I have a 1979 Wheelhorse -161 with the Sunstrand 90-1173 hydro. I got it a year ago with good straight rusty sheet metal and a well worn k16 and worn transaxle/transmission. I like the looks of it, and have planned to restore it but keep it as a worker. I already have a good grass cutter, so I want this worker for garden plowing, cultivating, yard work pushing dirt, leaves, small brush trimmings with a front blade, and maybe a grader blade someday. Currently the transaxle gears in the WH C-161 transaxle are shot and I've just started acquiring a few parts for it. I already have a recently overhauled K 16 to put on it
But I've also wished it had better hydraulics that could do more than run a lift...many be run a hydraulic tiller or a front end loader with out an extra pump. (belt driven tillers and other belt driven items seem quite the contraptions to me) I've also thought a true rear PTO shaft and a 3 pt lift would be nice (But I find I also like the WH sleeve hitch). In other words I want a garden tractor with the things the big farm tractors I grew up with had!
But I've been thinking, do I want to buy a different old tractor to restore that has better hydraulics and/or a rear shaft PTO.
Then last night it occurred to me....some people upgrade the engines on their old tractors, has anyone done transaxle swap to a completely different brand. I would want to keep the horizontal shaft belt drive to not get to crazy with the swap.
Yes I could go buy a new small Kubota, JD, Bolens, etc and get everything I want. I realize by the time I do the swap and restore the C-161, or rebuild another one I will probable spend the cost of a new one
........But I like to restore & rebuild things!
Doing the complete transmission swap would probable be the most complicated thing I've done hands on, But I've done a lot of this and that rebuilding and repair over the years!
So here's the questions:
1. Has anyone done a complete transaxle swap, and from what brand to what brand?
2. What horizontal shaft transaxle/transmission has the best hydraulics and possible a rear PTO & 3 point capability?.
3.If I were to go the "different old garden tractor" route, what tractor would you suggest I look for that has everything on my wish list.
(strong hydraulics, FEL capable, PTO, 3-point capable, good garden & yard dirt worker! )
I look forward to your honest comments!