Thursday, January 28, 2016
A Bee Flight Day and The Tractor Part
It was warm enough for the working girls to take some cleansing flights today. All the hives were flying and active so no Winter losses yet. Of course most Winter losses happen in March so my plan is to get around and get all the hives fed some dry sugar this week. We are suppose to be back up into the 60's by Saturday.
I spent the better part of the morning going through a small pile of Ford Diesel balancer assemblies. I finally found one that had a casting number B9NN-6A308-D. If you remember the one I had that I was trying to replace was a -C. While of course the assembly housing still would not work the gears did measure out as near as my amateur eye and calipers could tell.
The real issue is not so much the shape of the housing but the fact that the center main inside the block only has those four corner bolt holes to attach the thing with.
You can see where this part fits. Even if I tried not using the four corner bolts there is no center hole to attach the housing opposite the oil pump hole. We have to have those four bolt holes or replace the main center gear housing (least I think that's what it's called) and then have the engine crank rebore lined.
The other issue is the oil pump. The tube that goes into the balancer assembly and into the block wall is not long enough if we use the -D housing. I would have to dig up a new oil pump tube.
The good news is though that the gears inside the -D housing are different than the other ones I looked at and are held in by hex head screws into the inner shaft not pressed in with the little ball housing. It means we can remove the gears and move them into the -C housing much easier.
Of course that is simply a theory right now but it's what we are truing next.
I know one thing now though. If this engine ever blows up or if the crank/balancer goes out I am putting a gas engine on the old girl. Not enough of these old Ford diesels still around to keep em in parts.
Here's a side view of the engine so far.
Should have the old girl back together by next week now it looks like.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!