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#1 Gabriel OFFLINE  

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Posted August 30, 2014 - 10:02 AM

I'm looking at a GT that has been nicely restored. The owner said that when he started it this Spring after being stored, the engine (Kohler K301) smoked a bit, but did go away. He said that the more he used it, the better it got, and now seems fine. He thought that it was probably from sitting so much. The engine has been rebuilt (it has less than 20 hours on it since it was rebuilt), and from talking to him, reading things he wrote about it, and seeing pictures of the tractor, I'm sure that he wasn't cutting corners.

 

Is this anything to be concerned about?

 

Thanks!

 

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He is a fellow forum member, so be carful what you say.


Edited by Gabriel, August 30, 2014 - 10:17 AM.

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Posted August 30, 2014 - 10:24 AM

Fellow member huh?...I don't like to hold back..... Really, I have had same situation on many engines brought home that hadn't run in a few years or long time. They always gett better as they are run. The valves and the rings and seals all need to break back in to running and get freed up.  I think no worry at all. Run gas cleaner thru them awhile also to clean carbs and system.


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Posted August 30, 2014 - 10:34 AM

Sticky rings is my initial thought.  I'd change the oil, add some fresh gas with seafoam, and use it.  As for forum member, i would hope they would take care of one of us.


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Posted August 30, 2014 - 11:32 AM

He says the smoke is just a touch at start up, then goes away.



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Posted August 30, 2014 - 12:13 PM

He is a fellow forum member, so be carful what you say.

I said that because I thought someone might criticize or question his rebuild job (and he might have read this, though maybe he would not have cared anyway).
But, I do want to know if someone has an idea of what the problem might be, if there even is one.

Edited by Gabriel, August 31, 2014 - 08:29 PM.


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Posted August 30, 2014 - 12:16 PM

Smoke at start up is common when you don't get out of choking it quick enough (even if you are fast). I would not hesitate to buy whatever it is he is selling.
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Posted August 30, 2014 - 12:56 PM

Too bad there was a problem with my brain in the post earlier. 


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Posted August 30, 2014 - 01:59 PM

Too bad there was a problem with my brain in the post earlier. 

That's alright.



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Posted August 30, 2014 - 04:25 PM

I would change the oil to make sure break in oil is out, and add some transmission oil to it. That will help to unstick rings and valve stems.  Only 20 hrs, may not be broke in yet.  I would not worry about start up smoke. The other thing I would do is to re-torque the head. I put rings in my k341 a few months ago it still smokes a bit on start up, then good after it runs for a minute. Just my opinion, Noel 


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Posted August 30, 2014 - 08:24 PM

Thanks everyone! I think I will be buying it, Lord willing.



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Posted September 01, 2014 - 08:19 AM

Is it home yet?


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Posted September 01, 2014 - 09:46 AM

Is it home yet?

No, not yet. If I do buy it, I will start a new thread about it.

 

Thanks for asking!


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