Wednesday, April 1, 2015
And More Progress was Made
Finally after fighting with this damnable old plow trying to cut the extra long tang off and eating through about 10 sawzall blades along with 3 cutting wheels the thing is finished.
Now I only have to clean up the rust and add the cross bar for the three point hitch to hook onto it.
I am not sure this project was really worth it to be honest considering you can pick up an old one bottom plow ready to hook up and use for under $200.00 around here sometimes. Then again though they are usually not as heavy as this thing. From what I understand a heavy chunk of plow like this actually ends up making the plowing easier than a lighter weight one. Or so the old guys around here told me.
After cutting through the tang I took off three rusted bolts and you can see the hole just behind where I cut the tang. The two parts I freed up fit perfectly and should act as a support to bolt the new cross bar on with. In the back above the blade you can see the double hole for the top support hitch already there.
All I can say is the 12 inch or so section I removed was a heavy chunk of metal.
What I need is a good sandblasting setup to remove all this surface rust but I may have to just do it the old fashioned way (For us born after 1960) and use a drill and wire brush. I think I may just rough it up and then apply one of those rust converter primers rather than take it down to bare metal. I mean it's lasted almost 70 years outside like it is I doubt it's gonna rust away in my lifetime.
The old boy I got it from insists it is an old 3 bottom John Deere plow from the 1940's and was used until his grandfather hit a stump with it and messed up the other two missing plow blades. The cutting wheel is stuck on it but I am hoping with all the penetrating oil I put in there it will break free when I use it. If not it's pretty much set properly for the blade anyway.
I almost got all the old hay manger and gate cut up and loaded until it started raining on me. You can see the plow getting some rain in the top picture which cut my work day a bit short as I ran around getting everything put away. Guess I will have to pick up where I left off tomorrow unless I get called out for another work run or it doesn't stop raining.
Seems this time of year I am constantly battling the rain.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!