As the person that (in the other thread http://www.farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=80464&p=643986
) pointed out the one at Northern, I can add some more about it but don't have time right now to add a whole lot. I bought one based on having briefly looked at one in a store several years ago. My experience at Northern is that they generally don't sell stuff that is strictly junk. I don't intend to use it heavily and thought it was worth the risk.
Turns out it is made in Canada. It has some pieces that were sourced somewhere other than North America. It also looks like the Canadians may have sent somebody to China to learn some manufacturing techniques. But seriously, it is pretty well built for the price. I have notes on this without time to look it up right now, but I recall 3 noteworthy flaws all fairly easily remedied.
1) Wheels didn't turn smoothly. Found the bearings not properly seated in the hubs (thus not aligned) and manufacturing trash in the hubs. I knocked the bearings out, cleaned things up and properly installed the bearings.
2) The knuckles (king pins) were fitted into steel tubing that is part of the frame. The tubing was welded seam with rough weld inside where the knuckle fits (loosely). I ran a drill in the tubes to knock off the worst of the weld then inserted shim stock to serve as a bearing and tighten up the fit.
3) No Ackerman in the steering geometry, cheap tie rod design and didn't turn very sharply. This took a lot of engineering but was a very simple modification. I added a plate to the center steering arm and made new tie rods. It now steers properly and turns much shorter.
The bottom line, a lot of people would use it as delivered and be happy with it. I think my mods made it work better and last longer. It didn't cost very much to make the mods.
This picture shows the plate I added to the center steering arm and the new tie rods. The plate is bolted to the original center tie rod holes.
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