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    Wish you would have followed me from NEO to GA!

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    I cleaned the moss and lichens off this morning. Figured out the carb is pretty simple. And the old man who had it didn't realize a self energizing GM alternator doesn't charge until you rev the engine over 1500 rpm. It's got a 2,000 redline so that's pretty wound up for this thing. Solved that one with just some sense.

    Took it over for some work digging on a stump and it performed well as a tractor this size should.

    Then went back a couple hours later to see if it would start again. You know, make sure it was charging the battery. Fired right up! And two seconds later the 63 year old radiator sprung a leak. Not so unexpected I guess. I noticed it was running about 225 while working the hoe. Best to get this fixed now.
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    Since you can never leave anything alone, are you going to reshoot the original IH paint or keep the patina?

    Is the bucket in good shape?

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    I've always had a greater appreciation for nice patina tractors. As long as they aren't too rough. Going to repaint the grille white since somebody shot it red right over the white that's coming back thru, at some point long ago. Then throw some dull clear over that. There's several places where it could benefit from having some dull red misted back over it too. Like the top of the boom. Have to see about color matching that in Rustoleum to go over their Rusty Metal Primer. Not sure what is about that stuff but it holds great for a very long time outdoors right over rusty metal. And I truly don't see myself disassembling and blasting the pieces of this thing for a proper restoration.

    Both buckets are good although there is a small break in the front one needing welded back together. I haven't really used the front bucket yet since I haven't removed the forks yet. But I would like to make it wider if the HP will lift it. It's just a Utility tho, not a construction grade tractor. It's got a trenching rear bucket on it and came with a 2nd wider bucket too. I have to go back for a 2nd set of rear wheels yet that come with it too. Field and road tires instead of these mudders. They won't tear my yard up so bad, but these will be nice in the winter.

    I figured out that the radiator issue is just a good sized pinhole in the seam of the top tank. Currently have the antifreeze out and engine flush in before taking the rad out for a proper repair. But now I can't run it because I've drained the nasty milkshake out of all 3 reservoirs. That's a Lot of fluid! Then I'll be replacing 8 hoses which have seepage and flushing those and the cylinders into even more old hyd fluid buckets rather than waiting to get sprayed down with scalding oil while I'm trying to work.
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