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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-16-2019, 03:10 PM
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This has the makings of a very entertaining “how to” guide...

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You are doing great: I helped a friend change frames between two semi tractors one time, and we could not pull that frame out no way, no how... until we figured out we had missed a bolt. So don't feel bad.
The very first time we split a tractor, immediately after we had rolled it apart, a friend dropped in and told us we were crazy: he and his brother had split a small tractor years earlier and thought they were never going to get it back together, so he thought we would never get that much-bigger tractor put back together again.
But it worked great, just like your project is going to as well.

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The guy who designed the electrical connector won, it is still there. I did come in second though, the wire is long enough that I got away with not disconnecting it; as a consolation prize it is a good place to hang the trouble light.

For anyone doing this job in the future I have a suggestion: In the book it says to put a 3/8ths bolt down to pull the plugs out from the top. That is what I did. The bolt went in quite smoothly. So smooth in-fact that the massey ferguson-er went right to the bottom and hung there. I grabbed my magnetic pickup tool but due to the placement of the tubes it was like you and a woman lying on your backs beside each-other and trying to have sex. After more tool and vocabulary building the bolt was retrieved. The lesson here is that putting a 7/16ths bolt down the hole gives far superior results.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the tube covers require a 1-1/4 flat wrench. The factory torque is 376,874.82 foot pounds, so have some heavy persuasion tools handy.

You will also need three 1/4x1-1/2 full thread bolts to do this job. Like me you are probably thinking "I have 10,000 of those, that is not a problem." But if you are like me you will have 9,999 of them that are not full thread.
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