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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 7:40 pm    Post subject: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi everyone!!
Ive had this tractor for around 10years now. It belonged to my deceased Uncle who bought it to tend tobacco with. It was in pretty rough shape when he got it and was pretty week and smoked pretty bad. He and my other Uncle decided to do an in frame rebuild and only used it one season after that . The water pump went bad and he parked it in the barn were it sat for probably 10 years. My Uncle was killed in an auto accident and I purchased the property and the tractor came with it. I put a new pump on it and have used it every since. Its always had low oil pressure and started to develop a knock. Thats when I decided to do the rebuild. Follow along if youd like as we take this rough journey!! Here is the subject of our story-
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 7:44 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Sounds like a bad bearing. Drop the pan and inspect the connecting rods. See if there is any play. You may be able to have the crank turned and just oversized the bearings, put back together and get her going again.

Tom
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 8:01 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If I could only get a picture to load
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 8:04 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Internet isnt working the best tonight. Ill try again tomorrow.
 
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 8:11 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Maybe

 
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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2021 8:16 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

And so it begins

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 6:29 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Now that the head is off, we can see that it's been burning a lot of oil.

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 6:31 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Finally separated. Rear seal was obviously leaking also.

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 6:37 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There was a bunch of play in the connecting rods. When my Uncles did the in frame rebuild they obviously didn't measure the connecting rod journals. They must have figured it was all original and never been worked on because they put in .0002 undersize bearings on a crank that has definitely been ground .015 under!!!!

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 6:41 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I was really surprised it didn't run hot under a load with the amount of sludge and mud in the coolant passages.

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 6:47 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I took the crank and connecting rods in to have it ground and have the wrist pin bushings put in. I left the connecting rod bearings in. When I went to pick it up the guy asked if it had any knocks or oil pressure. I asked him why and he said somebody put the wrong bearings in it.!! So I was right. He said it had .002 bearings on a .015 journal.
 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 7:06 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Nice shiny sleeves. Good old dish soap for o-ring lube

 
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PostPosted: Fri May 14, 2021 9:43 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

50 weight oil....???

Bob.. Owner TEA-20 Ferguson..
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 5:13 am    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It always had around 30 pounds at startup but would drop off to around 10-15 after warming up. I dont see how it had that much!!
 
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PostPosted: Sat May 15, 2021 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: My To30 Journey Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I completely disassembled the entire tractor and cleaned it and painted each piece separately. New bushings in the steering box and cornhead grease also. Engines back on now and the brake system is back to it's original configuration thanks to Tom H. New radiator, new clutch , pressure plate and throw out bearing.



 
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