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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted May 22, 2016 - 08:16 PM

Well, I'm finally getting back to resurrecting my trashed Power king tractor that I bought back in 2014. Most everything was shot, so it's getting a complete overhaul. I rebuilt the transmission, and rebuilt the Model A Ford rear center section. The rest of the rear end is ready for assembly, but has to be assembled into the frame. I picked up a Neway valve seat cutter for a good price, so I was finally able to cut the seats, lap the valves in, and set the valve lash.I also installed a bronze valve guide insert since the exhaust valve guide was slightly worn. I used a Lisle hone to hone the engine from a .010 piston, to a .020 piston. The original engine was completely worn out, everything was dented up, and the cooling fins by the exhaust port were rusting away. The engine was a Briggs 23FB, and I'm replacing it with a Briggs 23DFB. They are basically the same engine except for the ignition systems. I basically started with a bare Briggs 23DFB block, and a crank from a Briggs 23AFB that measured to near new specs. I did replace the crankshaft bearings before installing the crank. I used mostly NOS parts for the rebuild, and I found a nice set of tins on ebay. It took time to round up the parts, but it was well worth it. The Air cleaner is NOS from '56-''57 and already had the decals on it. I have the rest of the decals for the engine, and they will go on after I test run the engine, change the oil, and paint it. I have to make up a new copper fuel line and wrap up a couple of other things before I start it. The points, armature air gap, and governor are set. I also timed the engine as per the Briggs manual. I have great spark by turning the flywheel by hand. I should be starting the engine tomorrow!

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Posted May 22, 2016 - 08:23 PM

all I can say is WOW ! nice job Jim.
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Posted May 22, 2016 - 08:31 PM

Fantastic work. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted May 22, 2016 - 08:37 PM

Thanks Hank, I'm having a blast with this stuff. The PK sat under a tarp in my yard for over well over a year and I got tired of mowing around it. I've been itching to restore this thing, since I want to use it to haul out firewood. So much of this tractor was shot, that it really should have become a parts tractor. I spent all winter parts scrounging for the rest of the needed parts, so now it's a matter of rebuilding everything. It will be like a new machine when done, so I will get many years of use out of it. It won't sit out in the rain either. I had to replace the rear axles due to pitting on the bearing surfaces. Water kills these machines.
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Posted May 22, 2016 - 08:42 PM

UNREAL!!!Nice job.


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Posted May 22, 2016 - 08:54 PM

Here is the T92 transmission finished, and the Model A Ford rear center section. The center section is assembled now, and I had to go on a hot rod forum to figure out how to assemble the Ford rear. I had to set the pinion bearing and carrier bearing preload and set the backlash on the ring and pinion. I put less preload on everything, since I reused the original carrier and pinion bearings. It was a good learning experience.

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Posted May 22, 2016 - 09:03 PM

Thats something to be proud of. Awesome job ! Man the heart and sole that goes into these things.....not to mention the knowledge and hard work. 


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Posted May 22, 2016 - 09:03 PM

Here's the old junker the day we picked it up. I posted this pic a while back, but it gives you an Idea of what I started with. I bought the two engines in the pic for 30 bucks, and I used the block and flywheel from one and the crank from the other. I also scavenged the best hardware from the pair. You can see the crusty fins on the original engine and the exhaust port threads were shot.

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Posted May 23, 2016 - 07:24 AM

Hi Classic, what a fantastic job you have done that engine looks brand new I'll be following this to see the completed tractor again great work.


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Posted May 23, 2016 - 07:55 AM

Umm, wow.......... and beautiful. Very nice work there, can't wait to see more :thumbs:


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Posted May 23, 2016 - 12:20 PM

Well, I bolted on a starter pulley, hooked up a temporary rubber fuel line, and made a cork gasket for the oil fill cap. I put some gas in the tank, choked it, and it started on the first pull. I flipped off the choke, adjusted the carb, and let it run for about 15 minutes. The valve train will quiet down after a couple of hours of run time. Here's a short video of the engine running.


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Posted May 23, 2016 - 12:50 PM

It sounds good you have a keeper


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Posted May 23, 2016 - 01:20 PM

Sounds smooth

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