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#46 Potsie33 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 07, 2016 - 10:03 AM

LOL! MH81, you can add my name to the list of those who forgot to push in the clutch/brake prior to starting. Happen to me yesterday, spent probably a 1/2hr checking switches and wiring before it dawned me. Had a good laugh when I read your post!!

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Posted July 07, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Very, very nice restoration!  I can't believe how well this is turning out.  Keep up the excellent work!


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 10:07 AM

Thanks all for the helpful input. Unfortunately, I won't be able to join the 'forgot to push in the clutch' club. I like those kinds of easy fixes, frustrating as they can be.

 

I'll run through the points suggested and see if I can make some headway. 


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Posted August 01, 2016 - 11:12 PM

I'm still struggling to find the electrical ghost. But, because I needed to start opening up shop space, I went ahead and started bolting on the body panels. So far, as my first garden tractor project, I'm pretty happy with how it's turning out. I still need to find someone to media blast the wheels. After that, some primer and paint, and mounting the tires, she'll be mostly ready to roll (as soon as I figure out my electrical problem). I also need to track down a new ammeter; the bolts on the old one were fully stripped, which required a piece of a hacksaw blade to remove. (I might throw some Craftsman decals on the hood, just to finish it off.)

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Posted August 02, 2016 - 05:15 AM

Looks good! There can be several things with the electrical issue. With new paint, you may not be getting a good ground in the wiring. The manual shows what the terminals are for in the diagnostic terminal. Using a multi meter, you can check those numbered connections to see what is going on.


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Posted November 14, 2016 - 07:53 PM

Great project and nice work.

About two years ago, I pulled a freebie GTV16 out of a field in Kansas and restored it for my aging dad to use.

Here's a quick video of some of the work (sorry about the music).

https://www.youtube....h?v=VcPbgbcec9o


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Posted November 24, 2016 - 12:08 AM

Thanks, rumble. Actually, pictures I found of your project via google helped keep me motivated through this project. Your GTV is a beauty.

Great project and nice work.

About two years ago, I pulled a freebie GTV16 out of a field in Kansas and restored it for my aging dad to use.

Here's a quick video of some of the work (sorry about the music).

https://www.youtube....h?v=VcPbgbcec9o



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Posted November 24, 2016 - 05:43 AM

Great project and nice work.

About two years ago, I pulled a freebie GTV16 out of a field in Kansas and restored it for my aging dad to use.

Here's a quick video of some of the work (sorry about the music).

https://www.youtube....h?v=VcPbgbcec9o

Nice job on that. I have the twin to your GTV/16 sitting here. The Variable speed handle is the same and has the same rear wheels. My other GTV/16 is different in those items.



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Posted November 27, 2016 - 09:33 PM

Well, my first GT project is finally done. I spent about two hours working it around the field today, breaking in the new motor and making sure everything else is dialed in. I couldn't be more happy with the end result.

 

This endeavor brought me satisfaction and cussing, but most of the latter came from learning things the hard way.  For those wondering whether to dive into a project like this, I say go for it. This forum is an awesome resource that can help even a novice like me get it done.

 

KennyP, I owe you a great deal of gratitude for helping me through this. If I were skilled enough with an airbrush, I just might paint your name on the side of this GTV. Tecumseh, many thanks to you too for lending a helping hand on those early hurdles.

 

Before and after. 

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Posted November 28, 2016 - 05:31 AM

That looks nice even in Red! Glad to help where I can!



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Posted November 28, 2016 - 06:23 AM

Came out very nice :thumbs:  So if this was your first , does this make you want to do another ?


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Posted November 28, 2016 - 09:35 PM

Came out very nice :thumbs:  So if this was your first , does this make you want to do another ?

Thanks! I'll definitely do at least two more. I have a GTII/6000 that's in pretty good running shape, but needs a paint job and some other TLC. I might be able to get that done this winter.

 

I've also got a Bolens 1886 that's in similar shape to the GTV when I got it. That project will probably have to wait a year or so, but I'll start tinkering on it soon.

 

Beyond those two, I'd love to do a few more. But, I'll need more storage space first.



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Posted November 28, 2016 - 09:37 PM

That looks nice even in Red! Glad to help where I can!

Yeah, my Michigan wolverine wife wasn't too thrilled with the color choice. The next one will probably have to be blue to keep her happy.


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