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#1 Tankman OFFLINE  

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Posted January 12, 2013 - 06:52 AM

Picked up this "unused" 520-8 for a couple of hundred bucks this week.

 

The poor Stallion needs work but, presently does run.

 

The Grandson and I just wanted to help the Old Horse. We need a Spring '13 Project too!  :wave:

 

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Posted January 12, 2013 - 07:01 AM

That should make a good project.



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 07:12 AM

Ought to make a great project. It'll be good to share with the grandson!



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 07:57 AM

Looks to be a nice grandfather / grandson project :thumbs: Keep us updated on your work , Al



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 08:23 AM

Looks like it has an Onan engine. Nice project for you and grandson



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 09:23 AM

Looks like it has an Onan engine. Nice project for you and grandson

'Tis an Onan. Something I've thought 'bout for awhile, just stumbled on this old Stallion! My lucky day!

 

Will post updates after the warmer weather settles in (or before). I'm antsy and my WHA (Wheel Horse Addiction) is severe!  :worshippy1:



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 11:44 AM

'Tis an Onan. Something I've thought 'bout for awhile, just stumbled on this old Stallion! My lucky day!

 

Will post updates after the warmer weather settles in (or before). I'm antsy and my WHA (Wheel Horse Addiction) is severe!  :worshippy1:

It is well built machine. Nice find for you



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 12:18 PM

Does the front axle have a sweep forward in it like the 520 HC does? If so, you can put a 60" deck under it and really mow some grass with it. The 520 was the Biggest baddest gt WH made.



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 01:51 PM

Looks good the 520 - 8speed are suppose to be rare, they didn't make very many, most of them are Hydros.

I think ??? all the 520s came with swept forward front axles. ???



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 01:53 PM

There were 520H's that didn't have the swept forward axle and the 520HCs did from what I have been able to find out.

 

I think ??? all the 520s came with swept forward front axles. ???


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Posted January 12, 2013 - 02:12 PM

There were 520H's that didn't have the swept forward axle and the 520HCs did from what I have been able to find out.

 

Learn something new everyday here.



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Posted January 12, 2013 - 04:16 PM

Does the front axle have a sweep forward in it like the 520 HC does? If so, you can put a 60" deck under it and really mow some grass with it. The 520 was the Biggest baddest gt WH made.

The 520-8 does have the swept forward axle. I've already downloaded both the Onan and WH manuals.

 

Looking forward to this "fun" project. My other Horses are well groomed, constantly cleaned up. :wave:



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Posted January 15, 2013 - 12:49 PM

Those 520-8's are rare.  They didn't make a whole lot of them.  Great grab for sure!



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Posted January 21, 2013 - 05:26 PM

Started the restoration today. Wow! The previous owner didn't believe in power washin'!

 

All the red sheet metal is off except for the fuel tank. Tomorrow is another day.

 

Washed all the parts, hanging to dry with the help of some WD-40 (water displacement).

 

With the help of partstree.com, I'm busy making my lengthy hardware list. That'll be a trip to

Lowe's or the local hardware store. I usually replace all with stainless steel hardware, a little more

but worth it in the end. Never-Seez® is on every bolt when replaced. I like the parts lists that call out the bolt sizes!

 

Rear tires will be mounted on 7/16-20 x 1-1/2" long bolts. I use a 12mm washer behind each bolt head to assure a flat fit. Of course, ten [10] 7/16-20 open acorn lug nuts too! I like

lug nuts so I can hang the big tires on 'em. For myself, easier than spinnin' the wheel to line

up the lug bolts.

 

I have the tranny supported and spin the hubs now and then, oil on the move!

Spark plugs out of the 20hp Onan, spin the engine whenever(?) just to move oil around during

the restoration.

 

I'm considering sand blasting the loose sheet metal parts before paint. What do you think?

Sheet metal really needs paint too!

 

More to follow but first, gotta keep the 400 Stallions fueled for any white stuff. Seems we're

on schedule for some possibly tonight. Oh my, wow, time to plow!  :dancingbanana:



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Posted January 29, 2013 - 11:26 AM

The '90 520-8 is gettin' a cleaning!

 

With the heavy rear tires, lug nuts are on!

Like the forward swept front axle, all zerk fittin's are being "renewed." 

 

For the foot rests, coarse skateboard tape! Skateboard Son recommended it, I've used the tape on two Stallions. Works great!

 

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