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Worked to Death.

Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:38 pm

Hi all, had a great day yesterday with the sickle bar mower for about 4 hours. WORKED PERFECT thanks to Dale Shaw and others. got the hanger bracket from Dale and with new bolts she was working great. Worked her to Death,so to speak. After I finished mowing headed to the barn to put her away and on the way there within 100' from the barn heard a soft "clunk". Got in the barn, shut her down and noticed a little trickle of antifreeze dripping on the floor. The bracket that held the fan broke and the fan went into the radiator. Got to looking it over and it had been welded [half welded]. Some people are just Not qualified to weld Cast iron.......... My question is if it is possible th changt the timing cover in chassis or better to pull the hood and ftont-end. First problem in 10 years, been a good old workhorse.Thanks in advance for any answers. Bill wlm cub

Re: Worked to Death.

Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:49 pm

I am assuming you will have the radiator off for repair anyway so it should be easy enough to get to everything else. If not, then I'd pull the front off. It will save you some headaches in the long run. It is much easier to get to everything else with that out of the way.

Re: Worked to Death.

Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:01 pm

Thank you Sir . That is about what I had in mind. Almost forgot , will an earlier timing cover fit my,57 and thanks again. Bill wlm cub

Re: Worked to Death.

Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:08 pm

WLM Cub wrote:Almost forgot , will an earlier timing cover fit my,57b


yes

Re: Worked to Death.

Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:16 pm

FYI, the reason, more than likely, that your timing cover had been welded, was because a previous owner probably tried tightening and/or loosening the nut on the end of the shaft. Do not use that method.

Here is a good how-to by Barnyard that shows the correct process for tightening and loosening the fan assembly:

viewtopic.php?f=54&t=66133

Good luck with your repair. 8)

Re: Worked to Death.

Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:08 pm

To replace the cover you have to remove the crank pulley. It would be really difficult to do that with the front casting on.

Re: Worked to Death.

Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:44 pm

Bill, I have a couple up here when you need it.

Dale

Re: Worked to Death.

Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:10 pm

Thanks cubguy47.I did know about the nut on the pully. Thanks for the video, it was lot of good info. Bill wlm cub

Re: Worked to Death.

Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:14 pm

Hi John, been looking it over and you are so right. looks like a winter job to me. Thanks a lot...Bill
wlm cub

Re: Worked to Death.

Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:21 pm

Hi Dale, How you been? Thanks and will be in touch later. The next few weeks will be pretty busy for me. hope to start work on her then. Thanks for the hanger bracket, that really took care of the viberation and she cuts great now even with the used cutter blade. Bill wlm cub

Re: Worked to Death.

Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:29 pm

I am scheduled for complete left hip replacement on Nov. 28. If you can't make it up before that, let me know, and I will put a good one in the bed of my truck before I leave for surgery. will make it easy for you to grab. I will put a good front pulley with it just in case. You can always bring it back any time if it is not needed, but will be hard to find if I am laid up and you need it.

Dale
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