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Old 08-08-2013, 04:59 PM   #46
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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!!!)
Well, I'll probably wind up following those threads, too.

My folks have a mid '80's JD 855 in need of restoration, and I've been looking around for the boxes of HotWheels from when the kids were younger.
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:04 PM   #47
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Fixed the missing ground wire for the headlights, and put the hood back on.





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Old 08-09-2013, 03:38 PM   #48
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:33 PM   #49
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Spent the afternoon wiring up a new ignition switch. Took some figuring but I got most of the cut wires from the old and missing switch figured out. There are 2 left that don't seem to be hooked up to anything, and the tractor will start / run and the electric PTO works fine without 'em so I guess I'll just cap them off for now.



Biggest problem was all of the universal ignition switches I found were too big to fit in the original hole because of the steering column, so I had to find a new spot to mount it. At the same time, I cleaned up the dash a bit and put some new paint on it.

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Still have a little cleanup to do on the silver paint. When it's dried for a couple of days I'll hit the plastic with some cleaner and maybe some clear coat. Might even try polishing up the knobs, but thats getting a little too detailed for a beater I plan on using. We'll see.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:44 AM   #50
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Looks awesome Careful, soon you'll be masking those rims and painting them yellow any minute now. Then you'll stand back and think, "Boy, those old tires are holding me back, better Ebay some NOS originals..." "Hmmm, those seat covers are kind of reasonable..." "Ohh LOOK, a deluxe steering wheel! "

Keep it up, I loved my 816 (but I love my 755 more!)
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Old 08-10-2013, 08:39 AM   #51
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I *do* have a can of yellow paint...

A new seat is in the plans too, because all's I have is a very rusty seat pan. No foam or anything. That will probably have to wait a while because even the cheapo universal seats are still pretty spendy.

Goal for the day is to finish the paint on the engine side covers and install them, and paint the air filter cover and seat support thingy's. Then I'll just have the rims to paint.
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Old 08-10-2013, 02:16 PM   #52
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Slapped a coat or two of paint on the air filter cover...

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And the other side.

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Old 08-10-2013, 11:48 PM   #54
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Are you going back with adhesive non-skid on the floorboards, or will you mix some sand in with some frame paint and do it that way? Or maybe put down some rhino liner?
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I was thinking I would cut some grip tape to fit- like a roll of the skateboard deck type stuff. Open to suggestions though, and I might try looking for a spray-on type of non slip because the grip tape that was on there had bubbled and trapped water underneath, causing it to rust pretty badly in a couple of spots.

More pics from yesterday.

Ran wires to the light switch, capped the two extra wires, and tidied everything up with zip ties.



Lights!



The middle headlight is burnt out but that's an easy fix.

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I was thinking I would cut some grip tape to fit- like a roll of the skateboard deck type stuff. Open to suggestions though, and I might try looking for a spray-on type of non slip because the grip tape that was on there had bubbled and trapped water underneath, causing it to rust pretty badly in a couple of spots...

Bedliner.

I've had good results with Dupli-Color Bed Armour.
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:47 AM   #57
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The middle headlight is burnt out but that's an easy fix.

Would a headlight restoration kit work to remove the yellowing and get you more useable light?
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The two mystery wires, are they on a switched power circuit?
My 816 had an hourmeter under the hood near your right knee. Any sign of a bracket that my have held one?
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Old 08-11-2013, 05:56 PM   #59
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One of the mystery wires is for the seat switch, which apparently was supposed to go to the ignition. Don't have a seat, let alone a seat switch so it's useless. The other one, I can't see anywhere the other end might come out, and testing across to other wires it doesn't seem to be attached to anything. No power, no apparent hour meter location. It was obviously cut when the old ignition was removed though.

Re the headlights- I'm sure it would, the plastic is fairly yellowed. I don't plan on mowing after dark much so I'm okay with it the way it is. If I ever do find a snowblower for it, I would probably mount some auxiliary lights front and rear anyways.

Two more pics from yesterday. I set the seat pan back on, and found the old foam. It's falling to pieces but you get the idea.





All dressed up with nowhere to go!

This project is probably coming to a close as it is for a while. Other than painting the wheels, the rest of the parts are going to cost $$$, which I don't have at the moment.

On the plus side, I still have a week before school starts up again, and I have a '39 Dodge 1/2 ton that needs some elbow grease.
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So I heard from my brother, he said his neighbor will probably sell me a full set of attachments- deck, tiller, blade, and blower. No idea on the price yet but I hope its fair...

I also hose-clamped the old steering wheel back on for now. This way, at least I can move it if I need too. Might have to slap some duct tape on there for good measure to, eh?

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