Firing up Old Blue

Well today I installed the new battery box and that went pretty well, no issues. I wonder if the new battery I purchased is going to cut it however because it seemed to go dead pretty quick while trying to start her up. I guess it has been in the teens here and the tractor hasn’t been started in over a year so those all may be factors.  I hooked up the car to it while running with jumper cables and that sure made it jump and it started as easy as pie and purred like a kitten. I was pretty impressed. It sits and idles, a little rougher than I would like it but it stays running with no issues.

Smooth running machine.   


Firing up Old Blue

Starting up Old Blue The Family Ford 120 Lawn & Garden Tractor.

New Battery Box

Today I rebuilt or replaced the battery box base. The old one was quite rotted and so that’s gone and I built a new one and set the battery on it and then measure out the bolt length to have a secured battery box cover screwed down with wing-nuts.  I think the whole thing came together quite well. Of course it is not on the tractor yet but hopefully a warmer day will come along and I’ll get that done. That is the last item on my to do list before trying to turn it over. Who knows what issues will arise then but we’ll taken them on each one as they come. Well that’s it for today, Sunday November 24, 2013.




Well today I worked away on it but the days are getting colder and my hands freeze up quicker.

I replaced the fuel lines. Reattached the gas tank. Took off the Carburetor and cleaned that out. I am a little concerned that it was reattached correctly.  I added the new oil and filled the fuel tank. Reattached the heat shield to the engine and reconnected all the wiring I took off to clean up the connections etc. I have the new battery base mount all built and just need to drill the holes in it and will then set the battery in place securely.  Everything seems to be going smoothly with no major blow outs yet. It should be soon, hopefully tomorrow that I start it up. I had a memory come back to me about the last time it as run and it actually wasn’t that long ago. 
My step brother Doug came over to snow blow around my Dads house while my Dads health had declined and hospice was visiting him still at home, a pulley broke on the snow blower and it died and he mentioned it to us. That was in early December 2012.  So I think it has been just about a year since the tractor has been running. Not to bad. I thought it might be a couple of years but this event is recounted quite clearly so that’s good.  I hope it starts. Ok that’s it for today, November 23, 2013.