By RJ Hamner
The C-160 just wasn't running right. Started with new points, plug, filters.
I had put an aftermarket carb on it but had found a good Carter N in the correct size so I rebuilt it.
Got it started this afternoon and had it running at about half speed to warm it up so I could make the final adjustment to the carb.
It purred along for about 4 minutes and just quit.
First thought was "out of gas". Looked in the tank and sure enough it was really low so I filled it up.
Tried to start it again .....NOTHING
Went and rechecked everything ....NOPE
Got out the can of starting fluid...NOPE
Pulled the plug and noticed the gap was ZERO. Re-gapped and tried again. Same thing again no gap.
Pulled the head. Looked normal.
When I cycled the engine I noticed that the exhaust valve didn't fully retract.
Was able to remove the exhaust valve with two fingers!!!!!
Guess I am in the market for a new set of keepers and a few gaskets.
The guys at McHenry's Small Engine Love Me
I bought a wheel-horse c-160 a while back, and did some work with it.
One day the rear axle housing broke:
I was thinking about changing the part or soldering the broken pieces.
Does anyone know where to order this part? Or has any idea of the potential cost of a soldering job?
Thank you in advance!
Recently I have come across a solution for the 3/4" deck spindle shafts that have the 2"+ big nut on the blade end. Every one I have come across are spinning and make blade changes difficult!
Cut the nut off with sawzall and thread the shaft down with a die and then thread on a 3/4NF jam nut to the end of the threads (use blue locktite ). I measure the distance from the pulley end of shaft to the front of the big nut before removing so that I thread the shaft down the correct distance.
You will notice in the picture the big nut vibrated loose before i could finish cutting it. This is my 5th repair like this. Makes me wonder if others are doing the same.
By RJ Hamner
Picked up this C-160 a couple of weeks ago from Joe out in SW PA. It had been on the Classified page for a while so I went out for a look. Got her home and got a new battery, new plug, new plug wire and some fresh gas. She purrs like a BIG kitten! Drove her around the yard a few times and put her on the lift. Got some of the parts I am going to need at the BS and some more from Jay in GA. Wife told me I have to finish the all the trim work in her "home theatre" in the basement so......... I do get a few hours in. After all, "Ya gotta let the finish dry between coats"
I am trying to find out what the belt length is on a 48 inch deck for a 523DXI part no. 95-3878 . Dealer wants over $70. I want to find it at a reasonable price.