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    C141

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  1. I seldom recommend any tools but am doing so to help out fellow WH owners. I have always struggled to replace tires on riding lawnmowers and garden tractors with the most trouble with smaller tires. Just could not get good leverage on them. I bought a Harbor Freight mini tire changer tool for $30 with a coupon and have used it several times with very good results. It works on the same principle as the large machines at tire shops but is small and manual. I clamp the post is my vise (comes with a bolt down mount which I don't use), mount the tire per instructions and dismount tires and mount them with greatly reduced effort. I have use this tool on up to 8 inch rims so far with good results. I feel I got my $30 worth when changing tires on my Snapper riding mower with 4" diameter rims. The tires were old and brittle but the changer peeled them off with no difficulty. I normally don't buy Harbor Freight tools but tried this one out of desperation and it came through. Has anyone else used this tool? I suspect that the tool may not work as well with larger diameter rims but it is supposed to range up to 12" rims.
  2. 69 wh gt14 steering.

    I searched for a WH steering wheel to replace the broken one on my C-141 but did not find one at a decent price. I did find that a John Deere 3 spoke wheel from a JD 200 series fits perfectly. Both wheels made by same company but differ slightly in appearance. The Deere wheels are easy to find so the price was attractive. Both are 3/4" bore with 1/4" cross hole, no splines or keyway. The original WH wheel used a roll pin in the cross hole. My tractor is not factory original but what is after 35 years? I think the Deere wheel is stronger than the original WH due to the materials used as a side benefit. I once owned a JD 316 and wish I had it back. It had the 16hp Kohler and ran great - a strong tractor. I would trade the GT14 for the 316 (heresy on this site I know) but there it is. The hydro lift and engine combo are hard to beat. The only hit on the 316 is the steering is a bit stiff & turning circle is a bit wide. I have a JD 318 (reputedly best garden tractor ever built) and it has power steering & hydro lift with Onan engine. Great tractor but Onan parts are expensive. If you decide to keep the GT14, you won't be disappointed. Your decision should be based on condition of both tractors & economics as well as which one appeals most to you. Wish you well in your decision.
  3. 69 wh gt14 steering.

    I searched for a WH steering wheel to replace the broken one on my C-141 but did not find one at a decent price. I did find that a John Deere 3 spoke wheel from a JD 200 series fits perfectly. Both wheels made by same company but differ slightly in appearance. The Deere wheels are easy to find so the price was attractive. Both are 3/4" bore with 1/4" cross hole, no splines or keyway. The original WH wheel used a roll pin in the cross hole. My tractor is not factory original but what is after 35 years? I think the Deere wheel is stronger than the original WH due to the materials used as a side benefit.
  4. mower deck

    Will this deck fit a 79 C-141? Live in NE Atlanta so pickup not a problem thanks
  5. Tecumseh trouble

    See the classified ads for a 7hp Tecumseh
  6. Tecumseh 7hp engine in good running condition. Doesn't smoke. New Muffler and air cleaner. Heavy duty cast iron block. Good engine for a restoration project. Will send pictures and more information upon request. Buyer pays shipping cost or can pick up.
  7. My C141 8 speed has been a working tractor all its life and has acquired surface rust on the sheet metal parts, engine tin, and transaxle. I love the restored tractors but wonder has anyone clear coated a tractor to maintain the patina the tractor acquired over 30+ years. Clear coating surface rust on vintage cars and trucks is done to preserve the metal and vintage look. Has anyone done this? What are your thoughts? Should I re-paint my tractor in red or give the clear coat idea a go?
  8. detroit horses

    For the broken steering wheel, John Deere 200 series tractors (210, 212, 214, 216) use a 3/4" hole steering wheel with 1/4" roll pin hole which is the same as my C141 steering wheel. I bought the C141 with broken steering wheel just like your tractor. Wheel Horse steering wheels that I saw for sale cost half as much as my tractor and the cosmetics were poor. The 200 series steering wheels are 3 spoke and have the right wheel diameter and height. The plastic molding is different but both WH & Deere wheels were made by Kelch Corp. I got my Deere SW on eBay for $25 including shipping. Seems Deere 200 series parts are a lot more plentiful & thus cheaper price than WH. I like OEM parts when possible but will compromise with a non OEM part until an affordable original comes along (if ever). Great acquisitions. Congratulations.
  9. After looking for some time for a steering wheel for my C141, I could not find one at an acceptable price. Steering wheels that cost almost as much as the entire tractor had damage and were poor cosmetically. So, looking at my John Deere 200 series tractors I noted that the steering wheels were very similar and that started me thinking. My C141 has a 3/4" diameter steering shaft with a 1/4" roll pin, I looked on eBay and found a Deere steering wheel in nice condition with 3/4" hole and 1/4" cross hole for $25 including shipping. It fits perfectly on my Horse and is made by the same company as the broken original. The wheel diameter is the same and the height differs by 1/2". Both are 3 spoke but the mold differs between the Deere and WH. Guys, don't stone me for owning Deeres. Where I live Deere garden tractors are common but not WH. Had to drive 200 miles to buy the WH but am happy I did. If you are having difficulty finding a WH part, consider whether parts from another brand tractor will fit. Steering wheels, seats, wheels, engines, etc. may fit your Horse. I like to keep original equipment where possible, but this is not always economically feasible. I figure it is better to keep the Horse alive than insist on originality as my tractors are working models not show tractors. Thanks to all for your contributions to this site.
  10. A lot of people choose to clear coat worn paint/rusty pick up trucks to preserve the patina of an old truck. Has anyone cleaned and clear coated a well used Wheel Horse to preserve its patina? My C141 has worn paint and surface rust on fenders and hood so I must decide whether to re-paint to like new condition or try to preserve the tractor as is. Lots of folks who have seen my C141 like its worn look patina. If anyone has clear coated worn paint/rust, how has it held up long term? Opinions please? Re-paint or clear coat as is?
  11. Almost unbelievable just luck

    Guys, lets not trash the John Deere garden tractor enthusiasts. I have two Deeres in addition to the C141. As in all machine types, different tractors have their pluses and minuses. I like the Deere varidrive as it gives 28 speeds (4 gears x 7 variable selections). Nice but my C141 is better looking with 8 forward speeds. If all the Deere guys were after Wheel Horse tractors, there would be a scarcity for WH enthusiasts. Some like vanilla, some chocolate, some pistachio, etc. I find all brands of tractors interesting as the designers took different approaches. Enjoy the variety.....
  12. Steering very stiff question

    I had a D180 that had been used hard before I got it. The front steering system was in bad shape. The vertical spindles that went into the front axle had thrust bearings to make steering easier. There was a flat washer on the bottom of the spindle, a needle bearing assembly (looks like flat donut with cylindrical rollers in it), and a top flat steel washer next to the front axle. My needle bearing assembly was destroyed with all the rollers missing. Since I worked for the Torrington Company who made the bearings, I called the plant and was sent two needle thrust bearings and 4 washers directly from the plant. Steering was great after that. This was over 30 years ago but as I recall the spindles were 1" in diameter. Loved my old D180 but sadly had to sell it when I moved. Use of needle thrust bearing assemblies compensates for heavy weight. The bronze bushing idea is good too, but a thrust bearing should give less steering friction. PS: the steel washers are specials - thin and heat treated to make the raceways for the thrust bearing.
  13. What Happened To Tire Sizes????

    Wife keeps reminding me you get what you pay for. Since she is a well endowed lady with narrow feet, I pay a lot for bras and shoes, but wow, is she worth it! Same goes for everything else in life. Since I like to pay less for most things, I keep having to re-learn this lesson. Sorry the Deestone tires fall into this category,
  14. D Series Engines?

    Did not know my D180 twin had a Kohler engine. I always thought it was a Onan. But my D tractor might have been a D160 with twin Onan. I got it from my employer and had it only about a year before having to sell it. I did replace the starter - just took the tractor model & serial number to the WH dealer and he handed me the starter. But that was 30+ years ago and details fade into the fog of history. Thanks for the info guys. I'll look for a D160 with Kohler engine as I have rebuilt Kohler K engines and like them very much. My D tractor had a hydrostatic trans to the best of my memory. Do all D series have hydrostatic trans? How reliable are the trans?
  15. not all CL deals/people are bad

    Bought my C141 off CL from young man in college who was selling it for his grandpa. Drove 2 hours one way with a good buddy to get it. Tractor was as described and the deck was in better condition than expected. Both grandpa and young man were pleasure to meet. I see a few Horses on CL but most are restored and the price reflects that. Also, with 2 John Deere garden tractors, 1 Wheel Horse, and 3 Snapper riding mowers, storage is a bit of an issue. I'll probably sell off one or two of the Snappers but they are seductive in that they are so simple, cheap to repair and do a great job of cutting grass and weeds so they earn their keep. The wife loves the Snappers so we compromise - me with the garden tractors and her with the Snappers. CL deals have been great for me.
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