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artfull dodger

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About artfull dodger

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    Aspie tractor nut case
  • Birthday 03/12/1973

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  • tractors
    1968 Wheel Horse Commando 8, Autism Awareness special, Yanmar Diesel powered!
  • favoritemodel
    Commando 8

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  • Location
    Kokomo, IN
  • Occupation
    factory worker
  • Interests
    Model trains, antique garden tractors, RC cars and promoting autism awareness and acceptance.

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  1. Kohler K91T showin' off

    Very nice, I need that type of dip stick set up on the engine mounted to the wood display platform. Getting to the screw in type is a PITA on my little 7.5 gauge ride on train engine that uses the K91T for its power. Mike
  2. Any interest in a large Indiana WH event?

    Not going to be pushing for this to be big horse event. Some poor decisions by the powers that run the show, like trying to charge an additional $10 on top of the $5 to get in just so you can ride your display lawn tractor around is just asinine. Now at the huge Portland show in August where you have to have your defensive driving skills honed to get around the throng of gators, golf carts and garden tractors I understand charging. But at this show with very sparce amount of attendees and plenty of space is just a crock. I highly doubt we will be back. There were some nice garden tractors there, looked to be nice farm tractors, but with the heat and not wanting to be bitched at again, I did not go appreciate those owners efforts. I did pick up a locking throttle cable for my horse and a new muffler for another non tractor project. Maybe another show will grow to be come the Indiana Wheel Horse gathering, but its not gonna be this one IMHO. Maybe when some better attitudes happen in the controling museum that owns the ground. I am not alone in the opinion about the way this show is run from speaking to vendors and other long time attendees among the lawn tractor group. Mike the Aspie
  3. Any interest in a large Indiana WH event?

    Loaded up and ready to head up to Rochester. Gonna be a hot one, stay hydrated for those that are going. Wont be able to miss me on the autism horse and its one lung diesel knocking away. See those that will be there soon. Mike the Aspie.
  4. 512D

    Could be a safety interlock switch not working on the brake/clutch peddle or the PTO switch. Either of those will keep the engine from cranking over.
  5. Kohler's smoking at startup

    And a good days hard work will help loosen stuck rings. Diesels that are not worked hard enough are bad for sticking rings and "wet stacking" as a result. On flat twins, sometimes the oil on start up isnt rings, but valve guides that are worn. They leak oil into the bore while engine sits, then it burns off when she is fired up, as the guides come quickly up to temp, the clearances tighten up and the smoke goes away. Rings that are getting very close to worn out can do the same, but will get worse with more run time. Mike the Aspie
  6. Any interest in a large Indiana WH event?

    While its not Wheel Horse specific, its about as close to the old home turf of South Bend as we can get it seems. I am hoping we can develop this into a yearly mass gathering of Wheel Horses. The couple of parts dealers that did show up last year had mostly Wheel Horse parts. Would really love to see more tractor parts dealers and less "stuff" this year. Show has plenty of room to grow still. Also very nice grounds, super easy to find, right beside US31 and you cannot miss the round barn and railroad caboose. Mike the Aspie
  7. Any interest in a large Indiana WH event?

    I am hoping we can develop this into a yearly gathering of Indiana and close by Horses. I will have my autism horse there and I hope to pick up a second one for my wife to ride this spring. Beautiful tractors BTW. Mike the Aspie
  8. Kohler Block Heaters, Any good Ideas?

    A Kohler not starting in the cold is due for an ignition tune up. Seen it all the time when I was wrenching on these for a living Cold brings out the worst in battery ignition systems. Key switch failures, condensor and points giving up ect
  9. Those proud moments!

    Love it, just love it. I can plow snow in any gear, at idle with my 6.5hp Yanmar diesel powered Commando 8. Only reason I throttle up is the get the cylinder temp up so she stops smoking and doesn't start wet stacking from running cold to much. Need to find the small slot hitch moldboard plow this coming spring. Thanks for posting!
  10. Any interest in a large Indiana WH event?

    Ok, guys and gals, who can commit to bringing some horses to this years show so the gentleman can get an idea, as well if you know someone with WH parts to sell. Lets try to get something started, even if its in a small way this year and build into something really nice
  11. Lets see the snow rigs!

    Here is my Horse, just before the weather turned cold. no snow removal pics, first storm was brutal cold, just plow and get back indoors, second good storm this week, I have the flu and am not going outdoors! Mike the Aspie
  12. Snow plowing

    Mine is a genuine Yanmar 6.6hp diesel and has intake preheater grids like a dodge/cummins powered pickup truck
  13. Snow plowing

    Should be getting our first pushable snow this weekend. Lots like play time on Christmas eve here in north central Indiana. Calling for 1-3 with most melting on the pavement today and 2-4+ tomorrow and sticking. Gotta put the Horse's battery on the charger, has a bad cell and goes dead if I don't run the horse every few days. Got the recoil start just in case though. Gotta love a short frame foot dragger for snow duty, small and easy to get around. With those rubber link chains, I have yet to get hung up in past winters. This is the first winter with diesel power under the hood though. No issues starting so far, even in the teens temp wise I didnt need the intake heater Mike the Aspie
  14. Hot exhaust pipe

    Sounds like its time to pull the head and decarbon the head, top of the piston and inspect the valves and valve seats for build up. If the engine is getting a bit tired, or the carb isnt up to spec, she might be getting really carboned up and this is causing the exhaust valve to stick. Sticking exhaust valves are a common problem on aging engines. A bit of marvel mystery oil in the gas helps but the real fix is to overhaul the engine and get it back to factory specs. This includes reaming the valve guides to remove the carbon that gets down in them, espically the exhaust side.
  15. Any interest in a large Indiana WH event?

    Speaking of Eric! Now is up to the RS group to make it happen. I will bring my horse! This is an excellent place guys for a warm up to the big one out east or for those that are unable to make the long drive to PA. Mike
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