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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 2:52 pm    Post subject: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Is there really a more frustrating job than installing valve spring keepers on a Farmall Cub with old fat fingers?
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 3:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Grease comes in handy when doing that. I had a couple of stuck valves on my cub not long ago and had to pull them to free them up so yep BTDT
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 3:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Putting keepers on an upside down valve
in a flathead engine.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 5:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Squeezing my hand, that doesn't bend well anymore, in between the headlight & hood on a 560 to screw the fastener in that never wants to line up with
the hole.

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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 10:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-DeltaRed wrote:
(quoted from post at 16:29:12 05/13/21) Putting keepers on an upside down valve
in a flathead engine.


In case you've forgotten that's EXACTLY what the O.P. is dealing with.

As a creative solution, that's not a very large machine and the engine (IF removed) or possibly the whole tractor could be inverted to make the job similar to working on an OHV engine. (IMHO!)
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 3:32 am    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I wouldn't know.....that's my wife's
job!
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 5:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

loosen head lite and turn it a little. problem solved!
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 10:11 am    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had to stop for a bit, spring sprung and one of those little bast___s went flying. Looked for over an hour before I found it.
If it wasn't bad enough, add those damn hyd lines into the equation. Will be really happy when this job is done.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 10:53 am    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I placed a couple magnets close the where the valve I was work on at the time so if I dropped the keeper good chance the magnet would catch it. It worked I did drop one and it landed on the magnet
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-old wrote:
(quoted from post at 19:53:00 05/15/21) I placed a couple magnets close the where the valve I was work on at the time so if I dropped the keeper good chance the magnet would catch it. It worked I did drop one and it landed on the magnet


Pro active, I like it. I used paper towels to plug the holes in the block and used a magnet to find the missing keeper. I have some strong magnets I could use to catch them should (and I'm sure it will) try to pull a hide and seek thing again. Thanks Old.
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Put put rags in the holes that the keepers could have fell in if the magnet had not caught them. Sure would be easy to work on if the engine was upside down. LOL
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 4:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Fat fingers and tiny tractors Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-old wrote:
(quoted from post at 20:46:13 05/15/21) Put put rags in the holes that the keepers could have fell in if the magnet had not caught them. Sure would be easy to work on if the engine was upside down. LOL
Mine almost was I was do ------. Twisted Evil
 
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