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    I bought a Beaver a couple months ago on the cheap. $800 with a flat left rear tire (bad wheel) and no battery. It was a 4x4, had good tires all the way around and over all looked to be sound. I purchased a rear wheel with tire, a air cleaner top, owners manual and shop manual from Valley Power. I got a new seat from Tractor Supply.

    I am now to the stage of cleaning, sanding and painting. I thought I would put a few pictures up as I had a chance to work on it. I don't have a fancy shop or alot of time to work on it, so please be patient with the progress.

    I will post some pictures shortly.
    S-370 Beaver named by my wife: "the shetland pony"
    MF 35, MF 165 FEL, Kubota L3400 FEL

    gone but not forgotten: MF 65 High crop, MF135, Super A, IH 140, IH 364, IH 504, '48 Allis Chalmers G, 2N, 9N, Case 580CK backhoe.

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    This is what it looked like the night I bought it.
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    S-370 Beaver named by my wife: "the shetland pony"
    MF 35, MF 165 FEL, Kubota L3400 FEL

    gone but not forgotten: MF 65 High crop, MF135, Super A, IH 140, IH 364, IH 504, '48 Allis Chalmers G, 2N, 9N, Case 580CK backhoe.

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    Looks like a nice project. For 800 you got a good deal,I'll be looking forward to see the progress and pictures.

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    Which one?

    Default Re: Beaver Re-do

    Quote Originally Posted by fosterchild420 View Post
    This is what it looked like the night I bought it.
    What size are the front tires? They look over sized. And I see a PTO reverser there. $$$.
    I like to play in the dirt....
    Satoh Beaver w/Blackhawk loader & hoe.
    JD855 w/stuff.

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    Default Re: Beaver Re-do

    Indeed, that is an excellent find. I think the rear tires are smaller, not the fronts too big. They were on mine too, either from wear or made that way. My Iseki rice-paddy rear 8-16 tires are about 31.5" high, while the Satoh's measure in at only about 28". A fairly significant difference.

    One thing about tractors is that they can look pretty horrible, but it's amazing what some wire-brushing, degreasing, and paint can do. Just have to have some patience. The fenders may be more challenging. I need to fix mine too and haven't done much sheet-metal work in my life so I'm expecting it to be difficult.

    Pay particular attention to rim hole cracking when you get to painting the rims. This can be common I'm finding out and could present a possible safety hazard.

    Also if you notice any metal shavings in any of the oil changes, you may want to consider going in and inspecting bearings/gears, especially on the front axle. The only two front axles I've been into had problems that were undetectable until I had them opened up and they were rather serious and probably would have showed up eventually in a catastrophic way had I not done the inspection.
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    Default Re: Beaver Re-do

    My progress is slow also and I keep finding more problems with the drive train. One of the front axles I discussed is the one I'm working on now. I just completed the main gearbox repair. Somehow a previous owner broke some gears. I thought I was onto just cleaning and painting and wanted to change the front axle seals as they leaked. When I got inside I found broken parts that I put in another post.

    Here are some pics so far of my partial restore. I say partial because I don't plan on going into the engine as it runs acceptably to me. I also will not be able to compeletely clean all parts as they should be. I'm shooting more for a light-duty work tractor than a show tractor. Maybe the next guy can take it further. I also don't like the original muffler so I added a different vertical one. I'll hang on to the old one though but it could use a good cleaning/painting as well.
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    The first pictures after i got it home and did a bit of accessing what needed to be done first. I sourced a battery thru my work and pulled the wheel and tire that were flat. My first thought was that i could repair the rusted out wheel and put a new tube in. After breaking the tire/wheel down, i could see that was not likely. I wire brushed the wheel and the rust scale kept breaking off larger pieces untill i had a 4 in hole in the wheel. I think i can fix this wheel but it was bad enough i moved on to a used wheel from Valley. All the 3pt links were bent beyond belief, so i am figuring on replacing them with new Yanmar cat 1 links.
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    S-370 Beaver named by my wife: "the shetland pony"
    MF 35, MF 165 FEL, Kubota L3400 FEL

    gone but not forgotten: MF 65 High crop, MF135, Super A, IH 140, IH 364, IH 504, '48 Allis Chalmers G, 2N, 9N, Case 580CK backhoe.

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    more pics:
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    S-370 Beaver named by my wife: "the shetland pony"
    MF 35, MF 165 FEL, Kubota L3400 FEL

    gone but not forgotten: MF 65 High crop, MF135, Super A, IH 140, IH 364, IH 504, '48 Allis Chalmers G, 2N, 9N, Case 580CK backhoe.

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    pics as i started to disassemble and paint. I can only take apart so much as i am still using it on the weekends. I included some more pictures of the overall condition of the tractor. The one rear wheel is the one i bought used.
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    S-370 Beaver named by my wife: "the shetland pony"
    MF 35, MF 165 FEL, Kubota L3400 FEL

    gone but not forgotten: MF 65 High crop, MF135, Super A, IH 140, IH 364, IH 504, '48 Allis Chalmers G, 2N, 9N, Case 580CK backhoe.

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    These were taken yesterday when i put it back together so that i could get my lawn mower out. I think the lug studs being painted really stand out and i may retouch them because they stand out.
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    S-370 Beaver named by my wife: "the shetland pony"
    MF 35, MF 165 FEL, Kubota L3400 FEL

    gone but not forgotten: MF 65 High crop, MF135, Super A, IH 140, IH 364, IH 504, '48 Allis Chalmers G, 2N, 9N, Case 580CK backhoe.

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