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Old 01-06-2020, 07:12 AM
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Just one picture today. The front axle and steering installation.

Of note:

I cut the mounting post down and heat swaged the end to trap the axle in place. Right before this I had to trim the mounting bracket sides just a touch to improve clearance and allow just a touch of axle pivot.

The A-frame axle brace was a touch too short so I added a little bit to the center rear tang where it attaches to the bracket on the bottom of the driveline tunnel.

While I did not attempt it, I think it would be a relatively straight forward task to make the steering position-able.

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Old 01-13-2020, 08:41 AM
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Next step is to dress the engine, right side first. I added wiring to the distributor.

Then I did the front of the engine. Radiator hoses were called out but no patterns provided. Note that the lower hose was a bear to install. The radiator mounts installed earlier had to be removed because they positioned the radiator too high (they were good for longitudinal position though.

Next up was the left side engine components (intake and exhaust). Intake and exhaust tube patterns were provided and are accurate.

Finally the hood was fashioned. pieces at the front do not really line up with the top hood well. The framing for the curved petal portion needed to be modified to allow fit over the radiator (this confirms the need to modify the radiator mounts). The rear panel also needed trimmed a little to improve hood fit.

Now all I have to do is wheels but this won't happen soon due to business travel obligations.

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Old 01-13-2020, 08:58 PM
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Very nice tractor.
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Old 01-14-2020, 03:26 AM
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A great model - tractors make nice subjects!
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