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#1 js5020 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 03, 2013 - 07:31 AM

Well for the last few years I'd been looking around for a decent used JD 214, 216, or preferably a 316, 317 to possibly replace a Gravely walkbehind and/or have something the right size to take to plowdays but no luck finding the "right" machine at the right price.  Well this dropped in my lap the other day,,

 

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It was a good runner but for some reason it blew a piston into 4 pieces,,,, not the color I was looking for but it had all the right options (hyd lift, hydro, 16hp 750lb + GT class) and about the best price one is ever gonna get,,,, free.  The machine is in pretty good shape for being a 1973, its also one owner, should be easy to make it like new again.  More to come,,,,,, 


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 07:35 AM

Can't beat that deal !!!    Do you think you'll be able to save the block ?


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 07:42 AM

Should be a real work horse! Nice score!


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 07:43 AM

Nice and being free makes it extra nice. Hope to see more pictures as you work on the horse.


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 07:50 AM

If it's just the piston & not the rod the thing can be rebuilt easily as long as the block is intact!!  

 

That thing is a classic with lots of goodies for sure..  Looks like the chassis is well lubed fom leaks over the years but is in relatively good shape..  Definitely a candidate for a resto for sure!!  Good Luck!!


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 08:23 AM

Congrats on the GT. It looks like it would be worth rebuilding / repowering the motor.


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 08:26 AM

Heres a look at the "carnage",,,, it's definately rebuildable, no serious damage was done to the block,,, if it weren't for the sign of an oil leak on the flywheel side of the engine I'd probably just hone it and pop a new piston and rings in, very little wear in the cylinder, unlike the K301 in the Gravely which is soo bad I got piston slap knock

 

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The only explaination I could come up with for the piston was the oil being used,,,, I saw no evidence of abnormal wear in the crank, rod, wrist pin, cylinder bore,,, I thought maybe the fuel pump was pushing gas into the crank case but I did not smell gas, the oil smells like hydraulic oil or UTF???? 


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 10:43 AM

Cant beat free! Looks to be in good condition it has the normal wear and tear on it. But let me know if you need any help id be glad to help you save a few bucks and weld that piston back together for you :thumbs:  :smilewink:


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 12:01 PM

Very nice find sure can't beat the deal you got. Looking forward to watching your progress.


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 01:53 PM

Kohler blocks are pretty much bulletproof. Nice free tractor. I think you'll come to enjoy the whole Wheel Horse thing.
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Posted June 03, 2013 - 05:05 PM

I have never seen a piston shattered like that.  :worshippy1:

 

Wow.

 

But the price was right, I think you did well!  That will be a real tractor once you get the engine purring. 

 

Ben W.


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 06:51 PM

I'd have the cylinder checked out to be sure it is still with-in Kohler specs.....bore if necessary and go for a complete rebuild on the engine. You can invest a little into the engine, as the tractor didn't set you back anything!

Good luck and keep us posted with pictures!


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 08:17 PM

FREE is GOOD!!  :thumbs:     Good luck on the rebuild.  Rick


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Posted June 03, 2013 - 09:10 PM

Wow, seen some bad pistons before, but that's a doozy.
Good haul, glad it has found a home.
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Posted June 04, 2013 - 08:04 AM

Very nice score.

Almost every attachment from '73 to '09 should work on that model.

Good Luck with your restoration.


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