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About AHenry014

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  • Birthday 09/20/1988

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    1984 GT-1100

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    East Haddam CT
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    Mech. Engineer

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  1. AHenry014

    Last Nights Grab, the Elusive 418-C

    That blower is really cool!! My neighbors would love if i can up and down our private road with one of those!! Nothing too exciting to report on this tractor just yet. I was busy for most of the weekend getting two of my other WH tractors cleaned up and listed for sale. I was able to clear the cost of the 418-C by selling my very nice 312-8 with bagger and plow setup. I bought that tractor from the original owner who happened to be a neighbor of mine. I had the original sales receipt for it at about 3300 dollars in 1991, plus tax! 2600 for the tractor, 400 for the mower deck, and 300 for the bagger setup! Add the sales tax and he paid about 3500 for it. Accounting for inflation, that tractor would have retailed around 6 grand less the plow setup and less tax! I picked up another 312-8 a couple weeks ago for a really great price. It came with a very nice 42" plow, plastic weights, and a pair of chains. Someone installed 8" wheels on it at some point as well. It was one of those finds where i was lucky to see the ad within 40 minutes of it being posted. I tossed around the idea of keeping it around for parts, but it was honestly in too good of shape for that. I put new fuel lines/filter on it, choke cable, and cleaned the carb out. It runs beautifully! I have that one currently listed for sale with the plow setup with some interest so far, just no lookers. As for the 418-C, I removed the 48" mowing deck and was pleased to see overall good condition and newer blades. Ill be removing the deck belt to check, but the spindles turn very smoothly. The deck looks original, but hard to say. Is there anything that makes a commercial deck different than the standard? I removed the plastic wheel weights that it came with and sold them with my nicer 312. I took some cleaner and a rag to one rear wheel and boy does she shine up! After tinkering for a while, this is what it needs/what i will be doing: -Front tie rods are very worn. One was bent, so i tried bending it back, but it snapped. I welded it back together with plans for new ones. -Front tires are worn. I have a spare pair of Carlisle turfs ill be putting on there to match the rears. -Rebuild the carb -Replace the choke cable -Replace the spark plugs -Change the oil -Clean the oil breather/baffle -Replace the ignition switch. I pulled the factory one off there to find loose and rusty terminals. A new one is on the way. -Trace the wiring. There's some interesting things going on with the wiring so i will be reversing all that back to factory. I think someone had issues with the ignition switch and tried to bypass some things. -Steering column bushing/bearing. I will be removing the steering wheel for disassembly to see what needs to be replaced. Ill also work on getting some pictures for you guys.
  2. Found the ad a couple days ago on craigslist. It was pretty vague, but listed a phone number to reach him and was able to get some more info and pictures. The tractor was listed as a "418C, high hours but runs strong. Comes with deck and plow". The price was initially a bit of a turn off as it was more than i spent on my last two "nice" wheel horses combined, but after some research it was looking like a better and better deal due to the models rarity and the plow/weights/chains. Was finally able to align my schedule with the seller last night to go see it. From what i am told, he got it from the original owner who used it for a lawn care business, hence the hours. The hour meter lists approx 2400hrs, but the rest of the tractor does NOT seem that way, so maybe the key was left on a couple times. The tractor is in awesome shape, MUCH better shape than the 1600hr 314H i restored and sold last year. The 48" deck is in fabulous shape as is the 48" plow that it came with. Though i think it needs the carb cleaned, it ran very well, the hydrostatic drive and lift worked great, the PTO engaged easily and the deck was silent (new blades even!). I could tell that the fella who owned it for much of its life cared for it. It does need what the previous owner thinks is a starting solenoid. It wont start with the key, but will by jumping the terminals. My dads tractor (a 314-8 classic) also has this issue, so ill be diving into that this evening most likely. I was apprehensive about this tractor being hydrostatic as i didnt care for my last hydro tractor. However, the floor mounted lever as opposed to the column mounted lever definitely changed my mind, along with this tractor not being as worn out. I ended up paying 700 for it, which i thought was a fair deal considering the plow/weights/chains. I figure that stuff is worth a minimum of 200, so i came home with a very nice, and rare, tractor for around 500 bucks. As an added bonus, the guy i bought it from saved a set of chrome hub caps from the scrap yard. The fronts exist on the tractor, but he misplaced the rears since the wheel weights were on there. He will be getting them to me when he finds them. The biggest added bonus, buried treasure, hens teeth, was the hidden chrome rear wheels! Cant wait to get those things cleaned up! He said someone came to look at the tractor and offered him cash plus another set of wheels/tires in trade for them. Was that one of you guys?! I have attached the few pictures i have of it. Got home around 930 last night and didn't even get a chance to get it off the trailer. I look forward to getting my hands dirty with this one in the next couple days.
  3. AHenry014

    GT1100 Briggs to Kohler swap

    thank you for the heads up. I realized most of my hard starting issues were due to a misadjusted choke. Once i took care of that, it was just a matter of use to get the smoking to cease.
  4. AHenry014

    Will a Kohler M10 work well in a 314-H?

    I have been plowing some serious snow this winter. I haven't had much issue with traction with filled 23x10.50's and wheel weights. Each wheel/weight weighs over 100 lbs. I can move a foot+ of snow without chains with no issue, though i do wish for the chains when i do lose traction. Engine and tractor perform just fine. That said, i don't think i care for the hydro system. I LOVE the hydro lift for plowing, but certainly prefer a clutch. Likely just personal preference since i have been mowing with a 8spd for about 18yrs. I thought i might get used to it, but getting onto my GT1100 just feels much more natural. To mix the best of both worlds (Kohler and 8spd), i picked up a 1991 312-8 last night from a neighbor. I will be selling the Hydro tractor and my GT1100, both with 42" side discharge decks, keeping my 42" plow and 37" bagger deck. The 48" bagger system was sold separately. Thanks all for your input.
  5. AHenry014

    GT1100 Briggs to Kohler swap

    Posting back for future reference, i did not actually end up doing this swap. The briggs just kept running better and better the more i used it. It runs fabulously now, so i see no reason to remove it from a perfectly good working tractor. I did end up using the M10 in a 314H frame. It works wonderfully, but i don't think i care for the hydro system. I prefer the clutch.
  6. AHenry014

    Will a Kohler M10 work well in a 314-H?

    Mega props to Fred here for sending me the hydro pulley!! Got the tractor mobile this past weekend with huge success. Transaxle seals were replaced and refilled with oil. Runs and rides awesome. Got the plow under it and moved some earth. Great feeling!! The 10 horse will likely do the job, but wont know for sure until i get a deck under it in the spring. Thanks all!
  7. AHenry014

    Will a Kohler M10 work well in a 314-H?

    Ahh ok. I was cross referencing the PTO pulley, which is the same. The engine drive pulley does in fact carry a different part number. Could only find online was $75 on ebay. Part number 7443. yikes!! Anyone have one?
  8. AHenry014

    Will a Kohler M10 work well in a 314-H?

    Interesting!! I would not have caught that. Though, looking at partstree.com, it appears to be the same pulley 310-8 to 314-H. Can someone verify? I have a friend who offered me a 12hp Tecumseh, but not sure of how much effort it would take to fit, surely more than the 10hp i have.
  9. Hey all!! Last night i picked up a 48" bagger deck and bagging system, and it happened to come with a 314-H. The engine was removed when it "blew" and was then scrapped (along with a WH plow, ugh!!) when the previous owner felt it too much work to rebuild. I was just planning to slap the deck under my GT1100 and call it a day, but i had an idea i wanted to run past you guys being new to WH Hydro's. I have a 10HP Kohler from an '88 310-8 sitting in the corner of my garage. The engine should just bolt right in and go, but i have no idea if the engine, having 4hp less than what is supposed to be there, will work well or not. I may just try to kicks, but dont want to waste my time if the hydro system eats up a ton of power. Can anyone lend their 2 cents? Thanks!
  10. AHenry014

    GT1100 Briggs to Kohler swap

    ah, thank you for that. I dragged the engine out of the corner and took a peek. It appears as though it does have a regulator, though i do not think that really changes the wiring all that much, looking at the diagrams. Should be able to hook it up nearly the same as the current engine is and shes a runner.
  11. AHenry014

    GT1100 Briggs to Kohler swap

    did some more research, per this parts list: https://www.partstree.com/parts/toro/mowers-lawn-garden-tractor/21-10k805-310-8-toro-310-8-garden-tractor-1988/electrical-system_3/ it is in fact a relay. Comparing wiring diagrams found on this site, it appears this relay is only used for the oil swith/test light business. I wont be fitting that system. It looks like this shouldnt be too bad a swap. The wiring should be more or less cut and splice from the newer harness. Thanks all! Will report back when i get to the project.
  12. AHenry014

    GT1100 Briggs to Kohler swap

    interesting. how do i go about determining which charging system it features?
  13. AHenry014

    GT1100 Briggs to Kohler swap

    I have a pair of Ag's coming my way. This picture excites me for that! I will take a look at the wiring harness i yanked off. I remember pulling a silver box off the right side engine "compartment" near the PTO lever, near where they stick the fuse holder(s). Not sure what else that would be besides a R/R.
  14. AHenry014

    GT1100 Briggs to Kohler swap

    Hey all, I have a 1984 GT1100 with the 11hp briggs on it that i dont care for. Its hard to start, even with a clean carb, and smokes like the dickens when cold. It also seems down on power compared to the 10hp Kohler i am used to. That said, I have a great running 10HP Kohler Magnum from a 1988 310-8 that i would like to swap on. As far as i can tell, it should physically bolt right up as it was on the 310-8. I kept everything that looks important from the 310. I am, however, concerned with the wiring. When i was disassembling the the 310-8, i grabbed the entire chassis harness just in case i needed it if/when i decided to swap the engine to the GT. I would prefer not to have to swap the harness, but will if i need to, assuming both tractors use all the same safety switches (normally open vs normally closed). I can tell that the Kohler used a regulator/rectifier of sorts, and has a couple fuse holders that my GT does not. Anyone have experience with this particular swap and can give me a couple pointers? Thanks
  15. AHenry014

    '84 GT-1100 Briggs Overcharging

    yes, i did notice that. So long as most notice this type of running voltage, i wont worry too much about it.