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Posted December 31, 2012 - 04:39 PM

Ouch! That's a bunch for a water pump. Glad the tractor steering is much better.


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Posted December 31, 2012 - 05:34 PM

Ouch! That's a bunch for a water pump. Glad the tractor steering is much better.

I didn't like the Dodge Intrepid when he first bought it. Just this month I have replaced the Tires, fixed the bleed valve on the radiator, replaced the battery, and now this.

 

I am adding "00" grease to RED's transaxle now. Takes about 1 - 1/2 hours to drain one funnel full. I needed to get the shop temp up some other wize this stuff won't flow. I plan to add 2 funnels today. Keeps the pearless shifting smooth, but eventually leaks out the axle seals, and no way to pull the rims without damageing something. This is an easy enough process.

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Posted December 31, 2012 - 05:42 PM

I was wondering about that, then remembered Red has a different transaxle. Red will like that!



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Posted December 31, 2012 - 06:37 PM

Are you saying the grease will leak out the seals? I wouldn't think it'd do that any more than oil would... Anyways, i bet red will be happy with the smooth shifting. Anyone up north ever use "00" in a tranny in the winter? is it OK or does it turn into something from the LaBrea Tar Pits?
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Posted December 31, 2012 - 07:08 PM

I would think the "00" grease would become almost like taffey in below freezing, and almost peanut brittle in sub freezing. Works great in Texas!  I finished adding two funnels. I have done this each year sence 2009, It sorta oozes out over the year, but I am sure some remaines below the axle seals and is slung around when operating. Dosn't hurt to top it off each year.


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Posted December 31, 2012 - 07:21 PM

If it keeps it going, go for it! Happy New Year, Larry!


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Posted December 31, 2012 - 07:48 PM

Steering is done, and I replaced the battery cables with some I had that was in much better shape. I may get the engine mounted tomorrow. Happy New Year ALL :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:  :dancingbanana:

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Posted January 06, 2013 - 05:11 PM

Ok, for a January 2013 update on Red. I mounted the engine, and got everything connected. Gas tank and filter were completely dry. I added 1/2 tank of gas (stabil and STP enhansed) threw on the battery charger (don't think I really needed it) the B/S turned over about 6 times and walaa! Purrs like a kitten. I put a 2X4 across the seat springs and went around the shop. Clutch and Brake are good, and the steering is very responsive. Couldn't really give a good test ride as the 2X4 was not very cooropative. Now for a good warm weekend so I can wet sand the fender and hood and give a fresh shinney coat of paint.

 

 

 

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Posted January 06, 2013 - 05:41 PM

Won't be long now, Larry. Great video!


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Posted January 06, 2013 - 05:55 PM

Won't be long now, Larry. Great video!

Thanks Kenny, Didn't like the way the 150kbs video made the engine sound so I uploaded a HQ version of the engine running. Love the way the older Briggs twins sound! Yes, real close now, just some work on the body paint and mounting and leveling the deck. Can't wait till the clover starts growing. (I was mowing last February this time).

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I also noticed that the tendesancy for the governer to hunt a little is gone.  


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Posted January 06, 2013 - 06:28 PM

Very nice work Larry. While I was in TN I showed my dad your mower deck and he was amazed at how it looked.


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Posted January 06, 2013 - 06:46 PM

Ouch! That's a bunch for a water pump. Glad the tractor steering is much better.

 

It came out to $1,533.65, no I am not happy with this.

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Posted January 06, 2013 - 06:53 PM

Very nice work Larry. While I was in TN I showed my dad your mower deck and he was amazed at how it looked.

 

Thanks!, The deck is hanging on my shop wall, and really looks good there. Maybe one of these days when I have a real shop, that would be one of the things I would like to have as a decoration.

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Posted January 06, 2013 - 07:10 PM

It came out to $1,533.65, no I am not happy with this.

Last year I put a new timing belt and water pump on a friends van. I felt like charging twice that much by the time I was done. Had to take half the dang engine out to get to it- Including the motor mount and part of the intake. Completely stupid.



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Posted January 06, 2013 - 07:10 PM

It came out to $1,533.65, no I am not happy with this.


Looking at that list, it must be one of the engines you have to pull the head to change the pump...
LOVE to find the lunkhead that decided that was a good idea.

Not to spook you, but exactly 3 months after doing that job in my Escort, I lost a connecting rod. After all the time & $$$$, it went to the junk yard. :wallbanging:




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