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About Graydon

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  • Birthday 04/22/1961

Wheel Horse Information

  • tractors
    1972 Raider 14, 8 Speed
  • favoritemodel
    Raider 14

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  • Location
    Southampton, Hampshire, UK
  • Occupation
    Was Retired. Now Garden Services
  • Interests
    Vintage and Classic Motorcycles

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  1. That's the tractor finished at last, time to continue with the re-build of the cutting deck.
  2. Hi I'm looking for a decent pair of Raider 14 rear wheel hubs, 1-1/8" diameter
  3. That's from my teenage years as a biker, it's a "cut off", worn over the top of a motorcycle leather jacket.
  4. This is my Raider 14. I purchased in October of this year from West Wales. It had been standing unused for at least twelve years. Over the last twenty years or so I've restored a number of motorcycles from the 1970's, however, this is my first garden tractor project. I purposely chose a Wheel Horse, as they seemed to be one of the better vintage garden tractors from the 1970's era. Once the restoration has been completed, hopefully by March 2018, its then my intension to use the tractor and mower in connection with my little business. If I can achieve a decent restoration I would also like to consider showing. Starting off from a non-running restoration project, its certainly so far been quite a challenge and a learning curve for myself. The main issues I've had, have been finding out that just about everything wasn't working, being worn out and broken, has been trying to find a reasonable supplier of spares here in the UK. Although I've recently posted the progress in another area on this site, It has been suggested to me to start a new thread here. From the original post, I would like to thank you everyone for your offers of help and support I've had to date, its been much appreciated.
  5. Hi Ken,

    I see your in Lymington, not very far from myself, as I'm actually located on your side of the Southampton water.

  6. Hello From Southampton, UK

    Hi, These are my first posts on here, so I'm fumbling around in the dark a little. I'm not too sure how to start a new thread, or where it should be done. Thank you for the complements. I could have taken it to be shot blasted and powder coated, however, in my mind it wouldn't then be my own work. I would like to keep my Raider near to original as possible (except for the cigar lighter socket), fortunately I managed to unfold the top seam on the muffler. I was then able to install a new perforated stainless steel baffle pipe together with new wadding.
  7. Hello From Southampton, UK

    A Big thank you to everyone for your offers of help and support, its very much appreciated. I've posted some photos of my raider 14, starting from when I purchased on October 8th 2017 up to the present day. She did initially look in reasonable condition, however, hadn't been used in over twelve years. Although she looked reasonable, time, negligence, combined with the damp welsh climate had taken its toll, so absolutely nothing functioned. The only bonus was the engine did turn over freely by hand and had compression. The "toe out" on the front wheels was so excessive, it was near impossible to push her up into my van. Hopefully now fitted with new adjustable tie rods and new front wheel bearings, there should be a vast improvement. I'm not going to bore everyone with a complete list of all the repairs so far to date, however, I did manage to save a considerable amount of money by dismantling the starter solenoid and repairing the inner workings. This past week or so, I've been completely stripping the cutting deck and have welded all the cracks, splits and unwanted holes in the cowling. I've also needed to order all new cutter bearings and spindles, plus a new drive belt. Unfortunately yesterday the carburettor had decided to start flooding, the big worry being fuel pouring on to a hot exhaust! Then to top that the starter motor packed up! Luckily, only new brushes needed. Can I buy any in the UK? not a chance, I did however, managed to find some in the US on EBay, although, the shipping was more than the cost of the brushes. Unfortunately, I managed to ruin the nice new paint on the starter motor, very annoying. IMG_2276.MOV
  8. Hello everyone from "Old Blighty" (England). This is a bit of a cry for "Help!". I currently restoring, from the ground up a 1972/73?, "Raider 14, 8 Speed". The main problem being, every time I need any spares, I can only find a reasonable supply of parts in the USA, therefore its costing me an absolute fortune in shipping charges. I've so far not been able to locate a reliable supplier of parts here in the UK. I'm now getting close to the point of giving up! Can anyone please help?
  9. throttle linkage

    Hi, Did you manage to get a diagram? if so I could do with the same please