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Assembly after paint

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Lee Aanderud

03-31-2008 09:51:01

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Okay, since I'm 1600 miles away from my tractor and brought all of the sheetmetal back home with me to do body work on and paint, how do I re-assemble the tractor without screwing up the bolts, nuts and screws? Do I need to take some of the paint back with me and a small touch-up gun? I don't think this thing will look right with shiny orange paint and zinc plated hardware. If I paint the hardware first, then it'll get messed up during assembly.



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03-31-2008 18:19:24

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 Re: Assembly after paint in reply to Lee Aanderud, 03-31-2008 09:51:01  
One thing to consider if you are doing a restoration is how the tractor came off the assembly line. As an example, the early Fords came off the line with unpainted zinc plated nuts, bolts and hardware. Sure makes it easier than having to do all that touch up. If you like shiny things, it looks cool too!

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03-31-2008 13:23:10

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 Re: Assembly after paint in reply to Lee Aanderud, 03-31-2008 09:51:01  
Bolts and nuts can be touched up with a small brush and will look ok. -- that's pretty much standard procedure. A few zinc plated bolts such as those that hold the sheet metal on look ok too.

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03-31-2008 14:18:42

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 Re: Assembly after paint in reply to CNKS, 03-31-2008 13:23:10  
Bolts are made to a specific size to fit wrenches in their bare state.It don't matter what you put on them it will chip off when the wrench is forced on. If you want just paint them with brush AFTER assy.Then you won't see the little chips like you might if you do it the other way. If you powder coat you won't get a wrench on at all. I paint mine after installation with a brush. With the right bristle and paint consistancy you cant tell they weren't sprayed. Use patience and have someone hold a magnifying glass on them and you can do a perfect job without any "wipeoffs".(use primer first)

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Mark Poss

03-31-2008 10:08:41

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 Re: Assembly after paint in reply to Lee Aanderud, 03-31-2008 09:51:01  
Lee, you can figure on using a lot of touch up paint once its back together again. You are going to have some nicks and scratches it just cant be helped.

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