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dacaseguy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:34 am    Post subject: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Don, attached are pics of my serial numbers and some of the rod bearings. I don't plan on replacing the rod bearings. They each had the original 6 shims ? I thought I would check them with plastic guage. I not sure about the hammer method mentioned in another post. Dick








 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks Dick for posting the pictures of the rods and caps, Babbitt bearing. Makes sense to check with plastigage. Enjoying the pictures of your project gobble
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks Dick,

Well, your DC has the original engine and it is a 1953 model. I'm pretty sure that is the way it came right from the factory with 3 7/8" sleeves and pistons. If it had been upgraded to 4" sleeves and aluminum pistons it would be stamped AP either before or after the serial numbers on the block. I think your tractor proves that t least some early 1953 D series were factory equipped and sold with the 3 7/8" cast iron pistons. Thanks for helping to clear this up. Don
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote


The rod cap in your picture looks pretty good. I've seen them with junks of Babbitt missing.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dick,
Thanks for all of the posts on your tractor restorations.

Like most farm kids I grew up helping dad in the shop. The way I was taught to adjust babbitt bearings is as follows;


Bearings have to be adjusted 1 at a time.


Remove shims until tightness is felt but engine can still be rotated by hand. This is considered "0" clearance. Now add shims needed to have the required clearance according to the factory specs. Repeat on each bearing.


Dads reason for this method was to make sure there was enough clearance for the full 360 degree rotation if the bearing or crank had worn out of round. I remember hand cranking many many rounds before he would finish adjusting all of the bearings. I bet there are others on here that use this method.





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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

THE SERIAL ON OUR'S IS 8026244
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Nick!! 25 years ago that is the way my Dad & I adjusted the Rods & Mains on our '53 DC-3. Except Dad was on the crank & I was underneath, subtracting & adding shims. He would pull against the crank and by his feel we adjusted the bearings. At that time, oil pressure went from 30 to 40, where it still is today. I use 15W40. Dad was 85 at the time.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Nick, I'm glad you haven't lost this talent.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't know which treasure is better, working with your Dad when he was 85, or still having the tractor you worked on together. Thanks for sharing. gobble
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

LOL ,.. Nick ,,. I was the Cranker Too Back in Those days ,.. I would bet there are still shims like that hanging on a nail next to the grainary at Dads place,,..
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:35 am    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Nick,

That is the same procedure we used last Spring on our DC3 LP. I was the cranker. LOL Don
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:05 am    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tom: Dad sold that DC new in '53. In 1978 my wife & I bought it back from the original owner. It will be in our family for many more years as our kids know it's history. The original owner told me he had never touched the magneto, and to this day, neither have I. Dad lived to be 90, was working in his garden & had a heart attack. Mom lived to be just shy of 100.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Don Rudolph- DC numbers Reply to specific post Reply with quote

ive got 8027568, 1953 DC, foot clutch eagle hitch live pto, strong tractor, 13.6 witch calcium and 2 sets of weights, does good with 3/14s and 10 ft disc, plowing in 2nd discing in 3rd, love the tractor, steering is a lil slow, but overall great machine, Dustyah
 
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