Monday, March 15, 2010

Touch Up

I did a little prep work on the carcass of the tractor sitting in the barn.

The area where the fuel tank sits (at the very front of the frame) is always a mess when I remove the tank.  I decided to use the small amount of Herculiner, DIY truck bed liner, instead of repainting it.  The only known substance that dissolves Herculiner is xylene.   Pretty tough stuff.  I used it on the tractor foot rests.  Remarkable stuff.  Like rhino-hide in a can.

The battery tray looked terrible, but two coats of Herculiner later and the it looks better than new.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bit by Bit

This little motor has taken over my basement. In the foreground parts cleaned and ready to be painted.  In the background a table full of parts that are clean and ready to go as is.

I ordered POR-15 engine enamel in black and yellow. Even if it doesn't run well after all of this, at least it will look good.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


The engine, mostly stripped down to the block and the head, on an engine stand.  Most of the parts on the table and floor in the background.

To Chris's surprise,  the piston are not melted.  He checks the cylinders.  They are not round.  They are supposed to be round. 

The near bare block, on its back, ready to go off to the machine shop (ka-ching) to be bored out for new pistons (ka-ching) and the reassembled (ka-ching).