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Does the chrome skull on the tractor throttle "Hillbilly - up the Tac-Trac?

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The prefrontal lobe contour is easier on your hand than the sharp metal edge that was there
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Possibly a bit hillbillish, but who cares
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"Tac Trac" a Tractor modified to do many things!
« on: June 14, 2016, 10:53:53 PM »
OK, "Tac Trac" is a reality starting about 12 hours ago

Here goes:

After cleaning it for hours on my Hide Site thread, I got (deep) into the maintenance and modifications today

Starting with an oil/Filter change.

I had been using John Deere oil and filters, but I have an account over at O'Rileys which cuts the price of oil and filters drastically. And I buy Wix filters which I absolutely love.

The drain plug is big time industrial and the 4 cyl turbo engine of this 4720 tractor holds 2 gallons of oil

I am switching to Mobil Delvac oil in this tractor and a lot of my stuff
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2016, 10:55:43 PM »
It was well inside the 50 hour oil change duty cycle I had been using, but since It got really hot when it broke down, I decided to dump the oil (literally) and start fresh.

It was on sale today, so I purchased 8 gallons
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2016, 10:58:42 PM »
OK, oil change complete, Next I greased the entire unit. Since I like to drive around in creeks, chasing snakes, I thought I'd switch to a Marine type grease.

Funny story: Two weekends ago, I had a bunch of kids down. They came up from the creek where they had been splashing around for 4-5 hours. They told me they saw some snakes. They claimed they saw "cotton heads" and "Water Mouths." OK, I wrote about that before, but it's still funny!
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2016, 11:00:01 PM »
Next up I decided to replace some of the pins that fall out on a regular basis with some grade 8 fine thread bolts with locking nuts. Shouldn't fail anymore!
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2016, 11:02:33 PM »
With all the abuse I have been giving to that bush hog, I wanted to look inside the gearbox to check how many gear teeth were chewed off.

I was surprised to discover the insides looked like new! I added about a pint of fresh 75W-90 and closed it all back up.
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2016, 11:03:25 PM »
Next up: cleaning and lubing the cutter drive shaft
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2016, 11:06:19 PM »
I'll wrap that with a plastic boot in the morrow...

I fussed with the linkage, moving the top link to the top hole position which is meant for lifting heavy implements, and I added a tad more height to the rear of the cutter so I reduce the number of rocks I am cutting. WOuld be nice just to cut vegetable matter and not so much mineral stuff
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2016, 11:07:04 PM »
Then the wheel bolts were tightened and the missing one replaced...
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2016, 11:08:14 PM »
Next up, I remounted that goofy canopy, and leveled it. I drilled several holes in the rain channel and tightened it down all leveled up like you see
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2016, 11:10:55 PM »
Next, On to the lights. I have 4ea work lights and after a couple years, none of them work anymore. So I removed one on each side, replacing them with CREE LED floods, and remounted the factory Deere lights angled down and close in to the tractor so I can witness myself driving off a cliff somewhere!
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2016, 11:13:24 PM »
I couldn't get them to illuminate, so I'll be spark chasing tomorrow!

Then this strange looking phenomonea blew in
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2016, 11:15:31 PM »
Remember that Tom Cruise movie, War of the Worlds...Remember the freakish storms...

Yea, I was thinking that too!

Not be deterred by an alien invasion, I pulled that nasty looking instrument panel out for cleaning
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2016, 11:18:11 PM »
I started cleaning it by prying off the glass bezel with a screwdriver. Darn thing acted just like glass and cracked!

Oh, it was glass!

Well, so much for that! Funny because just this morning, I dropped my I-phone 6+ and broke the glass in that as well!
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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2016, 11:20:21 PM »
I cleaned that all up, then covered up an unsightly plain area

I'll wash out the area you see all grass filled tomorrow
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2016, 11:21:25 PM »
With the carnage you've been through I'm shocked the gearbox is as clean as it looks too.

Some funky clouds there for sure.

Glass...dho!

Nice touch on the plain area.
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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2016, 11:25:15 PM »
OK, so far:

Pressure washed and scrubbed
Engine oil and filter changed
Greased loader and bucket and U-joints
Cleaned, greased and painted cutter drive shaft
Topped cutter gearbox oil and resealed
Adjusted 3-point linkage.
Sprayed all Spherical balls with graphite
Applied green touch up paint everywhere
Pulled and cleaned instrument cluster
Installed LED spots
Remounted canopy
Checked hydraulic fluid and topped off
Retorqued wheel bolts
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« Reply #16 on: June 14, 2016, 11:26:18 PM »
With the carnage you've been through I'm shocked the gearbox is as clean as it looks too.

Some funky clouds there for sure.

Glass...dho!

Nice touch on the plain area.
One of the punch-out to do's is:
Remove stupid decals/replace with cool decals!
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« Reply #17 on: June 14, 2016, 11:59:41 PM »
I am a big fan of the delvac too. That's what I run in my dmax.

Tractor is cleaning up nicely


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« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2016, 12:46:00 AM »
The Led lights look good.  Same brand I bought, but I am curious to see how the flood pattern looks.

Don't forget air filter, fuel filter and hydro filter.  You probably already did them but I didn't notice on the list.

Also curious to see the armoring.  Mine sputtered to a stop when brush cutting recently.  Then started spewing fuel.  I was panicking until I found the large stick that was wedged in my engine.  It popped the fuel line off the filter housing but I got lucky and no other damage!

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« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2016, 09:50:11 AM »
The Led lights look good.  Same brand I bought, but I am curious to see how the flood pattern looks.

Don't forget air filter, fuel filter and hydro filter.  You probably already did them but I didn't notice on the list.

Also curious to see the armoring.  Mine sputtered to a stop when brush cutting recently.  Then started spewing fuel.  I was panicking until I found the large stick that was wedged in my engine.  It popped the fuel line off the filter housing but I got lucky and no other damage!
I don't need a hydro filter until 500 hours, and it is one expensive filter, topping $60 with tax.

Tried to get a fuel filter, but they didn't have one

I cleaned the air filter once and will clean again today. It actually has two air filters...

Plan on a steel deflector panel on lower grill guard and more mesh steel on grill.
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« Reply #20 on: June 15, 2016, 09:51:43 AM »
Looking good, Don! I think you need to mount a swing-arm and a M240/M249 to the cab. You know, for those Copper Mouths, Water Heads, and Cotton Moccasins.  8)
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« Reply #21 on: June 15, 2016, 11:08:21 AM »
Looking good, Don! I think you need to mount a swing-arm and a M240/M249 to the cab. You know, for those Copper Mouths, Water Heads, and Cotton Moccasins.  8)
Cotton Moccasins...Never heard of them either...Seems I have missed a lot over the years!
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« Reply #22 on: June 15, 2016, 02:23:00 PM »
I think those clouds are repelled by something you are doing.

Check out Fleetfilter and stock up!

I have several of those floods too, work great but still looking for a home as plans change.
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« Reply #23 on: June 15, 2016, 08:19:55 PM »
Running parts down today and trying to get some work time in. I found out that the tractor will not start without the dash panel installed, so I'll show the repair on that in a bit.

I wanted to finish reinforcing the canopy against invading tree branches, so I came up with an idea to install some bendable front supports that were butt strong

I'll be installing some schedule 80 electrical conduit held in place with 1/8" steel cable

To do that I have to weld a stanchion to each side of the loader which will be a small piece of box tubing which will hold a 1/2" bolt that draws the whole thing tight

It will go here:
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« Reply #24 on: June 15, 2016, 08:21:25 PM »
I beefed up the top hardware and made up some bisquets to slip over the top of the loader
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« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2016, 08:22:40 PM »
I had to remove the safety decals...I feel smarter already!
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« Reply #26 on: June 15, 2016, 08:23:30 PM »
I coated up the 1/2" eye bolts
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« Reply #27 on: June 15, 2016, 08:25:14 PM »
I made a loop into one end of the cable, then threaded it through the drain hole, catching the eye bolt above
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« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2016, 08:26:29 PM »
The cable threads through the conduit which is fish-mouthed on the top side, then through the poly bushing, through the hole, and terminates in another loop through the lower eye bolt
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« Reply #29 on: June 15, 2016, 08:28:46 PM »
Next I mounted the front spot/flood combo light
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« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2016, 08:30:18 PM »
I routed the wire through the top to the canopy frame. I'll tie that into the headlight system tomorrow if time permits
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« Reply #31 on: June 15, 2016, 08:34:04 PM »
Getting mo-better!

I drained the front axle, all nearly 2 gallons. What came out did not look like 75W90, which I had purchased. It has some sort of hydraulic/transmission fluid instead. The whole axle is nearly full of the stuff, including the portal hubs.

Guess I have another run to the John Deere store in the morrow.

Next, I marked and cut out the new instrument cluster cover from a piece of lexan
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« Reply #32 on: June 15, 2016, 08:35:52 PM »
The tube of black RTV was hardened already, so I was out of RTV, well, black RTV!

Still had that ugly red stuff...

You know me, more into function that appearance...

So red it was!
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« Reply #33 on: June 15, 2016, 08:37:22 PM »
It dried in about an hour into a ugly mess!

So I decided to just spray a black border around the edge, effectively covering the red stuff
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« Reply #34 on: June 15, 2016, 08:41:16 PM »
That might be ugly as well, but too late, I'm on to the next thing.

That thing was to adjust the front axle thrust bolt.

When I touched it, I discovered it was totally loose, like ready to fall out.

So I greased and reinstalled that, preloading the front axle into it's pivot cradle. That should sharpen handling in some of those tight corners in 5th gear while hard on the throttle. No wait, that's wrong, That was my Z06 I was thinking about. Yea, so tightening the thrust bolt does something to the stuff up front there...
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« Reply #35 on: June 15, 2016, 08:43:55 PM »
Before I could get to the instrument panel to reinstall, this came in along with the emergency warning system warning of bad stuff in the sky (Not airborne troops, or rap music)...tornadoes and stuff like that.
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« Reply #36 on: June 15, 2016, 10:04:54 PM »
Good work and paint match!

Nice weather. Looks like Independence Day.
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« Reply #37 on: June 16, 2016, 12:11:00 AM »
Chief, are you braiding back the cable loops or just the loop and the crimp.
I've found over the years the plain loop with the crimp slips.

If you don't know how it's dirt simple. And if you do this would be for those who don't.

Unwind three of the strands off the cable until you have enough on each to make the size of loop you want plus a bit for a crimp or clamp. Form the loop with the main cable back on itself, and rewind the three loose strands back on from the opposite side of the loop. May take a couple attempts to get the 'lay' right.
You end up with a very minimized net strength loss, but more importantly it won't slip.

And another wicked looking set of clouds.
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« Reply #38 on: June 16, 2016, 01:07:28 AM »
Red RTV ...  .  But maybe you won't see any of it anyway.  Good band-aid solution.

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« Reply #39 on: June 16, 2016, 07:44:16 AM »
Chief, are you braiding back the cable loops or just the loop and the crimp.
I've found over the years the plain loop with the crimp slips.

If you don't know how it's dirt simple. And if you do this would be for those who don't.

Unwind three of the strands off the cable until you have enough on each to make the size of loop you want plus a bit for a crimp or clamp. Form the loop with the main cable back on itself, and rewind the three loose strands back on from the opposite side of the loop. May take a couple attempts to get the 'lay' right.
You end up with a very minimized net strength loss, but more importantly it won't slip.

And another wicked looking set of clouds.

Yes, Samual, I have done it hammer n' crimp style.

It's OK my friend, I'm sure I will destroy those on a recurring basis.

The cable stays I am using will never have the lifespan to start working.

My best guess is a sneaky white oak branch that hooks one while I'm looking the other way. 66HP + 4WD + Low-Low gears will more than likely overcome a 1/8" cable rather easily.

But I can hope!
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« Reply #40 on: June 16, 2016, 09:52:45 AM »
You had me right up til the orange sillycone!  smh&LOLing

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« Reply #41 on: June 16, 2016, 12:18:13 PM »
You had me right up til the orange sillycone!  smh&LOLing

At least I wasn't the first,,,,,,
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« Reply #42 on: June 16, 2016, 12:47:57 PM »
Chief, are you braiding back the cable loops or just the loop and the crimp.
I've found over the years the plain loop with the crimp slips.

If you don't know how it's dirt simple. And if you do this would be for those who don't.

Unwind three of the strands off the cable until you have enough on each to make the size of loop you want plus a bit for a crimp or clamp. Form the loop with the main cable back on itself, and rewind the three loose strands back on from the opposite side of the loop. May take a couple attempts to get the 'lay' right.
You end up with a very minimized net strength loss, but more importantly it won't slip.

And another wicked looking set of clouds.

Yes, Samual, I have done it hammer n' crimp style.

It's OK my friend, I'm sure I will destroy those on a recurring basis.

The cable stays I am using will never have the lifespan to start working.

My best guess is a sneaky white oak branch that hooks one while I'm looking the other way. 66HP + 4WD + Low-Low gears will more than likely overcome a 1/8" cable rather easily.

But I can hope!
Fact of the matter you're likely better off this way now that I remember you operating style...
Slippage may save headaches, possibly literally!
I just don't want to wind up missing a digit or limb.  I can sometimes get in a hurry to get results.
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« Reply #43 on: June 16, 2016, 01:17:38 PM »
Good logic there Sam- and you are correct; I've actually touched some of the stuff he "mows".......what Don needs is attachments like Speed Racer had on the front of his "Mach 5", you know, pop-out horizontal saw blades!

Was hoping that he'd actually convert to using Sarge to remove the "under brush"........
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« Reply #44 on: June 16, 2016, 02:00:57 PM »
Or maybe a flail mower?  They appear to be designed for it but I have never used one.

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« Reply #45 on: June 17, 2016, 12:47:30 PM »
Don't get Don thinking there about pop out cutters. Next he'll be modding some of some darn heli to that!
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Re: "Tac Trac" a Tractor modified to do many things!
« Reply #46 on: June 17, 2016, 10:05:02 PM »
I got a metric ton of stuff done today!

And no ugly cloud pics to show...Could that be the reason I got so much completed

To start, I topped the front axle up with fresh hydraulic fluid. Can you believe it, that front axle holds 5.3 gallons of fluid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: "Tac Trac" a Tractor modified to do many things!
« Reply #47 on: June 17, 2016, 10:07:49 PM »
I started stockpiling lubrication fluids. So far I have 10 gallons of Hyd fluid, 6 gallons of Diesel engine oil, extra fuels and a bunch of other stuff. So much in fact that I think I'm going to create a vault space where I can safely store it all out at the hide.

Next up, I removed the 4-1 bucket hydraulic cylinders and tightened the fittings, which had slow but persistent leaks (seeps??)
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« Reply #48 on: June 17, 2016, 10:11:09 PM »
Then I pulled the air filters, shook them off as best as i could, then blew compressed air over the inside and outside. Even after shaking and banging, I was getting clouds of dust and grass seed out of the primary fliter.

Donaldson makes these filters for Deere. The inner filter was pretty clean. No dirt had passed from the first stage filter.
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Re: "Tac Trac" a Tractor modified to do many things!
« Reply #49 on: June 17, 2016, 10:13:47 PM »
Then it was time for a second degreasing of the inner surfaces. After soaking with simple green, I worked it in, then hosed it off leaving everything very clean
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