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About Crow Horse

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    B-80

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    Masonville, NY
  • Occupation
    I pick things up and I put them down.....
  1. I'm Johny come lately here, but one item that really should be mentioned is that a properly prepared powder coating job has better corrosion resistance than wet paint. If it's gone through an iron or zinc phosphatizing process (there are others) the powder will cross link better and in the long run will last a very long time..... There are powders that are wicked glossy (Bike Black - Axalta) and there are special effects that one can create if you have the time and money.....
  2. HF Tire Station....

    Here's probably the last mod I'll do (not promising that)...... I fabbed together a rotating tire spoon/dismount/mount bar tool holder from some aluminum tubing, capped one end using 3/4" plate aluminum. It rotates on a 1/2" thick "washer" made from a slick type of plastic we use at work (but can't remember the type). A 1/2" bolt secures it to the base and allows it to pivot..... I pulled the trigger on the No Mar dismount/mount bar and it really is a work of art. Haven't used it yet but it should make tire changing effortless.......
  3. HF Tire Station....

    Last one....... I'll probably fab up a heavier "centering prop" when I can scavenge the proper materials......
  4. HF Tire Station....

    More.......
  5. HF Tire Station....

    Here are pics of some of the mods I made.... I used aluminum tubing on the center post to act as a bearing. Haven't used it with this mod, but I feel it might be helpful...... I re-enforced the bead breaker both front and back...... I used plastic (strip of polyboard) where the rim sits for breaking the bead........ Used some threaded couplers so I can hang/store the "yellow thing"...... Cut some rubbing matting for the "seat".........
  6. HF Tire Station....

    What you are seeing was an attempt to "steady" the unit. Crude adjusters to compensate for the distortion of the base plate from the welding. I ditched them after I made the small platform....
  7. HF Tire Station....

    They do work well and even better with some minor mods. Can't beat the price especially if you use coupons.....
  8. HF Tire Station....

    I'm not quite sure if this post belongs in this forum so if not, moderators feel free to move it to the appropriate one...... I'm almost finished with a tire station I made using the Harbor Freight mini tire changer and the larger portable tire changer. My requirement was that it could be hitch mounted as well as in the garage, and the mounts needed pivot points so that the changers would remain plumb as well as be solid. This is what it morphed into and it works a treat. I did gusset the bead breaker and did some other tweaks. All I need now is the No Mar dismount/mount tool.
  9. With the lift strut (Strong Arm F4673) installed. I'll probably wip up some backing plates to eliminate any flex of the pan. It works really well.......
  10. I finally got all the parts I wanted to incorporate for this upgrade. I'm not done with it but it's close and is completely functional. I used a flip up seat from a 211-4, replaced the Wheel Horse springs with a pair from a Craftsman tractor (higher spring rate), a pair of silicone caps for spring seats, and a pair of home made extensions to lift the front of the seat bracket higher. It does sit quite a bit higher than with the stock springs but the combination has really tamed the ride. I also added some memory foam under the seat cover. I might add a strut to keep the seat in the up position, fab some better front lift brackets and alter some other minor items but it's good to go and I like it....... Yes, I know I do need to paint the old girl, but she's a worker....
  11. B-80 Clutch pedal bounces.....

    Update..... Installed a new Toro 7473 belt and an idler pulley. Noise has been reduce by 95% and is heaps quieter. The clutch engages really nice, much better than the one it replaced. I'm really pleased. I didn't realize how worn the old belt was. The old idler spun freely but far different from the new one. At this point it's case closed.......... Thanks for everyone's advice......
  12. B-80 Clutch pedal bounces.....

    Thanks guys! I dove into it a little this evening. Pulled the old spring off and it appears that the previous owner had replaced it with something he had laying around, which is just what I did for the interim. I used an old deck spring that was a bit heavier than what it replaced and the correct length. It quieted it down substantially, maybe 80+%. I'm going to replace the belt and inspect the idler pulley. Didn't have time tonight. I also removed the clutch linkage on the left side, freed the trunnion up and installed with anti-sieze compound. I didn't detect any play in the linkage where it goes to the other side. I'll post an update when the new belt and if required, a new idler is installed........
  13. B-80 Clutch pedal bounces.....

    It drives fine. No problems with engagement as well as stopping.When the clutch is depressed it quiets down. The idler pulley was replaced several years ago and spins ok..... I was thinking a stretched belt and/or weak spring......
  14. My clutch pedal bounces at idle and the belt slaps against the guard making an awful racket. The belt (non Toro) is a couple of years old. I haven't opened it up yet but from what I read the clutch spring might be part of the problem. #1014 isn't available anymore. I was hoping someone knows of another source for it? Any other advice will be greatly appreciated.....
  15. Seat Mods?

    The additional height (2 1/4" - 2 1/2") doesn't present an issue?
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