Posted by Phil960 on January 07, 2013 at 14:39:22 from (22.214.171.124):
Radiator shop called today and informed me that the radiator was completely plugged. As most of you stated, the symptoms indicated a flow problem and you were correct. After rodding it out he determined it was beyond repair, said it looked like it had never been flushed. With that said, we talked about a recore, a bit pricey compared to an aftermarket radiator but I chose to go ahead with a recore of the original just because it is the original and I won't have to worry about fit or clearance issues or inferior workmanship or materials with an aftermarket. Many of you may disagree with this theory but I figure the original lasted nearly 60 years and the shop doing the work is a trusted source and completely stand behind their work. Plus it's a local mom and pop shop that been in business for years and I like helping local people when I can.
Another issue I have been dealing with is repairing the power steering cylinder and linkage. With the help of a member here, Forddoc, I will be able to fix all of the issues for around 100.00. That's a far cry from the 770.00 for a rebuilt one. The sleeve assy. has been beat on or someone hit something hard and spun the wheels to full lock with enough force to bend and egg shape the housing. Forddoc was kind enough to talk with me about the problem and let me know that he had a jig made in his shop to reshape these assemblies. The price was extremely reasonable so off those parts went this morning. A set of seals from the dealer and I should be good to go.
I want to thank ALL of you who have helped me diagnose and repair this tractor. This site is great because of the people on it and the willingness to help a newbie like me is very much appreciated. I'm sure I'll have more questions for you as we go along so thanks for your help and patience.
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