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I need to remove the fuel tank to clean it out, as all the fuel lines are clogged and rusty , but have to remove all 3 sets of stubborn (tight) connections that included elbows of the external piping to the tank . Once they were off removal was easy as the mounting bolts came off with no problem, sourced the lifting straps and Kubota tractor with forks, strapped everything up, lifted the engine, removed the tank, and put the engine right back on the tractor. Got the pressure washer out and cleaned the tank inside and out . Need to make sure the tank and piping are clean inside and fix any leaks before putting it back. Only broke one ¼” pipe at the threaded connection to the tank . More to do another day while having "FUN", even in NJ on the way through .
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Some of the 100 + year old wood, in a corner that holds the clutch lever (made it a sloppy connection) was quite deteriorated (rotted) and has fallen out, as was some of the standing platform . I sourced some treated wood from the Son’s scrap pile , made the necessary repairs and it tightened up nicely . Now to find some grey wood () stain to match the patina of the rest of the wood. This kept me busy for awhile fitting (cutting , drilling holes in the right places) the pieces. Just having “fun” , even in NJ on the way through .
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The steering wheel upright support was quite loose with no way to tighten up the existing two-bolt angle bracket holding it . I found some 3/16” steel plate in the scrap pile and made me a new 6 bolt hole bracket which was mounted in 4 existing holes in the main frame and two for the upright support . Put it all together and tightened the bolts, and what a difference .
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I spent a few hours taking apart all the rusted piping (fuel & water) and cleaned them good . I made a new hand hole cover gasket and checked to see if the oil dipper was on the connecting rod (it was ). Here is a box of cleaned up parts (missing one ) as I trial fit them all back on the engine. I looked in the blast cabinet, and there was the missing ¾” fitting in the corner .
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The sump oil level sight gauge (G7238) was filthy dirty and leaking, so I decided to clean it up . When I took it apart it apart the sight glass came out in pieces, (no wonder it leaked ). I got the tile cutter out, a piece of glass gauge tubing, cut me a new 2 ¼” piece, and made a couple of new gaskets. I added one quart of oil to the crankcase which brought it to the level mark on the sight glass gauge. I checked the oil dipper to ensure it dipped in the oil before closing the crankcase. Just doing a little every day while having “FUN”, even in NJ on the way through .
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After pressure washing out the gas tank, I tried a chain in the 100 + year old tank to clean out more debris, which it did. BUT, the chain got a bit balled up when I tried to remove it, which I finally did (all I can say is don’t use a chain ). I then put some gas in the gas tank to wash it out, and HOUSTON we have LEAK’s in the bottom of the tank. Here is a photo of the bottom of the tank that looks like a lunar landscape with all the previous repairs, and of where the multitude of leaks are . Option #1 is to solder the bottom pinholes more and hope for the best . Today I found a 200-watt soldering iron at the “FLEA” market, that works , and will attempt soldering up the “known” pinholes , expecting more as I test the tank again . Tank sealer probably won’t work as I don’t think I can’t get it clean enough . Option #2 is to just call and get a new tank, and then sealing it with tank sealer taking all the “FUN” away from me , even in NJ on the way through…

ps: Option #2 is looking good to me
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Paul, have John Wyant make you a new tank. He is a sponsor here on this site. I hear he does GOOD work.
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Spent some quality time with the 200 watt soldering iron this afternoon. After a few miss's , I got a few hit's and the tank is sealed . I was trying to clean out the tank some more with acetone and keep getting rust flakes and white tank sealer in sheets, that was tried before . The bits and pieces are getting less and less as I continued to rinse the tank out, but I finally just stopped (enough is enough) because down the road, the tank will just give me (or another caretaker) a problem. I will order a new tank from John next week, and be done with it . Now that was "FUN" (in NJ ) on the way through.
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Today I did some wiring and then added gas to the overflow mixer because I just can’t wait for a gas tank. I gave it a shot of starting fluid and away it went. Runs quite well , but maybe, a tad fast for my likes. Here is a hurried video of the running 3HP IHC Vertical Screen Cooled engine that powers this ADAMS HUSKER Kit Tractor. I still have a lot to do with the engine and tractor running gear before the first “DRIVE” . Now that sure was "FUN" , even in NJ on the way through .

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I called John Wanat on Monday, he called me back on Tuesday morning after returning from Portland, sent the gas tank (last one he had) out that morning, and the shiny new gas tank showed up at my front door Wednesday morning . Talk about responsive customer service -“THANKS” . John is a sponsor here on the STACK for: Low tension ignition coils, battery boxes, crank guards, fuel tanks and cooling tanks in stock! USE HIM . Folks like him help me or any one have more "FUN" wherever they may be, even in NJ on the way through .
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2019 I tried running the ADAMS Tractor 3HP IHC Vertical again the other day, but couldn’t get it going . The problem is, the exhaust valve is sealing enough to give some compression if the flywheels are spun fast enough, but when the engine fires, the exhaust valve leaks enough so that the combustion pressure leaks out past the valve on the power stroke . I tried again to reseat the valve by rotating it in place, but it’s not working. So, I removed the 110 year head (with difficulty ), and took it home to do a valve job. It was a mess inside. Here are a couple of pictures showing the issues , and scraping off the gasket material that was left .
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I cleaned the cylinder to head surface, coated the new gasket with a film of #2 gasket sealer and installed the head. I put the igniter on and then tried to spin the flywheel. It sure is a marked improvement in compression as its tough to move the flywheels past TDC , so, I guess I did an OK valve job. I tried to trip the igniter the bump way (turning the flywheels backward) and could do it fairly easily. I put the mixer back in place as well as the intake/exhaust keeper. Now to put the new gas tank in place and connect the fuel system up. Starting the engine will be left for another day while having "FUN" , even in NJ on the way through .

ps: I need two Locking/ratchet type clutch/gear engagement levers. They need to have the lever extend below the pivot mounting point.
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I found the Locking/ratchet type engagement levers I need and am just waiting for it to show up. I'll probably have to modify it a bit to meet my needs , but I got it . In the meantime, I made a visit to a local small-time sawmill for a piece of oak I need for the ADAMS tractor decking that holds all of the controls as well as positioning the steering wheel. That last section of oak decking which is 36” long x 11 ¼” wide x 1 ½” thick is quite weak (and rotted ) where things mount. I asked, and within a few minutes we had a nice flat, silver/grey (weathered) slab for the piece I needed. Then, with the piece left over, we were able to cut a 48” X 13” piece I needed for another project. Now that was an enjoyable stop, getting what I need, talking about NJ wood, engines, sawmill issues, small business issues…a little politics (we’re on the same page), and even a possible engine find in an old barn that he knows about, and making a new friend . It sure was another “FUN” day, even in NJ on the way through.
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I picked up the Locking/ratchet type engagement levers I found and will modify them as needed for the ADAMS tractor if I decide to go forward with the change . A nice thing about these is there are two independent levers on the same base. I really would like to leave the gearing selection as found if I can find another safe way to operate the gearing without disturbing the original set up to much as shown in the third & fourth photo (thinking on that for now). I say, keep it experimental as the tag indicates what it is .
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As I work on the tractor, I’ve been looking for any and all information I can find on The Adams Co. of Marysville, Ohio, and it’s coming. A fellow STACKER who contacted me with a PM after reading my post, saying he had three glass negatives of the ADAMS Traction Gear Tractor that he would be willing to sell , if interested. Well, they arrived well packed in the mail. In addition, he sent me a clip from C. H. Wendel’s Encyclopedia of American Tractors (pg7) that had the ADAMS Traction Gear Tractor listed, even with the patent # 1,118,835. Soon I had the patent information printed out with drawing’s and tractor operation . Now I have a lot more information on my ADAMS experimental (first-X-1) Traction Gear tractor to work from as I continue to get it into an operational condition, while just having fun, even in NJ , doing it .
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