Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Final Scramble of the Tractor Rebuild

Well I hit another snag. I looked and asked all around if the hood from the 100 series and 01 series tractors were the same and was assured they were. Which they are more or less. There are some variations in nose cones but by and large that isn't important. However there was a miss communication in what I called the front hood assembly and what some of the experts were calling it. Come to find out the side pieces were not part of the hood assembly and were different on the row crop models.

So I am back to square one on the hood and now forced to completely restore the old extremely beat up hood that was originally on the 861-D. Either that or find a good body man to switch the side panels which will take more effort than it seems as they have been spot welded on to both hoods. The other thing I don't like is someone cut a flap out of the old hood panel to accommodate the more modern taller batteries to.

Nothing to be done at this point but dive in even though the temps have dropped considerably. I am about a third of the way done removing the old rust but my new deadline is Saturday and I have to work a 12 hour shift on Friday. The rapis temperature drop we been getting today isn't helping my motivation any either.

Still I can't complain too much. It was my oversight and if these are the only two (The hood and balancer) set backs we encounter in this job we are getting off lucky.

Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!


  1. I would think that if it is welded together then the whole thing is a hood. At least you can sell the good one since it looks so good.
    Just so it runs!

    1. SF - Apparently they are not suppose to be welded together but people ended up having to over the years. I thought they came that way because the three we have are all welded together but I was wrong :)

      Oh well I should be able to get her done and I have an idea to cover up the ugly flaps they cut out of her too.


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