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Last Nights Grab, the Elusive 418-C

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:text-coolphotos:              I'm a fan of the 418-C for snow removal, that hydro lift and Eaton Hydro coupled with a Kohler twin is great.   Makes a good leaf blower too.

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 Very good machine. I have the A model and it is a workhorse for sure. You’ll love the power and it’s ability. Good score!

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1 hour ago, 953 nut said:

:text-coolphotos:              I'm a fan of the 418-C for snow removal, that hydro lift and Eaton Hydro coupled with a Kohler twin is great.   Makes a good leaf blower too.

 

Very nice Mr. Squid! How did you mount the squirrel cage?

Could you Sir post a few pic's? Sir? I need one too!

(Take notice of how polite this Jarhead is when he needs wants something. :ROTF:

 

At Camp Lejeune we used rakes. Aboard the USS Guam, stood in chow lines.

Last for morning chow call, forget it. You would be 1st for lunch.  

 

Thinking, "Greeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttt!"  :handgestures-thumbupright:

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That is a fantastic looking tractor! Congrats!

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1 hour ago, Tankman said:

Mr. Squid! How did you mount the squirrel cage?

Could you Sir post a few pic's? Sir? I need one too!

(Take notice of how polite this Jarhead is when he needs wants something.

Semper Fidelis!

The framework for the blower fan is simply some scrap angle iron welded to an old mule drive. It is about six inches off the ground and the position was determined by the length of an old belt I had hanging on the shop wall at the time. I will take a few pictures of it tomorrow.

Squid!

:ROTF:         My first duty station in the Navy was an AKA (Attack Kargo Amphibious; Navy couldn't spell Cargo). As an Assault Boat Coxswain we transported Jarheads and their equipment to the beach heads in Mike Boats (landing craft) and dropped the bow door so you could slog through the knee deep water, dig a foxhole to sleep in and eat "C" rations. After dropping you off we returned to the ship, took a shower, had a hot meal and slept in a dry bed. Never regretted my decision to join the Navy.

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My USN uncles called me a bellhop.

If ever again, I would be a squid!

 

The mess hall was better than C-Rations! :handgestures-thumbupright:

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28 minutes ago, Tankman said:

 

If ever again, I would be a squid!

Such Blasphemy, and right before our 243rd birthday! Chesty is spinning in his grave right now:ychain:

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11 hours ago, Lengerich8 said:

Such Blasphemy, and right before our 243rd birthday! Chesty is spinning in his grave right now:ychain:

How right you are.

 

Once a Jarhead, always a Jarhead! :handgestures-thumbupright:

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Great tractor.

I have the 418-8 with the electric lift.

The m18 is a good engine however, the valves aren’t adjustable so the stems need to be ground and fitted if required. 

 

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Welcome to the 418-C club.  They are tough, fast, stout little tractors and since they are one year only machines, they are pretty scarce. I love the fact that they have a simpler electrical system and beefed up wear point spots like the front axle spindles.  

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My son bought this one about a year ago and it needed some work to straighten out PO problems.  However, mechanically we have it pretty well squared away now and have had the opportunity to use it all summer and fall—Great Tractor!  My son loves how fast it is hence his giving it the name “JackRabbit”.  We are hoping to refurbish it this winter and have it looking really sharp next spring.

 

I think that you got a good deal on your machine. It looks to have been well cared for and should continue to serve you well.

 

It it would be really interesting to park one of these directly beside a 418-A model to compare and contrast. 🤔 

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Was always Kohler :handgestures-thumbupright: . Now enjoy my Onan too! Sounds like a Harley too!

The '90 520-8 works without any groans. Must've went to Paris Island. :eusa-think:

 

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41 minutes ago, Tankman said:

Was always Kohler :handgestures-thumbupright: . Now enjoy my Onan too! Sounds like a Harley too!

The '90 520-8 works without any groans. Must've went to * San Diego. :eusa-think:

 

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Fixed it for ya 😂😂

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21 hours ago, Tankman said:

Squid! How did you mount the squirrel cage?

Could you Sir post a few pic's? Sir?

Nothing fancy, just some scrap angle iron and an old mule drive. Had to do a little trimming on the left side to clear the tire.

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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. 

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