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New member ...and another old-Iron guy here...with my 1st Wheel Horse tractor.
I was looking for something mainly for pulling an old aluminum boat (18' starcraft) around the property.
Capability to mow and haul yard waste would be a bonus.
2 weeks ago, a C85 showed-up on CL for a song.
He couldn't start it for me and it didn't take me long to figure out why...
This will be a running thread / rolling-restoration as I bring her back to her original, Black-Hood glory!
(DISCLAIMER: I'm an engine-wrencher ...I have the tendency to leave my foot off of the project's gas when the engine starts drinking it!)
This is my first post. Several years ago I bought a c120 auto and have used it to mow and snowplow with great success. The other night in the midst of a snow storm I was in a hurry to get going, and didn't check the oil and didn't give the engine enough time to warm up. Result seems to be a broken connecting rod, since it cranks now much faster than it did before and won't start when it was a terrific starter before.
So I'm looking for ways to repair the damage I've done. I really love the tractor, comparing it to modern ones that feel like tin foil convinces me that I want to fix this iron horse.
I am in southwest Michigan, and looking for help.
thanks in advance.
I recently acquired a C160A and the PO repainted over the factory finish on the hood. The rest of the machine looks to be pretty much original and I like the used look.
My question, has anyone taking off a coat of paint to machine the old finish?
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.
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.