Tuesday, September 29, 2009

jd 3010 Engine Rebuild #6

Last night I set the valve clearance and got the valve cover bolted on the JD 3010 Engine. I also got the rear seal installed on the crankshaft. I also got the locks "locked" on the bolts that hold the camshaft in the block. Tonight, I will start rebuilding the balancer that goes in the bottom of the engine and open the oil pump up and inspect the oil pump gears and housing and make sure they are good. Slowly but surely it is coming together!
Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts

Friday, September 25, 2009

JD 3010 rebuild #5

In the first picture you can see Baylee supervising and making sure the timing gears are timed properly. The bottom gear in the picture is the crankshaft and the big gear on the left is the camshaft gear. The camshaft makes 1 revolution per 2 revolutions of the crankshaft. It has to be timed because the crank , camshaft and valves work together to get air in and out of the engine. In a diesel engine it takes air, fuel and compression to make the engine run and create horsepower. I have got the head bolted on the block and have to adjust the valves to finish the top of the engine. I will try to get some pictures of it tonight.
The gear to the right of the crankshaft is an idler gear and it turns an air pump that goes in the hole just to the right of the idler gear. Maybe this weekend I will get it mounted.
That's all for now!
Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts,

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


I had 2 customers in today ( well actually several more than that) that told me the OEM dealer price of the parts they were looking for from me. One was looking for a fuel filter head. This is the part the filter fastens to and it bolts on the engine. I sold him one for $10.00 and I made money on it. The price at the dealer was $111.00 The other customer was looking for a clutch kit for a IH 140 tractor. I stock this clutch kit and sell 25 to 30 of them a year. My retail price today is $268.00 . He had just left the dealer and their price was $779.00 . Both of these were people I have known for years and sold parts to for years so I don't think they were pulling my leg.
If you have been to the dealer and got a shock call me the next time and maybe I can save you some money!

Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts,Good Parts -Better Prices-Southeast Tractor

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tractor Pull on Youtube

Yesterday, Linda emailed me a video of one of my pulls that is located at this address http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmYfzhVFkKk&nr=1 .
I was pulling in the 5500 lb Super Antique class and this is the pulloff pull. I was in 4th gear and had a top speed of a little over 9 mph.
I do not know who took the video, but, Thanks! I do not get to see myself pull and see what the sled is doing and what the tires and tractor is doing . I can already see that I should have had the tractor wound a little tighter when I let the clutch out. I was turning about 2200 rpm and should have had it 2700 rpm and popped the clutch and let it run.

Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts,

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Last Saturday I went to the Edmund Antique Tractor pull in Lexington SC . I got two 2nd place finishes and 1 first place finish. The first place finish was a pretty easy win(seeing that I was the only one in the class). There were about 40-45 tractor there for the pull. I had a good friend there pulling his IH tractor for the 3rd time since building a new engine for it. I built the carb and the governor for it.The IH tractor ran real well and he had good power in each class he pulled. In the 7500 lb class he ran out of traction and the motor did not die any at all. In the 8500 lb class he needed more weight on the front to hold it down. If he had put 200 more pounds on the front I believe he would have had a 1st or 2nd place finish.
Yesterday, I had a customer that broke both of the front spindles on his 1086 tractor at the same time. I have never seen both spindles break at the same time. I had 1 new spindle on the shelf as well as the bearings for the hub. However, I had to pull a hub and a spindle to get him going and I like to have never got the steering arm off the spindle. It was all I could do hitting it with a 10 pound sledge hammer to drive the spindle out of the steering arm. Today, my shoulders are paying the price for swing that 10 lb sledge!!!
I have started back on the JD 3010 engine. I finally found the right camshaft with the right gear on it to mesh with the oil pump gear. I will post more as I go on the engine.

Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts, working and playing as I get the time!!!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I took pictures of the JD 3020 on the rollback so I could get the front end off of the tractor. My Kodak camera likes them better than I do and refuses to give them up!
I delivered the front end to my customer on Monday and picked up another JD 1020. This one runs good, has power steering, nice tires,straight metal,and 1 remote outlet. Either, the diff lock is hung on the differential or the differential has come apart on it. I will have to pull the rockshaft cover to check it out.
It was a difficult trip, I left home at 5:30 AM and as I was coming into Camden I lost the lights on the rear of the truck...one minute they were shining brightly and the next they were dark and did I mention it was drizzling rain also. I pulled over as I came into Camden and replaced the fuse and they lit up again. I made it to the other side of Camden and they went out again. I found a place to pull over where I could back up against a dumpster and check to see if my brake lights were working and they would work and my signal lights would work. So I pulled the emergency flashers on and down the road I went. I was on the far side of Columbia before it got light enough to cut the flashers off.
On the way home, As I was coming out of Camden I saw a guy standing by the road smoking a cigar wearing only a set of boxer briefs. The last two trips I have made have had guys on the side of the road smoking a cigar. Its just a little weird!!

Eric Benton, Southeast Tractor Parts, hauling tractors and weird guys!