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Posted March 10, 2015 - 07:34 PM

Glad it was a simple fix

Just make sure the new one you have has an Internal resistor in it.

I have no clue, model YF-38A coil.  I looked at the parts list on the engine parts for Wisconsin S8 when I bought the tractor and ordered it based on the model number.  I hope it does.


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Posted March 11, 2015 - 12:57 PM

I got all of the silver spray paint off of the body, grill and hood.  I am working on the fenders next.

 

 

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Posted March 11, 2015 - 04:33 PM

I changed the belts today......whew! What a job.  I followed the thread that shows how to do it in this forum. 

 

I removed the large nut on the drive shaft.  Apparently it hadn't moved in years and took all I had to get it loose. Once that was off, i took out the four bolts located on each side of the cover and slid the front cover off.  While it was off, I changed out the drive shaft bearing.  I loosened the belt guides next to the engine pulley too.  I already had the battery and battery tray out of it (to clean up where the old battery spilled) so it made it easy to get the belt up from the bottom and onto the engine pulley.  So to install the belts, I started with the PTO and slid it up from the bottom onto the engine pulley. Next was the high speed and then low speed belts.  I didn't have to remove any engine mounts.

I then did everything in reverse to button it back up.

I had a bit of trouble getting the cover back on/over the drive shaft and getting everything to line up. I ended up loosening the new bearing and belt guard nuts that are on that cover, then everything slid back on a little easier. Once on, everything was checked for clearances and wrenched down good.  While tightening the bottom belt guard on the PTO though , the ratchet slipped and I busted my knuckles good on the belt cover------------( Warning: bloody photo below).  It was the last thing I was tightening.

 

I also replaced some old crispy wiring.  I cleaned up the spilled battery acid, put the battery tray and battery back in and once all that was done, I went to start her up and the now the starter belt was slipping.  I adjusted the starter belt tension, she fired up and I took her for spin.  I noticed that if I throttled up, she would spit and sputter and want to cut out.  I think my next rebuild is the carburetor and a fuel line replacement.

 

I am glad the job is done, having never done it before, it was a bit of a chore.

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Posted March 11, 2015 - 05:46 PM

That's a very useful post as I got to do the belts on both the 800 and the 1254. How long did it take you?

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Posted March 11, 2015 - 05:53 PM

I took me over an hour because of :

 

1) I wasn't quite sure what I was doing or how things worked.

2) The large drive shaft bolt was stuck on there and I spent 20-30 minutes just getting it loose.

3) With the drive shaft nut off, the clutch pedal falls down loose and it puzzled me as to why. Once the bolt was back on the drive shaft and tightened, the pressure is put back on the spring underneath and the pedal goes back into the correct position.

 

I took it slow and it was all good until my knuckles exploded.


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Posted March 12, 2015 - 02:36 PM

Thanks for explaining how you went about it; coupled with your experience and the thread I will attempt to do this sometime.

You really are cracking on with this project; proper job!

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Posted March 17, 2015 - 08:23 AM

Took off the leaky carburetor, ran new fuel line and installed a new voltage regulator yesterday.

 

I found a ton of nests inside the front engine tin and realized I will be in the market for a new hood hinge.  This one has been re-welded and has seen better days.

 

Anyhow, got it all cleaned up and the tins back on.  I don't think all that nest material and mud packed in there helped with cooling the engine at all.

 

I put a new muffler on too, but will have to get different exhaust piping as the current set up doesn't put the muffler in the correct spot.

 

 

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Posted March 17, 2015 - 08:28 AM

Looks like your making progress :thumbs:


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Posted March 17, 2015 - 09:31 AM

If you do decide to repaint the gold metallic, I have heard that the gold Oldsmobile engine color is a close match. I don't know that from personal experience, but it might be a good place to start.

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Posted March 17, 2015 - 03:19 PM

LP,I have heard the same thing,was the color they used on the engine in the mid to late 60's correct ?
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Posted March 17, 2015 - 05:08 PM

Rumbleseat, you have inspired me to crack on with ordering my belts from Bolens 1000 pair both my 800 and 1254.

I will say it again, you're really setting the pace on this one.

Look forward to read more about your project. Great stuff!
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Posted March 17, 2015 - 07:50 PM

 

LP,I have heard the same thing,was the color they used on the engine in the mid to late 60's correct ?

 That is the one I am thinking of, Rick.

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Posted March 17, 2015 - 10:21 PM

Thanks guys.  I found an old thread about the Olds gold paint

http://gardentractor...e-a-gold-paint/


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Posted March 18, 2015 - 07:45 AM

After much thought and many hours of just staring at the 800, I've decided she's going to get some new paint once she's back up running good.

 

She comes apart pretty quick and I found a few areas that really need some new paint. 


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Posted March 18, 2015 - 10:45 AM

I also found a leak on the axle seal (left side, looking from the rear) and have ordered the parts (thanks Brian) for the repair.  I will post the photos of that when I tackle it in a week or two.

It's dripping a few drops every two or three days but I doubt the leak will get better once I start driving it around. 


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