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WD Channel iron frame

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04-27-2004 18:47:28

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i have a 1950 allis chalmers WD. I want to remove one side and clean it up and paint it. can you do that without damaging anything. dose anyone have any experience in doing so. Has any one ever replace the channel iron by cutting off the part ahead of where it attaches to the rearend by cutting and welding. Thanks alot in advance.

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04-28-2004 17:27:06

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 Re: WD Channel iron frame in reply to WDIan , 04-27-2004 18:47:28  
You can support under the rail you are not taking off. Just behind the cross member for the front support for the engine. A good stable pile of blocks here with just enough strain to support the tractor, not let it sink or raise it up. Now you can take off the opposite rail. It is much easier to do only one at a time. The right one is more difficult as it has the steering supports (2), and the hydraulic oil will run out of the belt pully opening if you don't drain down the hydraulic system. Swing down the right brake, unbolt the radiator capscrew, and take out all the other capscrews, and the bolt holding the front engine support.

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04-27-2004 19:51:43

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 Re: WD Channel iron frame in reply to WDIan , 04-27-2004 18:47:28  
Thanks alot Joe.
You really put alot of time and effort into that WC. My hats off to ya.

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04-27-2004 19:21:06

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 Re: WD Channel iron frame in reply to WDIan , 04-27-2004 18:47:28  
Ian, It's no problem to remove either frame rail one at a time. The most important thing is to have enough support under the engine and transmission to support the tractor and to keep it from twisting. I did my WC this way and had no problems at all. May I suggest a good quanity of cribbing, 4x4's about 3 ft or so long are what I used and then made up the difference with 2x4's and wooden wedges. It is also hard to get the rail to come off the front pedistal. I had to drive oak wedges in the crack to get mine to come apart. FYI the beams are not the lightest, its nice to have a second set of hands when it's ready to come off. There are some pictures here of mine.


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