you have to run out of the barn when you put it away. I am going to use D14 fenders on it and I have the remaining pieces. I've never rebuilt a diesel and I'm excited about that. I thought I'd get my feet wet with the D15 and then take on the D17 6 cylinder diesel.

The shroud appears to be off of an industrial model. I chipped the brush painted orange off and found a yellow underneath, and it doesn't look like the yellow primer they used that year. I thought it might have been from one of the industrials made prior to the heavy nose they put on the I-600 later. You can see the level of damage to this piece, but it's workable. In the near future, I'll mount it on the tractor after straightening, so I can make the pattern and put that new TIG machine I have to good use. My only concern is that I have only the D14 and 17 to pattern the holes after, I don't know what the actual cutouts at the lower center were like on the D15, and all the photos have a grill there. I won't be able to duplicate the two knockouts so I will drill it as if a loader pump were going to be mounted.

Will probably be a few months before I continue with this blog. I would imagine I won't do the sheet metal jobs I have until late spring.
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