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#1 zuren OFFLINE  

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 11:51 AM

I wanted to take a moment and say hello to the community! 

 

My wife and I just bought a home with ~5 acres.  I was in need of some sort of tractor for lawn mowing, snow removal, landscaping, etc. when my dad said he was looking for a reason to get a new tractor.  He ordered a new Kubota SCUT and gave me his 1979 Power King 1618 with attachments (belly mower, rototiller, snowblower).  This is the tractor I used to mow grass, move firewood, move trailers, etc. when I was a boy. 

 

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- purchased by my father new in 1979

- dual transmissions

- 3 pt hitch

- hydraulic lift

- original tires

- kept in a dry and sometimes heated garage every day of its life

- Kohler engine and carb recently rebuilt

- snowblower was updated with the newer PK pulley assembly (original was prone to throwing belts)

 

Issues I will work on over time:

- the steering draglink snapped at some point and was welded (poorly) so I may look for a new one.

- mower deck has a hole on the non-discharge end that I will patch

- I operate a lot at night so tastefully adding some auxiliary lighting front and rear is attractive (so that it looks like a factory option)

- seat needs some restoration

 

One major item I'm left wanting is a front end loader.  Mission Manufacturing has loaders for the plastic Power Kings that they say have been successfully fitted to the metal body PKs but I'm not paying $3000 for a unit that needs modification to work.  I intend to explore finding a used unit or research building my own.

 

I'll post pics soon and hope to contribute/learn from the members here!


Edited by zuren, January 03, 2015 - 12:13 PM.

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Welcome to GTTalk ! I a PK and Jim Dandy myself . Looking foward to see pictures of yours , its great to keep your dads in the family

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 12:31 PM

:wave: Welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have a great machine there with the history and all! Guys like to see your 'stuff', so you better charge the camera batteries! Uploading pics isn't hard, there's a link in my signature to help with that!



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 12:40 PM

:welcometogttalk:
Sounds like a nice family piece you now own.
Looking forward to seeing it as well.

You might search the site for FEL Plans. I believe you will find several guys who have built their own and documented them well.

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:00 PM

Welcome fellow Michigander! Glad you are here. I think you like the people here. Don't have a PK but have heard a lot of good things about them. Good luck and remember WE LIKE PICTURES ,  Welcome again.                                                                                                                                    Roger



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:15 PM

dual transmissions????


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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:24 PM

welcome to GTT, I'm sure, that some of the guys will help you! Here some infos from TractorData



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:25 PM

Welcome aboard!

 

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:41 PM

Welcome to GTT. Congratulations on getting a heirloom tractor. The PK is a great ractor as it is. If you really want a front end loader then it may be better to buy a full size older machine that has a loader on it. Take your time to decide what you want unless you are offered a loader for real cheap.

 

Brouse through our Manuals Section. You are allowed 3 free downloads per day. There are plans for DIY loaders and several historic threads show members building their own. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:53 PM

WELCOME ABOARD PKS ARE COOL

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 01:58 PM

Hi Zuren, weclome to the group congrats on keeping the PK in the family :wewantpics:



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 02:25 PM

Welcome aboard Zuren.  Sounds like you have a plan.  As mentioned run a search on Fel and you may find where someone else has already worked out the issues in making one or adapting one to your tractor.



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Posted January 03, 2015 - 07:30 PM

Welcome to GT Talk!

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 07:41 PM

dual transmissions????


A lot of tractors used dual inline transmissions to accomplish large gear reduction and tighter gear spacing. Guys use to use old car frames with twin transmissions to build tractors, putting both in reverse got you an extremely low granny forward.

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Posted January 03, 2015 - 09:43 PM

Here are some pics.  Sorry that a couple are a little blurry:

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Edited by zuren, January 03, 2015 - 09:53 PM.

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