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Bought a couple of horses several days ago and picked them up today and brought them home.

Neither one runs right now and I'm not sure what is wrong with each one, but I got them reasonable and if I have to part one or the other out, I will get my money back and then some!


Here are the requested pictures!

1981 C-125 (with a 14 HP Kohler Magnum transplant)





1976 C-160




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The C-125 looks like it's got a transplanted Kohler Magnum 14 hp engine in it - very good!

Nice score!

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Sometimes.....I think these things should be called Wheel Rabbits!!!  Because they multiply like them sometimes.

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Lane Ranger

post-339-0-55188100-1403694586_thumb.jpgKen:  You are going to like that C-160 a lot!   I bought a 1990  312-8 today in Spencer, Indiana from a 94 year old man that bought it new in 1990.  A one owner!  Never had one before.  Works great and has a 42 inch rear discharge high end recycler deck on it that is perfect.
















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Ken: You are going to like that C-160 a lot! I bought a 1990 312-8 today in Spencer, Indiana from a 94 year old man that bought it new in 1990. A one owner! Never had one before. Works great and has a 42 inch rear discharge high end recycler deck on it that is perfect.

Damned lucky dog. Where are the photos???? :)

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Had the time to mess with the C-160 this afternoon.

I towed it into the garage and removed the hood for easier access to the engine.

Starter was rusted tight, so I disassembled it, cleaned it up and reassembled it and it worked.

Had to put a coil and condenser on it. Wired it up, put the battery charger on it, and adjusted the points.

Cranked it and had good spark!

Shot a little gasoline into the carb, jumped the solenoid, and the sucker fired right up and died.

Got my spary bottle of gasoline and kept it running for a couple minutes just spraying fuel into the carb.


Will work on the fuel system tomorrow....Should be driving around in a few days!

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Ken:  I looked at two C-160 hydros with hydraulic lift today and both were $1000 each but looked a lot worse than yours!   They are a good tractor.  Make sure to check the frame at back where transmission bolts on for cracks.   A common issue with C-160.    That 16 horse in front weighs a lot!

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It's the C-160 you had success with and that is the one that I would have highly valued of the two you picked up! That is great news that the motor cranks and runs! Now you need to cross your fingers on the hydro being good!

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