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Darrell    Posted 12-10-2022 at 14:57:33 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Grand Jubilee rears wheels/tires
  • Hello all. I just picked up a Grand Jubilee. My very first tractor. It seems I need to do something about the rear wheels (original) but I'm not sure what. One of them, especially, is going flat. The previous owner, a very nice guy, told me to get the tubes replaced because the salt water solution had corroded the valves. On the leaky one, that is very obvious. Is this something that would be an obvious problem and solution for an Ag tire shop? Is there any book that would help me understand how these wheels/tires go together/function? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 12-10-2022 at 17:10:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Hi Darrell. Welcome to the NTC. For starters, I would refer you to our Manuals library here where you can download a free copy of the Ford NAA Owner's Manual and a rare and informative Ford NAA advertising brochure

    You need to get both rear wheels dismounted ASAP and have the tires removed. If you do this yourself, be advised that they can weigh several hundred pounds each when loaded and can be hard to handle by yourself. An ag tire or commercial tire place can do this for you. If the tubes had been filled with a calcium chloride solution and had been leaking for a bit, you may have significant rust damage on your wheel(s). They may be repairable or worst case, you'll need to replace them. You will definitely need new tubes. You may want to hold off on filling the new tubes until you use your Jube for a bit and determine that you actually need the extra traction afforded by loading your rear tires.

    Holler back if you have more questions. We have a number of folks here who own NAAs and will be happy to share their experience. BTW, the NAA model was manufactured in 1953 and '54. Only the '53 model is correctly referred to as the Jubilee in recognition of Ford's 50th anniversary.

    Darrell    Posted 12-10-2022 at 18:16:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Thanks, Ed, for the welcome and the info. That brochure is amazing.

    I'll take your advice and avoid killing my back on my first day with the tractor. I'm so excited to fix it up but I do have to use it soon too. Everything thing works good for a 70 year old tractor! Apparently, nothing significant has ever broken on it either. Wow. The front end loader is impressive as well.


    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 12-11-2022 at 07:01:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • You can drain the tires yourself if you have a way to pump it out into a container or an area like a gravel driveway that will offer another benefit of killing whatever is growing there. Position the tires with the air fill valve at 6:00 and unscrew the core from the air fill valve and let it drain. This will save you some money over having a tire service do it for you. You can then contact a commercial/ag tire service to send a truck out to do the rest, or remove the rear wheels, have a friend help load them into a pickup and take them to the dealer to save the on-site service charges.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 12-13-2022 at 00:13:58 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You can drain those yourself but you better be real careful.

    Leave them on the tractor and rotate the tires so the valve stem is on the bottom.
    Remove the valve stem and slide a piece of rubber hose over the top and clamp it on with a hose clamp.
    Stuff the other end of the hose into a 55 Plastic drum.
    When the tire goes flat, fire up the air compressor and fill the tire up so it is off the ground again.
    As soon as you pull off the air line, the fluid will be coming out under pressure. Stuff it back in the drum and continue to drain the tire.
    Repeat until done.
    You should wind up with about 1/2 gallon remaining that will not come out.
    Loaded tire is about 450 pounds.
    Rim and tire weigh in around 105 pounds. That center piece is good for another 40 pounds easy.

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