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Posted December 14, 2015 - 09:41 PM

Dad and I started this project. This thing is going to be a real project because nothing works and the engine is tight. Also it seems as though the engine is a real pain to get off. The wiring on this thing has been butchered and I want to go over this with a fine tooth comb since this is the first economy restoration for either of us.

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Posted December 14, 2015 - 09:44 PM

I like the light switch, but it really should have cover on it.
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Posted December 14, 2015 - 10:03 PM

I like the light switch, but it really should have cover on it.

Believe it or not, the previous owner used that as the ignition switch.....and then he couldn't figure out why he had so much trouble with the tractor....Gee I wonder why lol
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Posted December 14, 2015 - 10:29 PM

I'm working on a basket case '56 Powerking. Remove the engine and bell housing as a unit. Next unbolt and remove the pressure plate and clutch disc from the flywheel. If you can't get the flywheel off of the crankshaft PTO, disassemble the engine and remove the crankshaft, flywheel, and PTO side crankshaft bearing support as a unit. If you can't get the set screws loose from the flywheel/pulley hub, drill them out. I had to do this with mine. I then put the flywheel on my legs while sitting, and drove the crankshaft out of the flywheel with a brass punch. This worked real well and nothing got damaged. Just be patient and you'll get through the restoration. Looks like your engine is a model 23DFB.
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Posted December 14, 2015 - 10:48 PM

I'm working on a basket case '56 Powerking. Remove the engine and bell housing as a unit. Next unbolt and remove the pressure plate and clutch disc from the flywheel. If you can't get the flywheel off of the crankshaft PTO, disassemble the engine and remove the crankshaft, flywheel, and PTO side crankshaft bearing support as a unit. If you can't get the set screws loose from the flywheel/pulley hub, drill them out. I had to do this with mine. I then put the flywheel on my legs while sitting, and drove the crankshaft out of the flywheel with a brass punch. This worked real well and nothing got damaged. Just be patient and you'll get through the restoration. Looks like your engine is a model 23DFB.

Yes it is a 23DFB. Thanks for the tips! Can you still get parts for this engine?

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Posted December 14, 2015 - 11:02 PM

Most parts are still available but may take some time to find. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted December 14, 2015 - 11:32 PM

You're welcome. As Rick said, you can still find parts for the engine and with an illustrated parts list, you can get the part numbers for what you need. Pull the top cover off of the transmission and check the condition of it. These T92 transmissions are prone to getting water in them, let alone wear from use and chipped gear teeth from grinding gears. New replacement parts are costly, such as gears and shafts.
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Posted December 15, 2015 - 08:24 AM

Looks like a nice project ahead. Maybe it will motivate me to start on my '53 Country Squire. It has some similar wiring attributes, lol. I'll be staying tuned, thanks for inviting us for the ride :thumbs:


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Posted December 15, 2015 - 09:36 AM

The engine isn't bad to get off, have fun with your project
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Posted December 15, 2015 - 06:22 PM

You're welcome. As Rick said, you can still find parts for the engine and with an illustrated parts list, you can get the part numbers for what you need. Pull the top cover off of the transmission and check the condition of it. These T92 transmissions are prone to getting water in them, let alone wear from use and chipped gear teeth from grinding gears. New replacement parts are costly, such as gears and shafts.

I'll take look at the tranny too then thanks.

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Posted December 18, 2015 - 09:29 PM

Gonna try and hoist the rear end off in the morning so I can get the engine out.

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Posted December 19, 2015 - 12:09 PM

Got some work done this morning before I had to leave.
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Posted December 28, 2015 - 06:03 PM

Got the engine running today after a new set of points, condenser, and coil. The carb may need to be rebuilt too it runs ok though for it being the first time it has run in 20+ years. Transmission doesn't look too bad either. The engine smokes pretty bad though so I think I will tear it all the way down and give it some new rings.

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Posted December 28, 2015 - 06:13 PM

The rings could be stuck to the piston after all those years.



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Posted December 28, 2015 - 06:18 PM

The rings could be stuck to the piston after all those years.

I'll knock it apart and see what I can find.




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