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Well, I thought I would share this repair as it is a VERY common problem, and one that can be solved given the right spare parts. The problem is the missing lift lever knock out panel. I have seen many of these missing, and one was my 12H. Given my spare & damaged foot board on the parts tractor, and a mentality that nothing goes to waste... I used this cut up foot board as a patch panel for the missing knock out.

Anyway.... I like photos to show the story.



To start off, I used masking tape to make a "template" of the good knock-out.


In theory it sounded good, but when removed, the curve is gone. It took me a while to figure out how to place it in the right spot.

Note the torch chopped corner... to aid in greasing a pulley no less... :wallbanging:


Patch laid out and ready to be cut.


Not a bad first fit.


Some welding, grinding, and file work at the hole...


Here is the side all ground down smooth.


Side by side photos, also you can see that I tacked welded the good panel on the inside.


Original panel (one weld was broken and I never knew)


Tack welded repair. That will hold it in place. :smilewink:


So remember, keep EVERYTHING! Sometimes it will come in handy in an odd way! Oh yea, the cost?? FREE!!!
 

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Connoisseur of Rusty Junk
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Great work as usual FirefyterEmt! Thanks for the walk through. I do a lot of fab work like that, but I always seem to forget to take pics.
 

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Thanks for the kudos guys... I work as an insurance appraiser, so photo taking is second nature to me. I spend all day long documenting stuff like this.

The best part, is that old running board I used could still have the foot step removed and replaced if I damaged one, and there is still room to cut out one more knock out panel if I need one. That, and it's pretty heavy gauge steel and I can use if to make something someday... I hate buying steel!
 

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Tractorholic
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Yes, the 12G step was damaged when somebody cut out the back to make room to grease a belt pulley. It could of been repaired, but it's an extra kept as a spare. The exact curve profile would of been tricky to make even with a roller. That and the fact that I really need the running board for a Hydro, not a damaged Geared tractor helps! It's just that curve that I needed, and seeing as how the curve is the same al the way along the panel, it made reproduction very easy.

The step that had the original knock out is off my 12G, the repaired step is for the 12H and the "doner" step was from a parts tractor that has been picked clean.
 

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Tractorholic
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You do good work! Thanks for sharing.

I'm not a fab'er..... wish I had the stuff to learn how.
 

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You really do fine work.
 
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