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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted August 19, 2017 - 01:26 PM

Here's the start of this folks! I have a JD 265 with a knocking 17 HP Kawasaki engine. Plan to install a Kohler 25 HP CV730 engine. Hope I can make it work.

First order of business was a power wash of the donor tractor. It's a Poulan Pro Hydro, 25 HP Kohler with 54" cut. Many issues with this:

Bent hood

Grille is missing

PO put 6" wheels on the front and one has the wrong offset, rubs the spindle.

If any one out there has one of these and needs parts, shoot me a PM.

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Used the FF/20 and boom pole to move it closer.

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Rolled it forward and used my big wrecking bar to get it up on the ramp.

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Let the dissection begin! Bolts will go in a large coffee can. Parts will be stacked for now.. 


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Posted August 19, 2017 - 01:58 PM

I can get a 265 for dirt cheap if you need parts.Engine ran but smoked bad and ran really rough and rusty fenders but the rest in in good condition.Hood is darn near mint.

 

Was thinking of grabbing it and pulling it apart. It has 4 good tires and PTO and a few other parts. He wanted $100 for the tractor with the deck but sold the deck a couple weeks ago so I bet I could get it for $50.


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Posted August 19, 2017 - 02:47 PM

I can get a 265 for dirt cheap if you need parts.Engine ran but smoked bad and ran really rough and rusty fenders but the rest in in good condition.Hood is darn near mint.

 

Was thinking of grabbing it and pulling it apart. It has 4 good tires and PTO and a few other parts. He wanted $100 for the tractor with the deck but sold the deck a couple weeks ago so I bet I could get it for $50.

I could use a hood!

 

Got things taken apart. Engine slides out the front with some help.

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Got the engine out of the way!


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Posted August 19, 2017 - 04:34 PM

That will be quite the upgrade!


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Posted August 19, 2017 - 05:56 PM

The kawasaki shaft is 1 1/8 inch in diameter, so if you plan on using the electric clutch from the 265, check the crankshaft diameter on your donor engine. 


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Posted August 20, 2017 - 04:29 AM

The kawasaki shaft is 1 1/8 inch in diameter, so if you plan on using the electric clutch from the 265, check the crankshaft diameter on your donor engine. 

So is the Kohler! That's a big help. Thanks! The clutch on the Kohler may have a bad bearing, the engine would die when I turned it on. May have been an electrical issue though. Have to check it out.


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Posted August 20, 2017 - 10:01 AM

I stripped the Poulan as far as I am going right now!

 

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Ready to move it out and bring the JD up!



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Posted August 20, 2017 - 11:49 AM

Dare I ask what you $ have in the two tractors? 


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Posted August 20, 2017 - 04:40 PM

Dare I ask what you $ have in the two tractors? 

Maybe $125!

 

Took some ingenious adaptions but I got the Kawasaki out,

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Not sure I can make the Kohler fit!



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Posted August 21, 2017 - 10:09 AM

I took the engine mount plate from the Poulan and found holes that will work on the JD. It offsets the engine about 3/8"-1/2" towards the LH side, but I don't think it will bother me.

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Got Steve to help set the engine up there. Found the LH exhaust pipe is sitting on the raised frame, probably just notch it. The only thing that bolts up front is the hood hinges.

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I have the JD wiring figured out, just need to get the engine wiring sorted and plugged to it. I'll use the JD pulley & PTO as the cranks are the same dia. & length. Might get to fire it up this afternoon! I'll have to get creative with the exhaust, though. Stock Kohler muffler will not fit in there!


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Posted August 21, 2017 - 10:38 AM

This is turning out to be a really simple project from where I sit.  Thx for the updates.


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Posted August 21, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Easier than I thought. Here's a punch list:

 

Sort out the wiring

Add a choke cable

Change the throttle cable to a longer one

Put the drive pulley and PTO on

Figure out a muffler

Flush out the fuel tank/lines (I think it's empty)



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Posted August 21, 2017 - 05:43 PM

Got it to fire off and run! It's loud without a muffler! Wiring took a bit longer as the diagrams and what's there does not match! Color codes are way off. Finally took the flywheel shroud back off and found the wires I needed. Got that taken care of and hit the switch. Nothing. Reached in to wiggle the connector and a wire fell out. It was the hot wire. Since it looked so rusty, grabbed the channel locks to pull the connector off the back of the switch. The hot lug came with it. Need a new switch on the list!

I also found the wires to power all the relays up was hooked to the ground lug of the switch and the ground was hooked into their slot on the switch. ???? Don't understand that! Swapped those out and jumped it. It runs. I can continue on!


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Posted August 21, 2017 - 06:24 PM

Here's some pics from earlier today! First is after tightening the mount bolts.

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Here's what I did to the frame for the exhaust.

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And this is why the stock muffler won't fit! Big old bolt in the way!

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As far as the list goes:

 

Sort out the wiring

Add a choke cable

Change the throttle cable to a longer one

Put the drive pulley and PTO on

Figure out a muffler

Flush out the fuel tank/lines (I think it's empty)

New ignition switch

1/4" key stock



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Posted August 25, 2017 - 12:14 PM

I hadn't updated this for a while. Looking around for some exhaust pipe and a few other things engine wise. But today I tackled the free wheel issue. Pulled the fender pan and gas tank to see what was going on down in there. Looks liken the pin is to rusty to go in, had a 1/2" of dirt covering it. Here the pin and a close up. I am looking at taking that out so I can clean it, but not sure what is inside of there.

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And I found an issue with the shifter. I think the roller should be on that part, just haven't figured out what would keep it up there.

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And at the other end, I see a 1/2" nut used for a spacer!

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Me thinks this is not correct! Any help is appreciated folks! This is a Tuff-Tork (Kawasaki) rear end. May need to visit JD Parts.







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