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#1 Kmac1 OFFLINE  

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Posted November 11, 2015 - 07:08 PM

1968 Kubota L260, dealer tore it down told customer it would cost in excess of $5K to repair it and that's if they could find all the parts.  I offered the customer 200 for it and he said ok.  So far all I  have found wrong is one shaft (balance shaft??????) that is seized in the block.  it will need an oil pump and rings and bearings.  O ver haul.  Parts are pricey, but available.  Should I keep it or sell if for salvage??????.  Oh he just had it rwepainted like 30 days before it quit

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Posted November 11, 2015 - 07:24 PM

What would it cost you to repair?

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Posted November 11, 2015 - 07:49 PM

Go for it. It is an adventure and should be a good learning experience.  Look at this as a warning though:  http://gardentractor...page-1?hl=iseki   . I hope that it works out for you. That will be a nice tractor when its done. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted November 11, 2015 - 08:01 PM

Are crate motors available?
Even a good used one from a unit with other problems?

Would think that either option would be cheaper than 5k.

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Posted November 11, 2015 - 08:23 PM

I would look at what it would be worth fixed up and running, what it would cost you to repair it, and see where the difference falls.  MH81 was on the right track.  Look for a good used engine at salvage yards.  Would be much cheaper and a lot less work.  Personally, I would never have a dealer do major repair work for me.  They are entirely to expensive.  Your smaller repair shops can do just as good a job for a lot less $$$.  A local JD dealer's labor rate is right at $80/hr for equipment up to 100 hp.  Over 100 hp it is $125/hr.  Have two private shops and both are $50/hr for anything they work on.

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Posted November 11, 2015 - 08:51 PM

   Just one of those back tires is worth what you paid !!!! Nice score.  you need to do what you want with it, fix if you can or part if you want.  either way you will make out like a bandit.


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Posted November 11, 2015 - 11:33 PM

What engine was in it before? My concern would be mating it between the flywheel and the bell housing. Yes you can get a bigger engine put in, but you have to make sure it will work first. Now with that being said, a used kubota will run between 1-1800 depending on hours and what model engine. When i rebuilt my d1105 in my puller after I melted the pistons down, it costed me roughly 1400 to rebuild. I had 575$ in 3 pistons, rings, rods, rod bearings. I had gotten a new head for it which was 650$. And the gasket set I think was right around 125$ for everything. But with everything in such nice shape to be honest I would rebuild the entire thing. You pretty much have everything there. 

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 07:21 AM

Build it, you'll love it!




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Posted November 12, 2015 - 09:02 AM

I could not find 260 listed for sale on Tractorhouse. But the 245 was for sale between $2000-8000.
Having a 20 hp Ford 1500, I can say if you get it running you would not regret it.
I would do some checking as to whAt motor you have and start checking with tractor salvage yards.

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 09:08 AM

Try THIS place.  West Ky Tractor Salvage has tons of Kubota tractors for parting.  The following is copy & paste from their site:


We are a Japanese compact tractor salvage yard. We have been in business since 1987 serving the agriculture community. We specialize in quality used and rebuilt tractor parts.

We have a large inventory of numerous makes such as, Allis Chalmers, Bolens, Case, Ford, Hinomoto, Iseki, John Deere, Kioti, Kubota, Massey, Mitsubishi, New Holland, Satoh, Shibaura, Suze, White and Yanmar.

We offer same day shipping on most orders, knowledgeable sales staff and truck freight discounts. We ship UPS and most truck lines daily. We also buy salvage tractors. If you have one that you would like to sell, please call us for a bid.

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 09:57 AM

The engine is a z1300 (I think) 26 hp 2 cyl diesel.  From what I have seen during my 20 minute inspection  before I bought it is that: the crankshaft can be polished, so can the camshaft.  There is one main bearing that looks like it was about 3 seconds from spinning, I'm thinking I will take the engine to my machine shop and let them look it over, magna flux it just to make sure its not cracked before I spend too much more on it.  I will keep posting here

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Posted November 12, 2015 - 10:59 AM

This link might help locate some parts needed.



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Posted December 18, 2015 - 12:55 AM

So far I have had no luck finding used engine or the parts needed to rebuild my engine.  The only parts I can find are the crankshaft and reman  cyl head, nether of which I need.  So I will keep looking and posting on different sites until someone somewhere tells me they have what I need.