Krusty’s Home!

Went out and hocked Krusty out of one of my dad’s warehouses today, where he’s been sitting patiently since I dropped him off last September. Here he is in his new home!  For those of you who are wondering, Krusty previously belonged to my friend Gerald, out in Alberta.  Gerald’s been downsizing, as he’s trying to move, and this little guy had to go.  So I drove out to Camrose last fall and picked him up.  Didn’t have enough room in the yard or the garage, so Krusty lived out in a warehouse for the winter.

along with the 32″ mower that came from MrBeef last fall… Hey if anyone knows where I could lay my hands on a set of lift straps for a JD 60 mower, let me know!

And the 40″ blade! This little beauty might be the first client for my Mark III electrolysis tank!

The dashboard is interesting… The PPO (Previous previous owner) did some exciting things with the electrical… Like, removing the key switch and replacing it with a toggle and a push button… Hmmm… That’s going to be my first goal with this machine, to try to return the wiring to as stock as possible. Already nailed down a key switch last winter (thanks, CementHead!), I’ve got the PDF of the technical manual (a big thank you to MrBeef for secretly shipping one up to LTGal so that I didn’t need to go postal on UPS, again), I’m just waiting on a donor wiring harness from a SF110 to arrive from its top secret location so that I can try to return things to as close to stock as possible (need the keyswitch plug… The rest of the wiring I can probably manage).

Its even MORE exciting BEHIND the dashboard! Must have been a fire sale on red wire…

The one with all the wires clipped off of it was the light switch… There’s still a pair of tail lights cut into the fenders, but everything is disconnected. There’s a plate welded into the grill where the front light must have been… I’ll probably rewire some tail lights, and possibly put some nice fronts on (since there’s some mounting holes on the hood post, it looks like).

Somehow, I don’t think this solenoid is stock. Can anyone confirm that?

Oh and look! A bypassed safety switch wire! Wonder where THAT goes?

There it is! Looks like the PTO safety switch. Hope it works! Tried looking for a neutral start switch, but it doesn’t look like there’s a bracket mounted. That may be task #2.

Its gonna be interesting to learn how THESE guys work!

Wonder what was connected here? “Accessory” for the lights, I’d guess

Theres a little bit of play in one front wheel, not sure if that’s normal or if something’s wrong/missing

Any suggestions how I could preserve this pin striping, LTGal wants me to try to save it!

All in all, just the cutest little tractor EVER! Haven’t really tried sitting on it yet, as I forgot the seat cushion in the garage (it needs a bit of work). Think I’ll focus on getting things rewired before I try starting it.

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An update on Ernie…

So, if you recall, I sold Ernie last Fall…  He went to a good home…  I’ve been keeping in touch with the person who bought him, and got these pictures a while ago….



Maybe I should hire him to look at the REST of my tractors!

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Excitement in the Kitchen Tonight

But its not what you think! Trust me! No, I wasn’t cooking, and; No, there were no EMS personnel called! 
LTGal was making up a big batch of chicken cacciatore for supper, and was just opening the oven door to put the cheese on when she said,

“There’s something on fire in the oven.”

Of course, rather than running for the fire extinguisher (which occurs to me is still out in the garage in case of Wally- or Bror-related pyrotechnics), I came over to have a look-see…

Nope, it wasn’t fire, not at least by the time I got there. More of a bright-orange, molten-looking light… So we shut’er down and the “fire” immediately stopped.

Most of you probably know what just happened. Pretty sure some of the juice from the chicken overflowed onto the element, super-heating it until it cracked, and what I was seeing was the arc-ing of the cracked element melting the metal outer layer of the element.

Reached into the oven after it cooled and went to undo the element screws, and the thing broke into two pieces…

Its pretty impressive, what arc-ing electricity can do! Kinda like reverse-welding, in your kitchen!

Guess I’m off to the parts place tomorrow morning…

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Tractors come, and tractors go…

Wow!  Months since I posted anything!  Its been a busy summer!  Taking care of LTBabe while LTGal worked in July, working on bathroom renos like a fiend in August….  LittleTractorGal, however, has let me do a BUNCH of tractor-y stuff in the last month or so…  First was the big tractor trip out to Team_Green’s place outside of Edmonton to pick up THIS:


Its a John Deere 60 lawn tractor, circa 1969…  Team Green is relocating, and wanted the tractor to go to a good home…


Its just as cute as a button, isn’t it?  And the pin striping on the hood adds additional appeal!


But, interestingly enough, it didn’t come with a mower deck.  So…  two weekends ago, LTGal and I drove 2300 kms round trip to Minnesota to pick up a mower deck for it!  Well, not JUST to pick up the mower deck.  There was also a Model 36 snowblower for a 110/112 in it for me…


some jeans for LTGal (its a long story!) and some meeting and greeting with some great folks from MyTractorForum!



From left to right, we’ve got MrBeef, MrsBeef, DieselPowered, Whirly, Nan, BilltheTractorman, and myself!

But, into every tractor-hoarder’s life, a little rain must fall!  There’s just not enough room for all these tractors, so one has to go!  Ernie was the first, really, but he’s kinda the odd man out!  No hydraulic lift, needs a fair bit of work to get into primo shape, and I haven’t had the time to do ANYTHING with him!


Someone may be coming to pick Ernie up on Sunday morning!

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Hydraulic Pulley adventures!

Decided that I would bite the bullet and retorque the head bolts on Wally… To be able to get at the head bolts, I have to pull off his hydraulic pump… Which means pulling the pulley off the hydraulic pump… Sigh… Did I mention that my garage has eaten at least TWO of those little dinky keys off the hydro pulley pumps in the past? Make that… THREE now! So I DID something about it! Now that I’ve used up all the spare chunks of key I had lying around holding the spare pulleys onto my spare pumps, I actually went out and BOUGHT a length of key to cut my own!
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Ta DA! And, just to be thorough, I replaced the ratty, banged up key on Bror’s hydro pump too! Oh, and I retorqued the bolts on Wally’s head. Now I just have to put everything back together! The thing I learned today is that I really should start using the air impact more to pull those stubborn nuts off. I bent Wally’s hydro pulley a bit trying to use a pair of pliers to hold it still while I tried to wrench the nylock nut off the pulley… Thought, why don’t I fire up the BIG compressor and use the air impact? Took that nut off in no time flat!

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A snow blade project for Wally

Well, I got out and really hammered away on the blade adjuster project tonight!Here’s the holes in the upper corners of the blade that I’m going to use to put the cord through…

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What a NICE summer day!

Well, today was officially a nice day! Weather-wise AND tractor-wise! Got back to working on Bror’s engine this afternoon… Here’s some details of what the engine shop did with the valve guides… Those look like copper sleeves…

And I THINK this is a new exhaust valve seat!

Since it was so nice and warm, I got out a pail of nice soapy water…

Here’s after the bath, and after a bunch of drying off with the air gun

First step, find the bearing retainer plate,

and attach it finger-tight just for holding the crank in for now….

Lie the block down in preparation for dropping the crankshaft in,

Made sure I knew where the alignment marks were on the rod and cap, and that I had them oriented the right way…

Didn’t take any pictures of me fighting with the piston ring compressor, but I must be getting better at THAT part, because it only took me two tries to get that nice oily piston into the cylinder!

Got the connecting rod cap on… that’s always a bit dicey

Here’s one of those dang expensive lock nuts!

Got the con-rod nuts all torqued on, hit the cap with a drift as per the manual, then retorqued…

ALMOST forgot to pop the tappets back in!

Got the timing mark on the cam shaft all lined up with the chamfered tooth on the crankshaft! Yay! (this was a tough shot to get, it actually broke my old camera… All the attempts to get the macro to see the two marks in focus finally killed the lens motor on my tractor-cam! Thank goodness LTGal has upgraded recently so I can have her hand-me-down! Lemme know if you see any difference in my pic quality from here on in!).

Got the crankcase gasket all set on it…

And here it is, all buttoned up! 

I think I’ll stop at this point and take it back to the small engine shop to get the valve clearances done… They’re SUPPOSED to be 0.010 cold for both… I’m clocking in at around 0.006 according to the feeler gage. So, Monday afternoon maybe… I MIGHT get the crankshaft end play figured out yet this weekend, but I don’t think I’ll go much further than that… Don’t want to have to carry too much weight around… I wonder if they need the valve springs in there… Probably not, since they have to pull the valves to grind the ends, don’t they?

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More Man-Food By LittleTractorGuy

Well, I figure, since its been nearly two years since I posted my LAST hit recipe, I better, you know, post something for my legions of fans… I call this…

Easy, Breezy Margaritas!

1. Fill a 2 cup Mason Jar 1/2 full with Kirkland Premium Margarita Mix
2. Add 2 oz of Tequila
3. Fill remainder of jar with ice

4. Place Oster blender cap and blades on Mason Jar mouth, tighten securely! (Note, ensure that the rubber sealer ring is appropriately placed between blade assembly and Mason Jar. This is VERY important!)
5. Attach Mason Jar to your Oster blender
6. Briefly press the Crush Ice button
7. Remove Oster blender cap
8. Enjoy!

Who knew Margaritas could be THIS EASY?!? Well, actually, LittleTractorGal did, she left me explicit instructions on how to do this before she left on her 2 day knitting retreat! I had NO idea that the Oster blender cap was designed specifically to fit standard Mason Jars! 

Stay tuned for tomorrow, when Littletractorguy braves…. THE BARBECUE! to cook BURGERS!

(dang, this little two cup mason jar didn’t even make enough Margarita to last me the entire post! Now I gotta practice some more! )

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Electrolysis Tank MK II Test run

I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seats wondering whether the Mark II tank was going to get running, be a big flop, or possibly brown out the entire neighbourhood…. Well, 

The wait is OVER!

Here it is, all filled up, with the washings soda added! No leaks! (Whew!) Substantially more water than the Mark I tank, 27 gallons to be exact… So, just a bit under 3 cups of washing soda, using the approximation of 1/2 cup per 5 gallons. Can’t find my toilet brush from last year, so I made do with a snow brush for trying to stir it all in…

I decided I was a bit nervous about placing the threaded rod so close to the electrodes, what with the possibility of causing a short if I bumped the rod at all, so I figured I’d use some of my major-sized heat-shrink and heat-shrink the ends of the rod…

Here’s the other end. The rod fits nicely lengthwise, so it should let me hang a number of things…

I was STILL kinda nervous about not having a way to secure that rod into place, so I MacGyver-ed something up… two 4″ chunks of primed baseboards (it was a cutoff I had lying around) fit just perfectly into two slots that had been moulded into the edge of the tote (for what reason, I have no idea)… A few minutes with my round rat-tail file to make some nice divots in each, and I feel MUCH better

Almost ready to go! You can’t see it in the cloudy water, but I suspended both the lid and the pot from the rod… The nuts and plate washers seem to work pretty darn well for holding the heavy gage copper wire…

Ran my extension cord and set up the battery charger… And…

made my connections… Pos to the electrodes in the tank, neg to the rod suspending the cast iron…

Just add power! A good steady three amps!

And what’s a trial without a movie?!?! 


I’ll go out in a bit, once I thaw out totally, to see how it looks….


Well, after an hour, it looks like this!



And its drawing even more current!


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Easter tractor playing

Well, happy Easter everybody… I stole away from the family festivities for a while to get some tractor-playing time in… Figured what I should do is pull the Tec HH100 out of Bror and get it ready to go into the machine shop to get the valve guides done… So, pulled off all the hardware… the external governor stuff

(took this one so I’d remember what the spring settings were on reassembly)

the generator 

(took this one to remind me what kind of a PITA it is to get into the gen mounting bolts… Maybe when I put it back together I should come up with a chunk of 5/8″ rod to use instead).

Got everything pulled off, drained the engine, pulled the crankcase cover off and pulled the cam, the tappets and the piston… The only things I couldn’t get off were the governor spool

which is held on by a c-clip that is an absolute royal pain to get off… Maybe I’ll see if the engine shop I’m going to has any ideas about that…

the little spring-loaded stud from the side of the crank-case

because I’m not sure how the heck to take the spring out…

And the adjustable crankcase bearing cup

which I hadn’t realized until now was actually an adjustable piece! THAT’S what those shims do when you’re trying to adjust the crankshaft end play!

So this leaves me with a FAIRLY naked crankcase

So, tomorrow I call the shop and see if they can do a valve guide job on this puppy, find out what they would all need to have in order to do my valve clearances, and then I see about ordering 

AM31096 GASKET KIT 1 (CONSISTS OF (2) M41814, M42149, (2) M42221, M42179, M42180, M42181, M42193, M42194, M42195 AND M42202) ENGINE OVERHAUL


M41792 NUT 2

which are the lock nuts for the connecting rod.

Hopefully it will warm up some, its still too cold to be comfortable out in the garage…

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