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Metric Nut Job!

08/28/2015 7:49 PM

As many of us I am retired and home bound. My wife fell 3 years ago and broke her neck. My full time job is her care. I have moved most of my tools home after closing my business. Now I do only things for my good friends. In my 55 years my experience covered everything from making cotton strings to air planes. I was the go ask Tom where ever I worked.

My retired school teacher friend is trying to make a living doing what he taught his students, His nursery is struggling and when something breaks I have an opportunity.

I think the Lord Jesus for that opportunity!

His Kubota started began to start dragging. "Turn slow' What and opportunity to see inside that thing. The armature had just began to drag and the only to options are,

1. Buy another new one at $200.00 to $600.00. 2. Take it to a rebuild shop and get in line and they fix everything with parts that are out of the box. Their box didn't have parts for this model. 3. Find bushings that have the correct ID and work from there. In less than 2 hours they fit the housings. Then came the nut challenge.

The starter worked perfect!

Cost 2 bushings @ 2.50 each, 2 Nuts @ $.40 each and one dab of grease.

Oh on removing the old bushings. Screw a Tap in the bushing and it will slide right out.

Henry Ford said "Hire the Lazy folks because they figure out the easy way to do the job"

Tom Silver

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Re: Metric Nut Job!

08/28/2015 8:21 PM

Well done....let's hope it holds together...

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08/28/2015 11:01 PM

Good for you.

The art of repairing things with bailing wire, coat hangers and common sense is becoming a dying art.

Mostly the entire assembly is replaced instead of the part.

The problem is, it takes time that some of us still don't have.

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08/31/2015 4:20 PM

If you have any complete assemblies lying around you can send them to me, postage paid of course, if I can't make anything with it I will scrap it out and send you a return check.

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08/31/2015 4:48 PM

Fresh out at the moment.

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09/01/2015 12:23 AM

That is the only one I have only one except the new aftermarket one. Paid $103.99.

Free freight!

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08/30/2015 12:39 AM

Well done!

It really bothers me when things get thrown away because a single component failed.

"Then came the nut challenge." As far as I can tell, you didn't say what that challenge was. From the post title, I suspect you had some difficulty finding metric nuts. What was the challenge?

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08/30/2015 4:28 AM

In days long gone the housing would have two small holes drilled where the bush goes in. The bush could then be punched out with a pin punch. Whenever i replace alternator bearings or starter motor bushes i drill these holes for the next time.

Jim

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08/30/2015 6:59 PM

Good job.

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08/30/2015 7:50 AM

Post retirement is boring job till you fix your daily routine. I suggest if possible take early morning walk. If your health permits then do exercises at home. Do reading jobs like books, newspapers. Take afternoon nap for one hour. Go for evening walk. Have night chat with your family. Go for nice sleep.

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