Scenario: We have a great dedicated lawn tractor to mow with but need/want a dedicated lawn tractor with a push blade for snow removal and minor dirt and gravel push. We were asked by a neighbor to take a Ford LGT 125 chassis closed side (full hyd) with blade (less K301 engine, side shields, and deck) to the dump but we asked if we could keep it so it became ours. We also have a Kohler M10 engine from another lawn tractor that made itself available as well.
Considering the blessing of receiving the chassis unit, and having the good running M10 engine, we wish to attempt to fill the void by installing the M10 engine in this chassis. We fully understand these engines come from different eras thus why I am here to ask some questions/opinions on this swap. We have both the original set of Ford K301 engine mounts as well as the original Cadet M10 engine mounts so we have some options before having to custom those mounts.
First, because the different era of engines and components, is it safe to say the easiest manner in which to wire this machine is to simply make a new "clean" wiring harness? Or use the existing one on the chassis? I ask as this unit will be basic and will not have any PTO use. Our thoughts were for simple headlights, tail lights, battery charging, ammeter, and starting motor. The only safety switches we may keep would be the foot pedal and seat. Since there is no mower or snow blower, we feel "comfortable" eliminating the reverse switch and the PTO switch altogether. Plus we are thinking the "fresh" wire might be nice instead of using the 30+ yr old stuff already installed. I have wiring diagrams for both the original Ford machine and also the Cadet machine to use as guides.
Secondly, does anyone have an reservations about making this swap? Is there anything you more experienced folks would be willing to suggest before we get started.
We are not novices but also not overly seasoned individuals thus why we want to gather pros, cons, suggestions, ask for wisdom and opinions before beginning.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for your time and consideration as it is appreciated.