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PostSubject: Give it up as a bad job?    Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:14 pm

Hey yall.

So I've been using my 1978 Montgomery ward as an off road tractor for a little over a year. Every time I use it, it breaks or something. Today was actually my first ride of the summer due to a belt.

What 's broken- Both headlights, has no torque (belting issue), will only turn left (teeth on steering rack), throttle hangs out the side, seat soaks up water, and then deposits it on the rider, and lots of little things.

My main issue is that steering rack. I can't buy a new one, and it's very unique, so substituting would be a huge pain.

Really the only good thing is the strong Briggs 18hp Oppy.

So I'm wondering, is it worth fixing, or do I pull the engine, and but a new chassis? I'm really torn. I don't want to get rid of it, but all it can do is ride up and down the driveway, and even that, barley. Mostly the belting issue.

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PostSubject: Re: Give it up as a bad job?    Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:30 pm

I'd fix it. Most of that stuff really is manageable. The steering- well, I guess that depends on your ability.

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PostSubject: Re: Give it up as a bad job?    Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:18 pm

I'd keep it so far it just seems like small stuff and those old tractors are strong
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PostSubject: Re: Give it up as a bad job?    Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:47 pm

Doc Sprocket wrote:
I'd fix it. Most of that stuff really is manageable. The steering- well, I guess that depends on your ability.
Place a welding bead where the broken steering teeth should be, then shape them back into gear teeth with a grinder.  

Here's the video I found to fix the gear.  I don't know your setup, but perhaps this can help in fixing the broken steering gear.

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PostSubject: Re: Give it up as a bad job?    Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:35 am

WOA, sorry for the late reply.

That's an excellent idea Shawn, but I haven't got a welder. And after trying and failing to turn right so many times, I think it's starting to wear on the pinion too. :-/
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