Posted by Colin King on November 14, 2012 at 06:25:08 from (188.8.131.52):
I spent the day in the shop working on the '47 2N project yesterday. After working on this in fits and starts since last fall, I've finally made some decent headway.
This was a beat up old tractor with a lot of previous owner modifications, including a badly cut hood, and 16" rims welded onto the hubs. The rims had 8.5" wide car tires - so wide that they nearly rubbed on the spindles. Some ugly welding on the fenders and a cut grill, too. But it also has a Sherman step-up and a rest-o-ride seat, and runs nicely.
I got the rims cut off the hubs, cleaned up the hubs and re-cut threads on the studs. I cut and welded patches for the sheet metal damage and cleaned the previous owner's paint job over what looked like a half century of grease. I've repaired a cracked front axle/engine mount and replaced king pin and bushing. The king pin bushing was so worn it is razor sharp. When I get into the shop next week I'll do the spindle bushings and bearings and finish my pre-paint prep work.
I straightened out the left side radius rod. However, after doing that, the radius rod is now too long...the main axle member is binding during it's travel, so I have to figure out what's going on there. This appears to have been a problem for a while. The previous king pin had been force out of the hole in the axle mount closest to the engine for so long that the pin was badly worn away.
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