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#76 wilberj ONLINE  

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Posted July 10, 2014 - 05:31 AM

Will do,

I think there were 3 different sizes right?

 

 

Factory is 40'' but there was a 60'' and a 24''.


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 08:39 AM

This is really looking good.

Are you going to put the disc harrow back on it ?


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 08:52 AM

This is really looking good.

Are you going to put the disc harrow back on it ?

 

I decided to restore the Grader Blade.

I think the discs that came with this were the wrong ones and meant for the Ride-a-Matics

 

I may restore the sickle attachment for this but want to find the cast starter sheave before I do.


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 09:13 AM

I thought that I was going to be able to help you out with a cast starter pulley.

However, I came across a sickle mower myself just two weeks ago for my Ridemaster so I'm going to have to use that pulley myself.

 

I think you're right on the disc.

I went back and looked closer at your first photos and see that your harrow has 4 disc each.  

The set that came with one of my Ridemasters has 5 disc on each side.


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Posted July 11, 2014 - 08:56 PM

I got more together this afternoon and got to drive it around for the first time :bounce:

Just need to fine tune some things then do some touch up painting where I made some scuffs from installation.

 

 

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Posted July 11, 2014 - 09:08 PM

Wow. Better than new, probably. Excellent work.
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Posted July 11, 2014 - 09:13 PM

That looks great Brian! It's always a pleasure to watch your restoration projects!!!


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Posted July 11, 2014 - 09:33 PM

Looks really good Brian.

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Posted July 11, 2014 - 09:41 PM

Do you have a set of weights to put on the back wheels? Was wondering since your putting the grader blade on.

Looks good! NOS head? That's why you didn't paint it?

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Posted July 12, 2014 - 07:33 AM

Do you have a set of weights to put on the back wheels? Was wondering since your putting the grader blade on.

Looks good! NOS head? That's why you didn't paint it?

 

No, been looking for a set for a while and have not found any weights :(

I sandblasted the head to make it shiney :D , I never paint the heads when I do a restoration, I dont believe these were painted at the factory either???

 

The engine runs alot smoother with a brand new Governor rod to take up all the play that was in the old one!


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Posted July 12, 2014 - 08:03 AM

Lookin' good! Can't wait to get started on mine.0711140635a.jpg



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Posted July 12, 2014 - 08:40 AM

Lookin' good! Can't wait to get started on mine.attachicon.gif0711140635a.jpg

 

Critters whats the model and serial of of yours? Other then the looks of a engine change it looks like a good tractor.


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Posted July 12, 2014 - 08:45 AM

Critters whats the model and serial of of yours? Other then the looks of a engine change it looks like a good tractor.

Model #35AB02   Ser#4377  Have yet to look for engine #. Wisconsin with plug out the side of the head at an angle.0711140635c_2.jpg

 

Need a carb kit. Will run if I keep it choked with my hand, runs really rough. I have a thread on it called "Finally".


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Posted July 12, 2014 - 01:47 PM

 

I sandblasted the head to make it shiney :D , I never paint the heads when I do a restoration, I dont believe these were painted at the factory either???

 

Can't say for the Ridemasters but all the Bolens I have the engines are all green, I mean everything. The ones with Briggs engines it looks like they covered the id plate somewhat and started spraying. The Wisconsin on my Gardener is done the same way.


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Posted July 12, 2014 - 04:59 PM

All wired up!

New Grommets and throttle assembly :bounce:

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