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Posted April 28, 2012 - 07:30 AM

$112 is a heck of a deal on your Ride-a-matic and it even has implements.
I'll enjoy watching your restoration on this.

I just realized from reading your post that it has a Kohler engine.
I always assumed they had the Wisconsin engines like the Ridemasters before them and the Tube frames after them.
Learn something new all the time. .......

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Posted April 28, 2012 - 12:28 PM

I just realized from reading your post that it has a Kohler engine.
I always assumed they had the Wisconsin engines like the Ridemasters before them and the Tube frames after them.
Learn something new all the time. .......


They offered two engines, a K90 and the K160 like I have, for the 56-58. I personally think the old kohler engines are the best for the small GT. I have a wisconsin AKN motor and it is great but the size difference is the only downfall for a small GT like the ride a matic.

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Posted May 05, 2012 - 03:12 PM

I got the piston out and as I expected the rod was shot.

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Posted May 05, 2012 - 07:04 PM

Looking forward to updates on this resto.
I'd love to get one of these. I almost grabbed one back in Feb, but it had tranny issues, so I passed.
Please keep us posted as you go.
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Posted July 03, 2012 - 11:52 AM

Well it's time for an update. As we speak the motor and crank are being bored and ground. Hopefully by the end of the week I will have the old girl up and running.

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 12:54 PM

Time for another update. I picked up a sleeve hitch adapter from rays mower shop. Great bunch to deal with!
The motor is still at the machine shop. The engine is finished but the crank is still being worked on, They say I should have it early next week.

Here is a pic of the NOS sleeve hitch

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Posted July 13, 2012 - 04:32 PM

Congrats on the Hitch!
Was this the one they had listed on ebay?
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Posted July 13, 2012 - 11:23 PM

Congrats on the Hitch!
Was this the one they had listed on ebay?


Yes, I had been debating on it for awhile and just thought it might be hard to find one later. I think it is a nice addition to the tractor. Now I can have more use for it.


Edit- BTW He still has 2 more lol

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 11:28 AM

I got the motor back from the machine shop. It is now spec'd to a k161. I hope to have her up and running again on Thursday, I am picking a a blasting cabinet on Friday to start stripping all the parts down and getting it ready for paint!

I can't wait!

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 04:49 PM

Thanks for the update, looking forward to hearing it run :D
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Posted July 18, 2012 - 01:49 AM

Thanks for the update, looking forward to hearing it run :D


Thanks. I can't wait to hear it run! I want to get it running before I tear it all apart and painted. I have found that it's easier to fix something before it's been painted lol.

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Posted July 22, 2012 - 03:18 PM

wow you got a great tractor there antiqutetractors doing a good job on that rsetore also, looking foward to seeing the progress thank for the pics. and updates. 1st John 1:7
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Posted August 10, 2012 - 11:14 PM

I got the motor finished up and started at the show today. I have a video uploading to youtube right now so when it is finished I will post it here. The k160.5 runs great!

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Posted August 11, 2012 - 06:23 AM

Sounds Good
but where's your shroud???!!!! :confuse:




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