I will leave you with one last picture of the finished pedal. I have a
separate write up on the whole foot control method that can be found here
if you are
With the repairs and modifications out of the way, its time for paint
prep. This is a lot of work in itself. Not only do you need to make
sure you sand out any imperfections, which in my case, I decided to
strip the pain completely, you have to take time to build some jigs and
fixtures to hold the parts while you prime and paint them. If you want
to paint it all in one event, this means the rear axle has to be
hanging, the hood must be mounted to something that allows you to paint
the inside and then close it to paint the top. You also need to build a
makeshift rotisserie to hold the frame so you can rotate it from bottom
to top as you process thru the various coats of paint. Here you can see
my bare frame. Because the factory never laid down any primer, these
tractors usually exhibit a lot of areas that need deep feathering. As
such, I find that it is easier to remove all the paint rather than try
to feather the old paint decent enough to not be seen under the top
coats. I use spray can, aviation paint stripper to remove the paint. It
goes on so easily, you can shoot over areas that seem to have slowed,
and it really works fast.
Once down to bare metal, it seems easier to clean up the metal with 3M
metal conditioning pads and the conventional DA sander than to deal
with any old paint.
The more time you spend getting the parts smooth and clean, the better
the outcome will be.
Here you can see all the parts jigged or hung, ready for primer and
eventually paint. I don't have much for a "shop"... its only 18' wide x
20' deep. This is NOT enough room to really do this in unless your
really careful. Once you start spraying and relocating parts to new
areas, you really have to watch that you don't walk into anything. I
just keep reminding myself that amazing things came out of the little
shed in the movie, the worlds fastest Indian.........
When it came time to prime, I had to do it in more than one event. The
larger parts shown below, and then I came back and did all the really
small parts like brake parts, hydraulic lines/tubes... that kind of
stuff. I lay down a thin base layer of epoxy primer, then follow up
with a high fill 2 part urethane primer.
When it came time for paint, I also did that in two events. The first
event was essentially the frame and rear axle. This way I could set the
frame back onto the rear axle, and with the help of a spare front axle,
put the tractor on wheels so I could roll it out of the way and have
more room for all the small parts.
BTW, I found that if you hang the rear axle up with straps that will
let you later lower it, you can drop it far enough to mount the wheels
back on it, and roll it under the frame for re installation. One guy
really do it all if you plan ahead.
When it came to the paint used, I just used Power red directly from a
Case dealer. This is acrylic enamel, so I used some acrylic enamel
hardener in it. I will say that it is a real EYE OPENER when you open a
gallon can of Power Red and gaze into it. Almost mesmerizing for an
addict (Case GT addict that is).
The next photo is the second event. All the small stuff with the
All that little stuff below is time consuming to get it right !
After a few days of drying time (I had other things going on), I got
around to cleaning up the shop and start assembling ! That's what we
will cover next.
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