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Posted February 15, 2013 - 03:18 PM

I use the Teflon tape, it works as good as the dope does with less mess. We use it on all the Gas Trains we build for our customers. :thumbs:



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Posted February 15, 2013 - 04:46 PM

I also use Teflon tape; it's cheap, easy to use and works quite well!

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Posted February 16, 2013 - 05:46 PM

520-8 hood had a through sand blast.

Interior of the hood, blasted well, and painted. Painted some of the outside, have to mask off

the black and paint that part next.

 

Here's three day hoody project. After paint is done, decals from the Vinyl guy!  :wave:

 

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Posted February 17, 2013 - 06:36 PM

Grandson 'n I did a little today but, sorry, we flagged the Stallion.

 

He was carryin' on, crying to go outside. Wind chill was like 0°. Did open the barn door.

He liked that, engine purred like a Harley! So far, so good, steady ahead!  :wave:

 

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Posted February 17, 2013 - 07:45 PM

Just got caught up on your project Tankman. It looks amazing! Looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor! Keep up the great work!



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Posted February 18, 2013 - 12:38 PM

Just got caught up on your project Tankman. It looks amazing! Looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor! Keep up the great work!

Thanks caseguy! Fixin' isn't work, it's all play.

 

Cold, wind chill, ouch. Still made a little venture outdoors with the '90 520-8 Stallion.

 

Girlfriend asks, "Which Horses are you going to let go?" She's lost her mind! :shoot2:

I'm down to my last five for goodness sakes!

 

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Posted February 26, 2013 - 07:00 AM

Had some 'lectric problems, "had."

 

Cut off a number of electrical solderless connectors, replaced with new. A few of the male spade connectors, i.e.: voltage regulator, I filed gently with a small file.

 

Now, getting a nice charge for the battery. I thought the battery was kaput but, all cleaned

up and charging seems to be OK.

 

Most hardware is now stainless steel. Nice how TORO parts diagrams list the hardware size; thread and length. Sure makes my hardware list easy to write!

 

My best upgrade (to me) is the lug studs to lug nuts. Really makes changing rear tires easy!

7/16-20 x 1-1/2" long bolts w/ flat washer, use blue threadlocker on threads where they sit in the hub.

7/16-20 open end acorn lug nuts. Bolts, hardware store. Lug nuts at your auto supply.

 

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Edited by Tankman, February 26, 2013 - 11:36 AM.


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Posted March 01, 2013 - 05:40 AM

1st day of March '13, could mow if I needed to. Not yet!

 

Need to do more hood sanding and painting. I'm just unimpressed with TORO's design of

the front hood attaching hardware. This is the 3rd Horse of this design I've restored. ALL 3 had the same ailment. ALL 3 had badly (unusable) pivot rods, hood stops, and the LH & RH mounting brackets were badly worn, too worn to use properly.

 

Rear tow bar was really bent, mounted a spare. Grandchildren demand trailer rides!

 

The Attach-A-Matic front mount was bent a bit, the pulley ass'y a bit loose but usable. Tightened up the ass'y a bit with a 5 lb. sledge. :wave:

 

Started cleanin' the deck, usable but has a number of rust holes here 'n there. Guess I'll press one of my other 48" decks into use. How come? I like for some reason or other, the engine response (sound 'n power) of this 20 hp Onan. Nice NAPA stock parts for the Onan.

 

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Posted March 01, 2013 - 05:07 PM

"I like for some reason or other, the engine response (sound 'n power) of this 20 hp Onan."

I hear you there. They do the job. I was stuck on Kohler forever (and at heart still am) but the 20HP Onan is a beast.

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Posted March 02, 2013 - 09:45 PM

Nice work, wanna resto my 518 for me? Just kidding, I to was a died in the wool Kohler person, but that throaty roar of the Onan is making me hesitant to swap my 518 for a single cylinder cub to stay the least.  I was working on making my 518 the poor mans 520, I already put the 1100 series hydro in it and I have the hyd lift stuff to install this spring if I keep it.   Yours is looking great so far.  Mike



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Posted March 03, 2013 - 07:17 AM

Thanks mtoney, I call restoring "play time", Grandsons love my little shop in the barn.

 

I had many Kohlers including a 25 hp Kohler Cub Cadet. Always a Kohler believer.

 

Now, after pickin' up this 20 hp Onan, getting to love the power and sound. This Horse moves! Effortlessly climbs hills, pulls, runs!

 

Manual tranny, no hydro lift. I was thinking of using an electric linear actuator (Northern Tools) for whatever(?) just 'cause I feel like it.

 

Movin' ahead slowly, or quickly, with the restore. Just want to ride come the nicer spring weather. :dancingbanana:



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Posted March 05, 2013 - 01:16 PM

Movin' along. Didn't like the left and right belt guards, 2nd coat of Rustoleum Regal Red and, if missed more new hardware. I'm using all SS hardware and Never-Seez® on all threads. Progress on display behind the bank barn.

 

Chompin' at the bit to mo' d lawn! So are the two Grandsons! Wonder how long that'll last? :dancingbanana:

 

 

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Posted March 11, 2013 - 12:33 PM

'Round sixty degrees today, nice day to "play" with the '90 520-8.

 

Will need to restore the 48" SD deck. Oh, have a spare while the beat deck is gettin' a goin' over.

 

Installed the spare, just wanna beez ready for the spring grasses.

 

Ordered a decal set, can't hardly wait to apply 'em!

 

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Edited by Tankman, March 11, 2013 - 01:34 PM.


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Posted March 11, 2013 - 04:50 PM

Looking good!!! :thumbs:  The decals should set it off real nice.    Rick


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Posted March 18, 2013 - 10:38 AM

Terry at www.redoyourhorse.com came through in shining colors decals!

 

Nice sturdy, easy to apply, look GREAT!

 

Can't hardly wait to mo' d lawn! :dancingbanana:

 

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Edited by Tankman, March 18, 2013 - 01:15 PM.





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