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Minneapolis-Moline Prototype 445 Tractor #X-231


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Default Re: Minneapolis-Moline Prototype 445 Tractor #X-231

I would go with what's in your heart and budget. I like your 3rd option plan if you have the equipment or connection. I do admit just going all 10a production is easiest and cheapest option 3 seems like best of both avenues. And If your anything like me who's unsatisfactorily dumping tons of cash on a bandaid fix to a problem. You more than likely will have a haunting " if i only had" thought rolling through your brain. Production 10A parts are easy finds! Try option 3 then if it fails go to plan D... And then use the production would be replacements.
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Excellent videos! I say go with option 3 i believe it was....turn production axles on the lathe and be able to use original 10x bearing caps and hubs. That way the only visible difference to the admirer would be the square keyway. And if you really wanted to, after everything is set and torqued in place and just prior to paint, you could form JB Weld down in the keyway on the outside of the hub to take on the appearance of a round keyway. Once painted no one would be able to tell! Great job!
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Well not much new progress to report on X231, between plowing and shoveling snow there hasn't been a lot of work being done on it. But I did take some time to set myself up to better work on and assemble the ever-growing chassis, plus organize my shop space a little in the process...

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Very nicely done!
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Well I finally got around to deciding what to do about my axle problem - used the one good prototype axle and machined one of the production 445 axles to fit. I don't like it, would much rather have a matching set but this is the best repair I can pull off myself without breaking the bank. Besides, at least now I'll have another prototype/production contrast that I can use in conversation while at a tractor show someday...lol

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So as usual with X231 it's one step forward, two steps back

My plan today was to get both of the bull gears and axles fully installed in the rear end housing but the old girl had other plans, went to fit the first bull gear up and, well, here's the rest of the story...

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First attempt at dealing with the interference issue inside the case -

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Either long or short the videos are informational and entertaining. Not to mention addicting
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Made 'em fit...

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Excellent videos and very professionally done! Looking forward to the next installment!
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