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Posted September 09, 2012 - 12:11 PM

I would get a Kohler K241 for it as those are great idling engines. I have at least one and I love how low it idles. Only 10 hp max but I never needed all the 10 horses. Great machine, and awesome build, good luck with it.

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Posted September 09, 2012 - 03:00 PM

Two phone calls and under 24 hours later, I have procured a kubota Z430 12hp, twin cylinder water cooled diesel!

AND most of the tractor it came in. I'm gonna get it up and running good in that frame and very likely to start the conversion process (lots of pics). This thread is gonna get MUCH longer...
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Posted September 09, 2012 - 03:08 PM

Those are good engines. I have a couple and like them a lot.
Good luck with your project.

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Posted September 09, 2012 - 03:12 PM

Sounds like a home run. Cant wait to read and see more.

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Posted October 04, 2012 - 01:13 PM

...kubota Z430 12hp, twin cylinder water cooled diesel! ...conversion process (lots of pics). This thread is gonna get MUCH longer...


for the win.

there are only a couple of things that I enjoy as much as mowing the yard with my 12hp kubota. the sound, the smell, the fuel economy... can't beat it.

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Posted October 06, 2012 - 09:26 AM

All I can saya after reading this whole thread is

WOOT!

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 09:37 PM

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Gettin' it done like it was built to do!

Still tecumseh powered. Adequately powered I guess, but I would like to remove some gear reduction and speed it up, which will require more power to accomplish. Kubota is in the shed still trying to get it to run right, been swamped with "life".

Edited by boostedbuick, December 20, 2012 - 09:39 PM.

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 09:52 PM

Great to see the struck doing snow duty.

Is it as fun to drive in the white stuff as in the summer?

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 10:14 PM

Wow, quite the picture. Good to know it's still pulling it's weight!

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Posted December 20, 2012 - 10:29 PM

Great to see the struck doing snow duty.

Is it as fun to drive in the white stuff as in the summer?


It's even more fun in the snow. Except the metal seat being cold. I need to grab and recycle a seat heater from a car, wire it in when I do the kubota swap. I can't seem to get it stuck but it does lose traction when the drift gets above the blade, and I have to back up. Can't get a run for it with a crawler LOL. But it does do pretty good. Beats a shovel!
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Posted December 20, 2012 - 11:02 PM

That looks like fun to push with! I might like that more than my Cub! Glad to see it is performing well.


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Posted December 21, 2012 - 06:30 AM

Glad to see it doing the job at hand! Bet that seat is cold! Need to figure a way to duct the engine heat back over you in the winter.

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Posted December 22, 2012 - 11:18 AM

Glad to see it doing the job at hand! Bet that seat is cold! Need to figure a way to duct the engine heat back over you in the winter.



The kubota diesel has a cooling system with radiator. I happen to have a small SPAL electric fan that fits the radiator, was told it's off a polaris atv. First glance at layout points to a mid-mounted radiator, makes it so I can slide a battery in through the front and duct exhaust out the front of the machine. Current brainstorming has me wiring the fan in a push/pull arrangement with a DP/DT switch. Meaning I can blow radiator heat under me in the winter, flip the switch the other way and it pulls cool air from the back and blows the engine heat away in the summer. I am very confident that I can make it all fit and work in the machine. The trick is to modify the machine as little as possible because of it's originality. I'm not sure WHY I care, I never plan to sell it, and once that diesel is in there, no one in their right mind would ever put the tecumseh back in it. But for the sake of preservation, I'm hoping to leave the visible topside of the machine unaltered. Drilling a few mounting holes underneath of it doesn't bother me. I'm gonna have to balance the size of the fuel tank vs. the size of the battery to keep it all inside. Everybody says it's a fuel sipper, so it'll get a small fuel tank and hopefully a big enough battery to handle a cold start without a jump. Biggest issues are the switch panel, the throttle mechanism, and the kill lever. I'm mounting the engine sideways, that complicates things a little.

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Posted December 22, 2012 - 01:25 PM

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Hardened sprockets = FAIL!

Was just out busting up some remaining ice on the driveway, ended up limping it back in the shed with 1 functional track. Made a couple extra circles but got it done.

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Posted January 17, 2013 - 10:28 AM

haven't you been down this road alrady?






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