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The 2520 is finally done!

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Brent in WI

01-20-2013 18:11:14
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After 4 Ĺ years I finally finished my 71 2520. I have done a complete out of frame engine overhaul with new injectors and rebuilt injection pump. Both clutches were rebuilt. The hydraulics were rebuilt including the front pump with new rear pump, along with resealing the steering motor and rebuilding the steering valve, SCV and rockshaft. The wiring had to be completely replaced as there was nothing worth salvaging. The front end and seat were completely rebuilt. Those were just the big ticket items with countless smaller items done as well. I have kept a folder with all the receipts but I donít think I will ever add them up as I donít want to really know and that includes buying a parts 2510 tractor. I learned a ton of things and much of it came from great people on this site.

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DWCYour Handle

01-23-2013 06:57:07
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  

GETTING MINE DIRTY. DWC



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donjr

01-22-2013 17:00:19
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Purty job!!! Wanna do mine next???



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spareparts-45

01-21-2013 18:14:16
75.200.252.175



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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Great looking tractor. What brand of paint did you use? if not JD paint # please thanks



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Ken11487

01-21-2013 17:48:36
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Brent , looks awesome.

Tell us about the dash resto. What did you do for the labels for the guages?

I have done my 4320 one piece at a time but have yet to finish the dash.

Did you get the guages restored or replaced?



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Brent in WI

01-22-2013 18:12:58
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Ken11487, 01-21-2013 17:48:36  
Ken
Thanks as far as the dash goes Deere still had new eng. temp. gauges, all the idiot lights, the John Deere name plate and the rubber cover for the speed control tube. The gas gauge was refurbished by Evergreen Restorations and he had a NOS trans. temp. gauge and the decals came from Jorde. Two great guys to work with. I was lucky with the tach as that was replaced before I bought it. Paint was Blitz Black from Deere and the rest was Ag Green from Deere with a Urethane clear coat on the sheet metal. (I had the sheet metal done by a professional painter)
Brent

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Brent in WI

01-21-2013 17:45:41
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Thanks to all for the kind words and recognition of the countless hours it takes to do a restoration, and to those that have shared pictures of your tractors as they all look great! It seems that there is a small niche of people out there that really like the Dubuque/Waterloo hybrid 2510 and 2520 like me. They are a great all around utility size but with row crop features. I have a 2510 that I love and always wanted a side console 2520. I plan on using this on the farm but I will cringe when spring comes around as that first scratch will be painful like getting the first scratch on your brand new truck. I just need to remind myself that it is a tractor and made to work in the dirt.

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sideconsole4020guy

01-21-2013 17:48:17
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-21-2013 17:45:41  
That is a awesome 2520! Some day I want my 4020s to look like that.



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stonerock

01-21-2013 17:41:19
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
that's nice love those new steps!!



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Df

01-21-2013 15:25:07
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
That is really, really nice. I have a 1972 synchro with 4400 org. Hrs that is all original. I am debating on restoring it. I know that they say that a good original is better, but it is really nice to look at one as nicely done as yours. Good job. As much time and money as it takes to get them looking this good you want to wrap them up in an air tight bag.



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Df

01-21-2013 16:22:00
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Df, 01-21-2013 15:25:07  
Wow!



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Tx Jim

01-21-2013 16:00:36
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Df, 01-21-2013 15:25:07  
Here's a nice original 2520 that Larry Anderson sent me a photo of to post for him.

This post was edited by Tx Jim at 16:56:18 01/21/13 2 times.



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Ferd

01-21-2013 14:06:39
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Your 2520 looks great - lots of work and you can really take pride in it. Here my 2520 - has to work for it"s living. Wish it looked as nice as your does.

IMG_3786 photo IMG_3786.jpg

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Bob Harvey

01-21-2013 16:17:12
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Ferd, 01-21-2013 14:06:39  
I'd say your machine looks like someone takes care of their equipment. Work 'clothes' look good !



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DWCYour Handle

01-21-2013 12:52:49
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  

HEY BRENT IN WIS. MY 2510 HAS ONLY 3900 ACTUAL HRS AND THE ORIGINAL FOAM UNDER THE FRT LIP OF THE HOOD HOW ABOUT YOURS? HERE IS A PIC OF MY FRT ROW AT A DEALER OPEN HOUSE FOR THE FOOSE 4020. DWC



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Bob Bancroft

01-21-2013 07:11:28
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
WOW. That is gorgeous! As is the 2510 below. I'm curious about the front weights I frequently see on these tractors. Are you planning on some serious 3 point work? I pull a six row planter with my 2520, with no ballast. It's light in the front, but that's just the way I want it.



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Brent in WI

01-21-2013 17:10:09
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Bob Bancroft, 01-21-2013 07:11:28  
Bob
Good question but almost all my equipment is 3 point including an 8' Brillion Sure Stand seeder which requires the extra weight.
Brent



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DWCYour Handle

01-21-2013 07:02:28
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  

I THINK MY 1967 2510 AND YOUR 2520 WOULD BE A GREAT PAIR AT A TRACTOR SHOW.DWC



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larryanderson

01-21-2013 12:01:25
184.21.172.50



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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to DWCYour Handle, 01-21-2013 07:02:28  
If you buy a new hub it is yellow.The tractors that I know are originals have green hubs on the inside.I assume that when the tractors were painted at the factory the wide front was on hence the green paint on inside.Now how did the outside get yellow.It had to be done after wheel was installed as the rims are painted separately.The inside doesnt bother me either way just out side.One minor thing the gearshift top part is always black not really paint but almost like a coating that probably keeps it from looking dirty.I like 1206 Internationals and the same thing happens with their front hubs only just the cap is red.I would not even attempt to paint a tractor to suit me that is a job that requires excellent facilities ,patience,and someone fussier than me.The 2510 and 2520 are nice and I always say there are may be several as nice but very few nicer.

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larryanderson

01-21-2013 07:18:43
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to DWCYour Handle, 01-21-2013 07:02:28  
Excellent job.2520s seem to be one of the hot ones and are hard to find.It is funny but 2520/3020/4000/4020/&4320 all bring about the same money but when I have a 2520 for sale they get the most number of potential buyers that call.I see so many [originals] that have the front hubs green and axles yellow that I appreciate one done right.Probably cheaper to buy one that is done or nice original but the satisfaction of a job well done is priceless.

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tomstractorsandtoys1

01-21-2013 08:13:09
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to larryanderson, 01-21-2013 07:18:43  
Larry, I have a question about the green hubs.I have seen quite a few tractors that the inside of the hub(behind the rim) was green.Were some 10 and 20 series painted like that or should the whole hub be yellow? I like you do not like green hubs,yellow axles do not bother me but the green hub stands out to much.



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2520-4010

01-21-2013 07:44:06
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to larryanderson, 01-21-2013 07:18:43  

Larry,

I like the front wheels done correctly too......but after I look at these two tractors, I'm beginning to wonder...which is correct from the factory???? Front hub all yellow, or just the front side showing through the wheel? I've always thought it was just the side showing on the outside.....

Nice tractors either way!



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Bob Bancroft

01-21-2013 08:02:04
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to 2520-4010, 01-21-2013 07:44:06  
I just looked at my 2510 and 2520, both original, and the front hub insides are green, outsides yellow.



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2520-4010

01-21-2013 08:05:04
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Bob Bancroft, 01-21-2013 08:02:04  

Thanks Bob..... I wondered about the front weights too. My 2520 has a front loader...but we never had more than three on our 4010.

Thx again.



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Brent in WI

01-21-2013 17:03:59
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to 2520-4010, 01-21-2013 08:05:04  
Thanks much for the comments about the inside hub color as I want this to be as accurate as possible. Since this tractor was original paint I assumed the inside was yellow since that is what they were as can be seen in one of the pictures which I used as a guide so they must have been replaced at some point. It would make sense that they would be green and fortunately thatís easy to fix. There was nothing left on the shift lever from wear and another easy fix.

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Gundoctor

01-21-2013 06:51:53
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
That is a great job. It is to good to get into the mud. I wished many times I had one of these as I had 3020,4020 and 4320. All I can do is look back but you made my day.



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buickanddeere

01-21-2013 06:48:29
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Better than factory built.



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JD PHIL

01-21-2013 06:24:35
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Thats very nice!! Don't add up the tickets just burn them so the wife never knows what you spent or you maybe sleeping with the tractor!!!



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2520-4010

01-20-2013 19:29:42
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Great job......it takes lots of time and effort to make one look that good. Be proud!



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Tx Jim

01-21-2013 03:32:56
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to 2520-4010, 01-20-2013 19:29:42  
Very nice job.



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tomstractorsandtoys1

01-20-2013 19:28:27
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
That is one sharp looking tractor.My dad bought a new 2520 narrow front in 1972 for $6700 it was discounted because the 30 series were out.Your paint job shines better that dad's new one.I have a 2510 diesel that I use on the farm.



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4010 puller

01-20-2013 19:19:59
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Great looking tractor! Do you still have loader? Did 2510 parts tractor have a diesel engine? Send me a message and let me know what parts you have left.



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JDG

01-20-2013 19:01:07
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Was tractor sand blasted?



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Brent in WI

01-20-2013 19:07:10
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to JDG, 01-20-2013 19:01:07  
Yes the grey picture is it's birthday suit from carefull sand blasting.



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B-maniac

01-21-2013 16:32:11
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 19:07:10  
I was just waiting for someone to notice that. Now someone will tell you your whole tractor internals will wear out because it's all full of sand. Some people know how to do it right and not have that problem. Looks and sounds like you did pretty much everything right. Nice job, indeed !



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jdv

01-20-2013 18:51:21
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Beautiful tractor!



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onefarmer

01-20-2013 18:35:23
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
That's too pretty. I'd be afraid to climb on it.



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Canadian Ken

01-20-2013 18:28:05
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 Re: The 2520 is finally done! in reply to Brent in WI, 01-20-2013 18:11:14  
Awesome Job!!! great paint job -you should be proud of the end product!!
Ken



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