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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Thu Apr 27, 2023 4:48 pm

Pulled the front wheels, demounted the tires, and fired up the big sandblaster. One wheel was in good condition but the other had a fair amount of rust on the inside. Its a little thin around the valve stem hole so I will probably do a little welding and grinding to get rid of the sharp edge.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Fri Apr 28, 2023 3:47 pm

Epoxy primed the front wheels. Sprayed green on the water outlet housing, governor housing cover, and the crankcase cover.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby tldec50 » Fri Apr 28, 2023 8:06 pm

Enjoying your restoration,love that old iron.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Fri Apr 28, 2023 10:43 pm

tldec50 wrote:Enjoying your restoration,love that old iron.


Thanks. Hopefully it will come to life soon.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Sat Apr 29, 2023 9:30 pm

Sprayed Yellow on the wheels.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Mon May 01, 2023 7:47 pm

Mounted the tires today. I need to chase the threads in the hubs and then I can get them bolted back on the tractor.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Thu May 04, 2023 10:40 pm

Just getting over a nasty cold that's kept me from doing much on the 60 for the last several days. Today I bolted the front wheels back on after chasing all of the threads. Then moved on to the Exh/Int manifold. Found a little interference between the water outlet and exhaust manifold. I think I can just grind a couple spots on the water outlet flange and a little casting bump? off of the exhaust manifold to get the clearance needed.

I forgot to add that this is an aftermarket manifold built in China.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Thu May 11, 2023 10:41 pm

Painted a few more parts today. My cousin got a new fan shaft support to replace the original that was bent up pretty bad so it got some paint along with a few more radiator parts and the alternator bracket.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Sun May 14, 2023 7:09 pm

Started assembling the Governor. The drive gear had some play in it before I took it apart. Found a worn woodruff key when I pulled it apart. Put a new woodruff key in the shaft for the drive gear but still had a little play in it. Better, but still there. I put some Green Loctite on it and that seems to have done the trick.

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Had to use a few more drops of the Loctite on one of the bearing races the press on the governor shaft. It fit good on the shaft until it was seated and then it would spin on the shaft (3rd pic). Painted a couple more parts that I had set aside and forgot about.

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Installed the bearing and distributor drive on the governor shaft and installed the shaft in the housing. Next is setting up the shim gaskets at the fan shaft and governor shaft cover to get proper gear contact and backlash.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Wed May 17, 2023 6:51 pm

Got the governor setup done and ready to install. On to radiator assembly next.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Sun May 21, 2023 5:51 pm

While trial fitting the new core in the radiator, I thought I should double check with my cousin to see if he wanted to just go with this 3-row core or if he wanted to buy a new 4-row core like the original was. His dad had bought this core over 20 years ago so there is no returning it. Initially he said just use what we got, but then got to thinking that was going to use this plowing and discing so it would get worked hard and thought he better just spend the money now on a 4-row and not chance an overheating problem down the road. I agreed since that would be a 25% reduction in cooling going from a 4-row to a 3-row core.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Sun May 21, 2023 6:02 pm

Set the governor/fan shaft assy back on the tractor and verified the timing marks were correct. I'm cleaning and painting the bolts now and will get this bolted down tomorrow.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Thu May 25, 2023 8:29 pm

Pulled the carb apart today. It was cleaner than I expected with the only rust buildup being in the fuel inlet/strainer bowl. All of the passages and jets appear to be open. Ran it thru the glass bead cabinet and treated with Ospho. I'll get it painted tomorrow and assemble this weekend.

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby ajhbike » Fri May 26, 2023 3:19 pm

All of those little passages are fun to clean aren't they....

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Re: John Deere 60 repair

Postby cjet69 » Fri May 26, 2023 8:56 pm

ajhbike wrote:All of those little passages are fun to clean aren't they....

OH YA!!! Glad I didn't need to remove the ball plugs in the idle passages. I was able to run a wire down each and shoot carb cleaner thru them to verify they were open. I have a set of long drills for doing the single barrel carbs.

Shot some green today.

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