I picked the Steiner up last week, and am just getting around to getting some pictures posted.
We put the axle selectors midway between high and low range, and it rolled like a champ, even with severely underinflated tires!! I used my two-bit HF portable electric winch to get it up on the trailer... worked with out a hitch.
The date on the oil filter is 2009, so it's been sitting a while. It is missing a few parts--the double groove idler pulley for the PTO, the left hand door, and one of the wheel mounts for the dual wheel setup-- I found a double groove finished bore pulley of the right size (4.75") at Surplus Center--I'll put a sealed bearing in it with a 1/2" bore, and I"ll be good to go. I'll fabricate the other parts, though I probably won't run dual wheels on it unless I actually need them.
I worked on it on the trailer at first since it's easier when the tractor is up off the ground a bit. I couldn't get it to start, or even turn over at first. So, since carburetors are almost full of crud--especially for a vehicle sitting this long, I started there first.
I was worried I'd need another carburetor and wasn't sure I could find one easily. I had a Carter carb off a K241 from a Cub 102, so I cleaned it off a little, removed the Keihin and compared the two.
I had planned to use a carb from a Kohler, etc. if I needed to replace it, but I was surprised to see that the Carter carburetor (on left) has a larger opening, and wider span between mounting holes, even though it's designed for a 350cc engine.
My second big surprise came when I opened up the carburetor, and didn't find any deposits in the float bowl or varnish.
The wiring was the usual collection of splices, poor crimps, etc. The machine has a master switch that senses the position of the PTO lever, makes sure you're sitting in your seat, neutral gear position, etc.
I couldn't use much of the wiring as it's in the underside of the machine, and very hard to get at, not to mention all the backyard electrical work done on it.
I put a little oil down each cylinder, and turned the engine over by hand to make sure there was some lube on the upper cylinder walls.
I finally jumped the coil and starter solenoid and squirted a little carb cleaner in the intake of the carb, and the engine roared to life.
I didn't run long, because the item that really needed cleaning was the tank:
So, I finally offloaded it from my trailer and pushed it into my garage:
I drained the tank as much as I could, and poured a couple gallons of white vinegar into the tank and let it sit overnight. I tried scraping the gunk and rust the next day and it came right up--problem is how to get to the entire tank since it's a main component of the frame.
I finally hit on putting a piece of 5/8" ID heater hose into the fill hole, and slide it in and out--it moves along the floor of the tank and knocked a bunch of crud loose, where it floated to the top. The hose also picked up a bunch of rust and crud, so I cleaned it off every time I pulled it out of the tank.
I'm going to make an air vacuum to suck the crud out of the tank--hopefully it will get the lion's share of it. I have more vinegar to use for flushing the tank-- so I think i"ll get most of it.
The Steiner's have a 2" metal pipe nipple coming down from the tank on the left side... it's called a sump in the operator's manual. It has the tank valve mounted about half way up it. The sump is used to collect the crud and rust in the tank.
Problem is, I haven't been able to get the cap off the end of the nipple. I can't apply a torch for obvious reasons, so I just keep applying liberal amounts of PB Blaster and hope I can get it to come free and unscrew.
I finally gave up on getting the existing wiring to work and ran a separate line to the starter solenoid and the coil. I use a small snowblower fuel tank to test engine with, so I clamped it to the cab and ran a line down to the carb. Even though I didn't have any new gaskets when I put the carb together, none of it leaks. After that it started right up.
The battery isn't charging, so I'll need to address that soon, plus get the fuel tank clean and usable.
Enjoy the pictures, I'll post more later.