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David Bradley rider, tell me more about it

uglyblue66

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11/07/2018
Well I started on the hood and grill. It has been soaking in the electrolosis bucket for over a week .It had been brazed on and I had to take all that apart by some grinding and cutting and heated the remaining brass with the torch and pryed it apart.Was able to retain everything and the actuall damage they tried to fix on both sides was very minor.But they put enough brass on it to make a trumpet.
The broke bars in the grill have been replaced as they were missing in action.
It is coming along.I think I will weldup and repair the steering stuff tommorow and finish repairing the sheet metal portion of the hood.
While we have this great weather I am able to work with the doors open for good ventialation while welding.
 

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uglyblue66

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11/07/2018
I have not worked on this for a while but put it back on the hook hanging like a dead cow at the butcher shop so i can mess with that clutch plate over the weekend. When I felt alot of play in the steering I thought metal would be worn out. WRONG. There appears to have been a felt type spacer or something of that sort in between the pins and brackets that is rotten and allowing the parts to be sloppy.
I will do some looking around but I thought I would ask for ideas on how you all fix that.
 

4BadHotrodBrent

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05/25/2019
It has rubber bushings in the steering gear. The steering gear on my tractor is original so I haven’t had it apart to measure them out ,but I have replaced the rubber bushings in my Tri-Trac. I ended up using two different sizes of heater hose so one would slip into the other to gain the proper inner and outer diameter. From doing so I gained a sloppy free steeering gear with the added durability of the reinforced hose. Try measuring it out and see if you could use some various gas / heater hose for yours. Some simple Teflon bushings could be made on a lathe too.
 

uglyblue66

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11/07/2018
I knew that thing didn't look right I copied,it was worn or broke,thanks for the photo,now I can finish that piece. gota get together on that air cleaner when the tax refund comes in a week or so to,
 

uglyblue66

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11/07/2018
I have been a hunter and gatherer of this kind of stuff since about 1984 at 17 years old for the mechanical stuff and before that on electronic stuff.
I was sitting around yesterday thinking I had a pile of steering wheels somewhere in the shed. Sure enough,I found 1 that fits this tractor BUT it was a keyed wheel and it is about a 1/2 inch or so smaller in outer diameter.But in good condition. The wheel on this tractor was welded,apparently from the factory , to the shaft.It took some effort to remove it,finishing ruining it to.But there was no key way on the shaft or anything.The replacement wheel looks the same on the shaft so I will squirt some Mig on it and let it be.
 

uglyblue66

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11/07/2018
Have you made anymore progress? Can’t wait to see a update!:D
Naw,I have left this un touched for a while.I do to many things at one time.
Currently everything is on hold because I finally got the owner,my neighbor,in the mood to bring back parts for his G Allis chalmers that has been taking up space in my shop for over 5 years!.It was just a motor and trans,as of last night it has it's front frame and axles back on.Can't wait to see it GONE!
 

4BadHotrodBrent

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05/25/2019
Quite understandable. I have multiple projects going on myself. Sometimes I feel that I’m not getting anything done. I recently cleaned and organized my back building so I could actually see my 58’. Of coarse I picked the hottest month to accomplish it.:bonk:
 
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