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Sickle bar update

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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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I'd sure like to see a new one run. Just so I know if they ever did work.

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gwiseman

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Lots of moving parts so lots of possible wear areas. Keep us posted Wendell. 

I've got 1 of mine operating, just need to figure out how to make it available to you.  

 

 

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I'll have to learn how to use the video feature on my camera, but will post something when it is done.  But the previous owner used some kind of funky cone washer on the hinge shaft.  He sure took a lot of short cuts (curse his hide).  Paint does not a restoration make. Does anybody have a Simplicity part no 101049 (item 48 in the picture below)?

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I have mowed maybe 5 acres with mine but spent nearly as much time working on it to do that.

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They really take a beating and they have to be TIGHT.  Wobbled out bolt holes, and improper keys and washers leave too much slop and it will beat itself to death.  I wonder if the extra power of that HF 13 HP motor is contributing to the problem.  Once I get mine running, maybe I will just save it for the local parades.

Ooooh, look, daddy.  Just like yours only smaller."

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Here are some pics of the original parts.  I thought I had posted them elsewhere but now I can't find them.  I guess that's the advantage of using a blog. 

I took the bar to the machine shop to have the holes drilled out.  I also took in these old parts and had them rebuilt.  See the difference?  I'll put them up on ebay but if I can't sell them, I will keep them for backup.

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