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Grill Problem

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05-14-2019 13:40:36

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Reinstalling the grill onto a 1955 International Farmall 100. I installed an IH hood ornament, but the grill overlaps it by 1/2" or so. I went back to an original photo (included) before I began the restoration and sure enough, the grill overlaps the hood "shroud." I suspect I have a mismatch since the the exhaust stack and air breather were not original. (Some suspected this tractor had probably rolled over in a ditch at some point.) Thoughts on a solution would be appreciated.


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05-14-2019 19:18:20

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 Re: Grill Problem in reply to Johnnykick, 05-14-2019 13:40:36  
I'm a decent mechanic, but bending metal and welding is not my gift. I would probably make things worse. I'll seek out a sheet metal specialist. Many thanks for the advice.

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05-15-2019 11:18:26

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 Re: Grill Problem in reply to Johnnykick, 05-14-2019 19:18:20  
My 350 was like that. I'm no body man either but I took a bottle jack, set in on some blocks in the front, jacked it up against the overhang with a 2x4 block between the jack and the metal. I didn't go very far at a time between backing up and measuring it but it worked like a charm. The nose on my 350 had been bopped pretty hard somewhere along the line. By the time I had pounded on it a while, jacked on it a while, and put a new IH on the nose, it looked good. gm

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05-14-2019 18:09:27

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 Re: Grill Problem in reply to Johnnykick, 05-14-2019 13:40:36  
The nose has been damaged and repaired at some point, you can tell by the way its an exterior weld on the dogleg in the pic where it joins the chin. It should be an exposed seem on the outside, not a bead. The top is bent as well, thats why itís under the grill rather than butted up to it. To make it all flush, you will need to get all the wrinkles and dents out and recurve the grill which is a mild convex, then assemble loosely and tweak until its all even. Patience and lots of time is the only was to do it if you want a good fit.

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05-14-2019 17:30:52

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 Re: Grill Problem in reply to Johnnykick, 05-14-2019 13:40:36  
if that 100 is like the earlier models like w6, w9, 400,450. that adjustment is made by moving the rad out at top or bottom. I just went through all that on my W9.to get it all lined up nice. rad should be sitting square when all done. and have nice clearance between hood and grill. the two top rods are the adjustment, and the two bottom rad mounts are on slots. when someone removes rad then just sticks it back on that's what you end up with and looks terrible.

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05-14-2019 15:14:35

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 Re: Grill Problem in reply to Johnnykick, 05-14-2019 13:40:36  
You might look at completed pictures of other Farmall or IH 100's.
Lots of little things don't line up quite right on that one.
Maybe someone ran into something with the front of that tractor and "mostly" straightened the sheet metal.

The nosecone should probably not droop down behind the grille.
The grille should probably be rounder most of the way down from top to bottom.
The gap between the grille and the side panel should probably be uniform top to bottom.

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