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Al C.

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About Al C.

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  • Birthday 03/15/1956

Wheel Horse Information

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    1967 T 1067, 1982 SK-486
  • favoritemodel
    T 1067

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    Hudson / Ohio 44236

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  1. Al C.

    Where would you put your money?

    Thanks for your viewpoints on these three models! I’m leaning towards the 520HC. Now the next question. My garage is full and I won’t consider leaving a Wheel Horse exposed to the elements. So my question, is a covered shed on a 2x6 framed platform sufficient to adequately protect a tractor from the elements (no temp control, no dehumidification - northern Ohio)?
  2. Al C.

    Where would you put your money?

    Was a Koehler single cylinder engine ever original to the C175? TractorData.Com indicates only the twin Koehler engine as original equipment.
  3. Wheel Horse 520HC, C195 with 3pt pto, or C175 Automatic - equal hours and similar condition asking between $1,200 and $1,800. I’m thinking of adding another Wheel Horse to my collection. I’d restore it and use it lightly. I already have a 1967 1067 and a 1982 SK-486. I’m thinking the C175 might be the best option because of similarity of engines and design to my other tractors. But, the 520HC and C195 are tempting. I’m interested in other viewpoints before I dive into this one.
  4. Agree. Part of the problem is the prescribed testing regime in our public schools. There is no room or credit for kids to get involved in “shop”. I have two grand children, six and three years old. They each believe they own my two Wheel Horses. I get them involved in every aspect of maintaining them when they are around. Driving the tractors is there #1 activity when we are outside. They love them. I see a light at the end of this tunnel if old foggies like us take the time to teach them the value of these skills and the durability of this old equipment. They actually enjoy watching Grandpa take things apart and fixing them. I guess it is our responsibility to get this social media, reality TV, iPhone oriented generation outdoors, working with there hands and appreciating the value of good quality products and engineering. If we start when they are young, they seem to appreciate it.
  5. I’ve been thinking of ways the Wheel Horse Forum can do more with our love for these tractors and passion for maintaining them, than simply talking about them, taking pictures, telling stories, and accumulating them in our garages. I want to run this idea by folks and get some reactions. There are a lot of middle schools in this country that have entry level machine shops. These programs are designed to introduce young kids to the fundamentals of tools, machine design, repair, problem solving, and construction. What about the Wheel Horse Forum donating an old worn Wheel Horse to a school in need of a project? We would provide the tractors, funding, parts, and advice as needed for the class to restore the tractor. Then the school could continue to use the tractor as an example of machine/engine engineering, taking it apart, rebuilding it, demonstrating the skills and fundamental mechanics that go into the design, construction, and maintenance of machinery and engines. For us, this would promote a passion we all have, it would help seed this passion and associated values in some young people, and it would extend the life of a brand we are all crazy about. Just an idea. Thoughts?
  6. Al C.

    A BIG Thank You to Wheel Horse Forum

    There is more common sense and practical experience on this forum than you’ll find at any help-line, hardware store, or machine shop. I joined four years ago when I inherited my fathers 1967 Wheel Horse. A year later I purchased my second Wheel Horse. My favorite request for help was when my newly acquired SK-486 would not start after just mowing the lawn. A chorus of forum members asked if I had remembered to disengaged the PTO clutch ... dah!!!!!!!!!! Of course they were right - as usual. But they did not make me feel like a clutz or newbie. Over the years I’ve gotten experience and even contributed a solution or two. This is an absolutely GREAT PLACE! Best social network on the internet.
  7. Al C.

    just got a sk-486

    I’ve had mine for three years. Great tractor! Strong engine and transmission. Classic Wheel Horse design. No plastic or electronics! Spent $1,500 on it - mint condition from collector in Columbus Ohio. Worth every penny.
  8. Al C.

    Mill Hall Wheel Horse

    Chev0545, I enjoy seeing the equipment you restore. It looks like really nice work! I grew up in St. Mary’s. There were a lot of Wheel Horses in western Pa.
  9. Several times a week I pan Craig’s List to see the condition of Wheel Horses coming onto the market. Consistently there are nice looking tractors and attachment showing up in the small town area of Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. I’ve always been curious about the volume of these ads and the apparent “quality” condition of the equipment. Does anyone know if there was a high volume dealer in this area in the past or a hobbyist who specializes in Wheel Horse equipment? Just curious.
  10. Al C.

    WH 516-H

    First gear on the eight-speed works great! Load it up with as much weight as you can ... it will handle it!
  11. Al C.

    Transmission Oil

    Steve, I really appreciate this! I get the tool you improvised for pulling the hub. Help me with the tool in the lower left of the picture. What do you use it for? (First-timer, here!)
  12. Al C.

    Transmission Oil

    Thanks much !!! Really appreciate it. I know the hubs are going to be a challenge. They come foward only half their depth. The key slot on each hub is worn to a size twice the width of the key. So I may use this as an opportunity to replace the hubs. The newer hubs have two set screws which I image will secure them more tightly and prevent wear. Probably won’t start this project for a couple weeks, but will post pics when I get underway. Thanks again!
  13. Al C.

    Transmission Oil

    I appreciate everyone’s response. The seals are original. Where can I find information on how to replace them? I’ve taken apart and refurbished almost every part of the tractor, but I’ve never worked on the transmission. It’s a “black box” to me. Do I need to have it done by a professional mechanic?
  14. This year I changed the brand of oil I’m using in my Wheel Horse 1067 8 - speed transmission. I have started getting small leaks around the rear axle seals - about a teaspoon of oil a month. Can it be related to the new brand of oil? I had formerly used Coastal and Lucas SAE 80W-90 Gear Oil with no problem. This year I’m using Traveller SAE 85W-140. Any thoughts?