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PostSubject: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 1:02 am

Earlier today I purchased an early 80's craftsman/sears tractor with an 11HP engine (I'll try to post pictures later) and it had been sitting for 2 years (under a cover thankfully). While I was looking it over I noticed the steering was jammed but I bought it anywhy for the cheap price of $150 because it was all there. Now I have it home and I can't seem to find an easy quick way of knocking it loose. I just want to get it going as it is stock first before setting it up for mudding. Any suggestions?
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 1:31 am

Where is it stuck? Frozen ball joints, frozen tie rods, frozen steering gear, frozen spindles, rubbing, what? Your info was a little too generic.


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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 5:39 am

Generic answer- disassemble, lube, reassemble.
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 8:38 am

The spindle on the right side is frozen but everything else seems to be free.
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 8:50 am

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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 12:52 pm

If the spindle is frozen up, try tapping it out with a hammer after moving the retaining pin/ clip. Then lube the hell out of it, grese wil be a little more long term but gear oil will work too. Then just work it back and forth.

Might need new bushings. I bet it has metal ones.


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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 1:37 pm

ok earlier today I tried tapping out the spindle but it was very stuck should I perhaps try hitting it with the torch
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 1:55 pm

Ya heating it with the torch might help break it lose just remember as soon as you get it loose remove it nd clean it and grease it back up really good
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 2:47 pm

hmm I need a bigger hammer to smack that sucker out lol, earlier today I went to find tires for it and Jeez those are expensive $107 a pop for the knobbies.
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 2:49 pm

Look online you can find knobbies for 60 dollars or so a piece with free shipping
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 2:51 pm

hmm I need a bigger hammer to smack that sucker out lol, earlier today I went to find tires for it and Jeez those are expensive $107 a pop for the knobbies.
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 2:52 pm

oops accidentally copied the old text on there lol
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 2:54 pm

I have some crazy odd size on it and that is what drove up the cost.
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 3:29 pm

What size are your tires?
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 4:09 pm

18.5 I believe
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 5:51 pm

Is the rim a 8 inch rim?
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 5:51 pm

9.5 inch
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 5:54 pm

I spent like 3 hours driving around town for 'em
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 5:56 pm

I think? ok here ill just give you the code deal: 18.5X9.50-8
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 6:01 pm

Nope they are 18.5 inches tall 9.5 inches wide and a 8 inch rim
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 6:15 pm

Oh, wow! I think everyone else just uses 22x11-8...
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 6:27 pm

Ya 22x11x8s is pretty much what everybody uses
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 27th 2013, 7:05 pm

like I said very odd size, I've been looking into this tractor and as it turns out it is a rare model, didn't even make it for a year. it is after they started outting in plastic tanks but before the went to plastic headlights. I just can't believe I got her to fire up after so long without doing anything to it.
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PostSubject: Re: old stuck steering   old stuck steering Icon_minitimeMay 28th 2013, 12:51 am

Thats not a odd tire size at all they sell alot of tires that are 22inch that will fit your rims
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