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2 hours ago, aHorseofCourse said:

There's nothing like a freshly painted horse!  It's so much work tho, I dread doing it every time.

i done a sears suburban a few years ago i know how that is lol

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Got the lift on today.  It works great.  I still can't believe I actually found one of these.  Only down side is it doesn't lift my blade up nearly as high with the solid down pressure bar on.  I had to put the standard mower linkage with the chain on.  I never needed down pressure with snow anyway so this is no big deal.

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Difference in the clutch linkage.

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The plate on the front of the battery compartment needs to be cut.  The original kit came with a new plate.

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Got my gauges mounted.  Had to patch up the cut-outs where the dial-a-height was.  Also put the switch for the lift in the wrong spot and had to patch that and re drill.  Turned out pretty good considering it's thin metal and I have a stick welder.  Everything needs sanded and painted yet.  The tiny tach is screwed to a piece of flat stock then welded to the dash.

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Ok so work has picked up and the kids keep me busy, but I did make a bit of progress over the last month or so.  Found a front swept axle assembly with reduction for the swap.  Got everything shimmed and painted.  New tires I found at the big show.  Engine is ready, tractor will go under the knife shortly!IMG_1131.JPG.015103754067c4a29d99b6c8bf56fb49.JPG

Needed new bearings and races.  The old ones were rusted pretty bad.

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Put a .004 shim in the bearing block and .001 on each side of the pinion gear to tighten everything up.

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16 7.50 8 OTR Lawn Trac.

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Work has been slow and I got a lot done lately.  It's almost finished now.

Little Kohler removed

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My supervisor checking my work :handgestures-thumbupright:

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All cleaned and painted

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New vs old.  I can't believe how heavy duty that swept axle setup is.

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Shorter reduction rock shaft vs stock.  Still had to grind a little off so it would clear the steering gear.

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welded 1/2" thick plate under the dash so I could use a flange ball bearing instead of the cheap stock unit.

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steering and axle done

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Finally set her in her new home

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Looks great !

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Looks great friend! I really like the bearing upgrade on the steering shaft. I recently modified my 314-8 to the swept forward front axle. The red accents on your engine are a great touch as well. Keep up the great work!!!

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More pics.

Replaced both pto bearings

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New tires.  Found the elusive 8.5" rear wheels on flea bay earlier this year.  Tires are 8.5 vs 10.5 wide.  10's are about an inch taller too for some reason.

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New dash

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Getting there.  Belt guard from an 1848

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Custom exhaust work.  I love the look of the old iron pipe exhaust, but there aren't any good fittings for a collector.  Decided to make one, 2 90's cut off with a piece of sheet metal between.  Welds on the cast iron are ruff to say the least but seem to be holding.

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That's one sweet looking horse ! :handgestures-thumbupright: 

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Damn fine work sir:handgestures-thumbupright:. I'd be interested in the 8 hp kohler, if your thinking of selling it. Chris.

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8 minutes ago, clueless said:

Damn fine work sir:handgestures-thumbupright:. I'd be interested in the 8 hp kohler, if your thinking of selling it. Chris.

I am thinking of using it to power a log splitter down the road.  I'll let you know if I ever part with it. 

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