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Keith Daniels

11-28-1999 17:37:33

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I have a VAC with flat tires.The two fronts are 15 inch wheels.Can I use a Space saver 'Donut' 0n these wheels temporarily until I can get it running?The tractor is in very rough shape,the toolbox is completely rusted out.Do i need special tubes or can I use car tubes? I was told that the tractor was retired cause of hydraulic trouble and that the engine ran when it was parked in the pasture.with no wires on it I'll have to replace them,and then see if it will run before I continue with a practical restoration....any Ideas would be appreciated.


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11-30-1999 15:41:34

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 Re: VAC headaches in reply to Keith Daniels, 11-28-1999 17:37:33  
I also try not to invest in tires until I know the tractor will be restored. Try this; find a tire dealer who has plenty of used tractor tires and he might mount them for the cost of mounting and tubes if needed. My dealer is happy to do this since it cost him $5 per used tire to dispose. He mounted two rear tires for me that were very acceptable for a hobby tractor full time. As for the front, use any small used auto tire.

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11-29-1999 10:43:56

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 Re: VAC headaches in reply to Keith Daniels, 11-28-1999 17:37:33  
It sounds like the tires are the least of your problem with this tractor. Can you take an air tank out to the tractor? You need just enough air in the tires to tow it so you don't damage the rims. There should be an article in Y/T archives that will help you get the engine unstuck (I would have to think it's stuck). WD 40 may be your best friend. If the engine doesn't run due to a crack block or something major you are better off walking away from this project. You can very quickly invest more into a VAC then it's worth. Great tractor to use, fun & easy to work on, but worth very little. All the best!

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