JLG LJ500 Little John stand-on mini skid steer

  
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Yes! I am following and enjoy the updates. (I love resurrected iron and am quite envious.) :laughing:
I imagine it has been a while since he has parked in a heated spot for the winter! Little fart looks comfy.
So, . . . complete concours correct restoration is in the works???
I too have a workshop basement and tuck-under garage. Love it as far as same temp summer and winter as the house and can zip downstairs in my slippers to do whatever. Downside is that everything household has to go UP the stairs.

Nice! :)

I don't plan on a full restoration, at least not this winter. I need to get each failed or failing part rebuilt back to good operating condition. He's definitely comfy in the semi-heated basement. Coldest it gets down there is around 58* or so. It allows me to keep my motivation up, too. All my tools are currently down there right next to the LJ500. I'm going to grab some Harbor Freight dollies and jack it up onto them so I can move it around without starting it.

The list for winter that I can think of off the top of my head:

- Grind out and weld the two cracks on the rear upright/support area
- Repack the bucket curl cylinder (already did the lift cylinder)
- Drain the hydraulic oil and refill it with the specified 10w30 motor oil
- Motor oil drain/refill
- Tighten the slack on the chain drives off the hydraulic motors
- Fabricobble a proper battery mount system so it's not just sliding around in the belly pan
- Maybe tighten up some of the linkages
- Build an exhaust heat shield to prevent my curious nearly 2yr old pitbull from trying to sniff or lick the exhaust (lol, dumb dog is actually way smarter than that!)
- Add some lights, though with LEDs I'll likely need to incorporate a rectifier bridge to clean up the juice enough for the LEDs not to flicker. (will probably do to my snowblower first)
- Bend back one of the pallet forks, someone lifted too much weight with it and it's a royal pain to mount/remove. Worst case I'll just grind some off the mounting surface


That's way more than I thought I'd be doing this winter, that's the first time I put this list "on paper."
 

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I'm also enjoying your updates and looking forward to pictures.
 
  
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Excellent! I wasn't sure if anyone was following along or not. Nice to see interest! I'll keep chuggin' along as I get time with it and keep updating as I go.
 
  
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Little more work to the mini skid steer. Got the tilt cylinder removed. Upper pin is seized BADLY. Hopefully it'll come out in the 20T press. I don’t want to mushroom the end.

I’ll put a bit of heat on it to warm it up if need be, after I disassemble it. It’s so worn I can move it with my pinky.

Had to pull the auto-leveling linkage with it, looks like someone failed to remove it before... Ends were a bit mushroomed.

Pic2: Seized. It almost looks like it's part of the cylinder end.

Pic3: Breakdown.


#16 in pic 3 is the pin we're looking at. I had the exact issue with PN #7, it was terribly seized. Took a lot of work to get it out. I'll drill for a grease zerk. Next to be pulled and greased are #2 and #21 as I'm sure they're probably just as seized as these past two.
 

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20T press popped the pin after I put my weight into it. Sounded like a shotgun when it let loose. I’ll have to clean up the pin and bore.

Couldn’t get gland but off at first, 36” pipe wrench with a cheater bar and my 150lbs on it cracked it loose.

Next, repack the cylinder and reinstall.
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Looks weird in the pic but it’s an illusion. Looks great in person.
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Forgot the pic of the pin that popped like a shotgun:

If this isn’t the poster child for “install a grease fitting!!!”

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