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#31 bowtiebutler956 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 17, 2014 - 08:21 PM

 My 9.5-16 tires came in today, and I couldn't be happier! They're much taller than the oe 8-16 tires. I have the fenders off it right now for paint, but I better put them back on long enough to make sure that I'm not going to have to raise them. I put the tri-ribs off my 222 on it just to see how they will look, as I'll be using the same tires on this 444. These tri-ribs are also quite a bit taller than the oe tires, even though they are both 16x6.50-8's. Anyway, here are a few pics.  :thumbs:

 I'll be moving the 444 to my shop tomorrow, as I had to make some room.

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Posted February 17, 2014 - 09:08 PM

The Case 4xx series have good ground clearance already... this will certainly give you more, plus a lot better traction.  Where did you get the tires from?

 

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Posted February 17, 2014 - 09:13 PM

Well, I got the engine off the 444, and got it tore down. Things really look quite good inside, which blows me away, with the way this thing was smoking! A very brief hone of the cylinder cleaned it right up. Its not perfect, but it is good. The crank looks really good as well, and even the rod had very minimal wear. I cleaned the block up, and cleaned the intake, and exhaust ports. I went ahead, and ordered a master rebuild kit for it, that has piston, rings, rod, valves, gaskets, and seals. Here are a few pics from today. Thanks

 

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That's looking good.  I don't know if you have it put back together, but you ought to pay a visit to Brian Miller's website.  He runs a machine shop that builds engines for CC pulling tractors, etc. but has a pages of tips and tricks on how to increase performance fairly simply--like breaking the edge on the block where the valves are recessed to allow for more laminar flow into the cylinder...

 

FWIW,

 

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Posted February 17, 2014 - 09:56 PM

Looks like it's going to be another great looking  tractor build . Ags make all the difference in looks. One other thing could you refrain from taking photos with that green stuff I think they call it grass.Haven't seen it in a loooooooong time got another 2 & 1/2 inches of sleet and snow today.


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Posted February 17, 2014 - 10:12 PM

That's looking good.  I don't know if you have it put back together, but you ought to pay a visit to Brian Miller's website.  He runs a machine shop that builds engines for CC pulling tractors, etc. but has a pages of tips and tricks on how to increase performance fairly simply--like breaking the edge on the block where the valves are recessed to allow for more laminar flow into the cylinder...

 

FWIW,

 

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 Tnanks, and the place I got the tires from is Nebraska Tire. They were half the price of anyone else ($120) a tire, and $20 each to ship them all the way down to south Texas! You can't beat their prices on AG tires, although they don't sell the smaller 12" tires, unless your looking for 26x12-12's. Here is a link. http://nebraskatire....olf/lawn-garden

 I am familiar with Brian Miller's web site. It is a very informative site with lots of helpful info. I was very tempted to order one of his cheater stack cams, but didn't feel like spending the extra money. The process your talking about is called cutting the eyebrows, and I'm not going to do it to a vintage Kohler block, but I've done it several time to hotrod go kart, and mini bike builds that I do with my sons.Here is a couple pics of the most recent one I did on a mini bike build. This is whats called a full relief, and actually goes into the cylinder, but stays above the top ring. I also fully ported the valve pockets on this engine. I custom fabricated an aluminum intake for it, so I could adapt a small Mikuni motorcycle carb to it. It has a forged Wiseco piston, ARP billet aluminum rod, a big Dyno cam, and a ceramic coated header. Its probably making 10-12hp at 7800 rpm out of a 5hp flathead Briggs. This thing is a real screeeeamer!! Thanks

 

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Posted February 17, 2014 - 10:32 PM

Looks like it's going to be another great looking  tractor build . Ags make all the difference in looks. One other thing could you refrain from taking photos with that green stuff I think they call it grass.Haven't seen it in a loooooooong time got another 2 & 1/2 inches of sleet and snow today.

Thanks, and sorry about that gopher. I guess that means you don't want to see the video I took two days ago of tilling up the winter garden, so we can start on the spring garden? :D  I won't do that to you.  :bigrofl:

 

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Posted February 18, 2014 - 09:21 AM

Those Ags look great on those rims, and the whole thing really works well together with the tri ribs up front and the Ags in back.  Very nice!


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Posted February 18, 2014 - 11:03 PM

Those Ags look great on those rims, and the whole thing really works well together with the tri ribs up front and the Ags in back.  Very nice!

 Thanks Howard, and I agree. AG's, and tri-ribs just make them look like a big tractor. :thumbs:

 

 

 I've been busy with work, so I haven't gotten a chance to do much today. However, my engine kit came in, so I did take the time to polish the valves, and lap them into they're seats. :D

 

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Posted February 22, 2014 - 07:16 PM

 I did manage to find some time to start assembling the engine today. Everything is going together great, and hopefully I'll finish putting it together tomorrow, and paint it. Here are a few pics.

 

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Posted February 22, 2014 - 10:19 PM

 I did manage to find some time to start assembling the engine today. Everything is going together great, and hopefully I'll finish putting it together tomorrow, and paint it. Here are a few pics.

 

Matt

Do you run your Kohlers with the balancers in them???

 

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Posted February 22, 2014 - 10:28 PM

Do you run your Kohlers with the balancers in them???

 

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 Actually Smitty, this engine didn't have balance gears in it when I opened it. I know with the K301, some had them, and some didn't, but I thought all the K321 engines had them. I guess its possible someone removed them in the past. As a rule of thumb, I usually leave them out, as most old Kohlers I pull into already have some play in the gears, and I don't want to chance it. I've never noticed them vibrating anymore than normal without them.

 

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Posted February 28, 2014 - 08:45 PM

 Well. I thought it was time to give an update. The engine is back together, and I've been working on the steering, as it was very loose. It had several problems, that were causing the play.

 1. The pivot pin in the front axle was worn, so I ordered a special aftermarket one that was designed to help cure this problem. http://www.ebay.com/...=item43c65d20ec

 It worked great, and got rid of 90% of the forward, and back movement in the axle.

2. The small steering gear was really wore out, as can be seen in the pics. The gear is welded on, so I ordered a whole new steering shaft for it, as well as a used steering wheel to replace the aftermarket one that it had.

3. All four tie rod ends have play in them, and the OE ones are $50 each!  :loosing_it:  I chose to order some aftermarket ones for $10 each, that will work great.

 

 I got a new set of decals for it, as well as some new motor mounts, and a TSC muffler, so I can put a proper exhaust stack on it. :D

 

 I had said in a previous post that I was planning on just giving the frame a rattle can paint job, but I changed my mind, and decided to give it a proper paint job, with hardener, so it will last longer. If all goes well the frame will get painted tomorrow, as its clean now, and only needs a light sanding, and taping off anything I don't want painted. Here are a few pics. Thanks

 

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Posted March 01, 2014 - 08:55 PM

 Well, I got the frame, and wheels painted today. Its not perfect, but it will be a good looking working class GT.  Sorry for the poor pics, but the lights in my shop always add a yellow color to my pics. When I get the wheels back on, and all the tape removed tomorrow, I'll wheel it outside, and take some pics in a more natural light. Thanks

 

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Posted March 01, 2014 - 09:45 PM

Great Job Can't wait to see it in the dirt.



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Posted March 02, 2014 - 05:18 PM

Great Job Can't wait to see it in the dirt.

 I'm with you Kevin, I can't wait to be able to take this beast out, and work it. I think I'm really going to like it. :thumbs:

 

 

 Got the wheels back on it today, as well as a few other things like, steering wheel, dash decal, tie rod ends, and riveted the motor mounts to their plates. After that, I rolled it out into the sunshine for a few beauty shots.  I'm really starting to love this GT:love: Thanks

 

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