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Stigian

Ive been watching Freecycle for a while now, and never had any luck finding anything of any interest. But my luck has changed :thumbs:

Hidden inbetween the "offered microwave, like new, works well, just needs a door!" kinda ads, i spotted this big old beauty :o

Its a Howard Gem with a big old 600cc JAP engine B):D

Its in needed of a lot of work, a good soaking in a bath of WD40 would be a good start :o

The plan is to free up all the rusted lever rods and see what state the engine is in, the decide what to do with it then :P

Anyway, here's a few pic's for your viewing pleasure :D

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I hope my wife isnt reading this :P but isnt that Amal carb with the open bellmouth just about the sexy-ist thing youve ever seen :D:D

Or maybe i need to see a doctor :thumbs::D

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Oh, did i forget to mention the Howard came with a free sit-on mower? :D

Its (or was) a AYP (thanks Jim for ID-ing it for me :P ), and was slightly past its best :P

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HHMM me thinks this front end looks a bit er... outa shape :D

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And here is why!!

They dont make em like they used to, is the age old saying, in this case its spot on.

You'd never see a cast Wheel Horse axle in this state :o

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Anyway, most of the AYP is on the scrap pile now, with anything usable stashed away in the "might come in handy one day" pile, including a non ripped seat :o

To finish on a good and funny note, in a change from the normal way with peerless trans, the rear wheels slid straight off :D:P

Its a shame all four tires are filled with silicon rubber, but if i ever need some extra very heavy weights for something they will come in handy :) B)

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perry

good find :thumbs: .

i check my local freecycle everyday. mostly women and kids stuff, but you never know.

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Stigian

Cheers Perry :thumbs:

I keep looking out for a "offered. barn full of Wheel Horses" ad, but alas they never seem to appear :thumbs: :D

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Nick

That is a nice haul and the walk behind looks like a real nice find. :thumbs: The AYP and MTD tractors do have a few good bits in them for the parts pile. Even if it just ends up being a couple small brackets, bolts and nuts. :thumbs:

Guess I need to start reading those darn Wanted: smurf costume ads again. :D

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Rollerman

Okay Ian...why two tank caps on the fuel tank..... :thumbs:

Looks pretty cool....but mostly very heavy!

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hoosier

Dual fuel maybe?? start with gas, run on distillate.(sp). Looks old enough.

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hoosier

Curiosity is killing me. Ian, is the Howard company based in England. Is the name of your find actually Rotopotato? Just wondering as I have a big, 3 point rear tiller in the outdoor toolshed that is a Howard Rotovator. Big son-of-a-gun.

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Stigian

Okay Ian...why two tank caps on the fuel tank..... :thumbs:

Looks pretty cool....but mostly very heavy!

Sorry for the late reply to this, its been a mix of very busy days and feeling very knackered evenings of late :thumbs:

The tank has two compartments, the back tank for fuel, the front one for oil :P

For its age, which is er.... quite old, it has quite a posh oil set-up with an external pump on the engine and a nice big filter in the tube hanging off the side of the big fuel/oil tank.

Rotopotato is just my pet name for it Hoosier :D

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simpleman

Cool stuff. YOu know i never find anything like that around here

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