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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 02:13 PM

Thought you guys would get a kick out of this:
Some of you guys have heard parts of the back story on this tiller, but here is the Cliff-notes version and the final outcome.

My FIL needed his Tiller Remotored, but near on defied me to do it on a <$20 budget.
I win. :laughingteeth:


RotoSpader made from 4 different parts units.
Carb from a blown 80's Tecumseh 8 in a Garden Tractor
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Governor internals from a junk block Tecumseh 6, late 70's vintage
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Governor return spring from unknown Tecumseh.
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Governor linkages made from stainless banding wire
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Block mid 60's H-60 (found in a junk yard)
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Kill switch from an old stove
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Oil pan gasket cut from a Frosted Flakes box
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Belt Guard from an old rack mount audio mixer
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Air Cleaner from a junked Garden Master push mower
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Clutch linkage cut from old bent wreath holder thrown out by local cemetery.
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Total cost of project $10 for the pulley on the engine.

Please say hello to the FrankenTiller.
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Here it is tilling what used to be a section of pasture and was just brush hogged two days before.

IDK what the audio drop-out is in the video, it's not a miss. Best I can guess is a harmonic of the engine firing rate and the audio sampling rate...
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 02:38 PM

Can't beat a deal like that! Way to go!
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 02:38 PM

Alan, do you get a prize for proving your FIL wrong. Maybe the change from the 20$. Very impressive! That's a great example of repurposing parts and it seems to till just fine.
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 03:00 PM

Good work Alan! :thumbs: But some bad news for ya.....I need that engine for my V4-6 Bush Hog! And I'll give ya more than $20! :smilewink:
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 03:14 PM

good deal Alan, keep it up.
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 03:59 PM

I thought you all would see the humor in this,

Daniel, exactly what engine was in it? I'll keep an eye out for whatever.

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 05:48 PM

I thought you all would see the humor in this,

Daniel, exactly what engine was in it? I'll keep an eye out for whatever.


HH60 Tecumseh, ring gear start with charge stator. I'm sure I can find one near here, but never have really looked yet. Have plenty to do already! BUT, if I stumble onto one, I'm gonna bring it home.

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 07:10 PM

oldcowhand, I could use a HH60 too!
I want to turn my Wheel Horse 654 back to original engine.

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Posted August 19, 2012 - 08:15 PM

All hail Dr. Frankentiller and his monster :worshippy2:

Great work Alan! I'm sure he'll have a complaint or two, but you can't please everyone :bigrofl:
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 08:37 PM

Good work Alan! :thumbs: But some bad news for ya.....I need that engine for my V4-6 Bush Hog! And I'll give ya more than $20! :smilewink:


Daniel, I have a six horse Tecumseh that I took off the Roto-spade I bought up here. When I got it it ran fine but needed the governor linkage. I did take the carb, air cleaner and plate that mounts on the block to hold blower housing on it. If you want the rest and are willing to wait I'll bring it down in October.

Great job George. I have the handles and tine cover plate if you need them. Also the tines and the tine mounting shaft but the other side is toast after I used the heat wrench to get it off.
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Posted August 19, 2012 - 09:39 PM

Someday I want to find a belt guard for mine, but I'm holding out for a flea market find. :)

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Posted August 20, 2012 - 12:23 AM

Alan, I just let one of those go to the junker yesterday at the auction, was pretty much complete, don't know if it ran. Sorry
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Posted August 24, 2012 - 05:27 AM

Good job Alan. I like the cereal box gasket,I too have done that before.
Nice video too.
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Posted August 24, 2012 - 07:49 AM

Kill switch from an old stove
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The real mystery is, what did you use for a welder to weld the patches on the handle?

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Posted August 24, 2012 - 12:19 PM

Frankentiller seems to work pretty well. Congratulations Alan. Another fine job.





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