OK, I have coolth in the shop once again this afternoon.
Total troubleshooting/repair time: 2 hours.
Total monetary investment: $17.49
Parts replaced: One dual cap and some plumber's tape to strap it down.
Boy, am _I_ one happy SOB...now I can finish setting the limits on the
CNC router and start cutting some demo pieces.
Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult,
whereas I am merely in disguise.
-- Margaret Atwood
4 reasons: It's metal, it's galvanized, it's cheap, and it has
pre-drilled holes in it for ease in use.
http://www.plumbingsupply.com/tapes.html scroll to "galvanized"
We are always the same age inside.
-- Gertrude Stein
Keeping my fingers crossed. Beware of pinch points, don't get hurt, wear
clean underwear, have a clean hanky. Now comb your hair......
I'm all excited too. It's a fine moment to see your first piece. A
thousand times more so when you made the machine yourself.
Piccies soon I hope.
Maybe Sunday. I'm working all day tomorrow, too. After long days in
90-100F temps, I'm just too tired to work in the evening, even with
the cool shop again. I'm taking Sunday off to work on my own "stuff".
We are always the same age inside.
-- Gertrude Stein
I just spent all day earlier this week working lime deposits out of the
return feed tubes on top of the large chiller on the education building
at the church, then unplugging all the holes on the radiators...it's
roughly 5-ft high x 8-ft long w/ radiator surface on both faces...
Got call from the preacher that water was pouring down the roof drains
the previous evening--had plugged so badly was just dumping water.
Removed several buckets-full of "egg shell".
That's after the purge valve on the PU had failed and the fuel pump had
collapsed the gas tank so spent the day before that replacing it...
Now I'm in the search for an obsolete snap ring according to Mr Deere
for one of the tractors that for the want of which their suggestion is a
$500 assembly to replace a 3" idler pulley bearing... :(
Meanwhile, the mod's to the DC for remote access to get the planer to
quit throwing chips all over everywhere which was a wanted perk before
starting the box I promised DIL for her father's ashes for a memorial
sometime this summer are on hold while everything else breaks...
"It's always _something_ ... "
It's obsolete in JD parts (I'm guessing because Smalley Steel Ring
bought out the original OEM Spiralox and Deere didn't bother to
update/confirm the new vendor when the stock from the previous ran out.
The problem is that they're the old style and a light-duty one that's to
fit a 0.030" wide groove. All the standard stuff these days is 0.050".
The machine shop I deal w/ guy called his distributor and they don't
have the right size in stock and it's a hefty minimum order to the
manufacturer and not sure about delivery after that. I have found
another distributor and they actually have an office within 100 mi so a
sweet-sounding thing is supposed to be working on seeing if she can get
hands on a couple for me. Smalley has a link for requesting samples; I
submitted a request but no indication yet whether they'll follow through
If all else fails, I'll take the pulley to the machine shop and have
them recut the grooves to fit the 0.050" rings that one can get
easily...if do have to go to factory minimum that'll be roughly
equivalent cost and will end up w/ a more easily replaced one in the
future if ever need it again...
It's just the pita of it all...Mr Deere could just as easily found that
Spiralox is now Smalley as I. Generally this doesn't happen much w/
green but it did on this particular part.
Put "VH 137" in the search box for the specific puppy needed...it's for
a 1.375" bore internal. And, of course, if you just happen to have one
in the parts drawer... :)
Speaking of AC -- grandfather bought a little WD-45 way back when he was
beginning to slow down some and thought he couldn't handle the Farmalls
any longer but wanted to not give up entirely. We ended up w/ a whole
line of the "Snap Coupler" equipment for it -- 4-row lister, knife sled,
springtooth chisel, ... having had so much equipment, Dad traded it for
a D-17 later on while I was still in HS and I did a _lot_ of row crop on
that little thing. Eventually we went to the larger equipment and
retired it from field work and put a frontend loader on it--it was a
nice little loader tractor albeit a little low to the ground. I've kept
my eyes out just for nostalgia but haven't sprung for one yet.... :)
There's no way anybody would ever be able to tell w/o completely
disassembling it and I certainly don't keep stuff for collector-purposes
as vintage collector. It's used, not admired... :)
AFAIK they never did go to live PTO at least until the 100-series in the
mid-70s, anyway. One of the really, really, really bad things of them.
But, they were the less expensive option on design and those were the
ways they got them to be such. They did do a lot of work; they were
pretty popular here in the 50s and 60s until Deere introduced the
4-cylinders w/ the 010 series and began to build the dominance they now
have. Probably less than 20% now is other than Green around here.
The D-17 developed terrible oil leaks towards the end of its career
here--Dad sold it and all the equipment in the auction when he retired.
I've wished any number of times I had a couple of the smaller pieces
for the garden since we came back to the farm after he died. Of course,
for real work out here now that what we farmed with when growing up is
just toy stuff...where it was a 4-row lister at 3-4 mph then, now it's
16-row minimum and some are up to as much as 48(!) and GPS at 7-8 mph.
I plant in a morning what took most of week then.
Allis was bought by Deutz sometime in the 80s after struggling mightily
in the new era and then eventually again to Agco who sold Agco-Allis for
awhile but by 2000 roughly the Allis name had disappeared entirely.
Stuff was very mixed here in all shades in the early post-WWII years w/
green and Farmall red the most dominant. But Case, M-Moline were well
represented as well as Allis. Oliver green was pretty rare. A large
fraction of what became popular in an area was dependent on the quality
of the dealerships as much as the brand of the equipment itself. There
were a few like my grandfather and father who refused to have a
"Johnny-Pop" simply because they did not want to listen to it.
Grandpa's first tractor was a Twin City (forerunner of M-Moline) and
then a Case. There was a period in the 20s and 30s where all the row
crop work was done w/ little Cat 22's -- they look like a relatively
modern Cat that was left out in the rain and shrank. The were 22
drawbar hp. Used them to pull a JD 3-row lister and cultivator. At one
time I think they had at least four or five. The last one Dad sold
while I was in school to a machine shop owner in town. The boy has
restored it but it's now living in WY. I do want one of them for
collecting. There are still quite a number in CA where they were used
in the orchards a lot because of their low profile. They are pretty
pricey if at all decent.
IH/Farmall lost the war to Deere w/ the problems they had w/ their new
line of larger tractors that had drastic rear end/tranny problems. We
pulled the guts out of several 560s and 660s and after another failure
w/ a "new, improved, can't out pull it" Dad had had enough and traded
all the Red for Green at one time. We also got a Case 930 wheatland
model at the same time for the flatground work. But, as Deere kept
moving up and the others had trouble, green just took over. There never
was a local Agco dealership after the mergers and everybody else faded
away. The only orange is a few Kubotas that have sorta' taken the
"low-priced spread" market. They are quite capable, just don't have the
size to compete for other than utility work but make great frontend
loader tractors, etc., ...
Well, certainly do here -- although it's pulling in two (or maybe even
three) 16-ft windrows for the baler to cut down passes instead of flat
Some AWFULL crops in the midwest this year. I thought we had it dry
up here in Central Ontario - compared to indiana, illinois, michigan,
and Wisconsin we've got amost a swamp. Up here we are still getting a
crop - much of what I saw on our recent road trip is hardly worth
I came by an old 45 Case VAI about 15 years ago and was amazed that
somebody had painted it John Deere colors. Still runs, and did a lot
of work when that was ll I had till a Cat 951 came my way. My
neighbor was an equipment manager for a large construction outfit and
it got lost on the way to auction for several years. The VAI is
mostly lawn art now since I got the backhoe and an excavator. My only
crop is trees.
Trees are verboten in CRP grass--they're invasive exotics, iow 'weeds'. :)
The introduced trees around farmsteads, windbreaks, etc., are spread by
wind and birds, deer, etc., and will take over if not controlled. It's
been estimated this area burned naturally about every 7-10 years on
average and the plains Indians on occasion burned in springtime as well
to promote early greenup and return of the buffalo. That kept the
plains almost completely devoid of any trees.
Particularly cedars and in low areas along the riverbeds tamarisk are
the worst followed by Russian olive and Siberian elms. The cottonwood
is native species but has spread greatly. Native grass
pastures/rangeland are being reclaimed as ranchers have become aware of
how much grazing is lost to ground cover and the loss of water to them
instead of being available for the native grasses. Some areas after a
few years since removal have even seen the regeneration of surface water
that had long since ceased owing to the siphoning away of it by the
Well, it rains back there... :)
Our -average- annual is 18" or just a shade over.
Irrigated will do much better, of course, but this is for dryland grass...
This year there isn't any at all owing to the drought. We've not had 3"
Found them in stock at Motion, Inc. thanks to a poster to a specific
thread in r.c.metalworking; they're on their way.
Ordered a half-dozen for 0.79/ea plus whatever USPS first class postage
turns out to be.
I'd have machine shop regrind a groove if push came to shove; wouldn't
think of trying to hand machine such niceties on a power component
myself; I'm just not that steady any longer... :(
Yeah, I'd agree... :)
The machine-shop guy initially said he'd try give a shot on the surface
grinder but wasn't sure he could keep it in place. I asked if he
couldn't chuck up the pulley (it's just a 3 or 4" drive clutch idler so
not a biggie) and do the groove easier and he allowed as that was so.
If I were to try it I'd take double-sided tape and stick it on the bench
and take a emery belt on the belt sander to it as a first shot.
But, Derrick did know they were Spirolox and altho his distributor
didn't have them in stock that did lead me to discovering that Smalley
Steel Ring had bought out Spirolox and a usenet denizen on the
metalworking group used his account at Motion Industries to look 'em up.
I then discovered they have a branch office in Dodge City and called
them figuring (rightly as it turned out) that a more local presence
would get me more sympathy as a self-employed farmer in the area since
wasn't able to get past the telephone menuing system at their corporate
Anyway, the bearings are reinstalled awaiting the ring to put it back
together. I tried salvaging the old one but it was sprung too badly to
go back into the groove after the abuse it suffered in managing to get
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