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trouble removing front bolster

Postby 1990caprice » Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:07 am

hello I am puzzled over why I cant get my bolster removed. first I have the tractor securely on stands I made with scrap wood and connected through the implement holes on the torque tube. I have everything removed accordingly. the bolster is loose from the tractor, I just cannot get it to clear the crank pulley. does anyone have any tips? thanks a lot!

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Re: trouble removing front bolster

Postby bob in CT » Mon Mar 30, 2015 4:50 am

You have to remove the pipe nipple from the bolster for the coolant return and then raise the engine to clear the fan pulley from the bolster.

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Re: trouble removing front bolster

Postby Dale Finch » Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:48 am

I was able to remove the front bolster assembly AFTER removing the wedges I had put in to stabilize the front axle. This allowed the bolster to "tilt" a bit to one side, while we tipped the radiator toward the rear. Also, I had the rear half of the tractor on an adjustable jackstand that I could raise and lower to help. It does require some maneuvering, so you really need some assistants to watch both sides and balance the front. Watch your fingers, though!

Have patience, and good luck!

PS This was done to replace my tractor's front seal at 2015 DSCF, and Raymond Durban was directing and providing the muscle, so maybe he can "talk" you through it better than I.
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Re: trouble removing front bolster

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:45 am

No need to remove the nipple or take the wedges out. Raise the front of the engine up just a little and lean the front axle/bolster assembly forward a little, it will clear enough to roll away.
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