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On my 314-8 there are 4 Phillips head screws holding the shifter panel on. I'm not fond of Phillips head screws, and thought it might be a good idea to replace those with either hex recessed cap screws or hex head bolts. My question would be, what size thread are these Phillips head screws? I could find out rather quickly, but I'm sitting here this morning at work and this occurred to me. So if I knew what size thread they were I could run down to our lab here at work and get the kind of bolts I want.

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Thanks - I don't think we have any coarse thread 1/4, as we mostly use fine thread 1/4-28 thread. I guess a trip to the hardware store is in order.

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I used phillips on my 310-8, but I bought stainless ones. The old ones rusted pretty bad.

I try and use stainless bolts all the way around on a resore anyway. Makes a big difference...

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I replaced all the Phillips head screws. Here's what the shifter panel and the dash looked like before:

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Now here's what it looks like now with the hex recessed cap screws. I didn't have all stainless so, I had to use some black ones:

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And finally, as I have to trailer my tractors a lot, to the church lot, to my mom's place, etc., I've always been concerned about the key vibrating out and being lost. I knew this happening to someone on a JD 111, so I usually remove the key and stick it in my pocket. So I found this little chain and attached one in to the key and the other end under one of the cap screws. Works pretty good:

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I really like the chain idea...might do that myself to my B-100. It seems to have a sloppy ignition and I have had the key drop thru the shift pattern hole.

Mike.......

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Feel free to use the chain idea....I want to add this feature to all my tractors.

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I know this is an old topic. I read it the other day and I liked so I ran by the big box store and bought S/S screws for a 414-8, I also bought some for my c-121 which is missing some.

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I like to use SS button head socketed cap screws kinda looks like more like the Phillips head but have a hex hole for Allen wrenches

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Speakin' of screws, what is the length, thread, on the three [3] screws holding the dip stick base

on the Kohler 14 hp?

Seems ridiculous to use slotted screws on the engine. Very hard to reach or see.

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I can't remember if they are 10-24 or 10-32 by around 1/2" long (I can look later), but I have replaced them with socket head cap screws on a few engines.

If you're dealing with a Magnum single starter, (with the engine still on the tractor) the screws are easier to get to if you remove the drive belt guard.

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Speakin' of screws, what is the length, thread, on the three [3] screws holding the dip stick base

on the Kohler 14 hp?

Seems ridiculous to use slotted screws on the engine. Very hard to reach or see.

They are 10-24 x 1/2" long, I just replaced mine along with the gasket.

Gettin' back to the panel screws, I use 1/4-20 x 3/4" SS Phillips but, I replace the 1/4-20 extruded U-nuts at the same time. Both items are readily available at Home Cheapo or Lowes. I use Never-Seez® on all bolts as I replace them.

Same screws and extruded U-nuts on the belt guard and LH side cover.

My question, "What'll make the black knobs look new?" Mine are weathered but

serviceable, as is my Tach-A-Matic turn handle. I don't think Armorall is up to the task.

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