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Tuneup last won the day on August 27 2016

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About Tuneup

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  • Birthday 01/12/1962

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    Douglasville GA
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  1. k301 carbon build up under head

    After I was sure mine would run unaided and all was well, I fired up the deck and put a good load on it for about 30 minutes before changing the oil and inspecting it. Seat those rings and you'll have the satisfaction of a job well done.
  2. “JackRabbit”—Caleb’s 418-C

    Wonderful read and Caleb is very lucky. A dad with that talent and the will to share it is special, especially nowadays. My Dad had NO mechanical talent. He could paint a house and put STP in the Rambler and Ford crankcases and that was it. His thinking was that I could be no better but I got my Mom's dad's know-how. My learning as a teen was to understand that when my 10-speed shifting wasn't right, be quiet about it and play with a screwdriver until it was right (as long as Dad didn't see) or Dad would cart it off to "Andres" and it would be gone for a week. A 70s kid could not be without a bike!!! Fast forward to 14 and he gave me his 2HP Briggs he could never get to start well for shop class and I had it idling in the driveway when he drove up. Heavy flywheel made it putt-putt on the frame, lightly shaking it. He had that 'What the He$$!" look on his face. How could a son from his loins do that? It's a darn shame he didn't last past my 16th year or he would have had fun learning it all from me . Now, my 21 year old is into Mustangs so dropping a T5 together and replacing a clutch is a full afternoon and quite an experience for us both. Just communicating all those shortcuts learned over the years is a great treat. Great read, thanks!
  3. 96 hood decal mystery

    Olds? Looks like a Monte Carlo to me. 1972? Swivel bucket seats?
  4. New to me 552

    Yes, Welcome!!! Also another Georgian here, and I hope you were able to get clear of the snow last week. We might want to start converting our mowers to throwers. I'm out in south Paulding so SE of you. Wallfish has it right - that pic is a perfect example of a techy carb - exactly like the one on my old 6 HP minibike in the teen years long ago. I had my dad for 16 years - wish he had seen that I was handy - he couldn't replace a door knob and didn't think I could either but the few tools he had always ended up near me and some project - a wonderful dad. Sorry for your loss and I trust that you value your time with him greatly.
  5. Bucking horse!

    pabird It's always best to start from square one and for this issue that is to replace the belt with a new, uncontaminated fiber belt. Go to the 3 pulleys involved and scrub through any contamination. I'm sure there is some. Nothing to rub the belt but clean and shiny metal. Ensure that no fluids had them contaminated and remove the source of it. Prior to that model design, the cylinder wasn't in place. If the non-cylinder was OK for 25+ years, it must have been OK for engagement and the cylinder is simply an improvement. In this litigious world, it may have become necessary - who knows? In the end, something's grabbing and must be found and smoothed.
  6. Carburator help with the Raider 12

    I got mine at the blessed Ace Hardware. Two stacked and all the play is gone. Good luck!
  7. Yesterdays Haul

    I'll always come out of the trees to acknowledge the saving of black hoods. Good on ya!
  8. Barn rescue 856 running roughly

    Hey Dead-dude - I was taught that it's always ignition first and, though this sounds like fuel starvation, you've gone though it pretty well for that. What about a hot coil? I don't know what coil this has but, if external auto coil, could be the wrong one (no internal resistor). If a magneto coil, hot breakdown. I don't know what else to offer. My old Honda 550 behaved this way. After about 10 miles in the GA summer, she'd drop to 2 cylinders. Put her aside for an hour and fine again.
  9. Barn rescue 856 running roughly

    You said in your OP that it was changed gas but it almost sounds like it's ingesting water as well. Why not buy some fresh fuel, hang a nice can above the carb and put a fresh line to it for a nice new gravity feed. Take the entire fuel system out of the equation - and you get to see how thirsty these things are. I use a 6" PVC cap with a brass fitting screwed into its center. I have the wife hold it above the carb - one of her many handy uses. If it runs well on nice fresh gas, it's not the carb.
  10. Fun with a Sawall

    I hear ya! We bought an old Kawasaki (1980 KZ750) and just broke the bead on the rear to replace it - green slimy goop everywhere. We have yet to do the front and, given that adjusting pressure gives us bubbles from the valve, not looking forward to it.
  11. Wiring problem

    My 125's ammeter was corroded and was still open after cleaning - tossed and replaced by a nice shelved Stewart Warner Stage III from my Olds. Cut the extra hole (had no hour gauge) and added the shelf's voltmeter. All she needs is a tach and it's off to the drags! You'll have fun with the wiring...go through it all no matter what the Horse or you'll regret it.

    Good question! I always had to ohm mine out and scribble on a sheet - always in too much of a hurry to document it online. Having something available would be great.
  13. poor charging above idle

    I like the instruction - Do Not Use Megger. You just don't see that kind of stuff anymore. Heck, I haven't seen a megger since the mid 90s and I'm in the test equipment calibration business!
  14. Transmission Died

    Need an update on this - was it the key??? Yes, Steve-Os videos have helped me assemble 2 8-speeds, the most recent yesterday... Thanks! The ringing phones in the videos had the kids looking for their cell phones - too funny.
  15. New member

    Well taken care of. Is there sag on the front of that deck? Can't quite tell but it would be a linkage look-see. Shouldn't they be a little higher front to back? Excellent score! Welcome!