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About Tuneup

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  • Birthday 01/12/1962

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    C-125

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    Douglasville GA
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    Program Manager

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  1. Hopefully, you'll take the time to let us follow the saga of the retrofit but understood if not as it's getting colder faster. You're welcome to move south! I can't tell you how much less wood I chop and snow I shovel after we moved from northern NJ to Atlanta... Get 'er done and good luck!
  2. So sorry to hear this! I'd want to keep it with that rare config but as you said your purpose is for a reliable machine for the soon-to-be-here winter. I'd say find a K Kohler but there's no guarantee you'll have a good engine then either. A Predator or similar would have to be engineered into that space, as you know. It's not a bolt-down. I have a 13 HP Vanguard sitting on a bench with nothing to do I could send to you but...same thing - engineering. You don't have to have 22HP - could get a smaller Harbor Freight engine. You might have to sleeve the crank for the PTO and the crank is unlikely to be bearing reinforced but would serve for the season. Pickle... https://www.harborfreight.com/engines-generators/gas-engines/13-hp-420cc-ohv-horizontal-shaft-gas-engine-epa-60340.html
  3. Wonderful tractor - those original fenders are a little bulky in appearance but having one without cracks and missing plastic is a rarity. It's a great feeling when the engine first starts. Be sure to get that tank out and cleaned. Check the screen on the valve or just replace the valve to be sure the screen isn't blocking feed. I can't tell you what was in the tank of the old '80 I saved. Oh, and what's in those fuel lines? Keep the pics coming!
  4. Funny that a plug would not fire in that low compression engine. I'm fairly biased on plug brand and heat range as a result of owning an older Japanese air/oil cooled motorcycle (99 1200 Bandit). Careful choice made all the difference. I guess plug choice is always a first consideration and a cheap way to resolve for one variable. Glad for you!
  5. If it just quit without sputtering, I'd think electrical but the old addage is to always start with electrical. Jump a wire from battery to coil (+) and try to start it. If it starts, it's in the wiring before the jump - the ignition switch likely. The wiring on these old machines is the weak point and just hunkering down and replacing it saves years of headaches. If it still doesn't run, your coil can't take the heat. Maybe the wrong coil or just tired. My old Honda 550 would run in the summer for about 30 minutes and then only on 2/4 cylinders. Let her rest for an hour and you're going again - 30 year old coil. That said, watch the replacement. My first NAPA replacement gave me 10 minutes before it quit.
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    Electric Fuel Pump Issues

    You know, gasoline not being a lubricant, maybe adding a little Marvel or even oil/trans fluid to the tank would provide a little added lubrication to the pump for longevity? Just thinking about it - don't know the failure cause. For me, a pump would help on the C125 - I have to shut off the feed valve at the tank or it'll take moons to start. A little circuit and a pump bypass with check valve to give it a 10 second pump shot at start would be nice and would save the pump. You could have a toggle switch just for the pump if you couldn't build the one shot circuit. For those with pumps that are weak but adequate when running. Just thinking on it - nothing better to do at 4:45 AM and my coffee cup's empty.
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    Keep fighting or sell?

    Great news. By the way, a multimeter is always a handy thing. Go online or to Harbor Freight and dump $10 on a cheap one - good enough.
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    Keep fighting or sell?

    Man, repair something and then have it break again - now you're wondering if it's cause is elsewhere. We've all been there. I usually talk to the machine while the wife laughs. I tell it to stop fighting because I'm going to win - almost makes a game of it. With a few not-to-be-mentioned experiences involving Yamahas, it has served me well. They old girls but are easy to repair, thankfully. Wish I was further north to help!
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    Keep fighting or sell?

    Yeah, I'm thinking my regulator on the C125 killed my nice new NAPA coil back during the restore. 17V killed it in less than 15 minutes of run time. Maybe a little of both - cheap manufacture and current abuse. Rev her up and see. I know it's a band-aid but you could consider a ballast resistor in series with the pump. Would the pump still have the juice to overcome the needle? Don't know but a fun project. Plenty of them on Amazon and cheap but they never give the R value!!!! Designed for coils so may work for the low resistance of a motor. Gee, it's been a while since I applied Ohm's Law
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    The Bolt - from Where?

    Nylock, yes! ...and never reuse them. Tough for me, though. The old snapper got a new clutch last week and she made it through 1/2 the yard before the main nut disappeared forever into the lawn. New nylock nut with a dab of threadlocker for good measure.
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    Keep fighting or sell?

    Have you measured the voltage while running? Expecting full throttle, a bad regulator could certainly be a factor. Not good for the battery as well. My 120 shows me 16V regularly but she's not my work Horse.
  12. Nice to live the dry, cool fall up in western PA? I remember fall in NW NJ growing up - miss that air and the colors. Bring some of that down to Atlanta. Approaching 90 for the past several weeks and no rain. Humid - and the blasted mosquitos! I've been wanting to give the old rescued C120 some TLC - have elected not to restore her but am sure that will change. I say "red-necked" down here affectionately but it still means a quick fix with whatever is around and that with poor attention to detail. So, on to today - replacing those front spindles with a set that actually point forward. The right side item was re-welded in redneck fashion for a noticeable toe-in plow effect. eBay actually had a very reasonable set of cottered NOS with hardware and they arrived Friday - sweetness. This gave me a chance to put them on the '80 C125 and to put its scored, cir-clipped set on the 120. I do like the old bolted spindles on the '76 though. I now have one of those as a spare. It also highlighted a loosened tie rod end on the 125. Pulled an old mounted tire laying around and replaced the 2 day flat one. Good times in the garage with those two side-by-side. The 120 is blowing some smoke but the engine is very strong. I have it on the red-neck line that it was bored .020 over but the piston gives no indication. I'm thinking the machine will be restore-ville next year. Already went through the trans. That, and we're moving a little more north into the GA mountains so I'm expecting to encounter added creativity in tractor preservation - and the genuine sweetness of people that is nearly forgotten round here. Used to buy milk and have a 10 minute conversation with the cashier who you did not know. Today, all business. I'm tearing into an old rednecked 36" deck that was on the 120 if anyone wants a part or three. She's rusted through, drastically cut and welded to make her side discharge and frozen. Sigh.
  13. Applying a hammer solves most problems - check! . You're lucky. Mine had to be split to replace the fork but like all things Wheel Horse, it was just a fun undertaking to rebuild the thing.
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    pop...... spit.....Cough.....bacfire

    That gravity feed idea is worth a try. I got myself a PVC cap and drilled a hole in the bottom. Threaded a barb and run a hose to the inlet. Worked for years when balancing carbs on old motorcycles. A couple of drilled holes allowed a twine loop to permit it to hang from the garage door runners. Redneck for sure but cheap, fast, easy and durable. You can also watch that Kohler suck that fuel down - man, they are thirsty!
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    The Bolt - from Where?

    Great story - if I had only though of that! When teens, my friend used to assemble the tractors at Sears while I was downstairs assembling furniture or in the bike shop repairing sports equipment. Anyway, he ALWAYS had plenty of parts left over. I wonder if any of those machines are still together. Back in the days when the catalog reigned supreme.
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