A friend of mine's family had an old john deere swather sitting in a field collecting rust. I asked about it and was told it was parked there when the family quit farming, but ran. I asked for, and received the eng and hyd pump from it. It turns freely, the oil looks like new so after sitting for 20 some years there was no water in the eng. Kinda surprised me sitting in the open that long but I checked it well, no water and can spin the eng. over with the crank. It is missing the coil, but distributer/starter/carb, everything else is there. Carb throttle will not move so it will need a new carb if a rebuild does not free it up or it's damaged, we will see. Not bad for a freebee, but we will see how free it is after/when I can get it running... LOL
What's y'alls thoughts, will it run again? Is this a good eng/dependable?
My intentions is to use it to build a serious log splitter. From what I found, it is a 30 horse eng. I am wanting to build a splitter with a splitting head of 6 blades at a single cut, ie a full log split to 6 pieces on one stroke of the ram, if that makes sense. I'm also wanting to build a swinging arm that either lifts, or an arm with a winch on it to lift up the log and swing it onto the bed for splitting. I split/burn mostly oak, and those 20 inch long, up to 20 inch diameter pieces of wood is getting a little hard for me to lift with my busted up back. Do y'all think this engine could handle this job?
I'm open to opinions, suggestions, etc. Good or bad, all are welcome.
I am to receive soon, an old/rusted up AC WD, engine cracked/siezed, lots of parts missing, what's left will be salvaged by me for my other tractors. If anyone is familiar with this tractor, what I am thinking of doing is removing the rails from both sides, putting them back to back to use as the rail for the splitter. I have no doubt they can handle the stress, those are some serious frames. I also want this to be tow-able behind a truck down the road, so I'm thinking of a factory made trailer, remove the bed, etc and using the frame for the splitter. Do y'all think one of those like TSC sells would handle the weight and stress, or should I look elsewhere? Last thing I want is for it to come apart going down the hiway.
Good, bad, etc, let a rip!