Restored 1973 Wheel Horse 10hp 8-Speed Lawn & Garden Tractor, model 1-0365
What started out as my every-day "worker", she spun a rod due to a failed dipper on the crank. I needed to do an engine rebuild in order to put the machine back in service, so off we go. After tearing the engine down, measuring the bore and crank journal, I ordered replacement parts. While waiting for them to arrive, I decided to sand blast the engine tins and paint them and the block. By the time the engine was re-assembled and cleaned up, I couldn't bring myself to put the now pretty engine on the scruffy tractor.
As the mission crept even further away from my original intentions, I arrived at the machine you see below. Everything that was broken or worn was fixed or replaced along the way. The bigest and most important repair was fabricating a brand new, hand made, wiring harness. There wasn't an inch of wire anywhere that hadn't been chewed by mice. The only "upgrades" I did to the original machine are; 1) replaced the original seat with a 1974 hi-back spring seat, 2) the 1973 Head & Tail Light "dealer option" kit was installed, and 3) the deck, originally a 42" side-discharge model, was swapped for a later model 42" rear discharge so we can clear some of the garden features on my property.
Before and after shots show, for a 42 y/o machine, she wasn't bad looking at the start of this trip. As a close friend said; "She's ready for another 42 years of work." I gotta agree, she's like riding a brand new machine now, and will serve me well long into my retirement. :) Some of you that don't know me might not believe the following. This machine was painted in Rust-Oleum Regal Red rattle-cans, the engine is done in VHT Hi-Temp Chevy Red engine rattle-can spray paint, and Eastwood's 2K 2-part rattle-can automotive clear coat. I can't shoot HVLP to save my a55, so I've become fairly proficient with the spray bombs. Don't ask me why, just the way it is, and I accept that. All my machines are spray bombed! LOL
Edited by MikesRJ, July 18, 2015 - 06:29 AM.