When it comes to the hobby of collecting and or working on antique tractors one thing comes to mind. These machines were built long before OSHA and other pro-safety groups came into being. It is paramount that anyone who either operates, repairs or otherwise has anything to do with antique tractors must realize that their safety and the safety of their family and friends is in their hands.
Manuals produced by International Harvester are readily available and contain numerous safety warnings. The applicable manuals should be reviewed for these warnings before operating or repairing any piece of machinery. From time to time members of this forum offer suggestions or hints on how to troubleshoot, repair or operate these machines. If you utilize these suggestions, please realize that you do so at your own risk.
To quote another famous cub: Smokey says "Only you can prevent forest fires."
How To Safely Disassemble A Culti-Vision Tractor
Tractors that have off-set engines can pivot on the bolster when splitting the tractor or simply removing the rear tires, causing serious injury or worse. These tractors would be the A, Cub, Super A, 100, 130, 140 and 240 and the 274. Pictured is a Super A. (models need to be verified)
Note: In the following picture, the axle has lifted off the right jackstand, creating a very dangerous situation.
To prevent the tractor from tipping while removing rear tires or splitting the tractor use the following method.
1. Wooden Wedges on the front axle.
You will need the following:
- A. Two wooden wedges (hard wood is best) 1-1/2" thick x 2" high x 6-1/2" long
B. Two 4" hose clamps, the clamps can be found in any plumbing supply store.
- 1. Cut a wedge in a block of wood 1 1/2" thick x 2" high x 6-1/2" long.
2. Cut 3/4" off the tip of the wedge so the you are left with a 5-3/4" long wedge with a blunt end
3. Next cut a notch out of the high end of the wedge about 1" long
4. Take the two wedges and place them on top of the axle and under the bolster and tap in with a hammer so that the tractor engine is some what level.
5. Take the hose clamps and attach them around the axle and on to the notch that was cut out in the wedge.
6. Tighten the hose clamps,
7. Be sure to give the wedges a tap with a hammer once in a while to make sure that the wedges stay snug under the bolster.
Remember that, Safety must be uppermost in your mind when attempting any job that involves elevating a tractor for any reason.
EDIT: Here's an example of what can happen to a Cub when jacked up without wedges between the front axle and bolster: http://farmallcub.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=145&t=66743