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#16 Lance Skene OFFLINE  

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Posted May 10, 2014 - 02:46 AM

Got both hydro tractors apart now to swap some parts around, wondering if anyone can tell me why the spark plug hole placement is differant on two differant k321 9 bolt heads? I have a kohler engine book but cant find anything in that.

Not that it matters much just that I have to modify a gas tank support before swapping them.

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Posted May 10, 2014 - 05:42 AM

Check out this read, Lance! It should explain things.


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Posted May 10, 2014 - 05:48 AM

That's good reading Kenny. Thanks.



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Posted May 10, 2014 - 06:15 AM

I remembered reading something about different heads. It didn't take long to find the info again. He explains a lot in that article!



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Posted May 10, 2014 - 09:27 AM

Thx Kenny, lots of good info there

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Posted May 12, 2014 - 12:17 PM

Making some progress... or a mess depending on point of view..lol

 

Short work week then ten days off so Im hoping to get the 145 into good working order and get some yard work done before going back to work.

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Posted May 17, 2014 - 10:59 PM

Managed a couple test passes with the mower today, first time having an attachment on one since starting to collect these Fords about a year ago'

 

So its an lgt 145, original motor, larger 165 gas tank and dash tower with amp and hour meters, front and rear pto,  deck and tiller.

 

This deck is 42" but I have three 50" to try rebuilding one. Hood needs a little bodywork and one of my custom battery covers so it isnt bolted on yet, havent tested the tiller but I have two so should be able to get one in order, as long as it works good all summer I'll tear it down for a repaint next winter.  

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Posted May 18, 2014 - 06:24 AM

Wow, she looks really good. Super job!!

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Posted May 18, 2014 - 11:33 AM

Thx.. they always look better in pics dont they..lol

 

its a long ways from done but its at least a complete and fully functional tractor now, although Im still missing the clear plastic cover for the gas gauge, and I want a new hour meter so that I start from 0, I'll fab a new exhaust for it in the near future, and a front bumper.



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Posted May 19, 2014 - 10:47 AM

Finished up a little bodywork on the hood and mounted one of my custom steel battery covers yesterday, swapped over the Walbro carb from 165. Was a tight fit for the larger gas tank between the hood support brackets and the spark plug so I had to loosen all the dash and grill bolts and then tighten them after the hood was set in place, that due to the differant placement of the spark plug hole in the head,

 

Today I want to look into the deck a bit... it has adjustable rear rollers and the front are fixed but I would like them to be adjustable also, just because Ive found decks that are adjustable on all four corners tend to leave a nicer finish. 

 

So in the end, I paid $300 for one tractor, $180 for the other, $80 for the seat, havent bought anything else extra yet but I do need a new hour meter, I might buy a matching pair hr/amp so that brings it to a total investment of about $600.

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Posted May 19, 2014 - 03:32 PM

I'd say you scored pretty good.  My 145 was a helluva lot rougher than that when I first brought her home a year ago, and I paid $275, no attachments.  Like someone posted earlier, that rear PTO setup alone is worth the money.  Is the tiller original?  Finding tractors and parts for these Fords isn't too bad (unless you're looking for the 14D or 16D or a 3pt setup) but I've looked high and low for implements and haven't come up with anything and basically started converting Deere, Allis, and Simplicity implements with a lot of sweat and thought going into them.  Nice find.



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Posted May 19, 2014 - 09:29 PM

It is a Ford tiller, I have two of them, three 50" decks, one 42" deck, still looking for a snowblower.

 

Got it cleaned up a bit today... then put it to work dragging some spring tine harrows around yard, do that to turn any sticks or crap before first mowing, worked very well and everything is working, even the gas gauge... happyhappyhappy

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Posted May 21, 2014 - 09:33 PM

Had the tiller on long enough to get the garden done, couple minor bugs to work out there but thats all looked after now, time to clean the shop before starting on the next project so I thought I would see how well the little 145 can pull... pulled a 4000lb truck out of the shop... didnt have alot of steering control... but it did pull it out..lol

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Posted May 22, 2014 - 05:32 AM

probably right in low range



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Posted May 22, 2014 - 06:05 AM

Your 145 looks real nice, Lance! Glad you are enjoying it!


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