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Old 06-05-2018, 10:09:11 AM
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Last week I reworked the front axle kingpins and bushings, built up the kingpins where they were worn and sanded them round again. Couldn't find anyone that could turn them, needed to save some money anyhow. Took the bushings out and flipped them over, basically. They weren't worn as badly as the kingpins.
The right front wheel had inner edge wear from rubbing the furrow side for years, had a cutout rim I bought at an auction years ago for a donor. In the end I think I should have used the whole cutout and welded the spokes as it would have taken a lot less time, the cutout had been egg shaped at some time and if I had a good round one either way would have been easier. I don't think I had a pic of how badl the camber actually was on these wheels, but its a lot better now.

This earlier type axle has solid bearing and spindle, they are some worn but pretty even and should do for many years. It didn't have any felt seal left at all, just grease in the grooves. I remade seals out of 1/2" felt.
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Old 06-05-2018, 10:23:42 AM
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Hadn't started this tractor for a couple of weeks, last night I decided to try it and it would NOT start at all. I had installed an air cleaner after THOROUGHLY cleaning it out, and I wondered if it was flooded. Took the elbow off the air cleaner to carb and it was completely plugged off with a mouse collection of carpet fibers or something of that nature stopped at the choke plate. Some of it made it out the exhaust when it tried to fire, but now it won't fire at all and i'm sure its going to have to be belt started, here we go again. Cleaned the plugs in case they were gas fouled, blew air through the plug holes with each intake valve open and the carb off, still no start with good fire. Evidently my cleaning job wasn't good enough or mice had moved in in a short time.
A friend offered me this Stromberg M2 carburetor, tested the float and its good, not sure at this time what I will do yet. The Shebler carb is okay, but never has been all that easy to start yet.
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Have same carb on my 1930 KT and works fine, Simple carb.
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Did you have much trouble with the needle and seat? Tested the float last night and it works good. I noticed the M1 was offered on the KT, otherwise the M2 was offered on some early 12-20's and a few trucks from 1916-1925.
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Maybe M2 on Rock Island. All brass carb so no issues with seats. Got another off Ebay for parts. 21-32 used M3 if I remember right.
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I got the tractor running again last night, while it was running I tried to install the elbow to the carb from the air cleaner and the engine bogged down and flooded immediately telling me the air cleaner was still plugging. I took it off and blew air through it again, noticed it was free sometimes and other times it would plug. NOTHING would come out. Tried to dig with a wire, nothing. Finally I decided to try burning it out. I knew this could be a bad thing, heat and a soldered cannister, but I was out of ideas. I used the torch flame in the outlet elbow to ignite the mouse nests or whatever was in there, actually turned out very well. Lots of smoke for awhile, no solder melted away, kept the torch oxygen on the canister for awhile.
That being said I would not recommend burning an air cleaner out to the average person. I wasn't REAL sure how much nest and gasoline vapor there was in it, didn't smell gassy is why I continued on, but I started with a 3/4" plywood shield and did it outside in the yard on the rocks. Turns out there was no worry, but I sure wanted to add that. Also, definitely had the glass jar off the bottom end, all ends open.
Also pictured is the wad of mouse nests that killed the inlet air at first.
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Finally got the oil pressure indicator put back together and tested last night, I had been running an oil guage at first for testing and adjustment. The indicator rod is terribly pitted, doesn't show the grooves and numbers well anymore, I was going to build a new one or look for another eventually.
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I didn't have an air cleaner pipe and hood, so I tried to build one from pictures and parts book illustrations. Meanwhile a friend of mine found this one for me, an original.
The original will have to go on sometime, and I need to figure out how to screen it at the top like I did on the one I made, we have a lot of mud dauber wasps around these parts.
The short drawbar was something I wanted to remedy, Mark's turned out really great but I wanted something quick as time is getting short for the show. Had this extension plate that really fit the bill, I think.
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This weekend I also changed out the inner lugs, offset holes because the lugs that were on originally came awfully close to the belt pulley and some time in the past the pulley was chipped. The old lugs were centered holes and the ones I installed were offset, although I had to slot the holes out a bit because they were 3/4"x 5" spacing and the Twin City takes 5/8"x 4 1/2". Just to make sure, i'm planning on tack welding the bolt head to the lugs, sure don't need them coming loose. I replace all the lock washers with new when installing lugs, sure don't want to ever redo them.
Also found a replacement oiler end for the rocker oilers, found a brass one on the internet after looking through some plated ones. Cost 8 dollars plus shipping, now all four will match.
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I had to make my own throttle linkage from the lever to the carb, and I may change out carbs some this winter to see if the Stromberg is a good brass alternative, so I made a pivot at the front gas tank mount with a lever. Since it seems to start better with the throttle open I can get to this lever to throttle back quicker than all the way back to the platform.
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