Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:24 am

OMG - Amazing news just in.

They called me (well Cecil) on Friday the engine is done. YEA. I'll be picking it up Monday. Timing is in fact everything - I leave for Assateague Island on Wednesday! Happy for vacation - Want to get Rex'48 going......

Big Thanks to Cecil for all his Help getting this engine sorted. :thanx: :thanx: :thanx:

Ken

Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:29 am

The engine is coming together - for those of you who were not at the NE Mini CubFest at Cecil's - here are some pix of Rex '48 being assembled. We had a few challenges - Like where did all the parts go from the dis-assembly 16 months ago. Once located - it proceeded nicely. BTW - the parts everyone (including me) accused me :D of losing were actually in a bag under the gaskets on Cecil's bench. I had left them in the block when it went to the shop.

Thanks to Cecil and Scott - we made a lot of progress. :thanx: :thanx: :thanx:
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We had to shorten the dome on the pistons just a bit to ensure they clear the head.
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This is were we had to leave it - Left to do Valve Keepers and the lock peripherals.
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Ken
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Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:40 am

Well all - I made the plunge - Some of you will agree with my choice and I'm sure some will disagree. At the CubFest this weekend at Cecil's I was able to compare Cubs with both size tires. I chose these.

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Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:16 am

Boy Howdy !!

Those Fire Crater pistons look sexy . In a '48 head ?

I'd better stay away . I'd be Fire Trenching fer sure !

Good choice for tire manufacturer IMO . Been using them for years .

All the Best

Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:12 pm

Looks Great, Ken. I'll not say anything about your choice of tires... They'll look great and you'll get a little bit of extra ground speed!

Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:02 pm

Yea, good choice on the tires!!! That's what I've put on my tractors and have always been happy with them. One tire dealer ordered something from an off-brand company, and they looked like crap when they were mounted, like they were just not the correct size at all. I made him take them off and get Carlisle tires.

Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:26 pm

Today I got lazy and took the rear rims with tires to the local shop and had them unmount the turf tires 8x24 Goodyear Diamond Side walls. This weekend I will get them primed and painted. This evening I spent a couple of hours carefully cleaning the inside and outside of the rims.

Tomorrow pictures....Lastly You still clearly see the FIRESTONE MADE IN USA stamp inside the rim :D

Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Sat Aug 30, 2014 4:58 pm

The newly flattened head is now painted and ready for install. BTW this is IH Iron Guard 2150 Red - Not sure why it looks this color in the photo.

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Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:03 pm

Got the wheels primed with etching primer after an extensive wire wheel session last evening. The top coat is IH Argent Silver.

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Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:33 pm

Ken, I made my blast cabinet big enough to take rear rims. No more eating rust and feeling like a porcupine!
Ed

Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:13 pm

ScottyD'sdad wrote:Ken, I made my blast cabinet big enough to take rear rims. No more eating rust and feeling like a porcupine!
Ed


Ed - I'll buy the cabinet plans.

Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:53 am

Hi Ken,
Like a lot of others I have been following your restoration of Rex '48. Fantastic & very interesting all throughout your work. Thanks for sharing and continuing to share your project :thanx: :thanx: :thanx: Beautiful pics too :{_}: :{_}:
Bernard,
Donegal Cub.

Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Sun Aug 31, 2014 6:56 pm

Finally got up the nerve to get bat the hood for Rex '48 . I had worked on it extensively on the back half. The Friendly folks at the the NE Cub Fest Welded up the brackets and made some repairs almost a year ago now. :thanx: Since this is the part of the tractor ya'll will see first I guess I put it off till last. Painting all the parts was easy - this one makes me nervous as it's SOOOOOO VISIBLE. Anyways yesterday I did;

1. Some metal bumping on the last dent.
2. Sanded the inside of the hood
3. Sanded the scratches out of the primer.
4. Filled the weld marks with Aluminized Filler
5. Using standard filler (FUZION) - I filled the pitting in the very front of the hood - sanded that off....
6. Primed the inside of the hood with Sandable Filling Primer
7. Primed the outside with Sandable Primer.
8. I also painted the inside of the rims to seal the primer - Thanks Rob in NH :thanx:
9. I cleaned the gasket area from the painted head down to bare metal.

Now she sits to dry in the sauna that is our weather. Pics below.
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Re: My Restoration of Rex '48 - #21005

Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:46 pm

Oh man. This is so sweet!