I've got my restored 1650 with now 3 point or rear PTO and now have the roughed up but running 1650 with the 3 point and locked up PTO. I'm really on the fence as to what my best course of action is as far as a very slow restoration of the 3 point (funds are limited), or move the 3 point and keep the other as a parts tractor (it has a strong engine with just carb problems), or move the 3 point and keep the other as my bump around hauling tractor (again, funds are limited).
That all depends on what your plans are for the tractor. If you want to have a functioning tractor for garden work and such, then move the 3PTH over to your better tractor. I wouldnt worry with the Rear PTO untill you get something that uses it. The swap is pretty easy, 4 bolts, 4 pins, 2 hoses, and a lever.
My first question, the rough tractor's carb. You must ever so slightly turn on the gas valve to get it to run. Too much and gas squirts out all over from the carb. The guy I bought it from said it just needs a needle valve. What do you guys think? I am intimidated by carbs. I just imagine a spring releasing a parts flying everywhere.
I used to be the same way when it came to carbs. You will just have to dive into it. Honestly, its already broke so what do you have to loose. Its a kohler engine, the manual is in the manual section and it shows how to take it apart. Rebuild kits are plentiful and not very expensive. We all are here to help when you get into a tight spot too. Getting the carb working will give you another tractor, if you have switched over the 3PTH then you are in no hurry to get it up and running so if you get hung up on something no big deal, you have time.
Second question, I seem to remember that the second lever position for lifting and lowering the 3 point is a plugged position. So does this mean I could take the plug out and replace it with a lever? I assume one hydraulic hose would have to be moved over for the 3 point? Then move the mechanical lift bars and the hydraulic cylinder?
Any new hydraulic cylinders that replace the one I have like from TSC or such? If so, approximate price?
The plugs are either "pipe plugs" or "cap fittings" in the existing control valve. The "pipe plugs" are just male fittings that are screwed into the holes (ports) on the valve body underside. You unscrew them and put in the correct fittings then you screw your hydrualic lines onto the fitting. The correct fittings can be transfered from your donor tractor.
If the Valve body already has the correct fittings in it, then they will be "capped off" with a cap fitting. It functions just like the cap on the valve stem of a tire only its all metal and bigger. You take it off then hook up your hydrualic lines from the cylinder.
On the 3PTH cylinder, there will be 2 lines.They have to be conected to the cylinder and valve body. Dont worry if you get them backwards, it just means the operation is reversed. No damage should be caused and to correct it you just swap the hoses around.
There are no replacement hydrualic cylinders unless you find used aone on ebay. Other cylinders can work but you hav to make alot of modifications to get it attached to the tractor and 3PTH.
Hope this helps with your decisions.