I have several questions but I'd like to tell you how I got to where I am first.
When I bought my "B" a year ago I knew I had a gem. The bad news was that the sheetmetal was looked like a tin can that sat outside for forty years, the charging system didn't work, the starter didn't work, the lights were missing, leaks everywhere and the front tires were shot. The good news was that the engine would start with one or two bumps on the crank, it ran very well, it came with implements and also the original Bill of Sale (WOW). For the first week I would go and start it everyday and marvel how easy something that looked so bad could start and run so well. The second week I got an idea.
I have a background as a mechanic, a welder and a machinist and currently own a tire shop, an auto repair business and a welding service but, I have never owned a tractor before. I thought this would make a perfect Sunday (many Sundays) hobby. I was determined to do the best restoration that my skills and wallet could afford. I stripped it down to the bare bones, adjusted the brakes, clutch, repaired the engine (bent pushrod and replace every seal and gasket), fixed the radiator, replaced flywheel ring gear, repaired the front end, repaired the starter and generator and started on the metal work. I've had some setbacks, mainly time. Work has taken most of my year away and stripped parts have needed extra attention since they started rusting as soon as I stripped the old gunk and paint off them. I soaked my carb in a coffee can of kerosene while I was working on other areas but forgot about it for awhile and the kerosene was displaced by rainwater. The carb is in sad shape right now and a smarter or wealthlier man would probably buy a new one. I WILL restore that carb.
Currently most of the engine is ready to go. After the carb I plan on painting. I am very anxious to hear it running again but since I'm trying to paint it in stages it doesn't make any sense to do any more reassembly till I get some orange on it. Currently almost all the parts are primered. I'm just looking for a warm Sunday to paint. I figure I'm five or six warm Sundays from being able to show off my tractor.
Ok, the questions:
1. My steering wheel has many cracks and small chunks missing out of the black (dipped part). I read someplace about somebody filling cracks with body filler and then painting. Sounds good for cracks but I'm not too sure about chunks. Anybody have a better method? Remember, I'm trying to restore parts, not replace them.
2. Foolproof method of setting the intial timing? I don't know that the starter will function correctly although it ground tested well. I would like to crank start it for my own satisfaction but I'm too old to be sitting around waiting for bones to mend. I'd like to get this right the first time.
3. Intial carb settings? Again I'd like to get this right the first time.
4. There is three parts that I need that I can't find. I'm still looking for the correct headlights, small red lens for taillight and water temp gauge that works and says Allis-Chalmers.
Thank you in advance for all the assistance. I promise to post updates and pictures, before and after. clickent