Today I started on a new project. A John Deere 7775 was brought over for me to do some work on, and I can say it needs it!
Tires do not match, one new, one 5%, two 30% tread. The poor drive-train must look awful.
Ignition switch does not cut the engine, you have to put it in park and jamb it in drive to kill it.
Needs oil changed bad, hasn't been changed in at least 200 hours
Pins have a LOT of slop in them from many many hours of run time (supposedly 7k hours on this machine)
QA plate has one locking pin that sheared inside the shaft, to remove the bucket you tilt it all the way forward and use a chisel & hammer to push the pin in.
The seat had seen better days, today I got that swapped out
All of the safety locking devices for the pedals have been removed, the pedals are always live when you get in and out of the cab
When the key is turned off the computer stays on and drains the battery, I switched it to service mode (separate switch) so hopefully the battery wont die.
It does run and operate, it doesn't have much power though, it is not capable of filling the scoop with gravel and it bogs a little when you make sharp turns.
In my case, I will fix a few things, mainly I need it functional so i can sell it for the customer, he wants to upgrade to a skid steer like my 317, something more reliable.
I will post as I make progress, so far my Grandpa and I have only swapped out the seat which was a project all in it's own.
More to come!