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Kimberly    Posted 03-24-2020 at 10:11:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Advice on centre housing
  • I was close to getting my parts down to get the tractor running again. However, due to the whole covid-19 situation my friend has stated they will not be coming down any time soon; New Jersey is on restricted travel. Therefore, I have decided to see about putting the tractor back together temporary so I can use it while I have to wait. I repaired the differential using some used parts that were not in the best of shape; they didn't cost me anything. I still intend on doing a proper repair job but it will probably be in the fall before the parts come down. Murphy's law is really hitting me hard on this. The centre housing had a cracked section where the front pinion bearing fits. It is loose but I can't pull it out by hand. I was thinking of just knocking it out just so that I know it couldn't fall out into the pinion and ring gear at some point. Keep in mind that I was using the tractor before with all this damage. Some of the bearing race (is that the correct term?) is still there. My question is what does everyone think about this? I don't have any equipment to do any sort of brazing work. Do you think it will be OK to use the tractor with only part of the front pinion bearing supported?

    Tom    Posted 03-26-2020 at 18:21:55 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Kimberly,
    I sent you an email about a possible source for a center housing. It is alot of work to do a temporary repair to disassemble it again.

    Kimberly    Posted 03-26-2020 at 10:28:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • The idea is that this would just be temporary until I get my parts down. I really need the machine in operation. I thought maybe I could put the tractor back together and use it until I did a proper repair later. I haven't removed the other trumpet so it is knock that piece out, put in the repaired diffy, put the trumpet back on, fill with oil and use her.

    John in MIch    Posted 03-24-2020 at 16:48:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I believe you would be wasting your time to try to repair that. There are many bones out there to be picked over. With current scrap prices, I would bet someone would give you a great deal on a replacement housing or maybe a complete rear end.
    I had to do that about 40 years ago to a destroyed diffy housing. Back then it was hundreds of dollars for a replacement.

    TheOldHokie    Posted 03-24-2020 at 11:29:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • That would be really pushing your luck. I can tell you the pinion nut on my Dodge truck worked loose and I dropped the pinion at no more than 10 MPH. It looked like a grenade went off inside the housing and blew a hole in the side. That wound up being an entire rear end swap from a salvage vehicle.


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