Well, I sold my HT23 last week, and while I'm finishing saving up the money for a CUT, I'm looking to get my 1886 to plow the garden. Fortunately it has a 3 pt hitch. The engine runs pretty strong, but the stator (alternator) is not working. I bought a NOS unit to install in the engine, BUT, since I didn't sell my Mitsi L3E diesel with the HT23, I may put it in the 1886 instead.
Which leads to my main question-- The Eaton 12 hydro in the 1886 works, but it's noisy--even after an oil and filter change. The tractor is usable now, but if I put the 20 hp diesel in it, it might stress it more than it can handle. I know repair parts for the E-12 have just about dried up, so I'm wondering about putting a different transaxle in the machine.
I looked at the HT 23 Transaxle compared to the 1886, and it looks like it can physically bolt up to the frame. Question is--could it be swapped and what kind of job would it be.
I know the 1886 doesn't have dual disk brakes, though I have a set of CC disk brakes that I might try to install... I know the HT23 has a Hi-Low range with the shifter on the left side under the seat... any other major impediments to making this swap?
Thanks, as always, for any input.