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Old 09-15-2018, 02:39 PM   #76
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Re: 1946 B.F. Avery Model A Tractor Restoration

She's finally a runner....and don't worry I'm not going to leave those ugly clamps on the top radiator hose. I've got some wire ones that just need a bit of paint:

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MAN....that thing sounds so SWEET...!!!!....congrats on having a runner...
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:30 AM   #78
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MAN....that thing sounds so SWEET...!!!!....congrats on having a runner...
Thanks. It took a few days to sort it through, but I'm tickled about it.
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It sounds great.
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What a sweet sound!
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:41 PM   #81
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What a sweet sound!
Thanks guys.

...well I thought she'd be moving under her own power today...but the machine shop can't seem to get my drive shaft yokes drilled correctly. The closest replacement U-joint that I could find had cups that were about 3 or 4 thousandths too big (hence the machining). I went by to pick them up today...3 were too tight and 1 was too lose. Luckily I had spares. Hopefully by week's end she pulls her own weight.

Since no new pics and just in case all that's missing from your life is a 90% complete tractor not moving but running video, here you go:

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Old 09-29-2018, 09:04 PM   #82
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We have done our best to preserve and restore anything and everything original to the tractor. The dash assembly was no different. We were very lucky just to have a complete dash assembly. These are usually rusted out or gone. The key was long since gone, but board member LockDoc was able to restore and re-key the ignition switch. The gauges were sent off for restoration and the light and starter switch were simply cleaned up.
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Dang, that dash looks great...
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Old 09-29-2018, 09:15 PM   #84
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The grille emblem was in a sorry state. I sent it to El Paso Electroplating and got it re-chromed. Then Eric hit it with several coats of paint and polished it back.
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The driveshaft ended up being a very sticky wicket. I procured what I thought were appropriately sized U-joints. Turns out the cups were .004 too big. Which turns out to be a problem. When I tried to press them in, I squeezed a yoke. I was able, with difficulty, to procure a replacement. I thought I could open up that small amount with a brake hone, but I was wrong. So I decided to just take them to a machine shop, but they seemed to have more trouble than I did. Long story short, a second replacement yoke had to be procured and the machine shop sent me home with a big bill, one yoke done, and reamer to get the rest done myself -which I did.
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Decals were a challenge too. The hood decal that is reproduced for sale is -surprise,surprise- incorrect. Luckily we had the originals to copy. The same folks that made the decals for my Blazer helped get these correct. The factory originals were, I assume a water transfer. I preferred individual cut letters, but that was not practical for the small lettering. So we segregated those elements. I was very happy with the Vortox decal and was lucky to find it. I got a Fram decal from the same guy-but it was of poor quality. I found a very nice reproduction of the Fram decal from a nice gentleman in Maryland who had reproduced it for a military truck that he had restored. The battery decal was the easiest. I just called Mustangs Unlimited right down the road
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Even though our original engine tag was in really great shape, it wasn't perfect- and had to be removed anyway when the block got machined-so we got a new tag.
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So we finished up today and brought her home. The last two lines on our to-do list were to put on the hood decals and finish the light assembly. I had ordered some new light lens gaskets, but they weren't just right. So we cut gaskets. Eric did a great job polishing out the stainless rings. Hard to believe these are original glass and bulbs.
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Very nice decal and tag work! Impressive!
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Here are a few after pics...
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I am very happy with how this project has turned out, and I'll post some more outside pics or from shows in the future. But I want to thank everyone who worked on or helped with this project:

LockDoc
Shuman Towing
Athens Commercial Tire
Brad's Auto Machine
OliverCrawlers.com (Chris)
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Advanced Electrical Rebuilders
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... of course Eric (OldYellow), for painting this tractor so well it wouldn't crank.
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Very nice decal and tag work! Impressive!
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Congrats on a restoration done well...it is sweet...
Curious though...in the old ad pic..is that a hydralic control/cylinder hanging on the side ?
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Fantastic attention to detail from beginning to end, well done!
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Curious though...in the old ad pic..is that a hydralic control/cylinder hanging on the side ?
Yes it is. It is a reservoir and "actuator" for the integral lift system. If you'll take a gander back at post #5, you'll see the one that came on this tractor. I elected not to restore the lift, because #1-I didn't want one more thing that could leak #2-I'd have to come up with more parts, this one had been modified- and finally #3-I think it is a bit of an eye sore and breaks up some pretty nice lines for a tractor.
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Thanks for the kind words and the follow guys. I am very much looking forward to getting it out to the upcoming fall festivals and shows. I know my girl is excited about getting it in a parade.
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