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About ohiofarmer

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  • tractors
    416-8 with Onan 520-H with Onan Raider 10 with Kohler cast iron
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    Raider 10

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    greenville ohio
  • Occupation
    Carpenter and rentals
  • Interests
    Old japanese Motorcycles and quality older things that will last a lifetime.

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  1. Soda blaster question

    I bought a soda blaster a while back from Harbor freight and as of yet have not used it. I recently got a gold Wing motorcycle and the tank is just about impossible to remove. There is a coating of crystalline varnish inside that resembles rust, but in removing the fuel sending unit, it was determined that it is dried fuel and not rust. i was wondering if anyone has tried a soda blaster as of yet and if the blaster is gentle on steel as I do not want to hurt the tank. The tank would take considerable time and effort to remove and the entire rear end, fender, shocks, and possibly the shaft drive would have to be removed.
  2. My new best friend

    i know that this is an old thread, but just wondered if you guys would be interested in a group buy. Someone passing through Ohio on I-70 could swing by my house on the way to PA. BTW, i tried the stuff on aluminum blade spindles. I put it on and forgot about it for 3 months. They came off without damage.I could not believe it A distributor lives close by, and he would get a good price of about ten bucks each for a case of 12. I have tried them all, including kroil, and this stuff is awesome as it sticks on and does not dry up. I probably want at least 5 of them. I would be afraid that the propellant might go away before the product got used if i bought a whole case
  3. We got it made here!

    Super easy to load pictures ,if you are a supporter No one is mean to you if you do not have the knowledge that they do I could go on, but that covers the important stuff. And also, we have Big Red Fred [I told you we already covered the important stuff ]
  4. A few years ago, i came to the conclusion that mulching leaves in place resulted in too rich soil in some areas of the yard. This was due to the way the leaves naturally accumulated in these areas. For the last two seasons, i took the leaves and move them to "thin" areas of the yard and now my yard looks so much better--nice and green all over. Chemical fertilizer is OK to get it green, but there is a fake-looking blue tint that comes with it and the grass grows too fast.Leaves that are mulched gets it green without mowing quite as often The trick to leaf mulching is to pick a dry day when the leaves are dry & just go to powder. I have a rental property that I do not want to mow as often, so to avoid mowing constantly i get a trailer and bring the leaves to my house for even more free fertilizer. I probably put 16"-24" of leaves over the worst part of the lawn in total and it looks so much better than before
  5. I like it as well. Here is an old 1075 seat pan that needs help,sitting on the trash can---just something to practice on.The second picture is satin finish, and the third is wet sanded with 2000 grit and then buffed.. The beat up 1075 pan is sitting on top of a nice c-i41 pan. I did the hood on the c 141, and did it ever POP. The c is gonna look good eventually Satin 2x Rustoleum is very easy to work with. It dries fast and is resistant to runs. Matte 2x is even easier and you can build several coats and sand them in as a base for the final coats which can be satin or even gloss. The gloss is not easy to do, but wet sanding with 2000 grit and then buffing satin will get it close to gloss. The second picture shows what can happen in a day, including dry times, rust treatment and all
  6. 520h

    Another taco bell salute???????
  7. The Big Man!

    Very very cool Quite an experience when the recruiters come knockin' We had that experience and tried to give the best advice we could. It all turned out pretty good, but this is about your son. Congratulations! Despite of what they say, a kid can still work/scholarship their way through school. Our daughter still has a bit of debt, but is also saving for retirement that she started her freshman year. Encourage your son to network with professors on career advice or even tell them if a particular topic in a lecture sounds like something he might be interested in doing research on. That is how research assistants are born. it can pay big bucks as well as take him on a career path he had no idea that he would pursue. .
  8. Buy the tractor--- but check the woodruff key and keyway. If the owner did not keep the hub nuts tight it could blow out the hub and mess up the axle . Best way to check it is pull the hub and examine it [do it right by research on this site] I bought a plow tractor and eventually the key ate the hubs. I plan to rebuild the axle with JB weld and never use it for anything but mowing lawn.
  9. I live about 75 miles from Marysville.Ohio, where they made them for thirty years. It looks like i will get wrenching time in today. I finally got the pins pulled for the carb floats, but have not had the diaphrams off the top. I need to build a carb stand because of the way they are mounted on a common air intake plenum, much like an auto intake manifold. When you do carb work it is important to keep all the tiny bits with the same carbs as Gold wing carbs are not identical even on the same bike., or so i have been informed.I was worried that the carbs might be from an 1100 engine, but after a time, I finally found them to be original to the bike Since the bike has no keys there is a locksmith who can make them with a key code and i have to remove a lock cylinder to get at the code. More time and patience So, it is off to the engine as I need to get some penetrating oil into the pistons and check the all important timing belts. All kinds of damage can happen if the belts break. This bike has 98000 miles, so it is important to see what is left of the engine before putting too much time into the cosmetics. As for the cosmetics, the more i look at it, the more i can see how well it will clean up. At this point, i have more Hondas than Wheel Horses. the Yin and Yang is out of balance Well, it is 6 days later, and some progress has been made. i looked up the stock numbers to see if a key from one of my other bikes would fit, and it turns out that a swapped key will operate the system. Still no luck with even getting power to the ignition key at all.This is when you have to be careful, because a shorted wire can smoke big gobs of other wires in the wiring loom if you burn off the insulation. [i use this procedure on Wheel Horses as well].. So on the + side of the battery, I put an inline fuse holder for an ATC fuse and get out my Harbor Freight fuse assortment and start with 5 amps as they will not allow wiring to burn up in the event of a short. The OEM fuse is a Dogbone style [impossible to find on your trip through the mountains] and should be replaced anyway.Even with test leads nothing was happening. Then I fed the circuts backwards through the ignition circuit and the dash lights responded. Finally, the problem surfaced at a bad main connector close to the battery Now we have power controlled by a key switch and any other gremlins should be easy to fix..One of the reasons the bike was so cheap was that the previous owner believed the charging system stator was not working. I believe that the bad connector was the culprit all along as the charging wire was in the bad connector. It turns out that The nice paint on the tins is a re-paint and has some dirt and defects in the finish.No way would I try for better on an OEM paint that was that nice and original to the bike,but I have been experimenting with clear coat on the C-141 and it should come in handy to improve their overall appearance The carburetor group continues to progress and I bought a steam cleaner from harbor Freight to clean them up. Steam is a big help in that it is easy to see if there is blockage that has not been cleared up. When you blow steam in one jet or hole, it needs to exit somewhere else. Steam also is great for heating parts to make the carb cleaner work better.For example, the carb bowl drain screws were pretty much welded to the bowls. Steaming the involved area resolved that in short order The Chrome continues to clean up very well. Now that some of the wiring issues are resolved, I need to get the gauges cleaned and polished and mounted back on the bike before the project spins out of control. Pictures will come when that happens if you guys are still interested
  10. Time to get out the popcorn.............. Thanks for showing us some tricks of the trade
  11. Well, actually, my bike will look close to that with two exceptions. The rear fender is knackered--cracked in many places and someone tried to weld it with a stick welder. the bike also has a king-queen seat with a bad cover and the rear hoop is missing. Those hoops are pretty spendy. I will take a few before pictures, I guess, but that blue paint that is on the bike compares well to the file photo and the chrome will polish up nicely. I just got it yesterday, so be patient
  12. Yes, and a lot of them are going out of the country. There are people running around buying them and putting them in shipping containers. You have to be patient in working on them. for example, I worked a couple of hours just getting the floats to move on the float pins. Hard to tell how long it will take to get the pins out of the mounting posts/towers without snapping the towers. I am thinking of just using a pressure cooker and fastening a tube as a little steam gun to melt away the tar/ sludge. Sludge and black tar from old gas I can handle. Ethanol residue is much more harmful, The newspapers that were wrapped around the pretty stuff were from 1986, so this one is a time capsule. we will see what secrets it holds. The first wings came equipped with a kick starter in the tool kit and the engine is not stuck, a very good thing. the carb group has the correct markings for the model year, another good thing, as some people thought that carbs from an 1100 cc had more performance. Maybe off the line, but certainly not at the higher RPM's Oh, and it has a fairing, without a doubt a Vetter. I have never seen a Vetter painted to match before this bike fell into my lap. My buddy and wife's nephew is into British buying another bike [BSA} and gave me a call and asked me should he buy this bike. He used his own cash to make the deal before the bike went on Craigslist. A true gentleman, but i did the same for him once The patient work you have to do yourself. With mechanics charging 50-80 bucks, a bike that needs extensive rework is a bridge too far unless you help the project along. Really, it is a lot like a Wheel Horse only much more complicated
  13. Before they became land yachts, the honda goldwing was a game changer. In 1975, when they first came out, performance was the goal, and this big, heavy bike was only slightly behind one other bike in the quarter mile. One found me yesterday for 300.00 and it has a title and always garage kept. The 'Tins' on these bikes are hard to come by and the side covers and faux tank panels are highly desirable in decent original paint. Muffler groups are the same. i could make money on the deal just selling the tins and running the bike. My go to bike has been a CB750, but the 'wing actually comes off the stand more easily and is very easy to balance because of the very low center of gravity. I am sure that there will be challenges in carb rebuilding and then on to getting fire in the hole. Parts are readily available for the mechanicals and I already have nice potential for a decent looking old school bike. Wings of this era weigh about 650 pounds quite a bit different than the monsters of today.The "fuel tank" is not really a tank. Honda put the actual tank under the side covers to lower the center of gravity even more. I have taken a seat on some newer models and they make my hip joints hurt, but the slimmer profile of the 1976 sits as nice as my 750. here is a pic of an example bike
  14. I need non Wheel Horse Advice

    I would find the engine model and serial #s and post them here Briggs usually have the numbers impressed into the tins that are fastened on the motor. You can google "where to find serial number on briggs model [blah bla blah] for results. You could also remove the spark plug to make the engine easy to turn and note if it has a hang or a clunk that might indicate a broken connecting rod or something. I doubt that i would attempt new pistons or rods, because the likelihood is high that the bearing surface of the rod and crank are compromised with a resulting short life. It might be easier to do an engine swap for the time and money involved., or swap maybe the rear end of your mower on another Craftsman with a good engine and bad transmission Take plenty of pictures and use a paint pen to mark the holes that the carb linkage goes in so it can be returned to the correct location.Keep looking along the curb for mowers set out for the trash man. You could get lucky and find a free swap motor. It happens
  15. Thank you so much. I often wondered how to use underline and cross out text, and now I know I saw one on CL in Indiana I believe for 200