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Offline bushmechanic

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Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:29:11 AM »
Ready to rebuild a 172 Ford Diesel for a 1964 C3 Treefarmer, just waiting on some parts now.

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2018, 12:27:58 PM »
Wow!  Nice project! That's well worthwhile, BM. Those little skidders are fun restores. Enjoy!
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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2018, 03:53:44 PM »
Wish I had your knowledge I tackle things I probably shouldn't but what a way to learn and it is a lot of fun ! Thanks for scharing.
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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2018, 05:24:51 PM »
I operated that same machine in the 70's and it pulled good !! ---it's great your giving her a new life !!

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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2018, 05:55:30 PM »
Those old 172's were a truly great engine... simple, reliable, cheap to run. I had a boat with a pair of 2722 Lehmans in her  - same block but marine/industrial rated version - that never missed a beat, and we've still got a Ford 4000 tractor with the same 172 power unit thats been faultless for 30 odd years.

Rebuild it now and given reasonable care it should be still ticking over in 2050.
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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2018, 07:25:59 PM »
Nice, clean looking work!

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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2018, 09:50:52 AM »
Looks good I'm in the process of fixing/restoring my c4b.
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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2018, 01:27:56 AM »
Nice job, I have basically the same machine only gas, not much power, but it will spin the wheels 

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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2018, 06:48:27 AM »
Well it seems it's going to be hard to get the right parts to do the job! I ordered the parts from a local supplier, at the time I needed two .030 oversize pistons (for a diesel) and he assured me that he could still get them....fast forward to the day the parts arrived and pistons for a gas engine arrived with the .030 diesel rings and a complete gasket set for a gas 172. >:( Now he is not sure he can find the diesel pistons. I'd use my old ones but two of them are destroyed. Oh well I guess she's going to have to be put out in the waiting room of the doctor's office! :D Thanks for all the comments guy's I hope some of my projects may help someone else.

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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2018, 07:45:03 AM »
I had a quick look with my local go to supplier for ford ag/industrial parts and well... see the note about oversize pistons at the bottom of the page for yourself:

Bare Co - Engine Kits: Ford 4 Cylinder Models

Yesterdays Tractor out of Seattle? (I think) are showing the 172 rebuild kit with oversize pistons in stock though: 

Ford 4000 Overhaul Kit, 172 Diesel - 172DK

Yanno its things like this where you just got to shake your head. Two reputable suppliers, two different kits, one tells you one thing one says another. *headdesk headdesk headdesk*
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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2018, 08:26:40 AM »
Hang in there someone must have the correct parts somewhere.  I too have the gas version and I actually like it. Yes may not be the most powerful thing but that saves from breaking parts.
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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2018, 10:12:49 AM »
You have a desk LL?   That must be nice.  Its a milk crate and headphone for me most days.  

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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2018, 05:32:08 PM »
Ahh Mike you make me laugh! I bet you work a lot in god's garage too lol 

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Re: Time to revive another tired piece of iron!
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2018, 05:36:21 PM »
Yeah its the only one i got for now.   Lord willin i live long enough to headdesk it one day. 
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