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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby Jim Becker » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:35 pm

Certainly stronger than some of my welds.

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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby birddog » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:54 pm

I think what these sort of projects need is a new tool. A combination air impact/ air hammer that alternates direction, alternates hammering and pulling all at the same time. Also included would be a universal connecting system.

What do you think? I got the idea, now someone only has to build it, and we'll share the profits. I'll even be generous, I'll only take 49% and the builder can have 51%. (of course for his extra 2% the builder will have to finance the project)
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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby indy61 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:07 pm

Just take it to a tractor pull and hook it between two tractors.

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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby Eugene » Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:56 pm

50 or so years ago I worked part time for a plumber. He would simultaneously bang on both sides for cast iron and black iron pipe fittings to break loose the connection. Of course the connections weren't 14" long.
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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby EZ » Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:11 pm

There was a thread on here years ago when I was trying to pull mine apart. George Willer (Our dearly departed mentor) had posted pictures of his method which employed lumber and a couple bottle jacks. Sounds like you did Ok after some knuckle busting anyway. Cheers.
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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby Bus Driver » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:35 am

Rust occupies about 11 times the space of the iron from which the rust was formed-- thus the tight wedging effect. Obviously separating the parts involves movement. Heat produces movement by thermal expansion. Light hammering helps break up the rust.
The 140 axle that was stuck was chained at one end to a tree, at the other to a come-along tethered to a larger tractor. Tension applied and heating with oxy-acetylene in one hand and MAPP gas torch in the other on opposite sides of the outer tube. Just before it got red hot, started with moderate blows with ball peen hammer on the outer tube. Required probably 8 cycles of this treatment before it moved about 1/4". Knew that success was near. Then moved it in and out, rotated bit-by-bit until it came free. Used hole saw on an extension to clean up the inside of the outer tube.
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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby Mike in Louisiana » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:34 am

Hey Jim, Call that your Birthday present.
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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby billsfarmallcub » Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:02 pm

Once you get them apart, apply liberal coat of anti-seize compond to insure easy separation in the future. :tractor:

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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby jim turner » Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:09 pm

EZ you are right I have that picture of George's post but I don't know how to post it, I have tried for several days.
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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby Sailor » Sun Dec 25, 2016 9:58 am

I won't bother trying to explain the dumb and dangerous methods I tried before I gave up and took it to a machine shop.
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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Dec 25, 2016 6:06 pm

Here's the photo of George's technique, from Jim Turner...

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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby CharlieK » Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:13 pm

is that 2 bottle jacks in the pic?---not very clear
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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby Bill Hudson » Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:16 pm

CharlieK wrote:is that 2 bottle jacks in the pic?---not very clear


Yes.
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Re: Adjustable Front Axle

Postby jim turner » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:52 am

yes he used 2 bottle jacks and he had said try to keep even pressure on both jacks, I had the explanation but somehow it got lost, sorry for the poor quality picture my scanner is not the best.
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