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#121 Marlin1963 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 17, 2015 - 10:29 AM

I didn't paint the exhaust pipes because they are coming off, but I needed the engine in place to do the fabricating. I have quite a bit of things to do to this GT but it will be mostly tinkering.  Here's more pics

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Posted December 17, 2015 - 06:13 PM

Looking good! You're braver than I am! I would never lift an Onan from the exhaust pipes! Only one Onan had the lifting brackets, so I copied those for my other two!


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Posted December 17, 2015 - 10:14 PM

I used my back for the several times I had to remove mine chasing an oil leak. I did have the lift bracket but could not use it, (no lift). I painted all my parts separately.

PS, Yours is looking good. Lots of similar pictures as with my Roper.

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Posted December 17, 2015 - 10:15 PM

I agree with you Kenny, I was too lazy to screw in lifting eyes. I'm almost done with this GT, tomorrow I will start it up and finish with the decals and I've got to reshoot the hood, here are some pics

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Posted December 17, 2015 - 10:28 PM

Actually I still have allot more work to do on this GT since I'm going to fabricate the exhaust system, it looks awful with the mufflers sticking way out there. I placed the decals on the dash tower and for this years they are spec. to go on the rear of the hood so it's not correct. I'm going to have to fabricate a new throttle handle because of the dash with that weird ledge. I'll have more pics tomorrow.



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Posted December 17, 2015 - 10:36 PM

I stripped this Onan down pretty far too, I just didn't open the case or pull the heads.

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Posted December 17, 2015 - 10:47 PM

I saw that. It gets more expensive the deeper you go. Although mine started and ran good when I purchased it, I have access to an good machine shop that had bored two other engines I had so I figured I would let them check the N52M block out. I was pleased that it only needed honed, and specked to STD. So only new rings and gaskets (several sets) were needed. If yours doesn't smoke (mine didn't either) then you should be good. I did learn a lot as this was the first pressure lubed engine I rebuilt. I am enjoying your thread as I have done many of the things you are doing and reminiscing.   


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Posted December 18, 2015 - 05:14 AM

Years back, I got one of the HF 1/2 ton pickup bed crane (hoist) and built a stand with steel wheels for it. Back then I was moving Chevy small blocks around with it. Now, it's great for the GT's.


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Posted December 18, 2015 - 05:55 AM

Really nice looking tractor , the black and silver go together well 


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Posted December 18, 2015 - 06:05 AM

Looks good. I like the colors.
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Posted December 18, 2015 - 12:35 PM

This isn't the original engine for this tractor, the original threw a rod a few years ago and I had this one on an old Sears tractor. According to the shroud info this engine is an 18 HP it runs great and it doesn't smoke  at all.

I'm going to rebuild the original engine at some point and put it back on this tractor, the GT I took this off of now has a 2 cyl. Kubota and it's a fun little tractor and it's powerful although not as powerful as these Onans. I am going to get the little diesel tractor straightened out and painted sometime.

    My LGT 165 Ford is next to get Attention, this Ford is my main mower so it deserves to look as good as it performs, I love the Ford for moving my trailers around since it's hydraulic.

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Posted December 18, 2015 - 03:59 PM

Kenny, I got to thinking about what you were saying about picking this Onan up by the pipes, well they both have massive brackets bolted with 3/8" bolts to the block. I guess that's why I didn't wonder about it at the time, but you made me look, lol


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Posted December 18, 2015 - 08:48 PM

I got more done on my GT today, the wiring is all completed all the lights work and I'm ready to  start it up, maybe tomorrow. There were allot of loose ends I've been taking care of. Here are some more pics.

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Posted December 18, 2015 - 09:04 PM

I can tell you I know how those pepper shakers sound!

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Posted December 18, 2015 - 10:45 PM

I didn't cut the pipes off yet but I am going to when I can, I have another surgery next week so I won't be working on it for a few weeks. I'm going to repaint the hood tomorrow it looks awful


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