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  1. A little history & some pics of our family's tractors... My grandfather purchased our first Wheel horse on 05/31/1979 when I was 14 years old, she was a brand new '78 C 81 eight speed bought from Baehre Ford Tractor in Allegan,MI. She came with a 36" rear discharge deck & new 10 cu. ft. dump cart, a 42" snowblower & wheel wheights were purchased a few years later. Fast forward 30 + years later I decided to "Retire" her & replace her duties with a "79 C141 I found locally for $350.00. She came with the same deck & a very well fabricated belly blade from a John Deere...(sacrilege) The plan was to to use the C141 while I rebuilt the C81, then I could leave the mowing to the 81 & the blowing to the 141... Well, the best laid plans of mice & men often go awry & I am no exception, between work, raising twins, remodeling the house, snowmobiles, quads, jet boats, cars & flying monkeys, life happens! So, this year I decided to add another carport & a plow for the Wheel Horse to my arsenal against Michigan winters, both arrived too late as we got hammered early this year. Now that they are both complete all the snow has melted, with nothing but rain in sight. (I'll take it!) Anyway, with a one day break in the weather & renewed enthusiasm in the horses I pulled the C81 out of the barn and brought her into the shop yesterday to keep her younger sister company while I work on her. No snow, but I did manage to pick up a whole trailer load of sticks & try out the new plow on a mole colony... The snow pics are from around early December...
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  2. LOTUS = Lots Of Trouble Usually Serious BTW, The submarine car in 007 The Spy Who Loved Me was a Lotus Esprit..
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  3. Thanks guys, just a kid at heart, still like playing with little red tractors,& little British cars,had to get the MG to keep the Lotus company.
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  4. Time for an up date.....It's getting close to finished. Still undecided on the decals. Maybe a CRAZY HORSE?
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  5. Afternoon gentlemen had some free time today, so I fabricated a new muffler for my C-81 using a propane tank, and a variety of pipe fittings 3/4" and 1" from Home Depot. I used the existing mounting bracket off the old (shot) muffler as well as the end Tip otherwise everything is new.... The 3/4" pipe inlet and outlet were "brazed" on with an oxygen and acetylene torch. I also drilled several rows of holes all around the part of the 3/4" pipe that went into the top of the tank and closed the far end (welded a nut across the opening). End result is that it sounds almost exactly like the stock muffler now we will see how long it holds up.......NOTE: The tanks have two (2) spring valves (like the one's in a tire tube)..... they are a bit deeper then the one's in a tire tube so I took a piece of steel rod (same size as the hole) took my small cut-off tool cut a fork in the top of the rod inserted it into the tank valves screwed the valves out and then blew-out the tank with my air compressor. Note: you can also depress the valve with a small screw driver and get like 98% of any gas out. Like anything else you do have to take pre-cautions and be very careful. You could also fill it with water after the valves are out and then drain.
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  6. AWESOME Ed... ...can almost hear...born to be wild blaring in the background.
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  7. Well guys, I know I'm going a bit slow, but I've finally have it 98-100% torn down, of course, the tires will come off of course, just leaving them on just for moveability, and i MIGHT take off the steering components, but I'm not too sure, may, may not. Time will tell. But, I am pretty much at the power washing phase, but of course....its winter....gotta figure out how to get around this one.
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  8. 1972 MKIII MG Midget, I think it will hold a 60" deck no problem!
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  9. Hello, Just joined the other day decided to become a supporting member of this GREAT community tonight, as I have already found the files & threads very useful ! Will start a separate thread of the history & pics of my family's "horses" in the Wheel Horse Tractors section for all you pic hounds... (me being one of them,lol). Thanks to all in advance, Bdad
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  10. Hi all! I'm a new member from Sweden taken the first ride of the year just yesterday. I have a Commando 7 which I am upgrading in a very slow pace to a Commando 8 buying one piece at the time as they pop up. I've just finished a transmission overhaul, replacing wheel axles, seals and bearings. Thanks to Terry M for supplying the axles, I could not have found them in Europe. Currently the seat is at the upholsterers. I've got a seat cover with slight damages from Fun Engineer, thank you very much. The cover will be used as is or as a template, it is not decided yet. Also, I have new bolted front wheels laying around waiting for mounting, that might be the next thing done to this horse. Best regards, Johan
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  11. Very cool car! - Kinda James Bond-ish... HHHMMM...I'm thinking again, which is always dangerous... POTUS = President of the United States SCOTUS = Supreme Court of the United States LOTUS = ???
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  12. A big thank you to weelhrse for selling me these next town away from me. I cleaned/waxed them before work earlier even tho they were already shiny. Def lucked out.
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  13. Nope, it has the half elliptical springs... Some MG'S did have quarter elliptical springs though... I'm thinking all 3.... But I would have to drop a V8 in it though....Hmmmm....
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  14. Thanks, they are just workers, but I love them. The C81 being VERY sentimental.
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  15. If I don't see anything else at the Big Show , I have to see the "Low Rider" . Ed you do amazing work.
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  16. That was my thought too Cleat. Right where I would want it is right above a workbench like Toms where I have a bank of cabs. Guess I will have to do a total re-arrange which needs to be done anyway to clean out junk I don't use or need. I should redo some shelves anyway and build heavy duty ones like I saw at Shynon's . Few pics here.... Will take out that small slider and open it up to the top of the bench and about 7 foot to the right. Find a different place for the cabs. I will have to header out for it and peel the steel siding off and rework it but that shouldn't be too big of a deal. Suggestions on the window type guys...some type of vinyl??? While I am at some more pics
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  17. A couple young police officers are my neighbors on the other side so I feel pretty good about that. I have a similar story to yours. My oldest son was home for college over the summer and took one of my old clunker cars out for a spin. My cop neighbor saw him driving it around town and didn't know who he was. He pulled him over and I happened to come upon them in a shopping center parking lot. I, of course, assumed my son was having too much fun in the Torino but my neighbor said he only pulled him over because he didn't know the guy driving my car. That was small town service at its best!
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  18. Some of you may know I was lucky enough to inherit my shop/garage from my late uncle who was a car guy. He had four 30 X 42 windows that let in a nice amount of light. Unfortunately, when his daughters sold his adjacent home it was to a landlord who is currently renting to alleged drug dealers. They haven't given me any trouble in the 18 months I've owned the garage but I don't trust them. To keep the windows but increase security I made internal shutters out of 3/4" plywood and barrel locks. The side of the plywood that faces the windows I painted a dark color so it just looks like a dark interior of a building when closed. When open it gives me full function of the windows. Exterior View Inside view closed Inside view with one side open It gives me extra piece of mind while I'm gone since I live a few miles away.
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  19. Blasterdad Nice tractors and a great looking garage. Set up for the working man and his projects.
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  20. Nice job, and you can still get to the points...
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  22. Rotella is excellent. Also use straight 30 weight. Grandsons "need" shop time! Grease guns used lots, oil changed frequently, belt dressing used a lot! Got to keep the boys busy! We kids take occasional rides to the local small aircraft airport; 100 Octane, Low Lead, Zero % Ethanol.
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  23. I've seen a couple come up for sale before... none were of as nice condition as that one seems to be. Don't think you should be dragging your feet.
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  24. I've seen those before. They are a belt drive PTO for large stationary implements. The pictures I've seen of them in use are running an elevator to put hay up in the barn.
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  26. Welcome another Michigan guy. You will find that there is a great wealth of knowledge here for the wheel horse. All the post and manuals you could ever read for help. Best stable in the world for .
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  27. Reminds me of when my Grandpa got his first iPhone from the company he worked for and discovered texting. He asked me a question and I replied back "IDK" took him a bit he finally replies "What does IDK mean?" So I spelled it out for him "I Don't Know" his next reply was priceless he said "What do you mean you don't know you're the one that sent it to me!"
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  28. Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. Already found a lift spring (ordered) and rerouted my blower belt correctly thanks to your help. I'll be using, tinkering, and beautifying her and will be sure to keep ya'll updated!
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  29. I painted the spokes and used truck bed liner on the rim. I love the end result. It has a great feel and being a bed liner it's pretty tough. I've used Dupli-Color in the black can and Rustoleum and I didn't like them as well as the Dupli-Color in the blue can. It's not glossy though.
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  30. Looks like we survived here. We got about 1/4" or so. I stayed in most of the weekend. I'm sure tired of eating bread and milk though.
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  31. Found some old pics of my dad's tractors. Thought I would share a few. I think this one is possiblly a 704 or 854. He seems to remember owning a '64 model of some kind. Dad sold new Chevrolets and Buicks at the local dealer. That's a new '65 Impala in the drive and my mom's '62 Nova in the garage. This pic would be 1964-65. Oh, and that's me in the dump cart.
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  32. My shop is about 8 miles from where I live in a tiny community and I am a little paranoid as well. Only one window with the bottom about 6 foot off the ground. Blinds on it too. I have good neighbors though that look out for my shop. My son and his buddies went out there to drink a little beer one night and didn't let the neighbor know, they were met by Zach in his underwear and a 9mm! They let him know from now on! Randy
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  33. Here's a couple more from a friend's place across town. He and I were just talking when he was here for Christmas about something needs to be done with the trees. And your right Jim that is the worst part it sounded like a war zone down our street last night between trees breaking and transformers blowing
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  34. Gotta have one!...thanks Tom!
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  35. The window. Good luck Jim!
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  36. Thanks Lowell. That drawing puts things in perspective.
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  37. It's easier to adjust it in the 'raised' position, then lower it and try it out. Trial & error. Owner's manual says 1 1/2" from end of eye bolt, but I found 2" to be better for the snowblower. The assist spring makes a big difference for the first few inches of lift, but after that you're lifting too much weight with no 'assist'. Most of the time I only need to lift the unit a few inches, not all the way up. So I cut a new notch in the slide for the lift arm. It locks into place with the unit about 3" off the ground. Jim
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  38. Jim I think you are correct about the ones listed on E-bay.They most likely are from him, as are most of the new specialty items that are listed there.If you go straight to his site the prices there are lower plus he uses Pay-Pal so its just as convenient, he doesn't have to deal with the fees and passes the savings on.
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  39. www.WheelHorseMan1000.com). Very cool site,reasonable pricing for hard to get parts.
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  40. Yes, we have those 'exact replacement' Springs, they are extra strong (in Venders section). Also, two of the Hardware Store Springs will certainly work, together, probably almost as well as the heavy original. Lowell Scholljegerdes in MN is making the "Flags", and a lot of other 'hard-to-find' WH parts, also check his listing of all of the replacement parts he has down in the Venders section ( or www.WheelHorseMan1000.com). Glen
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  41. I did this to my blower, found a spring at ACE, not much different from a "hobby Horse" spring hooked one side on the cross bar and drilled a 1/4" hole on the lift bar. It work fine. I do like the twin spring set up.
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  42. Thanks JAinVA! My flag has an eyebolt attached. I totally understand where you mean about the front foot rest bar. Unfortunately the manual I have only says that the assist spring is an optional item, but no mention of where the spring attaches too. You made the instructions a whole lot understandable. Thanks again!
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  43. Glen also has the flag with the lift spring clip welded to it.He has an amazing line of replacement parts available and I for one would highly recommend his products.If you decide to get the parts you describe then the spring attaches to the flag and front foot rest crossbar.JAinVA
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  44. I hear ya Jay...I don't have internet at home, too $$ and I'm too cheap...rather save the $$ for horse nonsense!! 'Sides I have plenty of it here at the shop... almost makes me want to come to work...NOT. Poor reception at home on the Samsung ...damn steel roofs... so if I need my RS fix at home I bust out the tablet or the wife's ancient laptop (she chuckles when I fire it up) set the phone outside and hotspot it! Just not the same tho!
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  45. Hate it when that happens, glad you got it going again.
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  46. We've all been missing our roadapples fix too Jay... glad to hear your back on the line.
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  47. I found the same tread tires and correct size on ebay for your rear tires. They weren't made by Dico. I'll take a pic of the tires and post it.
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  49. My first . 1968 Commando 8. Pics are from 1993. I told this story on another thread a while back but I'll share it here briefly. I just found these old pics recently. My dad bought this tractor new, traded it in on a new 1973 12 HP, local guy named Johnny bought it from WH dealer, sold it to my uncle, and I bought it in '93 from him. I overhauled it with help from local WH dealer who was my neighbor at the time. The mower deck was pretty well shot, parts to rebuild were expensive and I needed it to mow, pushed snow with it that winter, sold it to another neighbor, and bought a good used '77 B-80. I didn't know at the time it was my Dad's old tractor, just discovered this last summer. I asked the neighbor (who is also my boss now) if he still had it. He said he sold it about 20 years ago, doesn't remember who to either. I'd a kept it if I had known it was Dad's old . The last photo with the deck on was exposed wrong or something. I took these with an old 35MM camera. I've got more pics of the tractor in pieces if y'all wanna see them. Just don't want to over do it here. And thanks for the compliments. Todd PS: yeah that's me again!
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  50. I just wanted to chime in and say that visual effect with the lighting in that first pic is awsome.
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