Since we have had pretty dry weather here in New York, my field hasn't needed a lot of mowing. It seems like a good time to undertake some more serious tractor work. Since I want to get everything looking sharp for, hopefully, a parade (I keep hoping this year!), I wanted to dive into the operator's area to do some painting. Since I already have one fender off and painted, I though I could pretty easily tackle the other fender and some of the main chassis. As it turns out, these 76-year old bolts don't turn so easily.
First, I removed the seat which was not too difficult as the seat springs had been replaced in the not-to-distant past. The seat, as is typical for tractors of this age, has some rust in it, but is not critical - especially with a good seat cover, which I have. The toolbox was a little harder to remove, just by virtue of being difficult to get a wrench around the seat springs.
The seat and toolbox removed, I also sought to remove the operator's platform. This involved moving the cover on the underside of the pedals. It was so badly corroded, I opted to replace it. Several of the bolts holding the pedals to the platform were too badly rusted, so I had to cut them out. Two of the three pedal tension springs were also rusted through and useless.
With dismantling finally complete, it was time to start scraping and painting. And scraping. And painting. Lots of dirt, old paint, and rust needed to be cleared off in order to make a new paint job stick and look fairly decent. I think it does - it's not as good as a shop might do, but that fact is this is still a working tractor, and I don't have unlimited time to have it in pieces.
It was a lot of work, but I feel like it's been worth it. Hopefully I don't have to take this section apart again anytime soon! Copper based anti-seize went on most of the bolts and threads, though, so if I do, it should be a lot easier to disassembler if I have to.