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Old 04-05-2020, 07:30 PM
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Well, I started a week of vacation the end of the day Thurs. The weather was finally nice enough today I worked on the tractor. Back tire is FUBAR I need a tube it's leaking through the sidewall near the shoulder of the tire. Fixed the front axle on the left side the spindle was flopping around on the topside due to wear and tear took a heavy washer and 5 minutes of welding to fix that. Got the drive pulley on and took a test run. She's a runner didn't take long to pick a lower gear shit's too hilly for speed runs Tomorrow I will try to decipher how the deck goes on and see if I have a mower ready for summer.
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Old 04-06-2020, 11:26 PM
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SWMBO and I made a run to the Metropolis of Longmont today. She needed her Hippy CBD salve and I needed a inner tube for the leaky back tire on the rescue tractor. It was a successful trip all parties scored what they needed. When we got home she went on a search and destroy mission in the pantry Totally needed to happen but NO Bueno constant inquiries. Do we need this ???? Total shitshow and there was a lot of crap that needed sorted out. Among the discoveries were 4 small carpenters hammers . Like 5 20 ft tape measures . Any kind of tape ever used on Gods green earth. Along with a ton of plumbing BS, crap to fix screens for a couple Estates and a bushel of WTF
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Old 04-08-2020, 08:16 PM
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Finished up the major work on the tractor today. Biggest hassle was a spring that runs from the back of the deck linkage assembly to an anchor point on the bottom of the rear diff. I think MTD scored a big lot of Grizzly Bear trap springs for cheap. What an SOB to re-hook I finally ended up with my Xterra with a 6" drop hitch upside down in the receiver to give me a decent anchor point for my chain Come-A-Long and a figure 8 loop of woven polyester pulling tape the cable guys use to get it stretched far enough to get it on the anchor. Had to chock the back wheel of the tractor to keep it from rolling. It was one of those "Battle Of Wits With an Inanimate Object" scenarios where you say Fuck You I Win at the end. I also replaced the transmission drive belt and the mower deck belt, cleaned the deck and checked the blade spindle bearings, sharpened the blades. Put a tube in the leaking drive tire, cleaned the battery terminals, checked out the oil looks like it was just changed. I have a new air filter coming. Fired her up she runs really good But, the engine would shut down every time I tried to start mower blades. Neutered the interlock for the blades with a jumper wire and all is good The $50 riding tractor is a success But, now she's around $130 can't bitch I knew there would some warts for the price. But, I've got a strong running 16 horse rider for cheap I still have to make some sort of deflector for the discharge chute so it doesn't launch a rock through one of the house windows
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Old 04-08-2020, 09:41 PM
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Old 04-08-2020, 10:02 PM
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That sounds like the Cutter's Vise Motto to me
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That sounds like the Cutter's Vise Motto to me
He was the master of tenacity.
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Old 05-02-2020, 08:25 PM
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So, I continue to work on the tractor. I wasn't happy with how the tube seated in the back tire and stem just didn't come up through the valve stem hole properly. I decided it was going to be a failure point probably at the worst possible time. I ordered a new set of tires which arrived Thurs. The wife picked me up a HF mini tire changer Fri. to minimize the grief. Pretty happy with it had a little learning curve. But, made life a lot easier. I started with the fronts because I figured they would be the worst to tackle. Rims were a little rusty on the bead surfaces. So I cleaned them up with a scotch brite on the die grinder and used a little Sno-seal beeswax boot waterproofing to help fill the pits. Fronts are done no problemo. The rear tires are another story No issues with dismount/ mounting. Inflating and seating the beads so far has been a MotherF**ker. Tried Ether, Tried Oxy Propane Had the wife and dog hiding in the house Took them to work and used the cheetah tank and came a LRCH short of making them seat. Air chuck would fall off, blast from cheetah would blow the tire and rim away before it could seat etc. I lost all patience and threw in the towel after 2-3 hours. I don't know at this point I've done tons of tires over the years and always won. But, I just may take the bastards to Big-O and tell them to seat the beads and inflate them.
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Old 05-02-2020, 11:33 PM
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I use a ratchet strap to squash the middle of the tire then seat the bottom bead with a little soap on it.
Then i pull the top bead up as close as possible and add air as soon as the bead seats I deflate and remove the strap.
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Old 05-04-2020, 08:08 PM
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Maybe try a thread on air chuck rather than the clip on type so that it would be putting positive pressure as soon as the tire bead is engaged with the rim. I see a few on amazon. Once in a while I will have a tire that is difficult even with a bead blaster, have to catch it before the bead slips back down. So far Ive gotten by without one of the thread chucks. And forget about it until the next time i have a tricky tire.

The other option is the starter fluid trick if you're feeling adventurous. Edit: Nvm i see you've already tried that.
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Old 05-04-2020, 09:38 PM
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Did you remove the valve stem so it gets full flow of air.

I will use a ratchet strap too.


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