Advice Sought on Restoration Project - EZ Flow Spreader

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Advice Sought on Restoration Project - EZ Flow Spreader

Postby Bigschuss » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:01 pm

I bought this spreader from Bill Hudson a few years ago, and I'd like to restore it this spring. I have never done anything like this. I thought I'd ask for some general advice before I get started in May or so. I am decently handy. I learn quick. I have a nice shop. And I have a neighbor who owns a metal fab business so having parts made won't be a problem. Just looking for a few suggestions.

I assume this will need to be sand-blasted to bare metal? Once blasted, primer and paint? Anything special I need to know about painting bare metal?

Will tires be easy to find for this? Anybody have a good source?

Anything else I should think about?

Thanks in advance guys.

Blair

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Re: Advice Sought on Restoration Project - EZ Flow Spreader

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:37 pm

Blair, There are different levels of "restoration/renovation" depending on how much time and effort you want to spend. Some would completely disassemble the spreader so that all surfaces can be sandblasted and repainted. It looks like the lip of the lid will need repair. After sandblasting you may find some pitting that would need repair either with patches or a filler like Bondo. I can't tell what size the tires are, but unless they are some wierd size, you should be able to get those at a tire shop of maybe a farm supply store. I'm not a painter, but you'll just want to make sure the bare metal is cleaned to remove any dust, oil, grease, or surface contamination that would keep the primer from adhering. The primer and final paint need to be compatible. That shouldn't be any problem if you get both at an auto paint supply, or spray cans from a hardware or big box store. From the pictures, it doesn't look like it needs much repair other than the lid, but you'll know better as you get to work on it. If there are bearings in the feed or tires, avoid sandblasting those areas, and also mask off to protect the yellow label unless you plan on having it reproduced.

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Re: Advice Sought on Restoration Project - EZ Flow Spreader

Postby Bigschuss » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:24 am

Bob McCarty wrote:Blair, There are different levels of "restoration/renovation" depending on how much time and effort you want to spend. Some would completely disassemble the spreader so that all surfaces can be sandblasted and repainted. It looks like the lip of the lid will need repair. After sandblasting you may find some pitting that would need repair either with patches or a filler like Bondo. I can't tell what size the tires are, but unless they are some wierd size, you should be able to get those at a tire shop of maybe a farm supply store. I'm not a painter, but you'll just want to make sure the bare metal is cleaned to remove any dust, oil, grease, or surface contamination that would keep the primer from adhering. The primer and final paint need to be compatible. That shouldn't be any problem if you get both at an auto paint supply, or spray cans from a hardware or big box store. From the pictures, it doesn't look like it needs much repair other than the lid, but you'll know better as you get to work on it. If there are bearings in the feed or tires, avoid sandblasting those areas, and also mask off to protect the yellow label unless you plan on having it reproduced.

Bob


Thanks Bob. I appreciate you taking the time to write.

This is going to be a working project. I bought this to spread lime and fertilizer in some deer food plots I have out in the back 40.

Thanks again.

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Re: Advice Sought on Restoration Project - EZ Flow Spreader

Postby Rudi » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:53 pm

Blair:

I think I saw this at Cecil's when I picked up my PHD. I thought then that dang ... wish I had known about it ... nice snag.

I would go with the procedures Bob posted .. makes a lot of sense to me so why re-invent. Maybe get that decal over to Tim and have it reproduced.

You gotta post progress shots though ...

I really liked that spreader :D
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