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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted October 14, 2017 - 04:20 PM

I'm dragging this Porter Cable home tomorrow. My buddies friend found it on the dump, so naturally I need it, HA! I could use some help identifying which model it is. My son will most likely want to restore this,and if he doesn't, I will. The guy has another Porter Cable in his loft in much better condition, so he is digging it out for me. I haven't seen that one yet, but I'll be picking it up tomorrow. Hank, jableman, can you guys please fill me in on this one.

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Posted October 14, 2017 - 04:56 PM

pm sent, we will take care of you!
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Posted October 14, 2017 - 05:03 PM

Thanks jableman, I appreciate it. I always had in interest in the Porter Cable tractors and couldn't pass this one up.

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Posted October 14, 2017 - 08:08 PM

nice find


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Posted October 15, 2017 - 06:41 AM

I might have a seat spring, not sure about a seat. I'll look when I go outside today . Looks to be in fairly good shape. electric start was probably 60's??


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Posted October 15, 2017 - 09:16 AM

Thanks Tom, I appreciate it. I don't know what year this Porter Cable is exactly, but I'll do some digging to try to find out. I'll be looking at the other one today that the guy has, too. I wasn't exactly looking for Porter Cable tractors, but I rarely see them. There was one missing the engine at a show that I went to in August and I should have picked it up. It had some of the parts that this one needs to make it complete. For now, I'd like to get it running and see of the transaxle is good. From what I've been reading, these transaxle can have issues. Here's the one that was at the show.

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Posted October 15, 2017 - 12:19 PM

I have fenders, spring and seat. I have 3 parts tractors for my Massey Ferguson Executives restoration
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Posted October 15, 2017 - 01:32 PM

That would help me out a lot Dayton King. I just came back from the guys house and I looked at the Porter Cable in his loft. It's mostly complete and in good condition, but it's also missing the belt guard. It looks to be the same model as the other one, but it's recoil start only. It looks to be the original 143302 Briggs in it and it's a running tractor. The guy is going to load the electric start Porter Cable and an old 50's Economy rolling chassis onto his trailer and bring them to my place this week. I originally just went to get the Economy chassis and saw the Porter Cable sitting there. He has to move a few things to get the other Porter Cable out of the loft. Both Porter Cable tractors are worth restoring in my opinion.
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Posted October 15, 2017 - 02:07 PM

I just have a the seat spring, but it looks like Dayton can help you out.  The 58-59's I've seen are pull start . I know once Duracorp bought them and called them Motomowers they had electric start.  maybe in 60-61 before they were sold they went to electric start??



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Posted October 15, 2017 - 02:58 PM

both electric and recoil were offered, late 1958 to early 1960, short run before they were sold off
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Posted November 04, 2017 - 08:22 PM

I decided to look into this Briggs on this Porter Cable tractor. There was a lot of debris behind the flywheel shroud and the magneto didn't look good at all. The points cover had a hole rotted through its and there was some water inside the cover. The points and condenser were both shot, but the starter and charging system components didn't look too bad. I had to do some reading up on this Briggs Power Charger battery charging system, since I'm not familiar with it. I found a wire broken away from one of the fuse holders, and one of the rectifiers wasn't soldered on one end. I took the starter apart and it looked really good inside. The brushes showed little wear, and the commutator Just needed a cleaning. I tested the starter after assembling it and it works great. I'm hoping that the charging system will work once the wires are soldered back in place. Neither of the two fuses were blown, so maybe the system will work. All of the parts in the charging system are NLA, so I have my fingers crossed.
I disassembled the rest of the engine to check the condition of things. I knew something was wrong when I turned the crankshaft back and forth, and heard some clunking. It was a little more than slight, so I figured the rod was toast. Sure enough, the rod cap bolts were loose and the rod and crankshaft were shot. The big end of the rod was black and there was aluminum from the rod on the crank journal. It looks like the engine was run low on oil and smoked the rod and crank. Luckily the cylinder and block didn't get damaged, so I'm in the process of rebuilding the engine now. I had some NOS parts for this engine already and I rounded up the rest of the parts to finish it. I honed the block .010 over the other day, and I just have to install an intake valve guide insert and cut the valve seats. I had to pick up a different set of racks and stones for my hone, since my hone only adjusts down to 3" and this little Briggs has a 2.75 bore. The air cleaner was missing, but I had one laying around. I cleaned the air cleaner and the blower housing today, so I have to clean the rest of the tin, along with the gas tank and brackets. I'm looking forward to hearing it run and seeing if it will charge the battery.

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Posted November 04, 2017 - 08:43 PM

look forward to seeing it up and running again. it's a simple tractor compared to the rest of yours. they bring alot of attention with others.
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Posted November 04, 2017 - 09:10 PM

I felt like working on a smaller project Jay. It still takes a lot of time to go through everything and get it ready for paint, though. At least the transaxle isn't worn out or water logged, and the steering seems fine. I found some vibration isolators that will work to replace the old motor mounts. They are just like the original mounts and are pretty common.
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