Well no real current pictures, may get some this weekend. Not much progress the last few weeks. It's just to #$%& cold up there in the shop at night when I get in from work, and really haven't had a decent weekend to work on it in a couple weeks. On Saturday mornings you go up there and fire the heater and it takes forever for it to warm up, then the tractor starts sweating, so not only is it to cold to paint of anything...it's wet. Ya'll know how it is...
The engine block and head are at the machine shop, SUPPOSED to be done in another week or two, who knows. Once it comes back I can begin building the engine and get it back in the frame. The frame rails have been stripped, cleaned primed and painted with finish color on the inside, ready to put the steering brake linkage back in, then the short block. The outside of the frame rails have had probably a dozen coats of high build primer and have been wetsanded a half dozen times and are ready for finish coating, whenever that comes. The steering brake linkage has all been taken apart, cleaned, threads chased, and reassembled with antiseize and are ready to be repainted and put back in the inside frame rails.
I found another top radiator tank in Colorado to replace mine which had a broken air cleaner mounting ear. Both upper and lower tanks and rails have been cleaned, threads chased, primed and painted. I'm waiting on gaskets from The Fordson House to reassemble and mount the radiator. The back side of the steering pedestal and bolster, along with all the "interior" concealed parts of the radiator have been finish coated, as they won't be accessible to paint. The finish color is "McCormick Deering Gray" from the Fordson House. It's a dark bluish charcoal gray. I like it a lot. I've bought several cans in spray bombs for painting parts and pieces. Once it's all back together I'll shoot the whole thing with the same color which is available in gallons and with hardener.
I've reinstalled the power lift on the deck, all cleaned and painted under and between. If it's halfway tolerable in the shop tomorrow I may begin reinstalling the brake drums and linkage, though it'll likely be to cold to work on priming, filing and painting the covers.
I'm really hoping to have it finished by the IHCC Chapter 37 Show in May at the Got To Be NC Festival in Raleigh...I don't know...I got a long way to go, and a lot of money yet to spend
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