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Bolster Repair Fixes Broken IH 454
Arthur Kidder doesn’t worry about overloading his tractor’s front-mounted forklift anymore. His bolster repair is heavy enough to carry nearly any load.
  “I was having my house reroofed, and the crew overloaded my forklift with bundles of shingles,” says Kidder. “The hydraulic lift on my IH 454 picked it up, but when I tipped it to dump the load, the shifting of the weight was too much for the front end.”
  The bolster that ran under the front of the engine broke, and the frame twisted on Kidder’s tractor. Finding replacement parts wasn’t easy.
  He decided to double up on support. He had 3-ft. lengths of 1-in. steel cut to fit over and reinforce the bolster. The wings, as Kidder calls them, are about 3 1/2 in. wide over the bolster where they bolt onto the front of the engine block. At the rear, they are about 9 in. wide where they bolt onto the side of the transmission housing.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Arthur B. Kidder, 1788 E. 800 N., La Porte, Ind. 46350 (ph 219 778-2125).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6