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#16 Sawdust OFFLINE  

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Posted December 11, 2013 - 08:53 AM

Great rescue let us know what you find out about it.


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Posted December 11, 2013 - 07:11 PM

It's on east Wabash. They just came in town about a year ago. Mervus is another new one. They are on 32 and I-74


Is that the old Mid States Wire building, I sold an old truck there last summer.
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Posted December 12, 2013 - 12:51 AM

That's the one Brian.


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Posted January 15, 2014 - 11:05 PM

Well guys I finally got around to tinkering with the K181. Turns out the intake valve locks or keepers had worn smooth and that seemed to be the only issue with the engine. So I stopped at the local Simplicity dealer and picked a set up for $6 and change plus a breather gasket for a total of about $10. About a week later I got around to trying to put them in but without a valve spring compressor you need at least three hands ( the last ones that I put in,my wife put them in while I held the spring),so after three hours I gave up ( highly irritated too... ). So a few days later I bought a door spring compressor. The valve spring compressor was $25 and the door spring compressor was $12 and I am a poor guy. The door spring compressor worked great. It took me a couple of minutes to compress the spring and thirty seconds to get the keepers in. Then I put it back together and started it  a few times letting it run a probably a little less then a minute. The little Kohler seems to run great with no smoke or noises. And that makes me happy...


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Posted January 15, 2014 - 11:27 PM

Here is the old and new keepers plus the door spring compressor along with a Couple more pictures of the K181.

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Posted January 16, 2014 - 02:17 AM

Great deal, and hard to beat. So you are only in it for 35 bucks and you have a running engine and a new tool to boot.
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Posted January 16, 2014 - 05:18 AM

Great find and rescue.


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 06:19 AM

Neat idea on the compressor. Glad it is running!


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 06:57 AM

Definitely a good deal. I hope I get that lucky. 

I just brought a K181 into the shop, that I'm going to go over, to

have as a spare.


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 01:23 PM

Great idea on the spring compressor. Glad you got such a good engine for so little, way to go!!


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 01:49 PM

Thanks guys,now to decide which tractor that has a empty spot on the frame to put it in. I thought I would share the door compressor idea for anyone who like me is on a tight budget.


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Posted January 16, 2014 - 05:04 PM

Nice find.


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 05:34 PM

Good news to hear you got it running.
Smoking deal.
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Posted January 18, 2014 - 05:46 PM

never thought of using my door spring compressor.


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Posted January 22, 2014 - 11:54 PM

Great buy! I love these old Kohler motors!  :smiley-score010:


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