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#1 Trav1s ONLINE  

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Posted January 18, 2014 - 04:33 PM

Got the 312 to my storage barn today. Looks like it was painted at some time In the past. The engine had a new rod installed a few years ago and it let go last summer so the owner gave up on it.  The block looks ok from the outside.  The wiring harness looks great.  The Walbo carb will go away. I am planning on assigning it to snow removal duty and leaving the 120 to yard work.  Additions include h2 conversion and the seat from the 120, and possible dual brakes from a 317.  The k301 will get some lovins in the process, too.  Note - this 312 came with the narrow tires on the back, just like my 120.

 

Overall, this is in much better condition than the 314 I picked up a year ago and sold over the summer.  


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 04:40 PM

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Posted January 18, 2014 - 05:06 PM

That poor grill. I would venture to guess the original lost a fight? With a wall or a tree?



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Posted January 18, 2014 - 05:08 PM

That poor grill. I would venture to guess the original lost a fight? With a wall or a tree?

 

I thought that too.  This should have a black wire screen grill, right?  


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 05:26 PM

yep looks good same grill as the 200 series im pretty sure



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Posted January 18, 2014 - 05:50 PM

  I haven't seen a 312 with the aux. hyd. ports on the front. that's a nice exta!   early grills were mesh, later ones bar style. And a cool feature of the 312's is they are open body style too (no engine side covers)   She ought to be a good worker. the 312's weren't that popular, so they are kinda rare now.  Nice find!



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Posted January 18, 2014 - 06:05 PM

I see the 312 in the same boat as the 120 and the 200/208 which is why I picked it up.  I love the less common machines and I have my 120 to thank for that.  

As for the grill, I think the '75/'76 machines (the ones that got the wire mesh side panels on the 200 series) got the mesh and the later units (with the louvers on the 200 series) got the bar.  This one is an early '77 so I think wire is correct for it.  Now to find one.  JDParts shows it as AM36082

 

The hood will need a bit of TLC too but that is not hard to do.

 

I am thinking this will a great chassis for a k301 build according to the "Killer Kohler" formula by Dave Kirk.   :smilewink:


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 08:55 PM

Congratulations on the nice 312. They are pretty hard to find here. I've seen exactly none of them for sale. That one looks to be in pretty good shape. If you build the engine up to 18hp the rear end will take it. You need to make sure the drive shaft and couplers are in good shape. The coupler on the hydro end will destroy the input shaft if it is worn. 



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Posted January 18, 2014 - 09:02 PM

Same stuff as the 

 

Congratulations on the nice 312. They are pretty hard to find here. I've seen exactly none of them for sale. That one looks to be in pretty good shape. If you build the engine up to 18hp the rear end will take it. You need to make sure the drive shaft and couplers are in good shape. The coupler on the hydro end will destroy the input shaft if it is worn. 

 

Same stuff as the 314 and 317.  I did not realize it has the rubber iso-mounts like the 314/317 either.  The current mounts look like they were replaced when the k301 was rebuilt in the past (and are in better shape then the pieces on the 314 I sold).  

To those of you who are not familiar with the Killer Kohler build by Dave Kirk you can find it here:
http://www.kirkengin...KohlerPartI.pdf

http://www.kirkengin...ohlerPartII.pdf

 

Guess the kid that was raised on 383/440 Mopar engines loves a bit of hot rodding.  :thumbs:


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Posted January 19, 2014 - 08:37 AM

Found this thread on WFM talking about the grill in question:  http://www.weekendfr...335/119658.html

 

Did some checking this morning on jdparts.com and found a few interesting things to share. 

312,314,317,316k and all 200 series with serial # 80,000 and up share the same grill, part # M81679. 

if Travis is using a 316k grill in his 300 that means they should all interchange, so according to all that you have a choice of either a bar style or mesh style grill. 


 



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Posted January 19, 2014 - 09:07 AM

The 317 has U joints instead of those disk couplers. The twin engines have a higher crankshaft then the singles by about 2 inches. 

I don't like those bar style grills. They are difficult to take in and out, vibrate and rub the paint off where they touch,  bend easy and are generally not up to the quality of the rest of the machine. I've never seen the mesh type. 



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Posted January 19, 2014 - 09:22 AM

Thanks for those differences Brian!  :thumbs: 

The other bonus is that I have the service manual for a 312 stashed in storage.  I picked one up for the 314 and it covers the 300/316k/312/314 machines.   :D



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Posted January 19, 2014 - 09:31 AM

Looks like you found a real good tractor for a starting point! I know those hood stickers aren't original but I like the looks of them they look good on the there.



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Posted January 19, 2014 - 12:36 PM

I am very happy with the condition and a solid foundation for a project. It is in better cosmetic condition than my 120 was when I picked it up. It did not have the hard life like the 314 I sold.  A great place to begin.  

I have considered a v-twin re-power too.  They look sweet with the cylinders sticking out past the hood supports.   :love:

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Posted January 21, 2014 - 08:33 PM

Great 312 Trav1s


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