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Old 05-22-2016, 10:53:45 PM
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Mike...I admire your ability to make usable wheels out of mostly cast off junk. Nice job! A couple of trips around the parade route will plug the extra holes with dirt. Did you have a set of original centers for the extension rims or did you have new ones cast?
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:17:54 PM
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After we put the wheels together, we had to mount the bull gears. We then had to build the bracing.

Pic 1...The bull gear sitting on the hub

Pic 2...The bracing cut out

Pic 3...Moving the gears around

Pic 4...Completed

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:46:48 PM
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Mark... we haven't yet figured out what we are going to do for extension hubs.

Mike
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Old 05-25-2016, 03:46:15 PM
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Mike
I was wondering how you were doing on your Project. Those wheels look great.

Jason
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:58:32 PM
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Mike...I hadn't considered the possibility that maybe no centers for the round spoke extension rims exist to make a pattern after. You'll think of something.

From the early pictures and ads it looks like the wheels that you have put back together fall into the 1912 time frame. While not a photo this December 1912 ad clearly shows the reinforced wheel edges and steeper lug angles.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:31:25 PM
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Jason...Your gears turned out great. Welding cast is a dying art from what I can find and you guys did a great job.

Mark...Thanks for the picture. I've been saying our parts are from 1912, but now we know for sure. Love SmokStak. Learn something new every day.

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Old 05-27-2016, 09:40:48 PM
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These are the front wheels. One rim was good enough to use. We had a few other rims, but they were all really rough, so we had another one rolled, drilled and countersunk holes.

We had to go through the same process for the spokes as we did for the back wheels. Smaller stock, though, so an easier job.

The first is an original.

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Old 05-28-2016, 02:47:44 PM
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The finished wheels with my son Ben, my paint helper.

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Mike,

Realy nice and great project.

Keep them coming the pictures and the story’s
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Mike- looks good! Those wheels are fun to paint. About the time you think you have them fully covered you find a bare spot on a spoke. I think I used about 1 1/2 gallons of paint on the Reeves wheels and I didn't paint the wheel faces!
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Here is another early Twin City 40 that is identified as a 1912 model. The picture was taken in 1919 and was part of an interesting article that discussed the longevity of the early large gas tractors from various companies. While the photo was small to work with the 45 degree lug angle on the round spoke extensions and the full rear fenders can be seen which places this tractor as pre 1913.
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Old 06-05-2016, 10:58:09 AM
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Those pictures are great, Mark. I really appreciate the information.

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The frame was in good shape. The only real issues were the angle irons off of the back. These form the supports for the operator's platform. They were removed prior to prep work.

These are when we picked it up

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This was after blasting and priming.

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Mike...It seems like an appropriate time to insert this ad which includes a really nice pen and ink illustration of an early TC 40. It looks like I was a bit premature with the pre-1913 statement on the last post as this ad is dated April 1913 and still depicts the "40" with the round spoke wheels.

Another plowing scene to enjoy. Pictures of the "40" fitted with a 12 bottom gang plow are fairly easy to come by.
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These pictures are of the cannon bearing.

Pic 1...The bearing still in the frame.

Pics 2 and 3...The babbit in it was very egged out from use. the axle was originally 4 15/16" dia. Vertically it was 5 1/2" from wear. We heated the babbitt out. In these pictures you can some ears in the middle of the casting. These are the pour spots.

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Pic 1...We made centering collars for either end. We then turned it vertical and poured into the ears. That was a lot of babbitt.

Pics 2, 3... We had sooted the shaft, then wrapped paper around it. Even with this we had to make a press to get the shaft out.

Pic 4...Back in place. We ended up with around 0.020 clearance. Not too bad for guess work.

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This is the front axle assembly.

On the later tractors, the front axle was sprung. The early style had no springs.

The axle just had to be loosened up, but was otherwise complete.

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Had to machine the newly cast hubcaps.

This is how it looked after we assembled the front end for the first time.

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Progress looks good!
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