If your Ford had a Matthew McConaughey, it would be a Lincoln

I was going to bottle beer today... (picture heavy)

yup, that’s no good...

I have both a Red ale and a Sour Rhubarb Sourdough-Culture ale ready to go in bottles...

Then, while moving round bales to feed the sheep the last original tire on the Ford tractor blew...

oh yeah. really not good. lucky thing these are tube-type tires, the tube is probably the only thing that’s been holding this together for the winter...

We knew this was coming as we have replaced other rear already and the dry rot was obvious, so I already had a replacement on hand... I hopped to skate along on the original tire until later in the spring, but hey, at least it didn’t blow when it was -30F... in any case, plans were altered and I spent the afternoon changing a loaded tractor tire....

In case you didn’t know; step one (after dismounting the wheel) is to remove the remaining calcium chloride solution from the tires and save it... a $15 fluid transfer pump works fine for this... Calcium chloride solution is annoying and surprisingly expensive to make, so reuse is key.
18 gallon Rubbermaid totes are the bomb! I was able to rescue just over 30 gallons of ballast, which is about how much a tire this size should have, i believe the original tires were somewhat over-loaded.
calcium chloride solution is 40% heavier than plain water... these totes contain nearly 200lbs each! lookit that bulge!

after the old tire is empty it’s time to break the bead... this is NOT how you should do it...

now we have to get the old tire off the rim...

the key isn’t so much BIG leverage, as MANY levers....
patience and a lot of pry-walking with multiple bars and it eventually comes off... pull off the old inner tube and get that busted old tire off the rim entirely.
now’s a perfect time to clean up the rust on the inside of the rim.
and paint it. (note the arrow marking direction of rotation)
just lookit that spanky, new tire! ;)
use plenty of lube boys (50/50 dish soap and water), she’ll thank you for it later...(see that arrow marking direction of rotation? make sure to match it with the rim!)
the first half practically slides in... (if you used the lube, like I told you to...)
then it’s back to the pry-bars for the other side... oh yeah, stuff the new tube in before doing this step... forgot to take a picture of it.
then pump some air into that sucker and seat the beads...
sometimes a bead is a bit reluctant and requires “persuasion”
almost there!

after remounting the tire, allow all the air out and start transferring the ballast back in with the pump (don’t take it off the jack stands yet!) Tractor tire tubes have special two-piece valve stems to make filling the ballast easier... once the ballast is all in, after much pumping... reassemble the valve stem and pump about 20 psi of air in.. next step:

pour a beer.
a very well deserved beer.


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