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The 70 hasn't been put back together yet. There's a good reason.

I've been waiting on the machine shop to get caught up on their work as a tornado shut them down for a while. It ripped the metal roof off the building. Not sure if anything inside was damaged other than lights.

The owner had to have another roof installed before his guys could resume work. They got way behind on things.

Sure hope the engine parts on the 70 check out ok. I sure want to get it back together and running soon. Other tractors are waiting on me too.
 

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Hope they get caught up soon. I am looking forward to seeing pics of your 70, when it is finished.
 
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The 70 hasn't been put back together yet. There's a good reason.

I've been waiting on the machine shop to get caught up on their work as a tornado shut them down for a while. It ripped the metal roof off the building. Not sure if anything inside was damaged other than lights.

The owner had to have another roof installed before his guys could resume work. They got way behind on things.

Sure hope the engine parts on the 70 check out ok. I sure want to get it back together and running soon. Other tractors are waiting on me too.
That sucks, but hearing what they are dealing with at least it's totally understandable.
 

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As much as I like seeing the finished product...I would really like to see some of the work in progress. I dont wanna be a thread hijacker but ill post a few of my 70 diesel standard getting a new block, head and pony put on. This tractor appeared to be in better shape than my parts tractor...so after I tore them down a bit I found out I made the wrong choice hahah
 

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As much as I like seeing the finished product...I would really like to see some of the work in progress. I dont wanna be a thread hijacker but ill post a few of my 70 diesel standard getting a new block, head and pony put on. This tractor appeared to be in better shape than my parts tractor...so after I tore them down a bit I found out I made the wrong choice hahah
You should start your own thread.:thumbup1gif: We love tractor projects.:drinks:
 

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As much as I like seeing the finished product...I would really like to see some of the work in progress. I dont wanna be a thread hijacker but ill post a few of my 70 diesel standard getting a new block, head and pony put on. This tractor appeared to be in better shape than my parts tractor...so after I tore them down a bit I found out I made the wrong choice hahah
You didn't hijack anything. We all love old and new tractors.

I told the owner of the shop that I was sure sorry to hear about the damage. When I first learned that a tornado had hit the town the same night as some other towns also experienced tornadic damage, I was fairly certain the machine shop would be closed for repairs. Thank God many buildings are still standing.
 

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I did a poor job of proof reading that post, there was another thought I had when I wrote that and somehow my fingers got ahead of my eyes

In may a large tornado ripped a big deere dealership west of me shreads, just leveled it. Went by there a few weeks ago and they are rebuilding but have a long way to go. At least they keep everybody employed either working out there on cleanup and help or went to help one of the partener dealers to work till they can reopen.

Our surprise early morning rain just stopped so ill head out to the shop and snap a few pictures of some projects and throw up an "Everybody add your project pics" post
 

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There's one issue with the hood that I'm not quite sure about just yet. The propane tank is much longer than a factory tank. Since this 70 was originally a gasoline model, the hood had to be cut to fit the tank. This was done in the 1950's and it weakened the hood.

I'm wondering if I should purchase another one and have a professional shop to cut it. On the other hand, it is hard for me to have another hood butchered. They don't make them anymore unless there's a place in China that does.

Anyone have an idea?
 

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70/720 propane hoods arent usually that hard to come by, most people seem to convert to gas not from gas. Probably cost ya 75 bucks ish for a descent one
 

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70/720 propane hoods arent usually that hard to come by, most people seem to convert to gas not from gas. Probably cost ya 75 bucks ish for a descent one
Yip, you're right about most converting from lp to gasoline. The farm where this 70 spent most of its life was not located anywhere close to a gas station. And, that era being when propane was so cheap, the owner decided it was cheaper to use the same fuel that heated his house, water, and what cooked his food. Wish I could've bought the other 2 cylinders,but they were sold long ago.

Good idea about also using a hood from a 720.
 

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Well, at least so far the machine shop thinks the head and cylinder case are ok. That's certainly good news. They've been so overwhelmed ever since that twister took the roof off the building. They do good work and are nice folks to deal with, so I wasn't planning on taking the parts elsewhere.

Whenever they get caught up, I have an even bigger project for them to take on.:thumbup1gif:
 

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I'm looking forward to seeing the progress on the machine, and then finding out what the "bigger project" is! :kidw_truck_smiley:
 

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You might not like it(the bigger project), because it's got red paint and was made by IH.
 

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You might not like it(the bigger project), because it's got red paint and was made by IH.
I have a red tractor too, an old Avery! You should post it in the "Other Tractors" section. I know several of us would enjoy it!
 
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Will see what I can do about that as time allows. This has been a very,very strange year.

Did I happen to mention STRANGE? :) Maybe challenging or just plain difficult as well.
 

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Bring it on G&R! I can't wait to see your projects!:drinks:
 

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I'll admit it has been frustrating having to leave the 70 disassembled so long. That's one of the reasons I held off taking any other project tractors apart.
 
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