580K Backhoe Radiator

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  1. Justwondering

    Justwondering Well-Known Member

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    This is a muffler question.

    I had to replace the radiator this year (2019) in the backhoe since the original one was leaking like a maniac.

    As I continue my search for the upper and lower radiator hoses, I was wondering about the muffler. The top 'collar'? has rusted down until it is flat with the top of the muffler and doesn't reach up to the bottom of the stack.

    New mufflers are couple hundred dollars.

    I don't run the backhoe too often, but plan to keep it another 8 years or so.

    Is rehabbing a muffler something I should consider?

    JW
     
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    YNOT
    I've had to do it with a Cat muffler or two.
     
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    Rehabbing a muffler ... is that just 1) find something to make a collar out of so it will read the bottom of the stack and 2) do I chemically treat or burn or what the interior of the muffler?

    Don't you love my ignorance?

    Just another challenge.

    JW
     
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    Just made the part and burned it together.
    It probably depends on how much you have left of the part to work with.
     
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    Bought a new muffler and installed.
    Then fought electric gremlins.

    Turns out dad put a shut off switch on the backhoe because the batteries would drain down after 2 days.
    He never tried to fix the electric subsystem that was causing problem... just got a 'bigger hammer' and put in a cut off switch to the battery.

    Which, of course, is made so much better by the nearly 1/2 roll of black electrical tape he used to be sure it didn't get water on the connections.

    The corrosion and rust under the black electrical tape was an amazing site to behold.

    Got all that sorted out and jumped the battery... backhoe started right up (after priming the fuel pump).

    Fixed the leaking radiator with the replacement... standing there in awe...when my brother notices the water leaking from the front of the engine (behind the fan).

    Dang it.

    Me thinks a water pump needs to be replaced now.

    JW
     
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    It's always something, isn't it?:confused:
     
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    It is...

    I was looking at the backhoe watching the green coolant drain out of the bottom of the engine and started chuckling...
    The rim on the driverside is missing 3 (count em-- three) studs and lugnuts.

    JW
     
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    Three out of 5 or 6?:)
     
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    3 of 8 are missing.

    I could just move some from the rim on the other side and fix it right up!
    (but wait, that's an Aggie joke or a Dumb Blonde joke isn't it?)

    JW
    (and now for PC police to show up...)
     
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    Maybe the pack rats took them over the winter?
     
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    LMAO ...
    Nice comment to end the day with.

    JW
     
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    That's a good one!

    JW, you are going to turn into a master technician in a few years.
    BudW
     
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    You never know, theres got to be an explanation for the strange things that happened. It might as well be pack rats.:)
     
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    Thanks Bud...
    I want to be like you!

    JW