Bought a 550 Ford TLB

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Be sure you grease the two fittings on that front pump driveshaft, two of the most neglected ones on a hoe, can cost thousands to repair the damage that shaft can cause if it lets go!
Checked them late last night. Sure enough loose and Not long for this world.
I tried looking them up but what I found not sure it is the correct U joint for the pump drive shaft

Found this number

New Holland Spider Part # 218353​

replaced by this number

84355036

I would like to get the set with the injection point on the end cap as well
to make greasing much easier.
Have not been able to confirm these numbers are correct but do want to have u joints in hand before taking the front of the TLB apart.

Don't want to spend $3-4 hundred on a complete shaft.

Edit : Sometimes the obvious escapes me.

Messick's has a complete parts look up and order set up .

I will get some parts ordered later today.
 
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the 218353 crosses in NAPA to these two that they might can get in a cap greased fitting

Part #: UJS UJ861
Part #: NPJ P861

if you GOOGLE the 218353 or it's replacement 84355036 there are lots of choices out there
 
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Update or two,

Ordered up some parts from Messick's and also Yesterdays tractors.


Hopefully here in a few days.

Correct u joints to tighten up the main hydraulic pump shaft
Seal for the left brake rod where it enters rear differential to stop a drip.
hydraulic screen filter/gasket and connecting hose for the hydraulic tank to reduce pump whine-maybe

rubber coated metal seals for the hydrostatic rams for steering drips
engine temp sender
trans cooler
tach drive gear housing and drive cable

What has already arrived to be installed main gauge cluster. hydrostatic steering tie rod end
Voltmeter, seat cover, hydraulic seals for stabilizer that leaks down

Also ordered a Titan extreme 36 inch weld on fixed thumb for the backhoe and Gland Nut wrenches.

This 555 vid Hooked me.



Thanks to members for Very helpful info on the electrical system and pointer on the hydraulic pump drive.

This may sound crazy ,but I am really finding resti-fying this old 550 very enjoyable and also satisfying.

ps. also ordered and received the reprint of Owners manual and even an original 12 page Ford 550 sales brochure
 
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More parts showed up for the 550, but need to remove maybe 2 stumps first, So I can get the site inspected for a DIY car port between our converted chicken house to small she-shed and larger Newer she-shed on other side.

Really just need a day or two... to do most of the repair work at once.

Did get a new tie rod installed and also ordered a new king pin kit as well.
Yesterday did get the brake actuator shaft seal replaced. No leak there now, Yay.
 
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More Progress

parts and mods so far:

Titan 138lb fixed backhoe thumb- 36 inch installed - may have to carry some weight in the FEL to get the most out of it.
New gauge cluster partially installed, Now have a working proof meter with new drive housing and cable
Basic charging system functional
pull stop wire replaced with a real cable and knob
Added some restore to the fresh T-6 Rotella- starts easy now
Coolant temp sender installed
Kats inline coolant heater installed
Front 26GPM pump driveshaft rebuilt
New hydraulic tank filter installed and tank tube Mig welded instead of soldered in place (solder joint was cracked and leaking- 4 failed attempts to re-solder) with new flex tube installed No more leaks up front hydraulic system
Transmission cooler and lines installed in front of main hydraulic cooler
Rear axle brake seal installed and not leaking- rear axle fluid dumped and re filled with new fluid
Grille painted black
brakes adjusted
Original heavy duty floor mat scrubbed, pressure washed, and reinstalled
Most of the TLB engine cleaner sprayed, scrubbed and pressure washed causing 5 extra showers for me.
Don't like working on dirty caked on greasy machinery

More to be done

new king pin bushings and shaft to be installed,
Voltmeter, temp gauge hook up, charge light, fuel gauge, instrument lights, 4 LED front and rear Flood lights to install and other assorted electrical to be re juvenated.
May install tire studs for winter still thinking on that
power steering leaks at the rams connectors
Outrigger seals to be replaced right side

The digital manual disappeared off of my Phone so found an ebay original factory service manual with "grease smudges and all" ordered and on the way.

ps. The manual is for 550 and 555 TLBs.

starting to think the 550 weights listed may be for the FEL installed with no ROPS and just rear weights installed No backhoe ( shows rear weights as 4000 lb).


All of the 555 weight listings are ~ 13,000lb or above when the ROPS and backhoe are listed, so maybe with this 550 having the larger 755 backhoe , largest 11L x 16 front tires the heavy duty front bucket ROPS and a 24 inch rear bucket does not weigh 11500lbs but is actually closer to 13-14 klbs?- that would mean we were likely "a Bit" over weight on the trailer and nephews RAM hemi 2500
 
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