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Posted April 16, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Added this 56' yesterday to complete my goal of the Ride-a-Matic Round hoods :D

Thanks to member fonz3482 for selling it to me!

 

Needs alot of TLC but its a complete and solid machine which makes for a perfect restoration candidate

 

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Posted April 16, 2017 - 11:26 AM

Congrates on completing that collection.  Are the round hoods older or newer than the flat top hood models? 


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Posted April 16, 2017 - 11:28 AM

That's kewell!  Congratulations!!!

 

I can't even find one of the round hoods.  :(


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Posted April 16, 2017 - 11:28 AM

Congrates on completing that collection.  Are the round hoods older or newer than the flat top hood models? 

 

Older, they were made 1956-1958  , The later ones had the flat hoods and different body design 1959-1962

I just never was a fan of the later ones but I probably will buy the ugly 1962 model if I come across one :D

 

And if I ever come across a Bolens wizard I need one of those too but those are impossible to find.


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Posted April 16, 2017 - 12:02 PM

Congrats Brian,I'm sure some day it will look as good as your other restos
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Posted April 16, 2017 - 01:30 PM

I would live one myself. Only know of two here in the U.K.
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Posted April 16, 2017 - 02:19 PM

Nice find bud!


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Posted April 16, 2017 - 03:04 PM

Great find, I would love a round hood RAM.

As for the 62 RAM, even the ugly ones need love


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Posted April 16, 2017 - 03:39 PM

Very cool!! That's so neat you were able to purchase it from another member; you both were able to benefit. What a great attachment it came with too.

 

Congrats!! Looking forward to seeing it more. :)


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Posted April 16, 2017 - 07:06 PM

Couldnt help myself so tore into the motor today to see if it would be a runner.

 

 

Got the sheet metal off and cleaned the cooling fins, then popped off the cylinder head and was surprised how clean it was inside, no scoring of the bore either.

 

 

 

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Then took the carb apart and found it was toast :( The float tabs corroded apart making the carb junk so had to install a new one, I then cleaned and gapped the points and put on a new points cover since the original was missing

 

 

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Then I wanted to get the muffler off as these usually are pretty crusty and the bolts always are pretty brittle. One of them broke so had to get the torch out to get a bit of heat to the stud. Replaced both with 2 NOS ones I had and installed a new asbestos gasket :D

 

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Blew out the tank ans installed new line and an extra filter until I can clean the tank better, and she only would fire once every time I pulled it and thats what made me think ignition issue as thats usually how these act when a condenser goes bad.

Off went the flywheel, with the "Knocker" tool.

 

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Replaced the condenser and she fired right up and ran well for about 5 minutes then it started to sputter and just died right out, put the spark tester on and no spark, I'm guessing the coil is bad and will need to be replaced as well.

I think thats the reason why the machine was never used after that , since the points cover was off I think they tried to fix the issue but lost interest or got in over their head and just quit.

 

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Posted April 16, 2017 - 08:52 PM

You have been busy since yesterday! Glad the tractor went to the right person! I see it has some issues, but I guess you never know with machines that have been sitting forever. Since I found the 56' for you, it's your turn to find me that elusive 900! Deal?
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Posted April 16, 2017 - 09:28 PM

Couldnt help myself so tore into the motor today to see if it would be a runner.
 
 
Got the sheet metal off and cleaned the cooling fins, then popped off the cylinder head and was surprised how clean it was inside, no scoring of the bore either.
 
 
 
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Then took the carb apart and found it was toast :( The float tabs corroded apart making the carb junk so had to install a new one, I then cleaned and gapped the points and put on a new points cover since the original was missing
 
 
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Then I wanted to get the muffler off as these usually are pretty crusty and the bolts always are pretty brittle. One of them broke so had to get the torch out to get a bit of heat to the stud. Replaced both with 2 NOS ones I had and installed a new asbestos gasket :D
 
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Blew out the tank ans installed new line and an extra filter until I can clean the tank better, and she only would fire once every time I pulled it and thats what made me think ignition issue as thats usually how these act when a condenser goes bad.
Off went the flywheel, with the "Knocker" tool.
 
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Replaced the condenser and she fired right up and ran well for about 5 minutes then it started to sputter and just died right out, put the spark tester on and no spark, I'm guessing the coil is bad and will need to be replaced as well.
I think thats the reason why the machine was never used after that , since the points cover was off I think they tried to fix the issue but lost interest or got in over their head and just quit.
 
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I think that was what happened with my '59 as well, coil went, and they parked it, runs good now, just looking at that coil, that's not a k161, what did those have in them, k91?

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Posted April 17, 2017 - 05:17 AM

You have been busy since yesterday! Glad the tractor went to the right person! I see it has some issues, but I guess you never know with machines that have been sitting forever. Since I found the 56' for you, it's your turn to find me that elusive 900! Deal?

 

I've been looking! :)

 

I think that was what happened with my '59 as well, coil went, and they parked it, runs good now, just looking at that coil, that's not a k161, what did those have in them, k91?

 

This has a K90, thankfully it didnt have the real old style ignition on it as those are impossible to find.



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Posted April 17, 2017 - 08:54 AM

 

 

Replaced the condenser and she fired right up and ran well for about 5 minutes then it started to sputter and just died right out, put the spark tester on and no spark, I'm guessing the coil is bad and will need to be replaced as well.

I think thats the reason why the machine was never used after that , since the points cover was off I think they tried to fix the issue but lost interest or got in over their head and just quit.

 

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Did you repair or replace the frayed primary wire? ....Was it rubbed by the flywheel , or chewed by a critter?

 

Before replacing the coil, I'd check the resistance and continuity of the primary wires and re-check the points.

 

Some of those old Kohlers would have oil follow the points plunger and get onto the contacts.  ....Maybe that's why the point cover was missing.


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Posted April 17, 2017 - 09:43 AM

Did you repair or replace the frayed primary wire? ....Was it rubbed by the flywheel , or chewed by a critter?

 

Before replacing the coil, I'd check the resistance and continuity of the primary wires and re-check the points.

 

Some of those old Kohlers would have oil follow the points plunger and get onto the contacts.  ....Maybe that's why the point cover was missing.

 

I initially thought the wire was my problem when I pulled the flywheel , but traced the wire and found out it was a ground wire that went to no where so removed it. Since the 56' never had a kill wire I wonder if the factory installed the ground wire and just tied it behind the flywheel plate as the wire did have factory paint on it.

 

I'll pull the cover and look again, this one has the primitive style points where its just a piece of spring steel with a push rod.






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