GlenPettit

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    RJ-55, RJ-58, 501, GT-14/FEL, C-101, C-141, C-161, (4) 312-8, 416-8, plus parters
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    Round Hoods

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    Eaton Rapids, MI
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    Retired (but busier than ever); former H.S. Voc. Printing Instr, & p/t M.S.U. instr in Pkg. Printing
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    Family (2 daughters; 4 grandsons [triplets + single] & 1 granddaughter), Wheel Horses, Mold making & Casting (Wheel Horse parts), Organic Gardening, [Farm: Sheep, and Nut Trees], Engraving; Scrimshaw, travel.

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  1. Related: All Tire Stores also have a Speciality Tire Catalog under the counter with over 100 pages of speciality tires & supplies, a "Wholesale catalog" it has at least 7 pages just for Lawn & Garden tires and with pictures, plus many more pages for ATV & a dozen pages for material handling tires, plus lots of tire tools & tire supplies. They will let you look at it and they can find the price and order anything you want. I've found prices to be very good/lower often than eBay, and if you pre-pay you may get a 5–10% discount (Discount Tire locally). Also, their service prices for changing and mounting tires is very reasonable if you leave your tire/wheels for a few days.
  2. It's a good idea to have extra protection keeping the dirt out of inside the grease fitting, these Zerk Caps fit all of our Wheel Horse fittings, (dust/sand may be pushed in when the fitting is accidently hit by dirt & bark while in use, especially the front fittings). These are very inexpensive extra protection. For the mower deck spindle fittings, cut the loop/strap off and use only the cap (small opening on belt covers).
  3. JC: The OTC does make soft-tops for the 5xi series of Wheel Horses. Go to their site to see what they do make. I assume, if they had a sale for 50 tops, of the same/similar model, that they would offer them for Wheel Horses, but not sure what color the plastic tops would be. Michigan Glen
  4. Came across this video on the CASE tractor site, the only "soft-side" Tractor Cab company in the US, very detailed on how they are made, in Arlington, IN:
  5. Do a google search: " Rubber Engine Mounts, Kohler, Wheel Horse ". The above original mounts are still available from TORO, $20-25 @.
  6. This Nylint toy set is on eBay right now, but the two plastic toy tractors don't look like they are original, close, but not an "almost 551": (if you go to the ad and use the blow-up window, you can see the actual tractors that are in the trailer much better, attachments are different), still, $195+ is a little too rich for me. Michigan Glen the original plastic toys should look like these: and lastly, this is the absolute very best model of a Wheel Horse I've seen, from Manuel Martinez: http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/topic/86583-welcome-to-the-wonderful-world-of-wheel-horse/
  7. Wheel Horse made a special wrench for those 11/8" nuts: I always use them, I have two, one for use behind the blade on the nut there to hold the spindle securely, and the other wrench on the outside bottom nut, they are 18" long for lots of leverage, and thin enough head to fit behind the blade. There are two different sellers with these wrenches available on eBay right now: Always use a thick grease on the threads so the nuts don't freeze up too tight during use ("grass juice" is like a corrosive glue). As the blade spins, it snugs up the nut tighter. These wrenches were given away free in the 80's with each tractor purchased. (A 6-point closed-end wrench on the outside would be a lot safer and more secure, with a long handle -- or just purchase a 11/8" socket if you have a 1/2" drive set).
  8. Just google them: they have a club that has a meet several places every year, has parts sources and lots of info on Bantam tractors . . . . they are very cute, company made several specialized models, even 'trucks'.
  9. To drill that, a "jig" would be needed: to hold a hand drill perfectly horizontal (up-side-down, handle up) and allow the drill to slide into the core while drilling. Plastic should be drilled very slowly to prevent heat build-up & melting, and brass should also be drilled slowly, best to go all the way thru at one time for alignment. Very likely need to use a "right-angle drill" because of lack of the space between core and rim. It would take many hours to build a secure jig, a lot of work for just one product. Some people have a very steady hand, like 'old' machinists and can hand-hold & eye-ball the drill to do this entire job, (with a sharp & very good $20 bit, I would guess 10 minutes to drill it by hand). Many drill presses can be turned horizontal, but one would still need to build up a jig to slide the steering wheel on and there still may not be enough clearance. Glen
  10. Welcome to Red Square.
  11. Check with "Bakt4kids" in Wauseon, Ohio (419) 337-1548 -- they made and had them a few years ago.
  12. I'm a very strong believer in using Mulching Blades (called Gator, or Commercial), but with the original blades, so you have two blades on each spindle at 90º, giving you more than twice the cutting capacity (Gator blades have a high fin or deflector on their back which helps keep the clippings and leaves airborne for multiple cuts and finer, plus more blowing out force). With a side discharge, leaves have to go through a second or third spinning blade and the smaller discharge gives more force to the throw; using Gator blades with a rear discharge seems to be about equal. Gators cost about the same as regular blades and should be installed just above the original blades, same nut holds both. Having a clean smooth underside also helps a lot with airflow and clippings flow, but mowing reasonably dry material may be most important to mulching.
  13. Dashboard Indicator Warning Lenses These were mainly used on the 80's and later 200, 300, 400 and 500-series tractors, the dash has five red warning lights. Because the rubber bushing holding them in dries & cracks, the plastic lenses often fall out and are lost (rubber restorer annually, or rubber cemented in will reduce this). We have both the correct lenses and bushings (colored lenses, same $), mix-or-match: $1@ or 10/$8 (+shipping). (Always insert the rubber bushing fully in, first) [03/28/17]
  14. Dashboard Indicator Warning Lenses These were mainly used on the 80's and later 200, 300, 400 and 500-series tractors, the dash has five red warning lights. Because the rubber bushing holding them in dries & cracks, the plastic lenses often fall out and are lost (rubber restorer annually, or rubber cemented in will reduce this). We have both the correct lenses and bushings (colored lenses, same $), mix-or-match: $1@ or 10/$8 (+shipping). (Always insert the rubber bushing fully in, first) [03/28/17]