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Started Working On The Bush Hog Hd-12

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#1 NUTNDUN OFFLINE  

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Posted April 10, 2012 - 08:13 PM

I started working on the Bush Hog HD-12 today. Technically I started a couple of days ago but didn't do much other then remove the carb. Today I took the hood off and the top support bars. Then I unbolted the engine and dad and I set the engine up on the work bench. I don't think the engine has ever been cleaned with how much crud is on it. It definitely hasn't ever been apart.

Got the front sheet metal off and then pulled the head. Lots of carbon buildup. The cylinder wall looks great. I am going to order a set of rings for it and hone the cylinder. I also plan on lapping the valves and installing a new gasket set.

I also think I am going to put a straight pipe on it. The muffler that is on it I am sure is stock and there really isn't anything wrong with it so I will set it up on the shelf for safe keeping when the straight stack gets old LOL.

Here are some pics of the progress and the engine.

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Posted April 10, 2012 - 08:15 PM

Way to dig right in George. So will the BH be ready for Danville? lol

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Posted April 10, 2012 - 08:19 PM

Yes, a bit of carbon in there. What are you doing about that starter/gen?
Are you going to tackle it, or give it to an auto/elec shop?

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Posted April 10, 2012 - 08:48 PM

Looks good George! You are making great progress! Good luck with it! It looks to be in great shape also. :thumbs:

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 04:14 AM

You got a good start happening there,George.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 05:25 AM

Thanks for the update George!
The engine looks to be in decent shape

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 05:57 AM

Great find George! Nice clean one to boot! She was never stored outside!! Look forward to your progress!

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 06:38 AM

Off to a great start there, George. Ought to purr right along when you get that engine back together.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 07:13 AM

So much of me wants to just tear down the rest of it since I got it this far and restore it but I want to wait to restore it. I would like to get everything redone mechanically and make it just like new in that aspect. I know it is going to take me a while to get everything done so I figure if I can concentrate on different areas one at a time it will eventually get done.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 08:22 AM

You are right to go slow George. The proverbial turtle won the race ya know! Rushing takes the fun out of it too.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 08:38 AM

If it where mine, I'd want to tear it down and start restoring it. BUT, I'd also want
to just fix up what's nesc right now, so I could drive it sooner. It's a tough call
George. Hope this helps.

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 10:59 AM

Nice looking "Hog" there George. Did it come with those nice AG's on it? Those look like new and would be pretty pricey. I had the same dilemma with my 314 last summer. It was just a repair job but I ended up doing a lot of restoration work at the same time. I just couldn't leave rust and dirt on it when I had it apart, so most of it got cleaned, derusted and painted.

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 02:06 PM

Nice looking "Hog" there George. Did it come with those nice AG's on it? Those look like new and would be pretty pricey. I had the same dilemma with my 314 last summer. It was just a repair job but I ended up doing a lot of restoration work at the same time. I just couldn't leave rust and dirt on it when I had it apart, so most of it got cleaned, derusted and painted.


Yes it had those ags on it. They are in pretty good shape too. I would prefer the Carlisle lug ags but these do not look too bad.

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 02:08 PM

The Bush Hog is going to have to be put on hold for a couple of days. With the plow day coming up it will be Sunday till I get a chance to work on it again. I am looking forward to it though.

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 06:19 PM

Do you want me to see if I can get the rings that you need?I will need the motor info.Thanks Josh





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