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  1. 27 points
    A flock of sheep pass through a gate Virus-free. www.avg.com
  2. 24 points
    Hi all! Finally got around to starting this makeover on my 856. A little background on this tractor (1966 model - don't want to tell my age but you guys do the math), when I was a youngster at about 12 years of age, my neighbor bought this tractor brand new to maintain about 8 acres of property. I was intrigued and amazed at this machine as any 12 year old kid would be. So everytime I would see him out mowing, I would run over to his yard and he would let me mow for him (I know, he was probably a lot wiser than I was), just so I could ride around the yard on this sleek machine. I guess it was a win - win for both of us. Anyway, long story short and fast forward several decades, I ended up purchasing his entire estate after his passing, and guess what came with it. Anyway, after a gazillion hours between the original owner and myself, mowing and hauling and plowing snow, along with my dad maintaining a garden with it for years, I decided it was time to try and give her a new lease on life. She still ran OK, but I could tell she was getting a little tired and cantankerous in her old age and like any fine lady wanted to look young and pristine again. She has always been a true and reliable "work horse", which is what I still have in mind to this day. So that brings me to today, and here I am. I have pretty much completed the engine rebuild (which some of you guys have already provided some assistance in another thread) and have started into the tractor and chassis. This is actually the second go around with this machine, as I kind of did a rebuild back in 1986, just replacing some of the worn out stuff and giving her a quick shot of new paint. To reiterate, I couldn't even begin to estimate how many hours are on this beauty which I have no doubt is staggering, but I refuse to let her go. Anyway, that all being said, I am certain to have a bunch of questions for this undertaking which I am sure you guys have seen many times over and thank you all in advance for any assistance that you can provide. I guess I am limited as to how many pictures that I can post, but I will try to put a few up along the way. This is how she looked before I started.
  3. 24 points
    What do you think... how's it look?
  4. 23 points
    Got my Commando 8 back together today...perfect excuse to snap a few glamour shots . These tractors just look great with snowy white backgrounds!
  5. 23 points
    I got a new horse last fall. I looked a long time for a low hour, newer 314 or 315. Finally found one with 265 hours within a few hours of me. Brought it home, cleaned it up and went through everything and it shined right up. I would highly recommend Forever Black plastic trim dye on tired looking plastic. The next project was the cart. I decided to go with a poly one made by Ohio Steel. I liked the poly over the steel due the low maintenance factor and it got great reviews. Then I built the wood side railings and turned it into a “Toro” cart with some decals from eBay. Finally, I have been searching for a front mount generator for a couple of years with no luck. I found this one on eBay last week that was mid-listed and got a great deal. Mounted it up today.
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  8. 22 points
    I rebuilt this front hich. Hood hinges were worn so pivot was drilled to 1/2" and a new pin made up. Hood stop was worn and I don't really like how the factory put the cotter pins at the ends where the hood hinge hits them so I made up a new 2 piece design. Here are the plans for the pivot pin and hood stop. Oversize hood pivot pin.pdf Wheel Horse hood stop pin.pdf Cleat
  9. 22 points
    nice 50 degrees Sunday to take her out on a cruise !
  10. 22 points
    Finally finished my Wheel Horse themed Kohler engine lamp Here is a link...
  11. 21 points
    It’s a beautiful country…get to know it…what an amazing place More people live in New York City than in 40 of the 50 states. The word “Pennsylvania” is misspelled on the Liberty Bell. There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America in one foot of liquid. There's a town in Washington with treetop bridges made specifically to help squirrels cross the street In 1872, Russia sold Alaska to the Unites States for about 2 cents per acre... It would take you more than 400 years to spend a night in all of Las Vegas's hotel rooms. Western Michigan is home to a giant lavender labyrinth so big you can see it on Google Earth. There’s an island full of wild monkeys off the coast of South Carolina called Morgan Island, and it's not open to humans. There's enough concrete in the Hoover Dam to build a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York City. Arizona and Hawaii are now the only states that don't observe daylight savings time. Boston has the worst drivers out of the nation's 200 largest cities. Kansas City has the best drivers. Kansas produces enough wheat each year to feed everyone in the world for about two weeks. Oregon's Crater Lake is deep enough to cover six Statues of Liberty stacked on top of each other. The Empire State building has its own zip code. The Library of Congress contains approximately 838 miles of bookshelves—long enough to stretch from Houston to Chicago. At 46 letters, Massachusetts’s Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggcha ubunagungamaugg has the longest place name in the U.S. (even though it's based on a joke). In 1922, a man built a house and all his furniture entirely out of 100,000 newspapers. The structure still stands today in Rockport, Massachusetts. The entire Denver International Airport is twice the size of Manhattan. In 1893, an amendment was proposed to rename the country to the "United States of Earth." A highway in Lancaster, California plays the “William Tell Overture” as you drive over it, thanks to some well-placed grooves in the road. The total length of Idaho's rivers could stretch across the United States about 40 times. The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania has been on fire for 55 years. The one-woman town of Monowi, Nebraska is the only officially incorporated municipality with a population of 1. The sole, 83-year-old resident is the city's mayor, librarian, and bartender. The entire town of Whittier, Alaksa lives under one roof. The number of bourbon barrels in Kentucky outnumbers the state’s population by more than two million. Montana's Glacier National Park has a canine "bark ranger" that helps herd wildlife away from high-traffic areas. You can watch more than 100 ponies swim to Chincoteague Island every year in Virginia. In 1943, the temperature in Spearfish, South Dakota jumped 49 degrees in two minutes (-4°F to 45°F), one of the most drastic changes on record. The world's tiniest park is in Portland, measuring a mere two feet wide. The inventor of the Ouija board lived and died in Baltimore; his tombstone stands as a reflection of his achievement. The biggest signature in human history belongs to Texas farmer Jimmie Luecke... The two-mile landmark can be seen from space. There are around 5,000 commercial airplanes flying over the United States at any given time Only one-third of all $100 bills are actually inside the United States. In Colma, California the dead outnumber the living by nearly 1,000 to 1. The smallest county in the U.S., Kalawao County on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i, is also a leprosy colony where a few former patients still live. South Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist in the wild. Virus-free. www.avg.com
  12. 21 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!
  13. 20 points
    New van is finally here. Still hard to believe the condition this thing is in. On top of that previous owner had the whole thing detailed, replaced a taillight that had a scratch in it, took it to his mechanic to ensure all fluids were OK, and drove it to my house and insisted that I drive it and inspect it again and if I was not happy he would give me my deposit back. I cant believe my luck. Those of you who own one of these vans will definitely appreciate the condition of this thing for a 2007. There are a few blemishes on photos but it is some crud in the lens of my camera. The only body damage!One little nick! I don't think anyone has EVER been on passenger side. Springs still have factory tags Fluids are totally clear.
  14. 20 points
    Wish Elon was a Wheel Horse Fanatic
  15. 20 points
    No no no, It didn't snow here in Pee Aaa. It's 55 degrees and sunny. So I felt it would be a good day to remove another one of my dead spruce trees. She fell as planned, missing my holly tree and my neighbors lamp pose and rail fence. The 312 plow tractor was selected to drag the tops to the burn area and it handled the first one although there was some spinning when I got off the stone road and on to the grass that was starting to thaw. The rubber chains on the 312 were just not providing the traction in the mud, so I had to bring out the 520 with the 2 link Vee Bar chains. This did the job in the quickly thawing ground. Anyone have use for a dry 15' spruce saw log....before I cut it up for camp wood? That's 5 down and 15 more to go.
  16. 20 points
    We got 12 plus inches today. Shut down work at 1pm, sent everyone home. Got a chance to play on the 520, twice.
  17. 20 points
    It was such a nice weekend here in my part of Missouri, that I had to get my Cub out for some drive time. I took a couple of pictures of it when I did.
  18. 20 points
    I went today to look at a plow, disc, midmount grader blade and sickle bar. Only problem the guy would only sell it all or nothing. And i really wanted everything except sickle bar. So I ended up getting it all. Probably end up selling the sickle bar.
  19. 19 points
    Tupa was the fourth of 4 puppies. No one wanted to take her as a puppy so we decided to keep her and now she's the only one still alive. She's prone to having seizures every once in a while and earlier tonight was a bad one. She completely stopped breathing, eyes were open, body very limp and her tongue was hanging out long. If you have ever been there when putting down a pet, you will know the look. She had died but my wife gave her CPR for about 10 minutes and she slowly came back to life. She's a bit tired now from her big ordeal but she was walking around and even went out to pee. About a year and 1/2 ago we were told by the vet that it's probably time to put her down as she was very sick with a high fever and wouldn't eat. My wife spoon fed her for 5 or 6 days and she slowly came back as good as new. She still runs around like a puppy every once in while even though she's almost 18 years old. We lost her 17 year old Maltese father about 3 or 4 years ago. Anyway, I'm thankful she made it and proud of my wife for loving her little dog so much. Just thought I'd share a good story about loosing our pets.
  20. 19 points
    I picked up this 1974 C-160 awhile back, I got it to pull the 16hp Kohler for a different mower project, but as time passed I had to bring this baby back to life! Add Ons 16HP Briggs Vanguard V-twin Wheel Horse Plow 5.25" Pulley Off a Hydro Plow/Hitch bracket from Ebay user randy3501972 (thanks if you're on here!) Homemade trailer, can be pulled by tractor, or can load tractor in trailer and pull with truck. Bench seats double as loading ramps. Cheers, Who else has a winter project going?
  21. 19 points
    And the dog says." They get mad at me for making a mess back here and then they load a tractor in ! What's this world coming too? "
  22. 19 points
    1968 Rugg super deluxe with Briggs gen start 7... no attachments. Plow bracket on front but blade now m.i.a along with deck. It was drained of gas and put away right decades ago and found in garage in corner under piles of crap. I thought it was just too cool and bought it out of the estate. Tony
  23. 19 points
    Got this last summer and I'm currently in the middle of a restoration. I can't wait till it's done and will be at the Winamac, Indiana Power from the past! It's not a 653 it's actually a 604. The second picture is a from rim I just got done doing.
  24. 19 points
    Due to the recent temp. increase here in Pa. that has been melting the snow, the increasing river flow has blown up the Ice cover. The Safe Harbor Hydro Dam has the ice backed up and is preventing any downstream movement. As the ice keeps coming downstream it simply pushes it further on to shore. I grabbed a few pics today before the roads are closed.
  25. 18 points
    Craigslist score! I've been looking for one and this showed up less than 5 miles from home. It's been used maybe a half dozen times, only twice by the previous owner. Its complete with the flag and chute handle and 2 belts. Is got nice pan no dents and good life in the shoes.
  26. 17 points
    Different seat, special stack. Racing stripe hood, 6-12 Ag tires on rear
  27. 17 points
    A police officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer says, "I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir." The driver says, "Goodness, officer, I had it on cruise control at 60; perhaps your radar gun needs calibrating." Not looking up from her knitting the wife says: "Now don't be silly, dear -- you know that this car doesn't have cruise control" As the officer writes out the ticket, the driver looks over at his wife and growls, "Can't you please keep your mouth shut for once!!?" The wife smiles demurely and says, "Well dear you should be thankful your radar detector went off when it did or your speed would have been higher. As the officer makes out the second ticket for the illegal radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and says through clenched teeth, "Woman, can't you keep your mouth shut?" The officer frowns and says, "And I notice that you're not wearing your seat belt, sir. That's an automatic $75 fine." The driver says, "Yeah, well, you see, officer, I had it on, but I took it off when you pulled me over so that I could get my license out of my back pocket." The wife says, "Now, dear, you know very well that you didn't have your seat belt on. You never wear your seat belt when you're driving." And as the police officer is writing out the third ticket, the driver turns to his wife and barks, "WILL YOU PLEASE SHUT UP??" The officer looks over at the woman and asks, "Does your husband always talk to you this way, Ma'am? I love this part....... "Only when he's been drinking." NOW THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HAPPY WIFE HAPPY LIFE
  28. 17 points
    Today testing the two way plow
  29. 17 points
    Been trying to figure a way to get an 8 speed transmission from Mass to Maine for about 4 or 5 months... it happened today. Thanks to @JimmyJam and his wife! Looking forward to seeing you in the spring. VERY nice folks! We picked up a roller chassis and some other stuff and got more than I even knew he was bringing up. Some new parts for my C160 build as well.
  30. 17 points
    Booked my hotel tonight for this years show! Missed the 2017 show because of my 25th wedding anniversary so I'm being pro-active and getting all my plans locked in for the 2018 show. Already told the boss (and my wife!!) that I need the time off. Just need the next 5 months to whiz by!!
  31. 17 points
    I've been slowly making my '88 312-8 my ground implement tractor. Last week I removed the seat pan, the shift plate, and instrument plate. I got height adjustment assembly and the right shift plate and instrument plate from A&Z Tractors. I also got new decals for the plates from Terry and rear rock shaft assembly from Lowell. While I had everything off I decided to put a marine hand pump on the fuel line. I had one in the boat box stuff. Cut 6" off the fuel line, put it on, gave it about three squeezes, started the tractor which hadn't been started in about 4 weeks. With choke on, it started within 3 seconds. I think it is going to work fine. Just have to lift the seat and give it a couple of squeezes. Also, moved the seat back an inch and raised it an inch, sure helps with the bad knee. The vendors on this site are some really great people to deal with.
  32. 17 points
    After blood, sweat and tears, the end result.
  33. 17 points
    These are some great historical photos... click anywhere on the right side of each photo to move to the next one RareHistoricalPhotos.pps - Google Slides
  34. 17 points
  35. 16 points
    It would be funny if he did a CL post - "Free Car - You Must Pick Up"
  36. 16 points
    The A-81 is coming along nicely, 5 months down the line I'm nearly there.
  37. 16 points
    Well Guy's, another Grand Daughter was Born last Wednesday, Farmer Alex has 2 Daughters now & 2 step Sons, I have 4 Grand Daughters & 2 Step Grand Sons. When you see Farmer Alex at Big Show, go shake his hand & say Sorry BRF is your Dad LOL Here's Cheyanne Mae Siegfried, Running out of Knee's to hold my Grand Kids,
  38. 16 points
    OK guys, you convinced me. Notice that a "Supporter" logo just appeared by my member ID!
  39. 16 points
    Jebbear Thanks for sharing this rebuild with all us miserably crabby forum members here at RedSquare. I as many others look forward to many posts and pictures of your progress. I am fortunate to have a 50 year old commando 8 with the rear discharge deck and am amazed at how hard it works for me. There are many benefits to becoming a support member here and one of them is that all support members who are registered on my website rec. a 15% discount off all items in my store. But here is the kicker, If you decide to become a paid support member I have a complete set of 856 decals that I will for this project if you pm me your address. Again thank you for sharing and I look forward to watching you get the 856 ready for another 50 years of hard work.
  40. 15 points
    A few warm Feb days permitted a couple winter projects to be moved outside for painting. I made a couple corn hole boards for the boys favorite football teams. Finished the deer head and brought him outside to brush out the curing salts. And even got the new sign painted for Howards mash pole. Seems mine got destroyed during last years storm. @857 horse Where's Howard?
  41. 15 points
    Frequently moving charger around to different tractors and finding a place to set it so the cord would reach the receptacle and battery without tripping on it, I decided something needed to be done. AHA, some used wire fence post and a couple of wheels solved the problem. Marv
  42. 15 points
    Picked this beast up today. Its a '68 in decent shape. Needs a bit of work. Motor supposivly ran last summer. It does turn over. There was a lot of water in the gearbox. Going to change all the oils, clean the fuel system put a fresh plug in and a good battery and see what happens. Choke seems to be frozen, a carb rebuild probably wouldnt hurt. I have a '78 c81, are the mower decks interchangable by any chance?
  43. 15 points
    Hello new to the forum I just bought a 1997 520h with 387 hrs has a snowblower single stage and mower deck its in real good shape i think it just needs a little maintaince. Engine surges hopefully just needs a carb and tank cleaning. Headlights don t work and need to replace a idler sprocket on blower and possible have to replace the lift seal because the snowblower won't stay up it slowly lowers not sure if that's normal because if weight or needs to be fixed. Overall very happy I bought it I grew up using my father's 520h
  44. 15 points
    Just a look at what done so far, still a lot to do. Hub Caps Yes or No?
  45. 14 points
    I have areas of my drive that I can never seem to clean to the concrete because of the blade floating. I like to have the float because I also have a gravel area, and for piling the snow. I have been thinking it would be nice to have a lift link that would allow float, but could be easily pinned to provide down pressure. It was sunny, in the 40's here in Michigan Saturday so it was a good tractor day. This is what I have come up with. With a pin in the hole, we have push, with no pin it's float I'm going to add a spring to keep the link pulled back to the frame when in float
  46. 14 points
    I was cleaning up the lot after the plow truck left yesterday with my 876 at my friend's foster care/adoption agency. I enjoyed some quality seat time for a good cause!
  47. 14 points
    hello most of the old members among you will still know me as a collector from Belgium in the meantime I have been able to pick up my old account again I had neglected it a bit because of too little time. but we are still continuing to collect in the meantime I can still find the following models rj 58, a d 200 first built model with original tiller 50 ", another d 200 later model full of original with mower deck, then we have in france another 1054 found in full original state and is also here in Belgium in the meantime we were very surprised to find a model here. it's nice to be back again vincent
  48. 14 points
    Open a case in ebay resolution center.
  49. 14 points
    Ed can you mail it to me ??
  50. 13 points
    Decisions , Decisions Well I started making my seat for the little Long Ranger and I haven't made up my mind yet. I think I like the red and black better then the white and black. I literally had to disassemble the old seat to take measurements of all the pieces that go into making a seat. I even had to buy a heavy Industrial sewing machine that would handle the fabric thickness. I've already made the seat for my 1054 and it really came out nice. The material is all UV anti fade and the thread is all UV poly thread. I'm trying to find the right density foam for the seats, not only is it hard to find but it's quite expensive. The pleats in the seat I've had to sew in 1 inch spacing but I'm looking into buying pressed pleats to make it look more natural. I'm in the experimental phase right now. Trying to see what I can do to make these old seats, But trying to make them look natural or original is impossible because the fabric is no longer available. The old seats where embossed pleated vinyl fabric. there is no foam in the lawn ranger seats yet. That's why there sort of flat. But they were made to last. The last pictures are my 1054
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