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#16 Deerlope ONLINE  

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Posted January 08, 2015 - 08:36 PM

Sweet looking machine.

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Posted January 08, 2015 - 11:36 PM

Great score, hope you get it fired soon.



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Posted January 09, 2015 - 01:45 AM

That's look like a sound buy to me. Good luck with getting the engine fired up.

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Posted January 09, 2015 - 02:11 PM

Garage is getting crowded, 1220 with Briggs 16HP boxer engine on right, new 1220 on left

 

 

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Posted January 09, 2015 - 03:41 PM

Garage is getting crowded, 1220 with Briggs 16HP boxer engine on right, new 1220 on left



I know that feeling only too well. I just have to restructure my garage space again.

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Posted January 16, 2015 - 10:52 PM

First things first, it's running now, and really well.

The coil in the new stator checked out bad, less than 400 Ohms.  I swapped the stator, ignition module, and flywheel from my old Tecumseh onto it, pulled the plug and it had spark.

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I reassembled the engine, put gas in the tank, squirted some starting fluid in the carb and BOOM!  I had done something I've never done in over 40 years of working on engines ... I forgot to tighten the spark plug.  It blew out of the head and stripped the threads. :wallbanging:   Boy, that was stupid, and it won't happen again.

I pulled the head off the other engine, cleaned all the carbon off and installed it.

 

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Tightened EVERYTHING and it started right up.  It runs super smooth even at low RPMs. It's running in this picture, no smoke.

 

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Now I gotta figure out the wiring. the PO had hardwired everything without connectors.

Now I have two running tractors, what's the plural of Bolens anyway?
 


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Posted January 17, 2015 - 08:24 AM

Congrats on a job well done. :good_job:  Don't be too hard on yourself about the loose plug, I think we've all done things like that. A friend of mine once rebuilt a lawnmower engine only to find out later that it was merely out of gas! :brain_fart:  I've done my share of dumb things, too. Chalk it up to a learning experience.

 

You can probably salvage that head, if you ever need to, by installing a thread repair insert. Get the Heli-Coil Sav-A-Thread 5334-14 spark plug repair kit for about $27.

 

The plural of Bolens is Bolens' (in print, anyway).


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Posted January 17, 2015 - 12:50 PM

 

You can probably salvage that head, if you ever need to, by installing a thread repair insert. Get the Heli-Coil Sav-A-Thread 5334-14 spark plug repair kit for about $27.

 

 

Oh, I left that part of yesterday's fiasco out. I bought a "Plug-Saver®" kit and followed the directions:

 

1) Load the Plug-Saver® tap up with grease to catch the chips from the cutting process, no need to remove the head.

2) Start the tap in the hole by hand and finish with a 3/4" socket.

 

I never got past #2. It was moving along well until it got a bit hard and then the tap shifted about 20 degrees.  I removed the tap and found a much larger hole with no threads?  The spark plug in the old cast iron Tecumseh is NOT over the piston!!!  The Plug-Saver® tap is longer than a regular tap due to the starter threads. It bottomed out and shredded the threads it had just cut.  It's a paperweight now unless I switch it to a 18mm plug. :mad2:



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Posted January 17, 2015 - 08:18 PM

Oh, I left that part of yesterday's fiasco out. I bought a "Plug-Saver®" kit and followed the directions:

 

1) Load the Plug-Saver® tap up with grease to catch the chips from the cutting process, no need to remove the head.

2) Start the tap in the hole by hand and finish with a 3/4" socket.

 

I never got past #2. It was moving along well until it got a bit hard and then the tap shifted about 20 degrees.  I removed the tap and found a much larger hole with no threads?  The spark plug in the old cast iron Tecumseh is NOT over the piston!!!  The Plug-Saver® tap is longer than a regular tap due to the starter threads. It bottomed out and shredded the threads it had just cut.  It's a paperweight now unless I switch it to a 18mm plug. :mad2:

 

 

OUCH.!!!    Sorry to here that.. sounded like everything was going so well...!!



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Posted January 17, 2015 - 09:15 PM

OUCH.!!!    Sorry to here that.. sounded like everything was going so well...!!

 

It's all good now. I just need a battery, seat, plow, and chains to complete the setup.



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Posted January 17, 2015 - 10:21 PM

I watched a guy start an Onan gen-set at an auction last year and the spark plug turned torpedo, scares the crap out of you doesn't it? :D  



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Posted January 18, 2015 - 03:57 PM

I watched a guy start an Onan gen-set at an auction last year and the spark plug turned torpedo, scares the crap out of you doesn't it? :D  

 

It sounded just like a gunshot, yeah it woke me up.



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Posted January 31, 2015 - 02:56 AM

Battery installed, wiring sorted, fuel leak stopped, Allis Chalmers/Simplicity plow modified and installed.

 

Almost ready for work!  The plow is a tight fit on the right side, but it should be okay, see pictures.

 

The left hand spindle has a lot of play, about 15 degrees when steering.  It feels like the hole for the pin is worn in the spindle, I'll have to remove it to check.

 

Then

i mount chains and weight box and it's good to go.

 

Plow mounted

 

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Closeup:

 

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Posted February 01, 2015 - 07:11 PM

The spindle was bored to 5/16" and the steering arm was 1/4" with a 1/4" bolt through it.  I bored out the steering arm to 5/16", slid in a 5/16" bolt and the steering is fine now.

 

Chains installed, weight box mounted, I started it up, put it in gear and nothing!  The drive belt idler spring wasn't hooked up and the clutch nut wasn't tight.  Once that was sorted it worked fine.  I still need a seat and the linkage for the plow is a bit wonky.

 

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Posted February 01, 2015 - 10:01 PM

Nice looking tractor there! :thumbs:


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