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Old 08-04-2013, 06:05 PM   #31
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My dad has one of these quietly rotting in one of his sheds... Not sure I want it but if it's still sittin there next summer I might have to do something with it.



Its in rough shape. Been on the family farm for probably 20 years and was used more as a swather than a lawn mower.
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:21 PM   #32
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Spent some time puttering on the 314, and even got it running!

Thought I had a bad coil- tested a bit off. Borrowed a coil from my '48 Dodge, and it tested sorta okay but I still couldn't get spark. Got to monkeyin around with the points and it seems that they had some sort of film on them- while I was probing with the test light I got a big ZAP all of the sudden at the points, and viola- spark! Hooked the original coil back up, shot some gas in the carb and it fired.

Next step was the fuel system- unhooked the fuel line in a couple of places, ran some fresh gas through the tank and let it drain, then began hooking the lines back up with a new fuel filter until I got fresh gas to the fuel pump. Pulled the carb bowl off and gave it a redneck cleaning, got gas to the carb, put it all together and away she went!

TEST DRIVE!

Huh. It don't move.



Got to looking and discovered this...





The pin from the drive shaft to the transmission was snapped and had been for a long, long time.

Time for a temporary fix so I can see if the trans is okay. If it is, I might be willing to spend some time / money on this thing.

Drilled out the remains of the busted pin, found a bolt, made some bushings out of a roll pin, and cobbled it back together.







Set the seat pan back on, fired it up, and took it for a spin. Note the awesome steering wheel...



Seems to run and drive great. It's a little worn, but I can fix that. If only I could come up with a deck, blower, tiller, blade, etc. etc.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:53 PM   #33
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Followed up a couple of leads on attachements, hoping to score a deck, blower, tiller, and maybe a blade and some other small parts from the same guy my brother bought his entire bucket or three of bolts from.

Spent some more time on it this evening and got a few small odds and ends sorted out. Motor is pretty much buttoned up- still need to pick up and air filter and low speed screw for the carb and fix the points wire but other than those things and an oil change in the near future I think it's good to go.

Next step- prettify. Labor is cheap, parts are not. Might have to wait a while on the big parts purchases so for now I'm going to focus on scrubbing it up and getting some fresh John Deere Green paint on 'er.

After her bath.



Cleaned up nice. I'll let it dry overnight and hit it with the wire wheel tomorrow. Hopin to get a little paint on it tomorrow as well. Time will tell.....

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Old 08-06-2013, 08:45 PM   #34
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thread hijack - mower crash.

I LOVE this thread, fun to read,
But.... I'm going to hijack it for just a second and post a funny photo of my old Murray mower.
As I was driving it slow thru the heavy brush, I came up to this deep creek and pressed on the pedal to stop it, nothing happened and it kept going!
No matter how hard I pressed the brake it kept going! I was pressing so hard on the pedal I was bending it and at the same time trying desperately to pop it out of gear! At the very last second I bailed off and avoided falling with it by grabbing the tree up on the right above the mower.
I pulled it out of the creek with a fence wire stretcher.
I later found that a tree branch had wedged itself up into the brake linkage.
The mower deck was bent so far out of alignment I removed it and from that from that day on the old girl was relegated to just pulling trailers and logs.



Really enjoy your updates, please keep em coming!
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:54 PM   #35
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Wow, that's crazy! That's quite a drop too.

Got more pics uploading, will update in a bit.
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:11 PM   #36
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So this morning I did a little work on the wiring and started on some fresh paint.

Popped the hood off, scuffed it up, wiped it down with acetone, and masked off the decal.



First coat of paint:



After another coat and some drying time.



And a little comparison of the fresh paint vs. the old faded crap.



Lots better, but not perfect. I'm not spending a ton of time on this, I plan on USING the tractor so it's not going to be a garage queen. Just freshening it up.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:01 PM   #37
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Nice work.

Am I the only one that has noticed faded JD green is about the same colour
as the Carrigana bushes that grow in most farm yards on the prairies?
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:18 PM   #38
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With the hood looking so great, it'd be a shame not to freshen up the frame paint. JD Blitz black, I love spraying that stuff! I use a $9 HF spray gun and get amazing results. I painted a trailer I was selling and couldn't believe the difference it made.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:26 PM   #39
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You mean, like this?



But we're getting ahead of ourselves...
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Backing up a bit.

Fenders off, bits removed.



Spent about 45 minutes with the wire wheel knocking off loose paint,



Then a quick once over with the sander to smooth things out a bit.



Taped and wiped, ready for paint.



One coat in.



All done!





I worked on a bunch of other things while it was drying, but I'll include this part now. I bought some trailer clearance lights for tail lights- BUT... Anyone see a difference here?



The light on the right has 2 bulbs, the left only has one. They came off the same shelf, were the same price, and the boxes had the same numbers on them Oh well, one side will be brighter than the other.

Installed and wired.

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Cleaning up the control tower...



And some paint.

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Old 08-08-2013, 02:28 PM   #42
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Wire wheeled and painted most of the frame. Kinda pointless, because most of this is hidden underneath the fenders or side covers, but it makes me feel better knowing the rust has been slowed down a little...



Set the fenders back in place...

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Old 08-08-2013, 03:00 PM   #43
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Just found out an interesting tidbit of information- according to this website: http://www.weekendfreedommachines.org/300/model300.html

My 314 was the 28th off the assembly line. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing...
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:06 PM   #44
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Professional shop teacher, part-time tinkerer. You've got a good thing going, DP!
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Old 08-08-2013, 03:22 PM   #45
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Yeah, I like it. And now that Mrs. Punch is teaching full time too, we might even be able to pay the bills AND have something left over for these stupid little projects of mine! (on that note, I'm going out to look at an old International Model H, a 40's White truck, and 2 early '40's Dodge trucks. Why? I DON'T KNOW!!!)
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