Update on my John Deere 314 project.
My brother bought a 4 wheeler that came with a plow, so he lent me his blade. Got it all mounted up just fine.
Even tried it out!
There's a big low spot right there that always turns into a giant
puddle. The tractor worked pretty good, still need to do some tuning on
the carb it seems. After about 15 minutes of work though, I think I
busted the bolt I installed in the drive line. Quit moving and had no
hydraulics. Got to pull the pan up and check the bolt. In the meantime
I picked up this,
So I can mount it at the same time I pull the pan back off to see what happened with the drive line.
AND! Finally went over to my brothers neighbor and settled on a price
for some more attachements. I bought a tiller and a blower from him and
he threw in a deck for free. The deck is REALLY rough though so I
might not end up using it. Not sure what kind of shape the tiller and
blower are in but for the price he asked I really don't care as long as
they are complete. Looks like I should have everything I need except
the belt director box that hangs under the front of the tractor when you
want to use the deck.
A few days later :
Went to our local CAL ranch store. Getting real sick of their crappy
hardware selection, and on top of that it hasn't been cleaned, sorted,
or RESTOCKED in several months so all of the stuff you would normally
need is out of stock. AND- No frickin pens to write down your parts. Almost tempted to go pay the higher prices at Fastenal. *sigh*
Anyways, here's what I finally came up with based on the limited
selection they had. Just took an allen bolt and turned down the end,
and reused the original set screw on the other side. Seems to be a lot
Got it installed and loctited, set the pan on with some new bolts, and
installed the new seat. Again, CAL ranch didn't have the right stuff so
I had to improvise a bit, but it is bolted down and not moving.
Now for the fun stuff. Couldn't bring myself to pay the price for a
used steering wheel, and mainly didn't want to wait a week to get it so I
sat down this afternoon with some scraps and this is what I came up
Wrap some old chain around a 5 gallon bucket and tack weld it.
Note- it WILL melt bits of the bucket...
WELD the back side.
Fabricate some spokes.
Attach spokes to wheel.
Improvise alignment tool to get wheel "pretty darn" straight, and tack weld.
Weld it, sand blast it, and wire wheel it.
Slap a coat of paint on it and Bob's your uncle!
You can see where the square piece busted out the center of the plastic
wheel. I reused that on the new one- and its pretty much just an
interference fit inside the square tube at the center of the new wheel.
Might eventually weld it, we'll see how it lasts.
Ran it around pushing dirt / gravel, seemed to work great. Steering
wheel is solid, seat is comfy, and I even gouged the blade in hard a
time or two and the driveline didn't break! (knock on wood)
Now to get the deck, tiller, and snow thrower down here.