Monday, November 30, 2015
What a Gray Nasty Day
It's pretty much done nothing but rain or drizzle since Thanksgiving day here. Wasn't so bad on turkey day when it was kinda warm but it turned cold Friday and has been cold ever since. Cold and windy is bad enough but cold, windy, wet and muddy. Well that's just depressing.....
Standing water everywhere. Mud everywhere. Not even the animals are happy about it. The only ones around here stupid enough to not come in out of the rain are the chickens. For some reason they seem unphased by this turn in the weather.
The verdict is pretty much in on the 861 diesel. Complete and total overhaul including a new Camshaft. The metal shavings clogged up the oil pump and ate the teeth off the flywheel. No cylinder or block damage however thankfully.
The metal shavings were all over the oil pan and had eaten into the camshaft so bad I doubt over sized ring bearings are going to work. My bet is we are looking at 3 grand no matter which way we go.
With the price of new parts for these tractors if I don't get a line on used ones it's going to run over 2 grand just for the overhaul kit, shaft and oil pump and I am going to go ahead and replace the clutch while we are in there.
I must admit converting it to a gas engine is looking kinda good right now as I can pick up a totally rebuilt one ready to bolt on for around $1200.00.
I am going to swing by and pick up the front hood and maybe the wheel panels and start looking at repainting them while I have this going on. This whole operation could turn into a several thousands of dollars if I am not careful and show some restraint though.
In other bad news I am missing a Rhode Island Red hen this evening. She didn't come back to the barn with all the rest and I am afraid I may have had my first predator attack since the stupid dog doesn't count. She might show up by morning but I know those chickens are beginning to get quite brave with their foraging now. If it didn't happen today I bet it's only a matter of time before something out there picks one off.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!