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Re: Cornhead grease?
glenns towing #1377275 Wed Sep 16 2020 01:39 PM
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May I tell you a dealer point. You were more than likely in a John Deere store. Not a John Deere dealership. If you don't see a bunch of tractors and new or used equipment around your not at the right place. I have a tube here that I will send you if you can't get it. Do NOT use 00, if it runs out of a bottle it's not what you want. I have used JD corn head grease for 50 years and never a problem with leaks or wear in all my vehicles. I feel a little guilty, one of my 3100's has been using a mix of moly and JD/ch grease (10% moly), for 45 years. You would think I would replace the seal. However if I did I would have to change it out again in several years, one less grease/oil spot. I may have misunderstood, were you folks talking about 00 in a bottle or tube? Doc.

Last edited by Doc.Hall; Wed Sep 16 2020 01:46 PM. Reason: additional info

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Re: Cornhead grease?
glenns towing #1377280 Wed Sep 16 2020 02:08 PM
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Just looked up TSL The Lubricant Store. Wow! did not know all of that info. Doc.


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Re: Cornhead grease?
glenns towing #1377283 Wed Sep 16 2020 02:24 PM
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I'll continue to use NLGI 00 (steering gear) grease, as I have done for 40+ years.

Penrite is a time-honored brand, but not readily available and is relatively expensive. [penriteoil.com.au]
Tractor Supply - NLG-00 Super Cotton PIcker Spindle Grease at a good price. [tractorsupply.com]

John Deere Corn Head Grease is NLGI 0, self-leveling, and a little thinner, and is readily available. It should also work satisfactorily.

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Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Cornhead grease?
glenns towing #1377404 Thu Sep 17 2020 12:17 PM
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Tim, can the self leveling grease be used in a transmission? Ed


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Re: Cornhead grease?
glenns towing #1377413 Thu Sep 17 2020 01:11 PM
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I do not know if it can be used safely in a transmission ("in a way that is not likely to cause or lead to harm or injury" to the transmission parts).

If this link works, it gives results/answers for your question)? [google.com]

It seems that desperate people do desperate things?

If someone does it to a transmission they intend to sell/swap, it would be dishonest.

However, if it works for the owner, "so be it"?


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: Cornhead grease?
glenns towing #1377437 Thu Sep 17 2020 06:38 PM
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Doc, that type of grease is only for a slow speed gearbox, such as the steering gear.
Use gear oil for a transmission, or you risk damage as Tim said.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Cornhead grease?
glenns towing #1377483 Fri Sep 18 2020 03:19 AM
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I have been considering this service as well on my 3100. Question:

My steering box has the side cover; but I've noticed that on the bottom, it has what looks like a large 2" nut with a slot in the middle that looks like its for a large flat screwdriver. Does this unscrew? I would need to use my pipe wrench on it, but not sure I can squeeze in that small area. I would like to do a flush; jack up the front end, several fills/turns/flushes with diesel, and then a tube of new Chevron 00 grease that I got from a fellow Stovebolter here. Any suggestions?


-Patrick
1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 / 4-speed / 4:11 / Commercial Red

Re: Cornhead grease?
glenns towing #1377489 Fri Sep 18 2020 04:28 AM
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That big nut on the bottom is the adjustment for the worm bearings. It does unscrew, but you would then need to do the complete adjustment on the steering gear. First the worm bearing preload adjustment, and then the sector shaft adjustment. Check the Service Manual [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com] for the procedure.


Kevin
First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos [flickr.com]
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: Cornhead grease?
glenns towing #1377503 Fri Sep 18 2020 01:10 PM
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Re: Cornhead grease?
glenns towing #1377504 Fri Sep 18 2020 01:12 PM
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Thanks Tim and Kevin, It was just a thought and a question. Ed


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