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#16 shorty ONLINE  

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Posted August 17, 2016 - 05:16 AM

Wow, a garden that size would take some time to keep after. It goes to show how priorities have changed over the years.
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Posted September 16, 2016 - 06:14 PM

Doug the tag was right where you said on the gas tank strap It looks like it was painted over so with a mixture of WD40 and motor oil I scraped it clean with my finger nail and a rag I can't believe how good it looks

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Posted September 17, 2016 - 12:20 PM

Built in 1941.


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Posted September 17, 2016 - 07:02 PM

Cleaned the caked on grease and grime off didn't want to use anything too harsh so used minerial spirits after scraping with putty knife and wire brushes then dish soap and hot water . Cleaned up well but not sure what the factory colors were . I see red and blue maybe both were factory ? Not sure why one pics upside down

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Posted September 17, 2016 - 07:17 PM

Looks good Al. Nice patina.
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Posted September 17, 2016 - 09:38 PM

I always loved those engines...

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 02:17 AM

Hi Alc

Nice find good history and memories keep it as it is, preserve the tractor with Owatrol oil it is an air dried oil that will preserve the patina  and memories of when it was in use :thumbs:  :love:  :peace:


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Posted September 18, 2016 - 02:39 AM

Hi Alc
Nice find good history and memories keep it as it is, preserve the tractor with Owatrol oil it is an air dried oil that will preserve the patina  and memories of when it was in use :thumbs:  :love:  :peace:


I agree with George; use Owatrol to enhance the patina and it's so easy to use too.
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Posted September 18, 2016 - 05:45 AM

Never heard of Owatrol Oil so did a little reading on it and sound like a product that I should try . My concern is since this seems like it was repainted red in parts, it might not have had the correct color scheme . What would happen if after using it you decide to paint it ? Will I be able to clean it enough to get the paint to stick ? Also do I remove the piece of pipe brazed onto the one handlebar for the handcrank ? I'm pretty sure my grandfather did that . Still need to get it running . Yesterday I got the spark plug out and saw the exhaust valve was stuck open . Figured it would be easy to free up since the valve spring and lifter are external but nope as much as I tried with carb cleaner , PB Blaster inside through the spark plug hole and outside around the spring , tapping with a bar on the spring retainer , wouldn't budge . On the plus side I removed the intake valve if that's what you would call it , really a one way check valve to gain access to the exhaust valve head . Neat to see what it looked like .Still took a bit of work with more sprays to get it to open and close on its own . I'll post some pictures I took on my phone for those like me who never worked on a engine with a intake valve like these

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 06:05 AM

Here's some pictures of the intake valve The top of the intake valve is a compression release I'll get a better picture of it mounted Here's the pipe used to store the crank image.jpeg

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Posted September 18, 2016 - 07:00 AM

Hi Alc

If you decide to try Owatrol  oil and then want to paint it the oil becomes an undercoat for the paint

If your Grandpa painted it red in parts that is history I would not paint over it, but it is yours have fun and fond memories 

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This is a picture of my Clifford painted with Owatrol oil did it 2 year ago it is very original except for repairs to make it reliableClifford at Ladybank.jpg


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Posted September 18, 2016 - 09:15 AM

Here's a better look of the intake with the compression release button sticking upimage.jpeg
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Posted September 19, 2016 - 09:02 PM

Drained the oil and per DougT's recomendation dropped the oil pump to make sure it clean . Pulled the plug and with a 12 volt battery for testing spun the motor over and sure enough the buzz box buzzed and spark plug sparked ! Put the plug back in , took off the air cleaner gave it a shot of starting fluid , one hand on the compression release the other spun the crank let go of the release and ,,,, nothing .Ok try again ,and again , seems like it has good compression , the choke is spring loaded open but using starting fluid figured it didn't matter . All right try a shot of starting fluid , put the air filter back on , hold down the compression release gave it a crank let go of the release and IT FIRED OFF !! Just a little but it did run . Next will be to go through the fuel system
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Posted September 20, 2016 - 06:42 AM

Glad to hear you got it to fire that is a really neat piece of history.


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Posted September 20, 2016 - 11:24 AM

That is a great tractor with even better history. Thanks for sharing!


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