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Posted September 11, 2016 - 08:10 PM

Looking real good Larry!


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Posted September 11, 2016 - 08:16 PM

I am hoping to finish Little John soon, because I need to do a winter refresh on RED. While mowing today the steering felt rather sloppy. Not sure why as I replaced all the bushings last winter.


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Posted September 12, 2016 - 08:35 PM

Two steps foreword one step back. "Note to self" Don't set the flywheel on UNTIL the stator is installed..... Yea I even had the coil installed before I noticed the stator still on the bench. Oh well, par for this. I need to pick up some white wire as I found a break in the insulation on the igniter to coil wire. Still waiting on the connectors to come in.

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Posted September 13, 2016 - 08:57 PM

My little bit for the evening. (Caution Wire Porn). The connectors came in, and I got a roll of white wire, so I decided to replace the white igniter wire. I removed the wire from the connector and clipped the end off. Then striped both the old and new wires, twisted and soldered them together. Made sure the solder joint was smooth and used the old wire to pull the new wire through the sleeve. I crimped and solder a new connector on the white wire. Also removed the other connectors (One at a time) and hit them with a dremel wire brush. The other end where they split into two, I crimped and soldered a butt connector and heat shrinked. I found JD used a pin connector here, shouldn't be an issue my way. Finished up soldering spade connectors on the ends. Unless someone wants me to, I won't document the step-by-step for the main mess of a wire harness, I'll just post the after when I am done.

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Posted September 14, 2016 - 07:47 PM

Wanted to get the engine back together and mounted, this will help with the wire harness rebuild. Here is my method of setting the coil air gap. A single folded paper. Once the coil bolts are tightened I spin the flywheel by hand one full turn to (a) remove the paper, and (b) check the gap. Waiting on more painted bolts to dry.

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Posted September 15, 2016 - 08:30 PM

Noticed a small leak this evening. I knew there was one before but not sure where. I did purchase a control lever seal, but didn't install it as (1) it looked difficult to remove the small seal. (2) talk about not changing the Hydro oil. and (3) wasn't sure it was the seal leaking. Well now I know it is 100% sure the seal. Soooo I plan to move on and get everything working then decide later if I will replace the seal, or just leave it as is. If I do decide to replace it, I should be able to do this without removing the transaxle.

Oh, thought I would through in a Engine spoiler.

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Posted September 16, 2016 - 08:55 PM

Shouldn't be long before I can start him up. I set the governor by eye using the teardown pictures. Cleaned the carb, and replaced the air filter and plug.
I need to clean and install the gas tank and line, and work on the main wire harness now.

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Posted September 17, 2016 - 03:35 PM

Wiring tom foolery. Started sorting out the wire harness.
Step 1 was to find the diagram for the Starter assist relay, Thanks Brad!

The PTO Ground was wired direct to the Starter Solenoid, A black battery cable was used for connection to the battery. Can you spell F.I.R.E?

More concerning is that the voltage regulator ground connector was wired to the 25A Breaker.

These seem to be the two biggest issues.

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Posted September 17, 2016 - 08:53 PM

The PTO Ground is corrected and the voltage regulator connector is wired properly. I'll double check everything before I add loom to clean it up.
Anyone know what the blue "Accessory connector" is used for?
Gas tank will be tomorrow.

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Posted September 17, 2016 - 11:06 PM

Parts to be worked on tomorrow.

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 08:35 AM

I have a JD a bit newer had same issue ended up making my own harness still running great since then hope you have great luck with it.

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 08:36 AM

The blue I believe was headlights on mine.

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Yes, the Accessory connector was used for the 'optional" headlights. Finished dressing up the wires, Working on the PTO now. Checked the gaps before taking it apart, not too far off, All will be set to .016 when I'm done.

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 01:23 PM

Looking good Larry!


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Posted September 18, 2016 - 04:58 PM

Had some challenges today. First I couldn't get the muffler to line up. Come to find I used the wrong engine mount holes. Once the engine was re-located I got the muffler on. Then there was a suggestion to check the fuel pickup tube (Thanks KATT) mine was plugged. Carb cleaner and a copper wire, then an air gun fixed it. Still working on the PTO, and should have it done after supper. 

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