Antique Engines and Old Iron
[Home] - [HELP] - [Forums] - [Groups] - [Classified Ads] - [Subscribe] - [Books] - [Sponsors] -

Go Back   SmokStak > SmokStak® Old Iron and Tractor Community > Antique Farm Tractors
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Notices

Antique Farm Tractors Vintage farm tractors on rubber tires with various implements. Ford, John Deere, Oliver, McCormick and more.

Antique Farm Tractors

1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration


this thread has 131 replies and has been viewed 26742 times

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #41  
Old 10-13-2016, 10:33:41 PM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Well at last I have here the remaining few pictures from the work that was done to complete the front steering shaft tower rebuild. This unit with a bronze bushing in it goes at the top of the tower. The old bushing was worn extremely thin to one side and needed replaced so I ordered an identical one from McMaster-Carr. I however had to cut the slots and drill the holes in it. The unique design with this system was that this unit pictured below is machined to operate in an eccentric. You just used a special tool in the slotted grooves, rotated it until you achieved the desired gear lash between the worm gear and sprocket and then threaded in the grease zerk to the next hole that would like up.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	156
Size:	78.4 KB
ID:	265262   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	154
Size:	87.8 KB
ID:	265263   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	158
Size:	99.0 KB
ID:	265264  
Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
Sponsored Links
  #42  
Old 10-16-2016, 07:21:33 PM
Bob in Mi. Bob in Mi. is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Harrison, Michigan
Posts: 73
Thanks: 0
Thanked 80 Times in 41 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

JFred,

You and I spoke a few days back and I just took time to look at your posts. Looks like you are well on your way on the restoration. Looked at some of the pictures of the fenders and hoods and so no problem in making them. When you get ready for sheet metal we will help you out. Some times it takes me a few days to answer a post as we are a small shop and the guys seem to think I should get my hands dirty also.
Bob.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Bob in Mi. For This Post:
  #43  
Old 10-23-2016, 08:45:23 PM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob in Mi. View Post
JFred,

You and I spoke a few days back and I just took time to look at your posts. Looks like you are well on your way on the restoration. Looked at some of the pictures of the fenders and hoods and so no problem in making them. When you get ready for sheet metal we will help you out. Some times it takes me a few days to answer a post as we are a small shop and the guys seem to think I should get my hands dirty also.
Bob.
Thanks a lot Bob, I appreciate it very much! I will be in touch with you closer to time.
Reply With Quote
  #44  
Old 11-06-2016, 11:20:21 PM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Here's some pictures of work that I had to do on the simple dash panel of the Sears Economy. As all too often when restoring tractors, we find extra holes drilled all over the instrument panel and this tractor was no exception! I first considered welding them shut and finishing down the welds, but after starting to do that I decided that I would be better off just making a new panel and drilling the correct original holes. The original panel was so horribly pitted that the amount of body work that would be necessary to make it presentable once it was painting time wasn't worth the time. So I just cut the old panel welds and after laying out the hole pattern on the piece of new 12 gauge steel, I drilled everything and welded it back in place. Below are some before and after pictures.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	160
Size:	93.1 KB
ID:	267479   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	169
Size:	102.8 KB
ID:	267480   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	161
Size:	92.0 KB
ID:	267481  
Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
  #45  
Old 11-18-2016, 10:58:49 PM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Well one of the most recent portions of the tractor that needed a little extra help was the belt pulley drive unit. Besides the usual bearings and seals, it had a broken ear off of the mounting flange where it mounts up to the speed reduction gearbox. The woodruff keys inside the unit were also worn and needed replaced to tighten up the bevel gears on their shafts.

Picture #1: Shows the broken ear off of the cast housing. It has clearly been that way for a long time, it's amazing it was still there!

Picture #2: Everything clamped down to a flat and true surface ready to be brazed.

Picture #3 & #4: Shows the completed unit with the repaired casting, new seals and bearings, new concave freeze plug, and slotted nut. The original slotted nut was missing so I needed to find a new one which I originally figured wouldn't be hard to find. Think again! It is an oddball 1" - 20 thread count. Luckily with some research online and finding a thread where people were having the same issue as I was, it was determined that 2 new applications in the lawn and garden realm used such a nut and I was able to pick one up that way.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	182
Size:	70.6 KB
ID:	268336   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	182
Size:	93.1 KB
ID:	268337   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	196
Size:	77.2 KB
ID:	268338   Click image for larger version

Name:	d.jpg
Views:	181
Size:	74.5 KB
ID:	268339  
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
  #46  
Old 12-17-2016, 10:35:21 PM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

A little more progress has been made on the SE. Thanks to my SE expert and friend Dave with his willingness to let me borrow his original parts, I am now one step closer to having all the parts I need. I was able to accurately reproduce both fuel tank hold down straps as well as the cast oil filter bracket and clamp strap.

Pictures 1 & 2 show the new gas tank straps.

Picture 3 show the newly casted bracket with new clamp.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	116
Size:	75.4 KB
ID:	270456   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	108
Size:	114.8 KB
ID:	270457   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	117
Size:	97.4 KB
ID:	270458  
Reply With Quote
The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
  #47  
Old 12-22-2016, 12:12:06 AM
Brasherman Brasherman is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Posts: 2,037
Thanks: 6,296
Thanked 1,280 Times in 912 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Looking good! You get too good at this and you will be making new SE tractors on your own!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Brasherman For This Post:
  #48  
Old 12-25-2016, 04:28:04 PM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Well getting the tractor up on wheels is now the current focus. Pat at Detwiler Tool & Machine fixed me up on the one rear rim that was beyond savable. So he took the original hub and rolled a new 6" x 36" rim to reattach the hub to. The Sears Economy rear rims were never a forged styled spoke on the rubber wheel rims. They were simply welded so I had him do the same to the new rim. He did an unbelievable job and I highly recommend him for any rim work, steel or rubber. It's sure nice to be able to save an original wheel! My other rear wheel rim was only rusted at the bead in a couple places and I was able to repair that one myself. Those pics will come soon.

Picture #1: The before look of the rotted away rim.

Picture #2: After Pat rerimmed the wheel!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	217
Size:	98.9 KB
ID:	271033   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	224
Size:	62.2 KB
ID:	271034  
Reply With Quote
The Following 9 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
  #49  
Old 12-26-2016, 02:06:18 AM
Phil Johnson's Avatar
Phil Johnson Phil Johnson is offline
Sponsor
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Tofield, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 2,054
Thanks: 6,042
Thanked 3,677 Times in 1,153 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Nice work!! There wasn't much left of that original rim!
__________________
It'll be done in good time---impossible might take a little longer!
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Phil Johnson For This Post:
  #50  
Old 01-17-2017, 12:45:32 AM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Well work has been getting done recently, but I haven't been keeping up with posting so here's the first of several in the near future. The first 3 pictures are of the other rear rim that was repairable and didn't require rerimming, unlike the other one that had nearly disintegrated. As you can see at the top of the picture of the complete wheel, the bead was rusted through. Fortunately, the metal was fairly thick around it so I was able to weld it all back up. I sandblasted the rim first to see what all was left and what other places revealed the need for welding. A few little spots needed some attention but mainly just the big spot pictured was the significant repair made. After the welding was done the welds were metal finished and the rim was good to go.

The last picture is of some parts I found in a salvage yard off of a Sears Economy frame that I was needing. The parts collected consist of 2 front wheels, a throttle lever, and an air cleaner. All of these parts were missing on my tractor and all of these parts were in HORRIBLE shape except for the throttle which just simply needed straightening. I guess sometimes you have to make do with whatever you can get your hands on!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	172
Size:	85.1 KB
ID:	272608   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	178
Size:	99.3 KB
ID:	272609   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	176
Size:	82.6 KB
ID:	272610   Click image for larger version

Name:	d.jpg
Views:	189
Size:	101.7 KB
ID:	272611  
Reply With Quote
The Following 9 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
  #51  
Old 01-19-2017, 01:41:36 AM
Mike McKnight Mike McKnight is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Mason, Tennessee USA
Posts: 6,581
Thanks: 7,197
Thanked 6,609 Times in 2,428 Posts
Smile Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Quote:
Originally Posted by JFred View Post
I guess sometimes you have to make do with whatever you can get your hands on!
When stuff is either really, really old, or really, really rare (or both) you certainly do. I've had to do a bunch of "modifying" with parts I've found on my 1911 Case steam engine....so I know exactly what you mean.

Mike
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Mike McKnight For This Post:
  #52  
Old 01-22-2017, 10:50:08 PM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Well the front wheels have now been completed. As you can tell, neither rim was something that could be saved. So I bought new blank 4.5" x 16" rims, the same size as the originals, to re-rim the original hub and spokes with from Miller Tire. Sears Economys' original rubber tired rims, both front and back, had the spokes welded to the rims, not forged like most all other manufacturers. Since that was the factory way of doing it, it sure made it easy and must cheaper for me to re-rim them since I could do it myself.

Picture #1: After dismounting the one original All-State tire and tube.

Picture #2: After torching the hub and spokes out of the rusted out old rims.

Picture #3: This pic shows the hubs cleaned up with new rims ready to be jigged up for alignment and then welded.

Picture #4: Rims finished after having been welded to the original hub and spokes.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	187
Size:	100.7 KB
ID:	273050   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	194
Size:	91.2 KB
ID:	273051   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	191
Size:	86.2 KB
ID:	273052   Click image for larger version

Name:	d.jpg
Views:	198
Size:	85.6 KB
ID:	273053  
Reply With Quote
The Following 10 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
  #53  
Old 02-09-2017, 12:02:43 AM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Well I finally have all the wheels finished and can finally move the tractor around! I sandblasted the rims again after all repairs had been made, sprayed them in epoxy primer, and then mounted all new tires. On to the much more fun work now!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	166
Size:	83.7 KB
ID:	274421   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	163
Size:	77.7 KB
ID:	274422   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	177
Size:	74.2 KB
ID:	274423  
Reply With Quote
The Following 12 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
  #54  
Old 02-09-2017, 11:01:24 AM
Bob in Mi. Bob in Mi. is offline
Subscriber
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Harrison, Michigan
Posts: 73
Thanks: 0
Thanked 80 Times in 41 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Did you find someone to spin your parts, if not give me a call. We are putting in a spinning lathe. Tired of never being able to get parts done or have to order way to many, going to do it here. Give me a call when you get a chance. We are about 2 months behind on fenders at this time, more orders this winter than we have ever had before.

Bob
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Bob in Mi. For This Post:
  #55  
Old 02-10-2017, 10:38:58 PM
Mike McKnight Mike McKnight is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Mason, Tennessee USA
Posts: 6,581
Thanks: 7,197
Thanked 6,609 Times in 2,428 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Quote:
Originally Posted by JFred View Post
Well I finally have all the wheels finished and can finally move the tractor around! I sandblasted the rims again after all repairs had been made, sprayed them in epoxy primer, and then mounted all new tires. On to the much more fun work now!
Sometimes it can be quite a morale booster just to see a project back on all four legs again....
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Mike McKnight For This Post:
  #56  
Old 03-02-2017, 09:59:18 PM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

I'm finally getting around to posting the work I have completed on the rear axle. I need to do better at keeping this updated a little more often! Anyway, below are a few pictures of the disassembly and condition of the parts of the rear axle, brakes, and gearbox before any work was done. The oil was so old and solidified in the bottom of the differential case that I had to chip it out. It peeled out in thick sheets that felt like hard plastic, I've seen all sorts of stuff but nothing like that before! Pictures of cleanup and reassembly soon to come.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	191
Size:	90.6 KB
ID:	276380   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	186
Size:	88.5 KB
ID:	276381   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	179
Size:	119.8 KB
ID:	276382   Click image for larger version

Name:	d.jpg
Views:	200
Size:	92.4 KB
ID:	276383  
Reply With Quote
The Following 9 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
  #57  
Old 03-05-2017, 12:32:31 AM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

After everything was disassembled, it all needed sandblasted because of the heavy rust all over everything, which revealed some major damage that needed attention.

Pictures 1 & 2: Everything torn apart and main items sandblasted.

Pictures 3 & 4: The left brake drum and drum backing plate were worn away so bad that it was nearly gone in a section. Apparently what happened was that the wheel bearings were run really loose, which caused the wheel to tip in at the top and wear the brake drum flange down and then also cause the backing plate to become worn through in spots also.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	159
Size:	92.5 KB
ID:	276533   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	158
Size:	92.8 KB
ID:	276534   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	155
Size:	85.3 KB
ID:	276535   Click image for larger version

Name:	d.jpg
Views:	144
Size:	104.2 KB
ID:	276536  
Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
  #58  
Old 03-26-2017, 11:44:44 PM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Finally getting back to posting the progress. Much more has been done to date, but we will start with these few pics which coincide with the previous post's picture number 3 & 4.

Picture #1: Shows some scrap metal of the correct thickness being welded in place after having cut out the old nearly missing section of the flange on the drum.

Picture #2: Shows the finished brake drum after all the repairs have been made and the welds ground down.

Picture #3: After the brake drum backing plate has been welded up and ground down to fix the spots that had wore through due to wheel bearings out of adjustment.

Picture #4: Shows the rear end starting to take shape as reassembly continures.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	134
Size:	91.5 KB
ID:	278574   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	125
Size:	85.9 KB
ID:	278575   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	132
Size:	104.4 KB
ID:	278576   Click image for larger version

Name:	d.jpg
Views:	148
Size:	92.4 KB
ID:	278577  
Reply With Quote
The Following 10 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
  #59  
Old 03-31-2017, 11:24:29 AM
A.W.Gonya A.W.Gonya is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Alvada Ohio USA
Posts: 7
Thanks: 2
Thanked 15 Times in 4 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Beautiful job! talk about an epic task.

I'm spoiled, being a Farmall letter series owner we pretty much just have to open a catalog or hop on Craigslist to find almost any part we might need.

Can't wait to watch your tractor come together.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to A.W.Gonya For This Post:
  #60  
Old 04-02-2017, 09:37:11 PM
JFred's Avatar
JFred JFred is offline
Registered
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Northern Indiana USA
Posts: 404
Thanks: 1,686
Thanked 1,100 Times in 261 Posts
Default Re: 1938 Sears Economy 220.25 Restoration

Now we have some pictures of the completely reassembled rear differential with the exception of the brakes and drums. The following pictures simply show, the initial assembly, then after being epoxy primed, installed, and finally the last picture is of the inside of the brake drums. I went ahead and painted the inside of the brake drums since I do not plan on taking them back apart before painting the whole tractor.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	a.jpg
Views:	130
Size:	70.0 KB
ID:	279088   Click image for larger version

Name:	b.jpg
Views:	133
Size:	82.7 KB
ID:	279089   Click image for larger version

Name:	c.jpg
Views:	134
Size:	84.4 KB
ID:	279090   Click image for larger version

Name:	d.jpg
Views:	135
Size:	90.2 KB
ID:	279091  
Reply With Quote
The Following 6 Users Say Thank You to JFred For This Post:
Reply

Bookmarks


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

F o r u m Jump

Similar Threads Chosen at Random
Thread Thread Starter F o r u m Replies Last Post
Steel Wheel Restoration (1938 Allis Chalmers WF) K.Novak Antique Steel Wheel Tractors - Old Iron Lugs and Cleats 19 09-18-2015 12:52:31 AM
1938-42 Sears Handiman WT DR Blue Garden Tractors and Mowers 2 09-09-2015 11:45:58 PM
Economy Engines 1938 Sears Catalog Plntdctr Hit & Miss Gas Engine Discussion 1 10-11-2013 08:54:19 PM
Sears 500/ Briggs B restoration started thetractorfreak Small Air Cooled Gasoline Engines 0 11-14-2011 10:44:35 PM
Corrrect Color for 1938 Sears Model Y Stevie Small Air Cooled Gasoline Engines 2 06-28-2010 12:14:40 AM


Use "Ctrl" mouse wheel to change screen size.
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:19:16 PM.

Smokstak and Enginads site search!


All use is subject to our TERMS OF SERVICE
SMOKSTAK® is a Registered Trade Mark - A Community of Antique Engine Enthusiasts
Copyright © 2000 - 2019 by Harry Matthews P.O. Box 5612 - Sarasota, FL 34277