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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted June 17, 2015 - 11:48 AM

As I'm moving along with the restoration on my tractor, I frequently look for parts to see what's out there. I came across this project tractor and the key parts are there to restore it. The clutch turned out to be in great shape once I cleaned it up and freed it since it was stuck from sitting. 2nd and 3rd gear didn't work so I removed the top cover from the transmission and someone just put the clutch fork in wrong. They completely missed the groove in the gear where the fork goes, so the fork would move, but not slide the gear into place. I put the fork back in place and the transmission works fine now. The engine is a gear reduction Wisconsin model AKN, but there is a hole in the block and the engine is incomplete. At least the magneto, gear reduction unit, and crankshaft came with the tractor. Now I'm on the hunt for a replacement AKN to get the tractor back up and running. Unfortunately the original 6" front rims and tires were replaced with 8" ones and the ID tag on the frame is missing. The shifter was snapped off the transmission, but luckily I have a spare on the parts transmission that I picked up. The hood that came with it on the ground next to it and it's restorable. The steering column tube will need replacement and the steering box needs a rebuild, but I just went through that and it's a piece of cake. I just want to get this one running and driving for now and at some point it will get restored, too.

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Posted June 17, 2015 - 11:54 AM

Here's the clutch after I used a 3 jaw puller to pop it apart. I cleaned everything up and it works fine.

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Posted June 17, 2015 - 12:14 PM

Love the look of those machines. Sounds like you have it well in hand. Nice work on the clutch and tranny :thumbs:


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Posted June 17, 2015 - 12:41 PM

Where are all the guards and safety switches? :poke:


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Posted June 17, 2015 - 12:44 PM

Cool little critter! Got a stout rear end in it!


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Posted June 17, 2015 - 12:45 PM

Back in the day we knew to keep our fingers out of chains and sprockets, and to put the tractor in neutral before turning the crank, HA! Actually, the cover came with it for the transmission.

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Posted June 17, 2015 - 12:49 PM

The 30's Mopar transmission and rear are a bit overkill for a garden tractor Kenny, but it was a cheap way to build these machines.
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Posted June 17, 2015 - 03:54 PM

I LIKE IT !


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Posted June 17, 2015 - 05:01 PM

The transmission and rear end were painted when I picked it up. If they weren't painted, I was thinking about leaving the tractor all crusty and just making it mechanically sound. Here are some pics of my B1 next to it for a size comparison.

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Posted June 17, 2015 - 08:52 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing this pretty guy looking like a pretty guy!

 

My inventory says I have an AKN buried in the shop.  Shipping is hard on a Wisconsin, but if you are interested I can dig it out.

 

Ben W.



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Posted June 17, 2015 - 09:35 PM

Thanks Ben, I really appreciate it. I'll see what's available locally, and let you know what I come up with regarding the AKN. I'm working on the other Gard'n Mast'r Jr. now, and I'll be sticking with that project until it's finished. I'm just waiting on the valve guide insert installation tool to install the inserts in the Briggs engine. I reamed out the guides already, so the engine will be going together shortly.

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