Re: Wheel weights

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Posted by Tim Daley(MI) on December 22, 2018 at 09:21:34 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Wheel weights posted by Daniel Jinkens on December 20, 2018 at 09:44:58:

OK - since you are a newbie to Ford Tractors, it is highly recommended by a lot of us here that you first get copies of the essential manuals and read them religiously. You should get a copy of the I&T FO-19 manual for your NAA/Jubilee Tractor; a copy of the '39-'52 MPC; and a copy of the original Operator's Manual. We have some of these herein our MANUALS forum, but the FO-19 manual is an older version and you'd benefit with a more recent version. We have the NAA Op manual here to download as well. Try JUST8Ns for newer hard copies of all those.

Regarding wheel weights, evaluate what you intend to use the tractor for. Do you intend to be doing some HD plowing? There are alternatives to adding pie weights and such. Loading tires with liquid ballast like Calcium Chloride was the method used before external weights were developed. The problem with Ca Chl is it is highly corrosive and when/if the stuff leaked from a punctured tire/tube, it would cause rusting of all ferrous material it contacted. Leaking will also begin around the valve stem and why you see rust in that area most obviously. That is why many original good Hat Rims are sought after by restorers. There has been a newer, safer product on the market since the mid-90's called Rim Guard®™ made from sugar beets for liquid ballast. It's often referred to as BEET JUICE. I am satisfied customer, have been using it since it came out. Guaranteed not to corrode metal. So, just tossing that out there. Your tractor so do whatever you want. If you don't need wheel weights other than to just have set for your tractor, consider the alternatives. Some use water, windshield wiper fluid, and used anti-freeze. All of those are corrosive as well, with the latter two possibly being mixed with water. Then there still some who use Ca Chl and don't worry about the rusting issue. Your call.

Tim Daley(MI)

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