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About Stepney

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  • tractors
    1962 Wheel Horse 702
    1968 Electro 12 (Saved from scrap)
    197? B-80 (Saved from scrap)
    1970-80 A-81 (From the scrap yard!)
    1954 Massey Harris Pony
    1975 Economy PowerKing 1614
    1967 Cub Cadet 102
    1970 John Deere 70 (Saved from scrap)
    196? Bolens 1050
    1966 Bolens 650
    1967 Cub Cadet 125
    1970? Ford LGT 145
    Restored 1966 WH 856
    1930? Simplex 12
    1946 Indian Scout
    1961 Triumph 19
  • favoritemodel
    Electro 12

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    Alfred, Maine

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  1. Stepney

    Electro-12 Tach a matic

    Heh, well I've had quite a few WH's over the years. I had a B-80 I intended to restore a few years back, but some other things prevented that. This E-12 is what I grew up on and learnt to drive so it's quite sentimental. Here she is leaving my welding class after making some replacement parts and mending some things. It's had a hard life and needs just about everything imaginable repaired. Engine burns literally more oil than gas and had a loose wrist pin at one point, gouged the cyl wall. (Hence the C-160 engine). Rear end is pretty slushy. (BTW, yes that is a WH decal on the cab window)
  2. Hello, all. Well, after many years of waiting, I'm going to finally begin restoration of my 1968 Electro 12. Being 19 now, and the WH being in the family for many years, my intent is to make her good as new, for my future home. As of current, it has it's original old style mid hitch for a side-pulley 42" side discharge deck. I picked up a C-160 as a parts machine. From what I gather, the front tach-a-matic hitch can be bolted to the front, under the hood? The plan is to restore a 42"rd deck for future use with it, using a newer front mule drive. On that note, I am rebuilding the engine from the C-160 for this restoration. I know, some day, I would like to have a snowblower to run on it. I know where I could find an old 2-stage from a 1990's model. Now, with the 16hp, and the newer front hitch, running a snowblower would be possible, correct? I can't seem to find anything that would say against it, but I've never seen one mounted in person, either.
  3. Stepney

    Electro 12 engine question

    Hello, all. After many years, my old '68 Electro 12 is finally coming out of the shed to start restoration. It has a 12hp K301, naturally. The engine is in very poor shape. The tractor is also missing various bits. I intend to restore it for work in the future. For now, it'd just be running a 42"rd deck. Maybe some day, a snow blower. I have a chance to get a parts tractor (That is, sadly, in great shape). It's a C-160 8 speed. Regardless, I'd be going through the engine. I've had 14's and 10's before, but never a 16hp. I was wondering, since the machine is quite a distance from me, if my electric clutch from the 12 would fit the 16hp? Seems it would be a nice increase in power.
  4. Stepney

    Wheezing K241

    Well, I went to work on it today and I had to move it out of the way so I could roll my old Broadmoor out, .. and wouldn't it fire right up and run perfectly. I checked everything over anyway, and found nothing wrong. ..I have no idea now.
  5. Stepney

    Wheezing K241

    Yeah, I figure it was the valve. I'll start pulling it apart later on tonight.. hope it isn't anything too serious it was running perfectly 5 minutes earlier.
  6. Stepney

    Wheezing K241

    Hey, all. Took the old 1077 out for a brief run this afternoon, just wanted to cut a few short passes.. could have used the push mower but figured the old Horse would like the exercise. Fired right off as it always does, ran perfectly. Warmed it up, and mowed down the section of grass, as I slowed the engine and had disengaged the deck, it suddenly made a pop and started making a funny noise through the exhaust, just like the sound of the decompresser when the engine first starts.. only it persists now through the entire throttle range, and it is backfiring pretty bad. I tried to idle it to the shed but it didn't have the power to move, so I pushed it down. Any idea what's going on here? I just had it apart a few weeks ago to check the valve lash, as per the book, and everything was pretty much spot on, but I set it anyway. What would make it do this??
  7. Stepney

    craigs list

    I absolutely hate it.. sometimes I love it, but usually I hate it. I have so many no shows it's not even funny. I've got a Horse up there right now and I'm honestly beginning to wonder if it's a curse. 17 people I've had interested in it, 15 of which had plans to show.. and haven't. A 15.00 push mower or something.. fine I expect a few people like that.. but usually I wouldn't expect such issues with the topic of a 51 year old tractor. And trust me.. being a member of the vintage snowmobile squad.. I've gotten some ludicrous trade offers, even when I clearly state I have no interest. I notice it seems to get worse with every passing year.
  8. Stepney

    Briggs 8hp occasional heavy smoke

    I have no idea honestly. I've had at least 20 Briggs verticals just like this one, they're all the same.. just take the plug out and fill until it overflows. (Well.. it's foolproof?) I'll pull the breather off some time.. but it's probably just tired. Too bad, I've had far worse machines that never smoked.
  9. Hello, all. Well I've had two really neat finds lately.. but that's for another time. One of those machines is a 1970 Simplicity 728 Broadmoor with a vertical 8hp Briggs, generator start.. odd duck. Anyway, she runs incredibly well and so far everything seems to work.. except one thing. This doesn't even have a dip stick, just the oil fill cap which you fill to the top. And it's at the top, level is fine. When running anything over idle, the engine is clean with no smoke, but if you idle it, it absolutely starts pouring blue smoke, until you speed it up again.. then it goes away almost immediately. I've never seen that before.. any ideas, anyone?
  10. Stepney

    1077 Transmission issues

    I'll check her over one more time.. but I did it once before, had it all apart, and honestly nothing looked that dirty (Granted I cleaned it anyway) and I couldn't find anything wrong.. I'll check it out again this afternoon just for the shot though.
  11. Stepney

    1057/1257 decal ?

    Indeed, and my 1077 has a decal like that.. however mine fell off and was stuck on sideways
  12. Stepney

    1077 Transmission issues

    Well, the tensioner setup is actually fine. I went through a guide from a great fellow Redsquare member on the valves, checked and cleaned everything, flushed it with a new filter.. and honestly it seems a bit worse. Still climbs in reverse very well, but it'll still lug the engine and try to stall forward on grades.
  13. Stepney

    Snowblower for a 1077

    Yeah, I'd had a chance to buy one of those bolt on mule drive setups last year, ah well.. Yeah I've got to keep an eye out, or maybe I'll just make one, I do work in a fabrication shop I suppose. Speaking of snowblowers, I just saw this one and noticed it because it's really inexpensive, but is there some kind of better model to watch out for just in case?
  14. Hello, all. Found a snowblower pretty cheap on CL, guy says it fits the C series, and the 300 and 400 series. It's complete with the lift parts.. but I'm a bit rusty on WH it's been a little while. Could I mount this onto my old 1077? I know I'd have to fit a Tach a Matic in the front if memory serves?