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#16 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 10:54 AM

Well, I see another yellow craftsman in the making.
Good for you.

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 01:50 PM

Kenny: I have all you will need for headlights as I plan to switch hoods on the second gt18 and it will be a craftsman no more, and I am not telling everyone the plan until I get it home for a picture lol.

Alan: I refuse to paint it yellow like the first one.

The scrap guys like me enough lol.

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 06:00 PM

Casey, I have the wiring and bulb holders, but that's all. No buckets or lenses.

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 05:42 PM

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Picked it up today and worked on it this evening. Straightened hood mount brackets, muffler, dash supports, and added wheelbarrow tires. Spun the motor some and it is not stuck, not sure if I hear bad noises or shroud debris. It was loaded the same way so I know oil is in the wrong place. So Mabey this weekend I will know for sure. Front axle is definitely loose, but complete and steering so usable for now. Deck is junk, but lift works good. Trans shifts so probably ok.

Edited by wvbuzzmaster, October 25, 2012 - 05:50 PM.

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 05:52 PM

From what I see, you need a hood for starters. RH side panel is bent. Steering wheel center cap. That has a different dash setup. Are the deck spindles free? Seat looks a little bent to. Look it over, see what you need. I may have most things we can trade out.
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Posted October 25, 2012 - 06:13 PM

Kenny, I have yet to reef on the hood and side panels to see if anything will straighten out. I really don't care too much until I get it to run and drive. And hopefully most of those panels will straighten up just a little bit (dents and bends don't bother me on a work tractor). As for the center cap I don't know if I have one laying around or not, I usually grab stuff like that when I run across them lol. No clue about the deck spindles, was focused on preliminary straightening and mobilization, but will check. I will have to work on the front axle, possibly weld stuff to it to take up the slack is need be, as the spindles are good. Only thing I see that is going to be fun to fix is the chunk of plastic on the left side of the dash where you bolt the side panel to the dash (broke out) but I may be able to pop rivet sheet metal there to add the bolt.

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 06:15 PM

The big thing before I do a lot of work on anything like the seat (have a couple laying around) and the sheet metal, is to make sure it runs and drives, or trade the engine out for one like you have opportunity to do.

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 06:23 PM

Like i said, check it over. I have some parts, including an extra dash. Just that they are still on the tractor! LOL.
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Posted October 26, 2012 - 04:27 PM

Well, There is an issue with the engine. It pumps oil out of the spark plug on one of the cylinders while turning by hand. I think that head will have to be pulled to see whats up, anyone want to be pessimistic??

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 04:47 PM

Bet the rings aren't stuck in that cylinder. Sounds like they are pretty tight. May take a while before the oil finds it's way back to the crankcase. Remember, this thing has been upside down for a while. How's that?

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 05:21 PM

I agree, there is a reason the oil pan is on the bottom :poke: Most of the time, but not always, I park my tractors with the wheels down! :wave:
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Posted October 26, 2012 - 05:59 PM

pulled the head... one step forward, about 5 back.... cylinder and piston looks fine, water and oil out.... only cost me one broken off flush with tdc head bolt........

Tomorrow i will be checking starter, and spark... see if other stuff works first I guess. going to fill with oil and crank (check for blowby)

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Posted October 26, 2012 - 11:28 PM

Sorry to hear the bolt busted. Good luck with the rest of it.
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Posted October 27, 2012 - 04:52 AM

Sorry to hear the bolt busted. Good luck with the rest of it.




Ditto my sentiments exactly.

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Posted May 04, 2013 - 02:22 PM

Well, hope has hit the horizon for this old Craftsman... in the form of... a GTV 18 just down the street. Haven't got it home but was told the engine does run (hasn't in a while) and it needs a gas tank. I did go look at it and it needs a good bit of work to revive the entire machine, but if the engine runs, the dash forward looks great and that should combine with the scrapyard GT 18 if all goes well. Anyway, when I get it home I will disclose more info.






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