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    Doug, yes I know about that bone on bone pain. That is not good.

    Grandpa jay, Glad that you decided to fix the knee before it got too bad. It will take a little while, but you will be glad you did it. Keep us posted about how you are doing.

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    26-12x12 Mudlites Greg. Bought 4 of them from an ATV guy. Was gonna put them on my golf cart but they ride really rough unless you're flying along. So I put a pair on my 400. Excellent traction unless it's icy but I have chains I can throw on them. Haven't had to yet. They're so gnarly just driving across the shop floor will rock the tractor back and forth. My brother actually has the best pair on his 420. They're 26-10x12's. Narrow tires are always better in the snow.
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    My Yerfdog box is on the back of the tractor in these pics. I use it on my 860 Ford mostly but it mounts to a 400 no problem. I used an Al Z forklift as the base for it. Had the forklift for 10 years and only used it a couple times so I figured why not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtechnik-3 View Post
    ARMY, that's a nice job on that 400, interesting back tires I'm sure you have mentioned somewhere what they are.

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    • 1981 JD 400, 1980 JD 400, 1975 JD 400, various JD 400 attachments, 1966 JD 110 RF, 1979 JD 214, JD L100, JD 111
    • Cub Cadet Model 71, Ford 8N w/6 ft Woods belly deck, Ford 860
    • 1990 EZGO (gator wannabe), 1997 Club Car and 1970 Cushman golf carts
    • 2000 F150 4x4 shortbox stepside, 1976 Corvette, 1950 F1 Ford pickup, 1996 Splash 5.0 V8 project
    • Armstrong 3 HP antique stationary engine (runs like a top) and a couple other hit and miss type engines





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    Made a new hydro lever yesterday. The original one was badly worn where it threads into the hydro linkage. Eventually got so bad I could move the lever back and forth a couple inches at the knob end without it doing anything at all, which is a real pain in the butt when trying to park it in the shop without ramming into something. Backing it up to hook on my 4x7 trailer with the 3 pt receiver hitch/ball was hilariously problematic. It was so challenging I'd spend a couple minutes every time trying just to see if I could. Then I'd get off and move the trailer into position by hand.

    I used a steel rod with the same diameter and bent it to match the original, then threaded both ends. One end 7/16 fine for the linkage and 7/16 coarse thread for the knob.
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    I polished it with my wire wheel and shot it with clear. Looks just like chrome in person.
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    The rest of the hydro linkage was rebuilt last fall but it was still wonky so I dug deeper and realized it was the lever causing the slop. It's nice and tight now though.
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    • 1981 JD 400, 1980 JD 400, 1975 JD 400, various JD 400 attachments, 1966 JD 110 RF, 1979 JD 214, JD L100, JD 111
    • Cub Cadet Model 71, Ford 8N w/6 ft Woods belly deck, Ford 860
    • 1990 EZGO (gator wannabe), 1997 Club Car and 1970 Cushman golf carts
    • 2000 F150 4x4 shortbox stepside, 1976 Corvette, 1950 F1 Ford pickup, 1996 Splash 5.0 V8 project
    • Armstrong 3 HP antique stationary engine (runs like a top) and a couple other hit and miss type engines





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    Only guys like us WFM'ers would think of doing that. I don't have a rack. I use low profile separate dollies. But I do use my electric hoist to put the blower on (it didn't work very well the first time so I turned the tractor around and presto!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by grandpajay View Post
    Made up a rack to stack store the plow and thrower last fall and decided it was time and picked the thrower off the rack.

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    • 1981 JD 400, 1980 JD 400, 1975 JD 400, various JD 400 attachments, 1966 JD 110 RF, 1979 JD 214, JD L100, JD 111
    • Cub Cadet Model 71, Ford 8N w/6 ft Woods belly deck, Ford 860
    • 1990 EZGO (gator wannabe), 1997 Club Car and 1970 Cushman golf carts
    • 2000 F150 4x4 shortbox stepside, 1976 Corvette, 1950 F1 Ford pickup, 1996 Splash 5.0 V8 project
    • Armstrong 3 HP antique stationary engine (runs like a top) and a couple other hit and miss type engines





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    Prepped the engine to go in the blower 400 yesterday. Cleaned it up and swapped the front exit exhaust for a side exit. I have an exhaust elbow to divert the hot air from heating up the blower chute but it still gets warm. Also the side covers are for a side exit. I might take the time to strip and paint the engine tin green. And maybe the intake this time. I like the contrast. Makes it easier to focus on the important stuff when looking at the engine.
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    Did this K532 green just before the cam gear (and other parts) busted. Everybody said it looked good at the funeral.
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    Army

    • 1981 JD 400, 1980 JD 400, 1975 JD 400, various JD 400 attachments, 1966 JD 110 RF, 1979 JD 214, JD L100, JD 111
    • Cub Cadet Model 71, Ford 8N w/6 ft Woods belly deck, Ford 860
    • 1990 EZGO (gator wannabe), 1997 Club Car and 1970 Cushman golf carts
    • 2000 F150 4x4 shortbox stepside, 1976 Corvette, 1950 F1 Ford pickup, 1996 Splash 5.0 V8 project
    • Armstrong 3 HP antique stationary engine (runs like a top) and a couple other hit and miss type engines





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    Army,
    Here is the exhaust option I used to keep the soot off the loader and thrower. I found some mandrel bent stainless tubing about the right size and welded it up. Because of tubing diameter, it ended up having to be clamped inside the short stub on the muffler. The exhaust directed down and forward does kick dust and leaves around. It seems a bit quieter, though. There is some foil faced insulation glued to the cowling to prevent discoloration.

    This post (and any in the next week) may be discombobulated with influence by Oxycodone. Got the knee yesterday and all is well. I'm stuck in the chair blogging and my kids are giving me grief. I don't know why they can spend all day doing Facebook nonsense, but if I'm participating in John Deere forums somehow that is worthy of needling.
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    1981 JD400 a long ways from stock

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    grandpajay, Glad that you are doing well. I ended up away from home 32 days because of the clogged artery in my neck and being sick from the surgery. I hope that you get well SOON ! ! ! !

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    Thank all of you for the good wishes and encouragement! Grandmajay's motherly instinct has kicked in and she is doting on me. I'm going to be really spoiled. I'll have to think of something really nice for her out the other end of this episode.
    Grandpa Jay
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    Army and Grandpa, I dearly enjoy your innovative exploits and pics of progress/completions on your beautiful 400s. Mine are just workers. Hoping I can get some pics posted soon here. Need wife's help. My best wishes for knee healing, gentlemen. David

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    How about a green & yellow garden tractor?

    Quote Originally Posted by grandpajay View Post
    Thank all of you for the good wishes and encouragement! Grandmajay's motherly instinct has kicked in and she is doting on me. I'm going to be really spoiled. I'll have to think of something really nice for her out the other end of this episode.

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