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Posted November 02, 2014 - 06:06 AM

Good luck with it, Larry! That's a really well built machine!


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 10:01 AM

I was thinking about this last night, plus my Wife warned me that Christmas was coming up, so tractor money may have to wait till after the holidays. I think I'll attempt to get the engine running while at this stage of tear down. I'll leave the dash intact and try and free up the throttle and choke cables. The battery positive cable will need a new end installed, and I'll use BMP's 450cca battery as the original battery is dated 07 and won't take a charge, I can set up my clean test gas tank and hook it to the fuel pump. There is some serious rust through in the battery tray, I'll have to make a replacement for it at some point. I have been taking pictures of all the cable routings and wire connections. I do want to finish removing the drive belt (it is the largest belt I have seen to date) and a few more shields around the engine before I attempt to crank it. I only want to see it run long enough to listen, look, feel, and see for any issues before I remove the engine. Depending on how my other chores go today I might be able to make this happen this evening.

   

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Posted November 02, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Sounds like a good idea!  That Onan is a monster!



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Posted November 02, 2014 - 05:05 PM

I finished my chores early thanks to the extra hour today. I started with removing the frozen throttle cable, I guess it was getting bad based on the damage to the dash. I think I can repair this. Next I pulled the plugs, both look good and are the same type. I then fixed the + battery terminal. I drained and removed the Gas tank, the gas smelled like varnish. I installed my clean test tank and filled it with fresh gas which has been treated. I removed the drive belt and found the clutch pedal was detached from the clutch bracket. (Glad I removed the belt). Pulled the battery from the BMP and installed, hooked up the battery charger on trickle. Got the other Fire Extinguisher from the old shop, Checked the safeties and verified the key switch worked by bumping the starter (It turned over 1/4 to 1/2 turn) I'm exited now! Freed up the throttle cable and re-attached. All I am waiting on now is the video camera to charge so I can film this.
 

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Posted November 02, 2014 - 05:22 PM

Good luck!


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 07:22 PM

Woohoo!!!!! I didn't have the throttle cable set properly other wise it would have started easier. Mission accomplished! It seems to run good (I'll post a second video where the throttle cable is adjusted) Lot of work ahead but I know the engine will be worth it.

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Posted November 02, 2014 - 07:48 PM

This is after adjusting the throttle cable.

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Posted November 02, 2014 - 07:55 PM

Congrats, Larry! Sounds good to me. Now, above the oil filter should be a fitting you can tie an oil pressure gauge into. That will help determine how good of shape it's in!


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 07:56 PM

those mandrls are easy to rebuild, each one takes 2 Timken tapered rollers, I do not remember the number but it is one that used to be VERY common as an outer wheel bearing on lots of RWD cars. take a mandrel apart and take a bearing and race in so you can match the numbers up....


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 09:13 PM

This was the YouTube post for the preparation of starting. Took a little longer to publish, but completes the process. Now the real work begins. Complete disassembly, evaluation, and parts gathering.


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 10:24 PM

I looked ahead and found the next video.
Just so I don't ruin the surprise, I will just say "I think so too"
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Posted November 02, 2014 - 10:31 PM

I looked ahead and found the next video.
Just so I don't ruin the surprise, I will just say "I think so too"

Which one was this, I think I linked all of them.


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Posted November 02, 2014 - 10:35 PM

Oh, craps, I skipped one. It was the video where it started.
Cool, now I get to listen to that big throaty engine wake up again.
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Posted November 03, 2014 - 09:56 PM

Got around to pulling the steering wheel and dash. Man I had the dirt flying! I think I found half of Illinois under the dash. Note to self... look for steering wheel woodruff key when emptying the shop vac. Can someone decipher the hour meter? I also noted a slight gas leak after running the engine, hope a rebuild kit will fix this. After seeing the location of the solenoid and all the debris I got to wondering how much a fire hazard this could be if the solenoid started arcing? Also it would be a pain to replace, the dash was not easy to remove.

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Posted November 03, 2014 - 10:34 PM

After some research I think this is between 1979 - 1983 which puts it close to the 1983 Ford LGT-145, but in some what better condition.






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