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UPDATE - Sickle Bar Shakedown

Looks like a previous owner tried to repair the bracket.  Notice the poor welding job.  On the bottom, the weld prevented a proper mounting.  Also notice that one of the bolt holes is wobbled (egg shaped). 

The hinge had problems of its own.  Notice the peened mounting surface and wobbled bolt hole. 

I think all of these factors contributed to an unstable assembly and resulted in the violent shaking.

But while surfing for something else, I stumbled on a NOS  Bracket and a used hinge that appeared in very good condition so I jumped at both of them.  I am now reassembling and will let y'all know how it works out.

 

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Sickle bar update

Received the new hinge and bracket.  The bracket was AC yellow - - -can't have that so after about an hour media-blasting and a day or so waiting for paint to dry, here are the parts, ready to install.  But wait!  What's that I see on the cutter bar?  Is that another wobbled bolt hole?  And same thing on the matching hole on the lever assembly.  Man. if it isn't one thing it is something else.  the fun never ceases.  I took the bar and lever to the machine shop where they will drill the holes to a bigger size.  I figure all of these wobbles and peened surfaces contributed to the violent shaking, so when this thing is done, you won't even know it is running.

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