Getting after some snow...
Dogs were big fans too...
Last week I went and changed out the hydraulic fluid, as there was water in the old fluid...looked like a milkshake. I ran a mixture of hyd fluid, alcohol, and diesel through the hydraulic system, the let it drain for a few nights. With the new fluid the hydraulics feel stronger, and the pump is quite a bit quieter.
Also, there was water in the hydraulic fluid in the final drives in the front axle assembly. Found that out when the left front wheel wouldn't turn when I was trying to back out of the garage. The previous owner was not very nice to this tractor fluid wise...When I pulled the drain plugs for both final drives...NOTHING came out. I had to heat the whole section with a propane torch and it finally started flowing. I let it sit for awhile, then filled the final drives to the top with alcohol, then drained that. Refilled with fresh fluid and all is well.
The 4wd engagement lever on these tractors is notorious for breaking when someone pulls too hard. It breaks off a cast ear inside the housing, and the detent ball falls out of place. I pulled the housing, replaced it, rebuilt the 4wd lever assembly, and added the NewHolland add on plate to prevent over travel. The problem is...I installed the lever assembly wrong and was able to get the tractor into 2wd...but now can't get it back into 4wd. So...all the plowing from the pic above was done in 2wd. I'm going to have to take the lever assembly back off and get it fixed next time we break above freezing. I do love working on this tractor...no sarcasm. I just wish the parts weren't so damn expensive!!
Also...if anyone has a lead on a 72"-84" bucket I am looking for one. Don't want to buy brand new as the price is insane...Also looking for a heavy duty 7' rear blade
I will be converting this tractor over to skid steer quick attach and would like a wider bucket. My Ford has a 60" bucket, although it was supposed to come from the factor with a 68" bucket. The rear tread width is set as wide as possible and measure nearly 7 feet from outside edge to outside edge!! Needless to say, my track width is MUCH wider than by bucket, and this can make some tasks a lot more difficult than they need to be. I know the 84" bucket is way more than this tractor can handle full, but I could always cut a bigger bucket down to size a little, and maybe move the rear tires in one setting to get closer to my bucket covering my tracks.
Hope everyone is dug out and has power back ASAP! We got about 13 inches here and Henry (the ford 1920) just walked through it.