As luck would have it with about 10 hrs on the rebuild it started ticking pretty loud while I was blowing snow, I finished up, pulled it it the garage let it cool off, tried to start it and it wouldn't . Pulled the engine , tore it down and discovered it had stripped about a dozen teeth of the timing gear on the end of the camshaft, talk about a bummer . So Old Whitey sat patiently waiting for me to find a good used camshaft , one was procured and I got the box of engine parts out and started reassembly , I then discovered one of the main bearing housing on the end plates had spun loose. Thought about epoxy but decided against it. Looked like Old Whitey was going set awhile longer.
Eventually I came across a XL series 16 hp engine at a local machine shop that had overhauled it and the owner stiffed the machinist , a price was agreed on and Old Whitey would soon be back in action... not so fast, tapered shaft and smaller diameter crank and the XL series is not has deep because Tecumseh changed their internal counterbalance design, so a trip to the machine shop and some retro-fitting and Old Whitey was fit for duty. Trouble was I discovered Large Frames , the Bolens bug being what it is made me think I needed every Large Frame I saw, I did my best to own most of them and that left poor Old Whitey regulated to yard rat wagon puller and yes the horror, setting outside back in the woods under a tarp. Old Whitey had been shamefully forgotten.
Fast Foward to 2014 at a auction in Jamestown NY with a mindset to own a pretty nice Haban Sickle-Mo and lawn cart , took both home. Pushed the Sickle -mo back in the corner.
Powers to be determined our road was too narrow , had too much crown and piss poor drainage all astute observations on their behalf . Our road got a facelift , widened, flattened and let's see what was the third part ... Oh I got it Drainage , yes drainage... Um ... Ah.. we own the right away they said , no shtt was my reply, I ended up with a 18" deep ditch and about a 45 degree bank where my soft swale of a drainage path once was... No longer mow-able... Humm... Haban... Old Whitey... worth a try.
A most effective match was made, screw the townships un-mow-able ditch that they'd knock the 3 ft grass down once a summer. No more 500' foot of weed-wackin, Old Whitey and the Sickle -Mo made short work of it.
Today I gave Old Whitey a new carb, media blasted the muffler and heat shield , hit it with Hi-Temp paint and proceed to trim the ditch line and all the tree lines
Here he is , in his work clothes , just finished up work detail, and yes Old Whitey is back in the dry when he's resting... the old boy has earned it.
Edited by WrenchinOnIt, June 04, 2016 - 07:37 PM.