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I was able to get the PTO removed from the parts tractor today and install it on Blackbeard only to find out that my power wasn't making it past the switch.  12v going in only about 2 making it out.  So, when I have more ambition, I'll see if the switch is indeed bad or if it is just the connectors are corroded....

 

It was fun to hear Zach ask to take a ride on his tractor and be able to tell him yes.  We jumped on it and he drove me all around the yard.  His is getting the concept of driving more and more every time he is behind the wheel.

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My lovely wife is an OR nurse and has been for over 15 years.  She is on call this weekend and got called in last night.  So, I decided to go out and monkey with Blackbeard some more.  I cleaned all the terminals on the PTO switch but I still got a zero current pass through reading to the PTO.  If you read the beginning of the thread, you'll see that the PTO was missing when I bought the tractor and all the wiring in that circuit was fried.  I have replaced all that wiring and I hoped the switch was still good.  No dice.  Have I said yet that I'm glad to have a "parts tractor".  I crossed my fingers and tested the switch from that tractor.  IT WORKED.  :greetings-clappingyellow:. The PTO is on and the wires are all hooked up.  I have two questions though:

 

1.  Is there an air gap setting for the PTO and if so, how to I set it?

 

2.  I only see one fuse for all the electrical system.  Can I put a fuse between the switch and the PTO or would that just blow everytime I turn it on?  My thought is to protect the switch from cooking again if the PTO fails...

 

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The pulleys are original but the magnet, field coil, and bearings appear to be much newer.

 

Another point of interest--I put up two large fluorescent lights in my shop today.  What an improvement!  Now I can work at night and actually see!!!

 

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My lovely wife pointed out, "your shop has always been messy, now you can SEE that it is messy!"  Thanks Hon! Time to clean and organize...

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You should have a 4 position ignition switch. The ACC position will allow use of the lights and PTO. This circuit should be fused and will prevent meltdowns if there is a malfunction.

If I remember correctly, it uses a 15 amp fuse.

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Now that I have a functioning PTO, I have turned my attention to the deck.  Overall, this thing is in good shape for being 46 years old.  The gauge wheels and bolts were not surprisingly shot.  The tensioner pulley had no bearing left in it anymore but the spindles, bearings, and main housing all seem to be in good shape.

 

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what i find fascinating Is the condition of the paint on the deck under the tractor.  I just wish I could've gotten this tractor directly from the original owner where it had been stored inside.  I can only imagine how sharp everything would've looked.  

 

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I have to pick up a fresh PTO belt and put a new tensioner pulley on then sharpen the blades and I should be ready to test it. 

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This whole, being laid up with a back issue:auto-ambulance:, doesn't work well with progress on my little tractors.  However, I'm excited to take the next step on Blackbeard (Someone should find me a pirate emoticon!) once my body will allow me to.  I have some questions with it though and would greatly appreciate any suggestions.  You guys have been so helpful already with all the horses in my "stable".  Many Thanks to all who have been involved.  :text-thankyoublue:  It will be fun to show my son in years to come when he can read, all the help that you guys have given us preserved right here in this thread!  

 

SO---Since I can't work on the tractor right now, I can at least think and plan on it!  How many, if any, parts are available for the GT-14 from Toro?  Can I go to their website and find a list of available and/or obsolete parts?  I'd like to get my hands on some of those little handles for the hood latch and the S/R lever.  I'd also like to find a good center cap for the steering wheel.  I would hope that Toro still handles the drive, deck, and PTO belts.  :think:  I'm planning on making a metal dash and tunnel cover and then installing a factory looking decal over it.  Do you guys think that is a good idea?  Any potential problems with that?  I'm planning to change the headlight and tail light bulbs to LED's.  I did that on the Dxi and I'm always amazed at how much brighter they are and substantially less heat emitted.  Please share your thoughts on any or all of these things...

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2 hours ago, PeacemakerJack said:

dash and tunnel cover and then installing a factory looking decal over it

 

 

2 hours ago, PeacemakerJack said:

center cap for the steering wheel.

You can get them here; http://www.wheelhorseforum.com/forum/54-glen-pettit-restoration-parts/

Hope your back problems are minor, lots of us have had spinal surgery.

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Tonight, I moved Blackbeard into the main garage tonight and realized it was the first time that I had him next to "RED" (my Wife's Dxi).  I thought it was a cool pic with the biggest model of the WH line in 1970 and the biggest of the ToroWH line about 30 years later!

 

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I purposely turned on the headlights on both tractors to show the different between the VLEDS in RED vs the old incandescent bulbs in Blackbeard!

 

cool stable mates I think!:wh:

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I've heard it said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different end result!  Blackbeard has been running very well this spring and so Zach and I decided to use him to cut the lawn last week.  We were cutting for about 20 minutes and it was going great.  I was very happy with the cut quality and Zach loved riding on his tractor.  I was busy thinking how cool it is that he will get to have many memories on HIS tractor as he grows up. Then when he is ready, he can take it with him into his adult life!  All of a sudden, I turn a corner with the wind to my back and get a big whiff of HyTran!!!:blink:  I look behind me and it is spraying everywhere!  So I immediately shut it down.  Sure enough, the hose mentioned in the above post had blown off and was pumping the fluid out!  We towed it back to the shop with RED (towing valve open) and there he sat!  Zach wasn't happy about that and neither is my wife given the 100' long brown "J-hook" in the back yard grass about 4" wide!  HyTran does make a great weed and lawn killer although I wouldn't recommend it!:angry-nono:

 

Today, I decided to work with the boys and replace that hose completely and get in some quality time with them...

 

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There is the culprit! The PO had put those clamps on there and they didn't like to hold...

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I wanted to make the change as easy as possible and so I removed the upper tunnel cover, side shield, and seat. Unhooked the back of the 3pt lift bar and propped it up.  Then unbolted the lift controller which allowed me access to the hose at both ends!

 

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It was a little difficult to get at everything but I made it work. 

 

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Then it was the boys turn! They were so excited to put the shielding back on and get to use wrenches and ratchets!  What a great experience with my boys and a 47 year old tractor!

 

 

 

 

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Great way to show the boys the value of hand tools and how to use them Josh:handgestures-thumbupright:! Any chance you taught them how to change oil yet? :)

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Great job!! It's good that you're boys are willing to turn some wrenches and that they enjoy it.

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Caleb, Claud, and Judge have all helped me change the oil on the cars and tractors more than once a piece.  Caleb changed the oil on Grizzly today himself.  I really enjoy working with them and seeing their confidence grow while working with basic tools.  

 

I did a test run with Blackbeard today.  It looked leak free although I was still getting a few drips from the excess from the big spill.  My carb was acting funky again today though, almost like it was getting too much air and it was leaning out the mixture.  I pulled the choke out about 3/16" and it would run fine.  So, I need to study over the 47 year old carb and decide if I can make it work without a rebuild...:think:  I tell you one thing, that tractor is super fun to work with, :wh: really hit a home run with this series!  I'm amazed how it "smooths out the bumps" in the back yard.  It also has a tight left turn radius for cutting given the vintage.  I cut about a 1/4 of the yard with it today bad was happy with the job it did.  I want to make sure that I have the running taken care of before diving into "the face lift".  

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