HASPIN PREP 2020! I decided that I don't want to risk fragging the gear flipped 633 that's been in the #64 since I built it. I'm taking the transmission out using one of the back tires to simulate using stuff available in the field...
I wanted to get an idea of how long a trans swap takes with normal hand tools so I timed it. From tractor completely together to transmission completely out took about 20 minutes. I think with everything ready to go and some practice that could probably be cut in half. If a 2nd person was there to help and maybe with a battery powered impact gun, 25 minutes to swap the transmission would probably be possible. Definately do-able between rounds of the Top Tractor Challenge if necessary.
I was going to swap in one of the new style 633's I have but I found out that the newer ones have wider frame mounts.
I wanted to swap out the gear flipped trans so I can weld the gears before it breaks. I have an older style 633 with the gears already welded ready to go in. The new style one (bare aluminum color one) is really kind of useless to me at this point, but I may be able to mod the case to fit the adventure edition later on.
Also, today I tried aluminum welding for the first time and it didn't go too bad. I didn't expect cast aluminum to weld as good as it did. Note the repaired spot around the upper mounting hole which was cracked. I welded a Z'ed shifter to finally solve the issue of my hand smashing into the belt cover in high gear. I've been talking about doing that for years, pretty much almost since I built it, so it should be nice to try it out. I think it will make things a bit easier, even though I've gotten used to being careful when I shift to 3rd.