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#1 Betty Humpter OFFLINE  

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 09:08 AM

I am doing it on the 1972 110 that I just purchased.  If it goes well I will also do it on the 1974 Gilson that I also purchased.  I will be asking some stupid questions along the way.  I will take pics as I go.  Engine will hopefully come out today.


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 09:21 AM

Congrats on the new project.  How far into it are you going?  In my case the engine/hydro/axle were in great condition so I left them alone other than to repaint the engine.  Metal prep and painting were pretty straight forward for me.  I bought a grinder, coarse wire wheel, respirator, and safety glasses before I tore into it.  Fixing the fiberglass hood was a bit daunting but not difficult and I am happy with the results.  Warning: the little parts you need along the way can really add up!

 

Check out my 120 thread and you will likely pick up some tricks/hints from my project including some "what not to dos" from the school of Hard Knocks. :smilewink:  

 

120 thread ---> http://gardentractor.../7650-1971-120/


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 09:45 AM

I am doing it on the 1972 110 that I just purchased.  If it goes well I will also do it on the 1974 Gilson that I also purchased.  I will be asking some stupid questions along the way.  I will take pics as I go.  Engine will hopefully come out today.

Go get em! those pics should help recall where/what goes..keep everything organized throughout.,We'll be watchin the progress :thumbs:


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 10:56 AM

 

I will be asking some stupid questions along the way.

 

I've never heard stupid questions, but many stupid answers!


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 11:05 AM

If you have question we will have some kind of answer.  Like several have stated, there is never a stupid question-that is the only way you are going to learn. And mostly due take the pictures for future reference.

 

 

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 11:12 AM

I was always told; "the only stupid question is the one you don't ask" so ask away.  Dittio on the pictures,  that has saved my bacon quite a few times.  The digital camera was a great invention.

 

We will be looking forward to your progress and seeing the pictures.  There are a lot of folks here that have been in your shoes and that do some fantastic work. Good Luck.


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 11:16 AM

I am doing it on the 1972 110 that I just purchased.  If it goes well I will also do it on the 1974 Gilson that I also purchased.  I will be asking some stupid questions along the way.  I will take pics as I go.  Engine will hopefully come out today.


We thrive on stupid. If it can't be answered correctly, it will still be answered. But anyway, welcome and we all look forward to your posts.

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Posted August 31, 2013 - 11:53 AM

Just ask away, we will be waiting on progress as you move along on this project. Good Luck!!


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 12:04 PM

 Congats on starting your first restoration.Just remember,Take your time.When you try to rush through something that's when you make mistakes or you say I wish I would've did that.


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 03:16 PM

 Congats on starting your first restoration.Just remember,Take your time.When you try to rush through something that's when you make mistakes or you say I wish I would've did that.

 

I agree. I also find that trying to do work that requires attention to detail when you are worn out at the end of the day is not a good plan. Better to wait until you have the energy and time to do it right. 


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Posted August 31, 2013 - 05:00 PM

Good luck. Looking forward to pics.



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Posted August 31, 2013 - 05:31 PM

Good luck! As everyone here has said, pics are your (and our) friends. I usually find at least one part of any project that I can't remember how it goes back together. Of course, that is usually the part I forgot to take pictures of! 



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Posted September 01, 2013 - 04:52 PM

i dont get it.  The previous owner said that the piston didn't move when you turned the flywheel.  It totally moves and the cyl wall looks smooth as can be.  Maybe the head was just worn out because they didn't use antiseize on the threads of the spark plug.  What would make the spark plug fly out of the head?  I do know that there isnt oil showing up on the dip stick...   So i will get a starter and a head and see what happens....



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Posted September 01, 2013 - 05:00 PM

Good luck Al bundy! Just waiting on Peg to sell it out from under you! :bigrofl:

 

Have it looking like this in no Time! :thumbs:

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Posted September 02, 2013 - 08:37 PM

Good luck! I have just discovered these things, now I find myself searching eBay and Craigslist for parts and attachments that I can't afford. Not to mention the dreams about point gaps and carb settings!


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