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#16 KennyP OFFLINE  

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Posted December 26, 2015 - 01:02 PM

Good luck with it!


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Posted January 14, 2016 - 11:14 PM

Cleaned up the Craftsman with the pressure washer yesterday. It looks better with the green slime removed. I still need to change the oil in the hydro, but after that its ready to put to work.

 

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Posted January 15, 2016 - 06:51 AM

That looks better!


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Posted January 16, 2016 - 10:42 AM

I ended up trading a Briggs 18hp opposed twin for this 1997 Craftsman 18.5/46 tractor. The mower shop had picked it up as an engine donor. The PO that they got it from said it ran when parked, but thought something was wrong/locked up in the rear end. I got it home and had it running in a couple hours after freeing up the starter drive and bypassing some safety switches. Once it was running I found it had a blown head gasket. Got a new one installed and it runs good.

 

On to the rear hydro. While I had it running I tried the hydro lever and got nothing. Looked underneath and saw the drive belt was loose because the brake/clutch pedal was stuck part way down. Got that freed up and away it went. the hydro was quiet and smooth. Next problem was the I couldn't push it. The hydro freewheeling valve was rusted and wouldn't release. After a thorough cleaning it operates as it should and the tractor can be pushed now.

 

I think its a keeper now and worth ordering tubes for all of the tires and putting a new seat on so my rear doesn't get wet. Jeez the lights even work. The mower deck is shot.

 

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Boy, she's a dirty one. Gota say, I never knew they made them green in that style, I thought they were always grey until the rounded style came out, like this one:F4702.JPG



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Posted November 28, 2016 - 08:25 PM

Picked up this steering shaft cover for the Craftsman. When we got this tractor the steering wheel was off and this piece was missing. Now I just need to see if it fits.

 

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Posted November 28, 2016 - 08:34 PM

Picked up this steering shaft cover for the Craftsman. When we got this tractor the steering wheel was off and this piece was missing. Now I just need to see if it fits.

 

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Took you 11 months to do that?    :poke:  :bigrofl:  oh I'm just full of it tonight ;)


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Posted November 28, 2016 - 08:52 PM

Took you 11 months to do that?    :poke:  :bigrofl:  oh I'm just full of it tonight ;)

That's pretty fast for me. We'll see how long it takes me to install it. :bigrofl:


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Posted November 29, 2016 - 02:50 PM

Installed the steering shaft cover. Thought I better get it done quick so Titus doesn't poke me in the eye(or somewhere else) with a stick again. :D

 

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Posted November 29, 2016 - 05:02 PM

Damn! That was quick!


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Posted November 29, 2016 - 09:29 PM

Damn! That was quick!

Yep!!! And I Only needed one coffee break before I finished. :bigrofl:


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Posted December 29, 2016 - 08:09 PM

I've been looking for Cheap wheel weights for this craftsman for snowblowing, etc... Was thinking about making up some out of concrete, but today I found something that should work better. This is a Farmall C/SC 10" single front wheel. Its 2-piece, made of cast iron, and each half weighs about 60 lbs. Its almost a perfect fit in the 12" wheel and will just need a relief for the valve stem.

 

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Posted December 30, 2016 - 04:51 PM

Had to shave the outside dia. to get the weight to seat in the wheel.

 

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Posted December 30, 2016 - 06:15 PM

Drilled holes for the valve stem. I will finish it up with a cutoff wheel and a die grinder.

 

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Posted December 30, 2016 - 08:22 PM

Found my 3" cutoff wheels after looking right at them 5 times. Finished up the valve stem relief.

 

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