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    Farmall H rim repair.

    This is my first post so please bear with me. A few pictures so it will take more than one post.
    And all you flamers out there get your flamethrowers all fueled up but please wait to pull the trigger until the last post.

    I was replacing the rear tires on my Farmall H and discovered that the rim was rusty around the valve stem hole.
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    I couldn't figure out how to add captions to each photo so I hope they are self explanatory.
    I did all the cuts and forming of the replacement pieces with a Harris cutting torch that I bought two years ago to replace the Craftsman torch that I have used for the past 40 years. The Craftsman torch was always too small. The new Harris is unbelievably good!
    All the welding was done with a Lincoln AC225 that my dad bought in 1967! Still works like a champ!
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    You'll get no flaming from me. I've welded some industrial rims before. Low speed and negligible balance. Good save.
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    Do you run an innertube? I can only imagine that you would have had to do so with the rust holes.

    Looks like a good farm fix to me.

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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    I think you did an admirable job. Looks great. Congrats!

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    Good job. I collect/restore old tractors and get some practice doing just what you did. Every time I get an old rim I save it to cut repair patches out of. I also have a very old 225 Lincoln that my dad bought new.

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    Good job on it,Rex!!
    Joker, that wheel is so old no one had even thought of tubeless tires.

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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    nothing wrong with that repair. been on a farm all my life and always doing repairs like that. good job
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    now,if you can find a way to slowly rotate the rim for an hour or two,i would mix a batch of epoxy and coat the entire inner surface.
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    Great save and one anyone on a farm can well-recognize and appreciate your work. Now all you need is a wheel adapter for a John Deere and you'll have the perfect tractor!!!

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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    better job than most repairs I have seen on old tractors. Nothing wrong with that! pretty common for them to rot out too.
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    What year is your Farmall H? I have 1944 Farmall H and my rims look a lot different. Nice repair.
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    You did a nice job.

    After you ground most of the weld off a maroon surface conditioning pad would have been good to use to blend the welds into the rim.
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    Well, what the heck do I know? I figured tubes came first.
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    Quote Originally Posted by Warroad140 View Post
    What year is your Farmall H? I have 1944 Farmall H and my rims look a lot different. Nice repair.
    I'm not sure what year it is because the serial number tag is missing.
    I do know that it was built during WWII because it has the steel shift knob, very thin plastic on the steering wheel and originally had steel wheels front and rear.
    Someone cut the steel wheels loose from the spokes and welded on 36" tire rims sometime after the war. Same for the front.

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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    And this awesome post makes me want to pause and watch another oldie-but-goodie, "welding on the farm."


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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    If calcium chloride is run in the tubes, they rot out at the valve stem because that stuff eats the spring out of the core, then they start weeping.
    Nice repair by the way!
    Like the idea of using three small pieces to get around the double transitions!
    Most guys would have welded a small patch at the rusty spot!

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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    the rims always rust out by the tube valve (tire fluid ) I just bought a MF and both rear rims have been repaired like that, only differance is he did a pretty ugly welding job and then he drilled the new valve stem hole about 180 degrees from the welded area. holds air good, but really ugly. rim's around here are $$$$$$$$. if ya can find them at all....

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    That video is awesome. I could watch stuff like that all day. Makes me think of the old Walt Disney movies.
    Such a simpler time. Sure, it was harder work back then, but dang simple.
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    Yup, I agree.

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    For those rusty old wheels, we used to take the old tubes and cut the inner diameter out and stuff it into the tire over the new tube for chafe protection. LOTS of tire tube talc (baby powder works) and never had one wear through. Cut the valve stem out of the old tube and pass the stem of the new tube through the hole. Kind of like an inner liner for a 10.00X20 except home made. Of course we would clean and paint the inside of the wheel first.

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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    I just did the same type repair on my IH M tractor last week. It has 12.6 X 38 rims. Mine was rusted out at the tube hole as well as the outer rime edge. I had a donor wheel to cut out the replacement piece. As others have said it was caused by fluid filled tires. I sprayed the inside and outside of the wheel after welding with Permatex Rust Conversion and then a good coat of paint.
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    Re: Farmall H rim repair.

    They are cut-off steel wheels welded to rims. You see them around but the cast center would be much more typical on a rubber tire.

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