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Elf guardian
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Got the 8 in the shop today, and started to tear her down. So far so good.
All I can forsee so far, is the usual clean up, and front axle bushings.
The hood got compounded, and polished. I'm going to leave it like that, as well as the seat pan, because it will shine up the same.
The rest will be tore down, Etanked, and refinished.
 

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Looks like she'll restore nicely. The hood shined up like a new penny. Are you going to put headlights on her? Or just leave the one and go for the cyclops look. :rolling:
 

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Elf guardian
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Finding a bit of time here and there to work on this. No pics today.
It's starting to come back together.
Ross, it won't have headlights.
 

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I know the feeling with the BIT of time. Been crazy busy between work and the kennel. Have alot of Newf club meetings this month. (always on Sunday's) So I haven't had any time to work on the 7. Maybe tomorrow late afternoon. But I still have to turn some rocking chair leg spindles on the lathe for a friend of mine who sat down to hard in his wifes favorite rocker and snapped them. They've been in my shop for 3 weeks. Really need to get them done so he can crawl out from the dog house. Then I have to convert an old cart to a draft cart for a customer in Maine. I'll get it all done sooner or later. Keep me posted with your progress on the 8. Just kidding about the lights!!:poke:

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Nice MF8g. I will be watching your restoration as I also have an MF8g with both the mowing deck and dirt/snow blade. I am hoping to get the motor swapped back to an 8 hp as I am not sure what someone put in there before I received it. My tractor is in need of a restoration also but that will have to wait its turn.
 

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Looks like you are off to a great start. One of the big problems on mine was the front wheel spindles. I had to make new ones as they were completely shot on the wheel side.
Heres some pictures of them.
 

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Elf guardian
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Ross, hope you find some time soon.

Nice job on the spindles Brian. Whats your plan, instead of the groove/Eclip ? I'm guessing you
drilled and tapped it.
 

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IamSherwood said:
Ross, hope you find some time soon.

Nice job on the spindles Brian. Whats your plan, instead of the groove/Eclip ? I'm guessing you
drilled and tapped it.
Good guess - Yes, tapped both ends and using a bolt and washer to retain the spindle when doing wheelies and such! If you look closely at the first picture the tapped holes are visible in the ends. I bent the spindles on a ring press. It was a bit clumsy and took about 16tons of force to bend them but they turned out pretty close to the originals. I got new wheel bushings from the MF dealer. The second picture is the originals and they were worn at least 1/16" on the wheel side. Thats what happens when you don't grease them. There was some wear in the axle but not much once the new spindles were in there. This is jogging my memory. The other thing was that there was a lot of slack in the wheel. I was worried that the sector and pinion may be worn. The steering column and gears were almost like new. I found that the key in the shaft to the sector gear had come loose. When I reassembled it I put a hose clamp around the shaft up against the end of the key to prevent it from backing out again. The steering is really tight on it now and smooth with low effort. For a simple system it works really well due to the light weight of the tractor and the high quality of the components used. If you have any more questions let me know. I have the chassis back together but the engine and body work are apart.
 

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Well, I didn't take enough pics of the resto, once again. So here is the finished product.
If I get really ambitious this winter, I'll paint the seat pan, but for now, I
think it's purtty enough.
I've been waiting some time now for the seat, which finally got done.
Got it back together, and had a bit of seat time with it this evening.
 

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WOW that really is purty...looks better than new! Thanks for showing!
 
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Looking good, Will. Like the seat, be good when you get it broke in.:rofl2:
 

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Wow, great job. Sure looks like it belongs in a Massey dealership showroom. I hope you enjoyed the seat time. Looks great. Congrats.
 

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Will, you have your self one NICE 8.
 
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