Well life had a few things in store for me so this has been on the back burner for a while. My Mom passed in 2013 and before that I was over her house every day after work and sometimes before.
Here is the current status:
Last year, Art Chester set me up with his machinist and I had the block bored for the NOS pop-up pistons I bought on eBay at a great price. While my mother's house was empty and getting prepped for listing, I painted the inside of the block with Glyptal and baked it in her oven. It is a smelly process, so I had some fans set up and left the house. You have to bake Glyptal. It is a must to cross-link the polymer. It is very similar to Bakelite in chemistry so it has to thermoset to get the best properties. After, I ran the self-clean cycle, so not harm done, but don't try this at home- the fumes are not healthy. The block has been sitting since August of last year and my garage as full of estate items until last month when we had a huge yard sale and finally cleared out the house, garage, attic and basement. More to go, but at least I can walk from one end of the garage to the other without planning my first step to make sure I didn't get stuck on the wrong foot in the middle of all the junk with no place to land my next step.
I felt like a hoarder.
The tractor is more or less put together from the torque tube back, so the engine is next. I started prepping the block- double checking the oil galleries for cleanliness, installing all the oil plugs, and cleaning any paint in the lifter bores and valve guides so there are no hangups. I have some brushes coming Monday for the guides to finish this up.
Today, I have been inspecting and evaluating three governors to make one good one in the original casting. I may have some 154 governor weights among the parts and I need to confirm that, as that is what I would prefer to use.
Crank is polished and I will be using the crank, connecting rods, and cylinder head from a spare 1976 motor. I should make some nice progress next week. Tomorrow is a day off up at Cecil's!