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  1. 7 points
    Time to restore and get the ugly green paint off
  2. 6 points
    Loaded up my Mrs Rules, and our two twins(Suburban models 400&401) & headed over the mountain for a ride around West Point's Morgan's farm today. We were just in time to catch a few minutes with Ace, a little American miniature horse boarded there & his owner Cathy. Made for the perfect photo opportunity...capturing Ace, the mini real horse & two of our little Suburban Wheel-Horses checking each other out. And here's Ace taking a little bite out of the competition.
  3. 6 points
    Fuel pump mounted. Battery box repaired. Drove it to the backyard for a few photos.
  4. 6 points
    701 rear wheels just returned from the Powder Room! Started installing the rebuilt lift cyl from @wheelhorseman on the C-160
  5. 6 points
    A few pics of our logging fun today: B80 resting for a bit. Our dog Meeha sporting her hunting orange vest. New and improved axle installed on the home-made log trailer. Final version of the 360 degree hitch between tractor and trailer. The trailer coupler attaches to this steel cube. Pulling a log to the landing. Trailer loaded and headed to the front yard for cut and split. I took it easy for this first load and then added more weight on the next two. Seems to work pretty well.
  6. 5 points
    Took advantage of a beautiful Fall day Friday to turn the garden over with the B100. Conditions were just about perfect for plowing. The B100 handled the 10" plow with ease. Glad I got it done when I did. Raining today and (gasp!) calling for chance of snow showers next weekend. When it was 90 a little over a week ago we said we were ready for some Fall weather. I think we may have just gotten our week of Fall and now heading to Winter.
  7. 4 points
    Seeing some other GT14 threads on here inspired me to get started on my next project tractor. It was neck and neck between this and a Lawn Ranger 8-speed project, but this one has been waiting it's turn longer, so I figured I should get started before I loose my motivation. It's hard to believe, but I've had this GT14 for almost 2 years already. It was going to be my project last summer, but other projects kept coming up and taking priority. My plans for this are to use it for a custom 1/2 scale tractor project. I don't want to reveal too much yet because to do what I have planned will push the limits of my skills, and probably my patience, so there is a risk that part won't pan out. Before getting into the customization work, my focus is on getting the base tractor healthy. I changed the fluids and got it running shortly after I first got it, but I'm almost embarrassed to admit it had been long enough ago I forgot the specifics of how it ran. Fortunately, the engine started this weekend remarkably quickly after an almost 2 year slumber. There seems to be no issues with the engine, but the transmission is another story, and where I could use some guidance. Going forward is no problem. It won't quite pull the front wheels off the ground, but it will snap your head back a bit if you quickly switch from reverse to forward. At half throttle it will spin both tires pushing against a fixed object. Reverse though, seems pretty weak. Reverse speed seems only about half what it should be, and it will just barely, even at high idle, pull itself up the slope in my back yard. On the fixed object test in reverse, it just stalls out. I tweaked the neutral adjustment to try to get more out of reverse, but it only improved things a little. It also seems to want to coast forward downhill pretty easily, although it is hard to push forward and reverse with the tow valve closed. I saw a suggestion on here to use the hyd lift to help tell if the pump is OK. I stood on the 3-point with a 50lb. weights in each hand (~300 lbs total) and it lifted me without any trouble. I plan to check pressures once I get a gauge to test with, but since my problem seems mostly isolated to reverse I don't think it's the pump or motor. My next step will be to go through the valves and see if something is bound or if there is a broken spring. I'll need to split the trans eventually to fix the parking brake pawl, but would like to rule out the "easy" stuff before I get to that point. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Dave
  8. 4 points
    Just picked this up today, looks like the belt is maybe around 63 1/2" anybody have a number for the belt?
  9. 4 points
    In November of 1997 I bought my first new vehicle. Today, that old friend no longer belongs to me. It always was a bit of an unusual truck. You don't see many of these 7700 lb gvw Fords out there with their bizarre 7-lug wheels. Heavier than an f-150, but lighter than a heavy duty 3/4. I guess it was more of a 5/8 ton. It was a 1997 F-250 light duty 4x4 with the 4.6L v8. I paid extra for the automatic transmission thinking my then fiancé (still my wife today ❤️) who couldn't drive a manual would drive it periodically. It was the first vehicle I ever drove with an automatic transmission. In 20 years, she probably drove the truck 5 times. the things we do for love! It could carry 2700 pounds and it did that and more many, many times. It probably has hauled over 100 separate wheel horses in its 8-ft bed. Until 2003 it was my daily driver until I grew tired of the 17 mpg it gave. Since then I added another car and only used the truck as a truck. So the last 50000 miles or so were usually loaded with something...rock, dirt, tractors, drywall, etc. or pulling a trailer. In reality, it's worked pretty hard when called upon for the last 14 years. It moved me and my belongings from Illinois to Missouri to Indiana and back to Illinois. A friend borrowed it to move his stuff and ended up making multiple back and forth trips to West Virginia. its its been registered and titled in three states all under the same name -mine. Never an accident and until a hailstorm last spring that claimed the headlamps and windshield it was still 100% factory. It's going to be weird not seeing it around anymore. Hopefully it doesn't get crushed soon as I think it has quite a bit of life left in it. I'm sure it's bound for an auction as the next part of its life. age was starting to take a toll and rust was making weird things happen. The engine and transmission are still sound but it had been decaying around the edges. The exhaust manifolds are both rusted, the 4x4 system only works 75% of the time, the AC is dead, and general rust was making it somewhat unreliable. I had good luck in the last 20 years with this truck, but it did make me pucker the time the brake line ruptured at a rail crossing with a train careening across the road. Had I not got that sucker to stop by throwing it in park and flooring the emergency brake the day would have ended differently. Another er time it wouldn't start after launching the boat with the trailer still in the water. That was fun. And there was that 10-degree winter night between Decatur and Springfield Illinois when the heater core blew leaving me with no heat and a puddle of coolant on the floorboards. Thank god Home Depot was still open that night so I could cut the heater hoses and isolate the heater core. That last 120 miles to mom and dads house was cold and my poor dog kept looking at me with confusion on why we were freezing with the windows open a crack (to keep from fogging up)instead of running the heat. But it was still a good truck for me. Some time ago it hit that valuation that made anything beyond regular maintenance an undesirable investment for me. Filling the 30 gallon tank increased its value by 25% The new battery this spring kind of broke the camel's back so I kept it through the summer to get some work done around the house and decided to sell it before the plate expired in November. No regrets letting it go, but it's going to be missed for a while. replacing it and my wife's car is a Honda Ridgeline that better suits our current needs. We're back to two vehicles which just makes more sense. I'm sure others have old trucks or their first cars with which they parted and it might be neat to hear some stories. Farewell old friend! steve
  10. 4 points
    Started painting rims for the Work Horse. Original rim color was grey but we are going with a different color combo.
  11. 4 points
    Getting close! Measured my axles from hub to hub and it is really close to stock gt14 width maybe even a hair wider. So hopefully if I can get my son over here this week, there may be an Eaton 1100 transplanted into Skittles soon.
  12. 4 points
    It come with blade, tiller, disc, yard roller , plow, sprayer, seed broad caster
  13. 4 points
    1960 Suburban Model 400... & 1961 Suburban Model 401.
  14. 4 points
    Well i had a long afternoon at my sons stable, tore down the finish mower, has a locked up bearing on a Idler Pulley, im hoping its available at Timkin, Next i serviced the 310-8, engine & trans got new dead dinos, put different tires on drive axle, old ones were 22x85.0-12, Now 23 x 8.50 -12, dry rotted bad, i have spindles to mount yet with 8 inch rims, Farmer Alex said he wants to sell the 310-8, its Mint, i hope it sells for him, Up next 414-8 got new dead Dino's & a spark plug. Doing 1054 & 516H sunday, heres sum pics to enjoy, check the pulley, do they make the bearing yet like it is with a bushing in center, sticks out a 1/8 inch each side
  15. 3 points
    Great running 414-8 with 958 hrs on the clock. One fuse holder has been replaced. Everything works including the lights. The seat is not torn but has a permanent dent in it from something resting on it for a very long time (got it that way). Carburetor has no play in the throttle shaft. No leaks. I have more pics I can send if wanted.
  16. 3 points
    Hello all, I have been a fan of Wheel Horse GT's since childhood (51 yrs old) and was looking for a GT to do some work on my little acre. I found this pristine looking 18HP, 46" hydraulic deck Work Horse with the Wheel Horse logo on it and am wondering if it is worth owning. I thought all Work Horse GT's were white/grey, but this one is all red? Any help appreciated. Also, it comes with the grader box.
  17. 3 points
    It goes in the outer pulley and the tensioner is the knob on the bottom.
  18. 3 points
    Drive belt 107740 (4L x 63.0" or 1/2" x 63") Garry
  19. 3 points
    Thanks Richie. It will be torn down to the frame, transmission opened and inspection, new seals and anything else needed and new clothes. Still will be a worker.
  20. 3 points
    Nice looking GT14! A custom GT14 project will certainly test all of your patience and skills. But they are such a nice platform once you get it all ironed out. Good of luck and keep us posted. p.s. I similarly seem to delay a couple years before starting the projects in earnest and due to work and weather delays it seems it routinely takes me 18-24 months to reach the goal. Usually another 6 months to work out issues that surface once you get it done. I must have already assembled and broke down my GT14 8 speed project a half dozen times and I am guessing I'll do so 2-3 more before it's finally done.
  21. 3 points
    Could be worse and they call you
  22. 3 points
    OH NO!! Now 2 guys are calling me skonk! @stevasaurus
  23. 3 points
    Found a 1977 Ford diagram and it has a 30 amp fuse in that circuit. I know a mid 1980's 16hp Kohler model Jacobsen with single cylinder engine also has that fuse. You can get a 30 amp fuse holder and they have a 10 gauge wire designed to carry that type of load. Often used years ago to power the air conditioning circuit in autos. Most often fuse holders are damaged by heat because the terminal to fuse contacts oxidize and cause resistance. Good idea to coat the fuse and holder contacts with dielectric silicone grease to prevent that. Garry
  24. 3 points
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  26. 3 points
    Loaded up a couple of our little Suburbans for a trail ride at the USMA Morgan's farm today. A really great time was had by all.
  27. 2 points
    It was time to switch gears a bit. After working hard for many years to acquire a nice little collection I decided to let many of them go and enjoy something else with the family. Over the past couple of months the number of machines and attachments have been reduced considerably. With the funds I went out and grabbed another pony, that is red, still has 4 wheels, but seats all 4 in the family. Welcome to the Horse Barn a 1964 1/2 Mustang.
  28. 2 points
    This is 4 wheel horses combined to make one. It has a raider rear end, with D axles and a D Differential, 520 swept forward axle and gear reduction steering, and a B&S cast iron 16hp. It has the frame stretched 6 inches in front of the motor. and it will handle a 60inch deck. I am going to put a ark 550 loader on it. It is a beast. It has a D hood and grill, and a early 80's dash. and it will also handle 16 rear tires. A friend of mine built this. I got it yesterday.
  29. 2 points
    A nice fall pic on a busy day... Logs pulled yesterday gotta be split today. The drain pan was for the splitter... we changed the hyd fluid in that.
  30. 2 points
    Interesting Craig. First I have heard that. I wonder if the first runs were black and they changed their mind and went to the grey from then on. Were the decals on the black ones the same red as most of the Work Horses?
  31. 2 points
    I have recently had a few customers who painted their Work Horse gt's red instead of the original color. They used the american series but I was just thinking maybe doing the original red decals in black. Pretty decent looking GT by the way.
  32. 2 points
    Trying to come up with something we could do here for a "central florida meet n greet". Just wouldnt want a couple guys to show up and stand around sweating. I have plenty of wheelhorse stuff to play with, chop on and weld. The cogs are turning.
  33. 2 points
    I may have a few valve parts, as I think that is a hydrogear unit>
  34. 2 points
    When a Sundstrand Hydro works well in one direction but not in the other it is probably an acceleration valve or the associated springs. The valve near the front of the transmission is the reverse valve. Check the manual and it has good detailed information on them.
  35. 2 points
    Or skank. Sorry if that's inappropriate. Thanks though for the wisdom. I'm going to run it without that fuse I guess. If it starts a fire at least it's not a wheel horse
  36. 2 points
    3pt and rear PTO you did well!!!
  37. 2 points
    Not sure about the hour meter. Will be looking in person tomorrow afternoon. As for the price, if I can get it for less it probably isn't a bad deal?
  38. 2 points
    Price isn't crazy...considering the included attachments. Will boil down to the way the equipment has been maintained. Is there an hour meter on this unit?
  39. 2 points
    Hello all, I was at my boat club... friends diesel 1 ton dually broke a u joint half way up launch ramp. Nobody around but me and my 2wd 2.2 liter 4 cylinder auto. We blocked wheels on trailer and got his truck out of way... hooked up S10 and without even breaking sweat my Chevy got it up ramp and to safety. You guys always say if there arent pics it never happened! So..... Tony
  40. 2 points
    No, just has some really great patina Alan.
  41. 2 points
    One of those horses is the wrong color.
  42. 2 points
    Just thought I'd pop on my '79 C-81 fitted with '62 finger bar.
  43. 2 points
    A great way to spend sweetest day ...
  44. 2 points
    I'd be IN for that !! Could advert on CL, Unclehenry's. Chuck a bunch o' stick-in-the-ground-style signs out on route 26. Maine Antique Power Assoc might be of some help and/ or be interested. Any Pulling clubs local to us?
  45. 2 points
    i had a 312 that I thought I knew what I was doing, but it took me 3 times to get right follow directions eric j
  46. 2 points
    Looks like a good time to take the breather off for a cleaning. And check the valve clearances while you are in there. Make sure you put the breather back together correctly. Check the manual....do not assume the PO put it together correctly.
  47. 1 point
    First, I'm so sorry @Big_Red_Fred! Sad when someone just wants to damage your stuff out of jealousy. World isn't what it used to be! I did get Emory's surprise pressure washed. Also stripped and etch primed the hood, seat pan, and a few other pieces. To have been so dang ugly, it really is solid! Sorry, no pics tonight.
  48. 1 point
    Those don't look like a original workhorse lettering. It could be a 418 or 518. Still a nice looking horse.
  49. 1 point
    Jeff, thanks for taking us along. Can't help but feel some sadness for all this great old iron.
  50. 1 point
    Aired out a couple of the 1961 models living here today... neither of which have seen the light of day for well over a year now. From left to right, '60 model 400, it's twin '61 model 401... ...and a slightly modified '61 model 551, running a 22hp Kohler twin.
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