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Bolster or ballast?

Postby inairam » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:23 pm

See photo of a bolster off my 65 loboy after 3 days in etank. I added some back lines to high light the ends of the crack that do not show up well in the photo. It is basically 270 degrees on an oval shape

Is it worth thinking of trying a JB weld repair or is it ballast? I have a replacement that I am cleaning and getting ready for paint just wondering what to do with this one.

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Re: Bolster or ballast?

Postby Chipmaker » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:35 pm

Have someone braze it and keep it as a spare. Throw the J.B. weld in the garbage, lol.
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Re: Bolster or ballast?

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:11 pm

Keep cleaning the replacement. :D
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Re: Bolster or ballast?

Postby ricky racer » Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:23 pm

If you have another bolster, I'd use it.....
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Re: Bolster or ballast?

Postby Gary Dotson » Tue Jan 31, 2017 9:09 am

Take a hammer and break that chunk the rest of way out, that way, you can scrap it with a clear conscience.

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Re: Bolster or ballast?

Postby ricky racer » Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:02 pm

Gary Dotson wrote:Take a hammer and break that chunk the rest of way out, that way, you can scrap it with a clear conscience.


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Re: Bolster or ballast?

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:04 pm

With a chunk like that broken out, I would assume it has frozen at some time, which usually means the top of the bolster is bowed upward, and the radiator bottom also has a matching bow. If it was not full of water, only having some in the bottom, it may not have bowed the top and the radiator. I definitely would not try to JB Weld it, but also would not throw my JB Weld away, it does have it's uses. :P I would take it to a welding shop that has experience in working with old cast iron and ask them, but it looks to me as if the structural integrity has been compromised, so unless it is just a drive around tractor I would be looking for a replacement housing
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Re: Bolster or ballast?

Postby Matt Kirsch » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:20 pm

Hmm, my spare housing looks just like that, except brazed. It's on my scrap pile.

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Re: Bolster or ballast?

Postby inairam » Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:53 pm

that is the problem. The top is not bowed and the radiator did not leak. I got this running loboy in May 16 for $500 delivered. Changed the oil and greased it and was cutting grass all summer with it. I just filled the radiator with water each time I used it. the leak is slow.

I should just take Gary's advice and bust it out so I can just forget about it!
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