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Thoughts on condition and possible repairs

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by corbel, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. corbel

    corbel Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    I just picked this truck up and it has a 7.5 western, not sure uni/ultra, never owned a western and have only been in business for 3 years. I was thinking about trying to clean up the blade so it doesn't look so beat up, but after looking a little closer there are some spots that have rusted thru.

    Is it worth the effort/time/money to clean it up, or should I be lookin at just dealing with it until it fails and then look to replace it?

    My other 2 trucks both have fisher mm setups and this is not as fun to mount/dismount.

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  2. corbel

    corbel Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Few more pics

    Plow operates fine with no load on it, I plan on bringing it in for a service as long as I get a few other parts I need together first.

    Dont know exactly what it is, so identification would be a good start. I looked at some restoration posts and a restoration is out of question for this season. I just dont know much about this setup and would like some opinions on its reliability. Have no idea how old it is, but my guess is its probably close to the trucks age which is OLD (1994). The mount under the truck looks like it has some surface rust but the metal looks to be fairly thick and appears solid.

    Any tips on weak points, service tips, problems with this setup?

    If it was yours, would you restore blade? Leave it alone until it rusts off? Or look to scrap it and replace ASAP?

    Thanks again for a great site, has helped me a lot in last few years.

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  3. hightop

    hightop Member
    Messages: 47

    It's a unimount pro plow. I'd change the fluid, at least. I agree the mount just looks like surface rust, might want to go over the bolts.
     
  4. banonea

    banonea PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,094

    I just did a full restro on 1 of my western plows and had to rebuild one entire wing on a mvp v plow that I just bought. it's not bad if you have a place to do it and the tools and know how. I took my time on the straight blade and it only took me 4 days to strip, sand and put it back togther. It looks 100% better than it did. as far as the holes in the blade, cut back to good metal and weld in a new section. if there is to many to deal with, find a steel supplyer and have him make you a new molboard. it only cost me $70.00 to have a guy make one for me and that was with the steel.Rustolem Crimson Red spray paint and then went to Fleet Farm and got convary belting for the deflector on the top.
     
  5. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    At the least I'd try and sand as much surface rust off as possible and throw a coat of paint on it. Then in the spring go and do the restoration. I just finished a resto on my MM1 and it looks new. A few holes is no big deal, just patch them up and go!