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  1. Hello, I recently acquired a wheel horse model # 1-0120 8 with an 8 hp motor (k181). I believe it's a 1973 and has 3 forward and 1 reverse It appears old and neglected but it does start and run. I tried mowing some thick grass with it and it bogged down then blew the head gasket (gasket was already blown but then patched with gasket maker). The blades are pretty dull but I thought it should do better. My John Deere L100 would mow through that with less effort. My question is, should this mower be able to handle thick grass or am I expecting too much? Also, what can I do to make it more powerful? I have areas that are kept mowed but other areas that are neglected and only mowed enough to keep brush from growing. I've looked into pull behind brush cutting mowers but they cost too much. I've never worked on a tractor, only rebuilding chainsaws, but I think I can handle working on it. I've considered: 1. Carburetor adjustments - Probably easy but I've never tuned one on a mower 2. Rebuilding the engine - Have looked at $85 after market kits on eBay 3. Putting on a larger engine - Have no idea what would bolt on directly Basically, I just would like to have a mower that can handle neglected areas without taking too much of a beating. Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. Kohler K181 rebuild

    Hi all, Back in 2011 you guys assisted me with getting my Commando 800 (engine K181) running properly (http://www.wheelhorseforum.com/topic/27577-wet-cooling-fins/#comment-234931 ). 6 years and many happy memories later that little K181 still runs – but she’s tired. She was tired when we got my issues all ironed out. I never did get around to dropping a new piston and rings in it. At this time the engine is down on power and blowing blue smoke - I dont want to blow up this motor if it can be refreshed. I was thinking of sending the motor out – but I decided I will help my 14 yr old son (Willy) rebuild it. Hopefully I can keep the rebuild costs down – and Willy will learn something interesting. a few questions for the group: Is it possible to upgrade the K181 points ignition to electronic (without breaking the $bank$) ? The points are OK - but im wondering if the motor could benefit from an electronic ignition. Are any of you aware of a document(s) of tips and tricks, and/or procedural documents for going through this rebuild process? Thinking of things like: - Gunk motor off before removal & disassembly - Take picture of carb configuration before removal. - Paint inside of motor with this paint / - Paint outside of motor with that paint - Break in procedures. Please let me know if you have any questions that I can answer up front. Any advice you have is greatly appreciated – and yes I will be posting pics as we progress through this. Thanks, Dave
  3. K181 fuel pump

    Looking for a decent, working fuel pump for my K181, off of my 1974 B-80. Thanks.
  4. Kohler NOS Carb - K181

    I have a NOS Kohler / Carter carb and air cleaner (no. 4147804 for sale). This will fit, I believe, K181 applications and perhaps others. Will forward pics upon request.
  5. k181 rebuild vid. links

    Here is the vids of my k181 engine rebuild k181 engine rebuild part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGb47j3nFt4&t=35s k181 engine rebuild part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooUwtDyFjAQ k181 engine rebuild part 3 https://youtu.be/BadTpbNIHkU
  6. I need a starter/generator belt cover for a K181s and also a hood for a round hood. Doesn't matter which round hood it's from, it's for a rat rod project for my 1960 Suburban that has an extended frame anyway and not worth restoring. Hood can be cut or modified and not perfect.
  7. WANTED: Working Kohler K181

    I'm looking for a working Kohler K181 of any variant that has good compression and little/no smoking on start up. I do not necessarily need a carb, generator, or fuel tank. Cosmetics are not a consideration. I would be interested in picking up the engine at the PA show in June (or any other reasonable or local arrangement). Please PM me with any pictures/video and your asking price. Evidence of good compression/no smoke would be much appreciated. Thanks! Tim
  8. Fire coming out of...

    I have a Kohler K181 8HP engine that when it runs, which aint to often, it spits sparks and flame out of the muffler side, up by the head. I assume that it is in need of a head gasket. Where can I get one? What size? All that good stuff! Thanks in advance
  9. K181 Trouble Shooting

    Please forgive the question, if it's been asked and answered. I'm new to the site, and had trouble searching for an answer to my issues I use my Wheel Horse B-80 all year round. It started acting up a couple of weeks ago, first it would die while mowing. I could restart it easily and finish the job. A week ago it wouldn't start and had to use a battery charger because battery needed help. It would run until it warmed up and die like you turned it off. This is not normal for this unit, usually it starts right up, not continuously cranking. At that time I was thinking it was fuel delivery, so I bought a carb re-build kit (gaskets and needle valve), blew out the carb, put it back together. Same thing, 10 minutes and done, won't restart. Bought a new fuel pump, fuel lines, fuel filter, air filter and cleaned the tank and screen on the pet cock. No change. This weekend bought new points, condenser, plug and replaced the now toasted battery. I was able to mow for 30 minutes then it died and wouldn't start. Checked for spark again, nothing. Replaced the coil and was able to finish the days toils, however it did die twice while using it and start right back up. When it dies, it's a complete loss of power. You would think it's fixed, but no. Still dies after warming up. Besides the part listed above that were recently replace, I've also replaced the rectifier, ignition switch and starter solenoid two years ago. Any and all suggestions are welcome at this point, tired of throwing parts at it. I need it ready for Indiana snow. Thank you in advance, Ty Fritz
  10. Engine builder in NW Indiana needed

    Looking for a good experienced small engine builder in NW Indiana/South Chicago area to rebuild a K181 for me. Any leads appreciated.
  11. Really excited about finding this great 854 last week. Planning on spending some time this fall getting her running nice and showing the K181 some love. Planning on restoring the old girl over the winter. I will post progress pictures here as I get the project under way.
  12. K181S Ignition Coil

    I just (almost) finished a rebuild of a K181S on my 876 Wheel-A-Matic. Everything was pretty much going to plan until I realized that I had no spark. My ignition coil seems to be heating up (I assume it's working), but my plug won't spark. My plug was good before the rebuild, but the plug wire was always loose where it went into the coil. Now the wire comes completely out of the coil housing. I cleaned off the end of the wire and the socket inside the coil as much as I could, but still no spark. Is there a way to repair this or do I need a whole new coil/wire set?
  13. K181S Crank Bearing replacement

    So...my 1966 876 Wheel-A-Matic snapped a rod a number of months ago and I've been stumbling through the engine rebuild since. I think I'm finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but I may have finally gone in a little over my head. The connecting rod broke as a result of (or cause of) two worn crank bearings. I've removed the bearing plate side, but am a little apprehensive at what I'm seeing on the PTO side. The large valve/timing gear is blocking me from knocking the remaining crank bearing out. Is there any way of me getting that bearing out short of complete engine disassembly?
  14. throttle cable problems

    Hello Redsquare, I finished my tractor restoration but i realized my throttle cable was messed which is why the machine was not running right. There was always a constant pressure being applied to the throttle because when i originally cut the cable I made it a wee bit to short so last night the new throttle cable I ordered came and so i cut off the only one because it was useless to me and when I wen to put the new one on it is too long even though I specifically bought the one that is for a wheel horse tractor. Now i have to either cut this one and lose the factory bend on the very end of the cable or deal with it being a little too long. It works the way it is now all i have to do is take the excess cable and stick it under the hood behind the grill. any suggestions? This is the only thing stopping me from getting to drive the machine once again, something I haven't gotten to do in 7 or 8 months I AM HAVING WITHDRAWAL HERE!!!! Thanks
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