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Twin City 27-44 Restoration Started


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Old 08-22-2010, 09:08:35 PM
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Hello all,
My good friend Jim Anderson and I wanted a set of road builder pyramid style lugs for our 27-44's. Both of the tractors we bought were missing the lugs. Tomahawk Foundry in Rice Lake Wisconsin whipped us up two full sets in short order.
Jim wanted his new and sharp looking, but I wanted mine to have sort of a normal appearing amount of wear. After the drilling and tapping was done, I made a jig to fit two lugs at a time into my chopsaw and took one inch off of all of them. After rounding the sharp cuts off with the grinder, painting the bottom sides with primer and battleship gray, it was time to secure all 126 of them with splitlocks and square nuts.
This whole lug project was expensive and terribly time consuming, but my tractor was a road builder in central Minnesota and I wanted it outfitted according to the specs listed in the parts manual.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:33:18 PM
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These tractors had no primer applied under the paint in the 1920's, but I like the additional rust protection that affordable red oxide provides so on it went. I have been applying primer and paint as I go in an effort to keep rust from starting up undrneath or in between parts, (this machine was a rust bucket when I dragged it home).
I have used two and a half gallons of battleship gray so far.
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Tony, are those new lugs made from cast iron or cast steel?
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Sprout,
More iron than steel,
The boys at the foundry have been casting these for years and have the formula figured pretty well.
I didn't ask for details on the mix, because they have a good reputation. Website/contact information for Tomahawk Foundry is listed on the Links & Credits page of my website.

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I visited the foundry this past June and plan to have them make me up some parts as well. Great guys, thanks.
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That project is looking very good, Tony. If you ever decide to do a 1/4 scale replica, you already have the mini lugs!! LOL.
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Tony, looks great! when you get done with that one there are a couple here that need some tlc, theres a spare room and we will feed you good.
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ROOM AND FOOD!
Best be cautious with generous offers like that.
America has given a great deal of our whole manufacturing base to China and Mexico.
If our current state of economy gets much worse you will have enough people showing up at your place to start your own town!
Hummmm...Lawrenceville, North Carolina....has a nice ring to it though don't you think?
Your dad is a real nice guy, he can be the mayor and you can be the sheriff!
I better stay here and finish out my own resto...got to have this tractor and others ready for LeSueur 2011 Minneapolis-Twin city-Moline feature next summer,
Tony
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It does have a little ring to it eh? Well just like all your other restorations I can see your making the road king into a class act also. Keep us posted and when we get off the off brand stuff were sure to return to the TC!
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I posted pictures of my canopy being fitted earlier in this thread. After degreasing and pressure washing all the canopy irons, I hit them with red oxide primer and then more of the dreary battleship gray. I soaked the platform boards with three heavy brush coatings and ordered square head bolts, nuts and washers in a plain or raw finish. Paint does not stick to zink plated hardware and in a year or two you have bright zink bolts and nuts showing through everywhere when the paint falls off of them.
I am thinking this machine was partially dissassembled many years ago by someone that became overwhelmed by the demands required to complete the job. Many of the badly rusted fasteners were twisted off and many more had been replaced by a modern mix of incorrect used hardware...to long, to short, absence of washers and insertion of wire and used barn nails for cotter keys!
Anyway, the canopy is back on. I had a new two piece fan shroud made and the fellow did a nice job, however, it was unfinished requiring a great deal of trimming, bending and needed all the holes drilled to get it to fit.
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