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Elf guardian
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Finally, the Elf landed in my shop the other day, and I've started tearing it down.
No problems with taking it apart so far, other than I keep grabbing the wrong wrenches.
It's metric.
Steering wheel came off easy. (not like the other MFs)
It's actually real easy to work on. Everything is accessible.

Aside from the usual things to fix, like steering bushings, ball joints, etc, a couple major
issues have to be dealt with. Firstly, rebuilding the butchered up engine pan part of the
frame. I'll just cut that mess off, and make a new one and weld it on. The reason the
pan is all butchered up like that, is because PO repowered it, but did a poor job.
Part of rebuilding the frame, will include relocating the engine and clutch farther back so
everything fits in the available space.

Rear fender pan will have to be replaced. It too was butchered up to suit PO's needs. (whatever
that was) I'll have to get a sheet metal shop to bend that up for me.

Here are a few pics of things, so far.

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Oh, yes, that front axle, is a solid casting.
 

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Looks like good progress. We never got your lift built, but it looks like you improvised.
 

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Those are some interesting pics Will. They do things differently in Europe. That front axle arrangement for instance. Looking forward to seeing the restore process unfold.
 

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Will, your shop is great. The elf project will be interesting to watch. Thanks for sharing it so far.
 
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Elf guardian
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Completely torn down yesterday. Time to start cleaning everything, and fixing things as I go.

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Rear wheels are adjustable in width. About 3" per side. The red plate is secured to the
hex axle. By turning the red bolt head, the hub slides along the axle. There is a bolt on the
back side of the hub to then clamp the hub to the axle.

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Bottom side of butchered up engine pan. PO added those angles, after he weakened the
frame, by chopping it up. Hmmm
Also, front axle pivot pin is bent.

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Twist on front wheel dust covers. I thought that was kinda neat. Never seen that before.

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Tranny is all cleaned up, ready for paint. Just gotta wire wheel the hex axles yet, and decide if
I want them black or yellow. I took the shifter cover off to have a peak inside. It's not new in there,
but not bad, for almost 50 years. It's very heavy too.
 

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That's a totally different animal there! It'll be fun watching how you attack each issue. Have fun, Will!
 

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Elf guardian
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Those are some interesting pics Will. They do things differently in Europe. That front axle arrangement for instance. Looking forward to seeing the restore process unfold.
Yes, a few things done differently. Studs and nuts, not bolts. Not everywhere, but in places, where a bolt would be fine.
Galvanized bolts and nuts and studs. And really small cotter pins.
That front end is kinda neat. The tie rod ends, have a slip collar over the ball. So, disconnect the steering rod. Remove the
snap pin on the axle pivot, and voila, in 3 minutes, you've got the whole front end up on the bench. No excuses, for not greasing
those bearings.
 

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Neat, an exploded Elf.
Great that you're making headway. Glad the tranny is in good shape too.
You've got some work ahead of you on that frame. Good luck.
Frame won't be too bad. I'm just going to cut it off, and make new.
 

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Yesterday aft/evening, I tackled the frame rebuild. It took a bit longer than I
figured, but I'm happy with the outcome. I used 1" shaft collars for the pivot pin. The
bushings in the axle are worn, so I'll make 1" ID x ____ metric ones.

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That should take care of things, Will. Nice fix!
 
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