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  1. 9 points
    Ok I forgot about the PTO Safety switch. Turns over now with spark. Time for a cold one or Miller time.
  2. 6 points
    My wheel horse buddy called one day and was telling me about his snow plow machine being down. He went out to test run a day before it snowed and it did the same thing. Thinking the battery was old he changed it.........then the solenoid........nothing..........then he called me super frustrated. I ask him about the PTO lever and the phone went silent. I ask are you there? He said I'll call you back. called back and sure enough the lever was in the on position. He felt pretty bad but I told him one got me once but lucky I troubleshot it and caught it before I changed parts. I am sure there is a lot of others in the same boat.
  3. 5 points
    Don't feel bad...I put a shut off switch on my electric fuel pump...bought wore out the battery trying to get it started before I figured out the switch was off...
  4. 5 points
    Man, am I glad this never ever happened to me. If it ever does, I will never ever admit it happened.
  5. 5 points
    It certainly is! Its seen better days but it works to the momentary switch so I can fix or replace it! I'll let you know how it goes! Wouldn't mind having a "Need a Beer!" signal for the wife when Im working.
  6. 4 points
    I will rebuild your K91, K141, K161, K181, K241, K301, K321 and K341 cast iron kohler engine for 200.00 plus parts and machine work if required. In most cases cylinder will be bored, crank will be ground, valve seats ground or reconditioned. New piston, new rings, new rod, valves new or reconditioned, all new seals and gaskets. Entire engine brought back to factory spec. I no longer do performance/pulling engines. If your old Kohler is knocking or smoking it's most likely time for a rebuild before it locks up on you. Once rebuilt, and properly maintained, it will give you another 30-40 years of service. I don't cut corners, I take my time and get it right. 40 plus years of working on and rebuilding k series engines. PM me for details or questions. I currently have a k341 and k321 that are done and on the shelf ready to be installed.
  7. 4 points
    I used Nason 421-10 2k urethane primer on my sheet metal. Urethane primers allow you to fill minor imperfections with out haveing them show up later on down the road due to shrinking, a known issue when using lacquer primer. It's been a while since I've sprayed any Nason top coats. Does Nason offer a gloss hardener for that paint? If they do I would suggest using it, it will increase the scratch/chip resistance as well as the chemical resistance. Your jobber might be able to suggest a hardener, if Nason does not offer one. I know Mar-hyde makes a "wet look" hardener for acrylic enamel. Here's a pic of the system I use. I've had good luck with the paint system, it usually comes in under Nason on the price. You can spray this paint without using the hardener, but i prefer to use it. I wish that Vansickle offered a Urethane primer, but no dice there. The quart of black in the pic points toward what I did today. A few parts received some black paint today, now I should be able to put the spray equipment away. For this resto at least.
  8. 3 points
    Joe I felt pretty stupid my self all the years been working on these tractors and this happens. O well that is life I guess. Thanks for the post.
  9. 3 points
    Just for the record... If this was a show rig or rarely used I'd run a couple 45's into a chrome up facing tube and be Very happy. I generally believe that diesel trucks Can't be too loud. Nothin' like an old "oil burner" ridin' a Jake brake down a looonng hill with a pair of open 8" stacks !! But.... in this case these two "rigs" of mine are used for several hours at a time on our acreage and they neeeeed to be audiologicaly friendly.
  10. 3 points
    No glue strips required.
  11. 3 points
    I was able to get the sheet metal sprayed today. Jim @WHX14 stopped by to help with some wet sanding & get some observation time in on the painting. Always great to hang out with friends like Jim, hopefully I was an ok teacher for him. I should have taken some in process pics of the wet sanding process, sorry. I had sprayed a mist coat of flat black ( cheap $.98 spray bomb from Wal-Mart) over the gray primer, this helps greatly when wet sanding. When the black paint is sanded off the the part has been completely sanded. Jim got a pic of the parts after they were wet sanded with 400grit, washed with preps all, tacked off and ready for paint. Apparently he also was able to get an action shot of me spraying. Of course safety equipment is a must when spraying paint. Plus it helps cover ones face so that cameras are not damaged. A couple pics after the sheet metal was painted. 2 coats of paint on the inside of the parts, 3 coats on the out side. A closer pic of the hood to show off the gloss of the VanSickle acrylic enamel paint. This pic was taken about a hour after painting. Decals also came in this week, Terry @Vinylguy does such great work. I can't wait until I'm ready to put the decals on the tractor. I was able to put the finishing touches on my plow though. One more color to spray, then I can start putting things together. No wait, I have some axle repair to do yet.
  12. 3 points
    A motorsports shop near me always said they could bill for it.
  13. 3 points
    My next door neighbor (retired engineer) had one of those rear engined professional Gravely's. He was trying to drag a large crate he built (did I say he was a retired engineer? ) full of junk to the side of the road. He got about 4 feet and stopped. All he could do was pop wheelies as that crate dug in. I heard him banging his snowplow blade on his driveway everytime the front end came down. I told him to stop before he got hurt or wrecked something. (did I mention he's a retired engineer?) I came back with my Power King and had him unhook his "toy" . Latched on to the crate put it in first and at idle I dragged that crate to the road. His jaw was on the ground. He has since sold the Gravely and now is into solar panels to recharge his cordless tools.
  14. 2 points
    Picked up another GT-14 today! Not in too bad of shape other then the previous owner hacked up the wiring quite a bit. I am in need of a wiring diagram to completely redo it. Currently I can get it to crank over but no spark
  15. 2 points
    I built a battery tray to raise the battery up 3" or so, because it would not fit with this engine in front of the steering shaft. I re-wired everything about 90% & cleaned it all up, snap a pic tomorrow of the final setup...
  16. 2 points
    If it weren’t for engineers, mechanics wouldn’t have a reason to throw tools.
  17. 2 points
    1 Month update on the ol' C85. Tractor: I ordered 4 Flange bearings for the front wheels (3/4" x 1-3/8") from BMI. 1 was the wrong size so I replaced the wonky driver's side only for now. Man! what a difference in handling already!. They're double-sealed so I guess that zerk is going to get bored. Adjustable tie rods are ordered. You should be able to get away with one adjustable; I ordered 2 mainly for the new/fresh ball joints. The new belt was the ticket for smoothing out that clutch...no more whiplash in H3. Engine: We got rid of the mickey mouse paint job on the engine tins. No Kohler-K deserves to look like it did. I learned that my Hardline tachs can be re-programmed to interpret RPMs for spark on every-other-revolution from our cam-triggered Kohlers. (default setting is for wasted-spark crank-triggered engines). Idling at a cool 1200: WOT: Decisions, Decisions! The tractor runs / handles really well! So I'm struggling with the decision whether or not to start the tear-down for a full restoration now or wait a season when I have fewer projects. If anything sways me, it's the Mickey-mouse paintjob on the hood. Hang with me folks, we'll get it sorted!
  18. 2 points
    My engine guy does at least 3 or 4 a yr. The place local to me all you need to do is take the heads/ intake /exhaust and flywheel off. They charged him $100 for the last one.
  19. 2 points
  20. 2 points
    Glad it was that easy and you didn't throw a lot of money away replacing a bunch of good parts. I bet this has happened to all of us at one time or another. None of us were born knowing anything and the lessons learned by personal experience are the ones we will remember forever.
  21. 2 points
    @WV Hillbilly Yes I used a gloss hardener with the paint. No clear coat though. This is a single stage paint. When I get back to my computer I'll get you some pics of the products I used.
  22. 2 points
    OH that is just lovely !!! Them ol Pete's izz mah FAVERITT
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    Yes, any unidrive shift lever will work providing it clears everything. Reshaping is an option. I have one that was given to me that's a 68 with the flip back fenders. The shifter wouldn't pull back far enough to use 1st and reverse. Disassembly told me that it was a much earlier transmission and when it was swapped out they probably left the original shift lever in it.
  25. 2 points
    I'd say you've done well doin' that... not many Squonks around these days ya know.
  26. 2 points
    They say there's no substitute for cubic inches so how about a couple of more! The engine on my 1267 (Skonk) started giving up the ghost. It has had a checkered past. Stuck exhaust valve before I got it. No carb base gasket, leaky valve cover and louder than heck but it ran good. Tore the tractor down and painted it up. Didn't touch the engine. Right after this on it's way to the downtown Memorial Day show it started to misfire and puff of blue out the exhaust. Had to clean the plug. Didn't think too much of it. Took it to The Big Show thru the parade no problems. Pretty much sat until this winter. Put all the snow plow stuff on including loaded tires, wheel weights ect. Well after about an hour it's misfiring again. Pulled plug and it's fouled. I had to dig out the crud. Then it get worse. After 15 min misfiring again. Not much smoke but it's getting oil on the plug. I buy an anti-fouler to try to limp thru winter. Not any better. I switch all the snowplow stuff over to the C-160 that I'm trying to keep nice but I have no choice as a storm is coming. That gives me fits as well as the carb had to come apart for cleaning plus the fuel pump died. But I get it running. What to do? Rebuild the K301? Try to find another motor at the show? I want to keep the 67 vintage look (Starter Genny) setup. I do have a K321 on the shelf I bought 4 yrs. ago at the show but it's a regular starter model engine. I ask @Shynon his opinion and for tips. Yes the K321 can be made to look like the vintage look I want. On with the job! The donor motor. K321 on the operating table. Tom said the ring gear would have to come off the flywheel for the shroud to fit and he was correct. Original 301 shroud mocked up. IT FITS! Head off the 301. I need to use it for the height and genny bracket to fit. This is after about 4 hours of run time. I replaced the gasket on it when I painted the tractor in May. There was a large build up around the exhaust valve. This was all cleaned. You can see the buildup around the valve already and all the oil on top of the piston. I can't believe it didn't smoke more! Look at all the oil and crud on the anti fouler and plug. This about 15 min of run time! Head off the 321. Not to bad. I'll give it a cleaning. First coat of paint on the Big Block Paint all done. Pulled off the old block. 51 years of grime! 321 starting to go together All set to drop in. Getting the engine bolted up leaves the lift table free to lift the whole tractor to work on. I had to use the pulley off of the 301. Donor had a larger pulley so I believe it was off of a hydro. All done and ready to test fire. Took about four revolutions and it started right up with out the choke even being on! Just need to fine tune the carb and put the hood, belt and guard on and it will be ready for a run around the block!
  27. 2 points
    Squonk, Maybe he's the reason you needed the genny hooked up to the reefer in a snow storm to begin with.
  28. 2 points
    Just brought her home an hour ago! Ran it through the paces and everything checks out! Now shes coming in the shop to get a good tune up, the Bolens plow taken off and replaced, fluids change, some rewiring, a motor cleaning and a couple of new gaskets, and a good carb cleaning. And maybe some fuel lines. 😁 This is my first hydro so its taking some getting used too. LOVE the hydraulic lift though! Dont know how I lasted this long without one!
  29. 2 points
    I love my hydro. C160 moves great and I also love the lift. My arm would give out trying to lift that plow pushing snow. But I really like that seat. I want one for mine.
  30. 2 points
    The hydro is the way to go. Mowing with my 12 automatic is a snap when you have a yard with a lot of stuff to mow around. Gary PS. Worked with a machine years ago that had a horn similar to that and every time you would blow it it drew so much power the engine would shut off.
  31. 2 points
    Wow, great looking tractor and with a priceless electric clutch and perfect two cushion seat.. $$$$$$
  32. 2 points
    Hey! I found the pic of when I bought the motor at the show. Photo courtesy of @stevasaurus
  33. 2 points
    He needs more panels!
  34. 2 points
    @squonk maybe he could hook you up so you don’t have to worry about your reefer when the power goes out... !
  35. 2 points
  36. 2 points
    The "sleeper" is awake!
  37. 1 point
    Hey guys, I had a question about transmission shifter's for my project. I searched the sight and could not find any info regarding my question. I have a 1961 551 Suburban that I'm trying to do an as close as possible restoration on. I have two, two piece transmissions for it but, I'm missing both gear shift levers. I was wondering if a different model wheel horse gear shifter could be used, if I was able to bend it into the shape I need using pictures. I cant seem to find a shift lever anywhere and I was wondering if this is something anyone else has had to do before. Any help would be great.
  38. 1 point
    Playing around on the 520-H. NO.... I didn't mount the radio. Just wanted to see what it looked like.
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Your ignition points also set the ignition timing so you should use the static timing method to set them. may want to remove the flywheel cover to locate the timing marks and make this easier. Kohler static_timing.pdf
  41. 1 point
    Check the 9 pin molex plug. The wire that activates the solenoid goes thru it along with the charging circuit ect.
  42. 1 point
    Yes indeed! She'll be getting worked but Ill make sure shes well taken care of! Thanks!
  43. 1 point
  44. 1 point
    Years back I purchased several nos triggers. I keep them only for the purest who wants a 100% original engine. All others I convert to the point system. Very reliable. Not that the triggers were bad. They weren’t. Just a high dollar part now. Miller is a talented guy with good parts. If you don’t convert to points I would recommend you talk to him.
  45. 1 point
    You can get used parts from ebay but if thy work they are pricey. Not too hard/expensive to convert to coil and points system....
  46. 1 point
    One of my favorite tractors [non wheel horse that is] 1855 massey I owned this one 3 different times. Did a resto on it 3+ years ago.
  47. 1 point
    953 Nut, I can accommodate. I've got a few pieces that need to be dusted off but pics can be had as soon as this nor-easter blows through. While this "big" storm has the horses stables, I can give you a rundown of what's in the inventory. 420-LSE Suburban 551 Charger V8 Kohler 1076 Lawn Ranger Charger 10 308-8 312-8 416-8 B-80 signed by the man Cecil Pond at the last show he attended before he passed. C-81 I had gotten away from the smaller machines and was toying with the bigger ones antique green on the farm scale. My daughter has after me telling her my story of wheel horse indoctrination at a young age as my grandfather was a dealer, started seeing my appreciation for them. A lot of which revolves around the fond memories. She asked if we could maybe get one for her that we work on together so while she has plenty of mine to ride around on, we are now on the hunt. She as a kid is shooting big, wanting a Senior. I'm ready to jump if I find one close enough but she's been looking at the literature I've collected over the years and is also really liking the round hoods so either way, no doubt there will be a daddy daughter road trip coming up soon to get her first very own.
  48. 1 point
  49. 1 point
    The stacks that Bud Andrews was building are nice and quiet. I'm not sure if he is building them anymore. Picked up a couple of brand new ones from Aldon at Stevebo's meet-n-greet this fall and installed the first one on my Commando. Its definitely quieter than the original muffler which was 50 years old and rotted out near the bottom. These have 1" threads so they would work on a C-160....just not sure a 16 would be a quiet as my little 8hp Kohler. I painted the chrome portion with hi-heat black....chrome just didn't look right.
  50. 1 point
    I lifted the fenders with 1"x 1" square stock and I made the wheels. I lifted them so the fender clearance looks factory
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