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Here is my early production RJ35. Made probably in the 2nd batch of 1955 tractors, not in the first 100 produced. Has the cast iron steering wheel, gas tank stand and some other early production parts. I added the non original Kohler engine but it should be a Clinton engine.
Well, most of the regulars here are aware I will be relocating this Spring/Summer. I had hoped to take the remaining collection of tractors with me. However more and more it is becoming obvious that this plan wont work out for numerous reasons. As such, once I make up my mind as to which one to keep, I will be posting the remainder as well as most parts etc up for sale in the Forum Classifieds and CL.
As I hope shows in poll info, I have 2 Stage Blower, Restored 48 & 60 inch(195) decks, 54 inch blade, GT14 style Tiller and a project Sickle Bar. The Sickle BAr can likely be made to work on the GT14 style tractors and the C160.
I enjoy working on them but as I get older I may not have time or ability to do so. As such, maintenance and parts and ease of use of a single tractor are part of the equation.
A couple of these I have poured a lot of time into but I am not emotionally tied to them and I believe if I relocate back east where Grass and tractor need becomes more necessary, I can re-create them.
So help me out with my decision.
A couple pics of the beasts in question:
Got a problem with an rj35 I'm restoring. After almost 2 years I'm finally able to ride it.
So during that first ride I manage to get a rear wheel hooked on a cedar plant.
Next thing I know I'm doing donuts around this shrub because I can't disengage the transmission.
Also my left leg is perilously close to getting caught under the rear wheel so I can't use the break.
After about six laps I finally get the engine to stall - not sure how to be honest - and now of course I can't get the rj started again.
There is no spark. I've pulled the fly wheel looking for any signs of trauma and there are none.
Spark plug wire shows no damage, coil looks good same for flywheel.
I've spun the flywheel with a plug grounded on the block and there is definitely no spark.
Really not sure where to go from here.
I could pull the coil from another K90 I guess but don't really want to as it's a complete engine too.