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#1 ekmann999 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 13, 2018 - 07:48 PM

I'm working on getting an 18hp Briggs and Stratton V twin running. Does anyone have any experience putting on of these in a 1050?


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Posted March 13, 2018 - 08:23 PM

If you are working on an I/C opposed twin B&S, it can be done, but I don't know if a V twin like the Vanguard will fit under the hood.

 

If you use the opposed twin you will have to extend the hood forward and you will have to find a new home for the gas tank. And I'm sure you will run into some other issues that I have not mentioned. When you move the hood forward you will need to add sheet metal to the rear section of the hood so it can rest on the lip of the dash. It is a lot of work but if done right it will come out looking good. On the 1050 I am not sure if there will be a height problem too.

 

Other thing to consider is the HP difference and what that might do to the drive train parts, you are almost doubling the HP. I'm sure others will have more to say about it as they chime in.

 

Good luck with your project!


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Posted March 13, 2018 - 08:40 PM

Try this :

http://gardentractor...e-2#entry826751

Sorry for confusion
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Posted March 14, 2018 - 05:03 AM

I'm working on getting an 18hp Briggs and Stratton V twin running. Does anyone have any experience putting on of these in a 1050?


Wow, that’ll be pretty powerful, when completed, my 1053 has a 2 cylinder Citroen 2cv engine in it, 29 hp! It’s a powerhouse, Had it pulling a digger before,Good luck!
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Posted March 14, 2018 - 07:50 AM

How a tractor performs has a lot more to do with the gearing than it does hp under the hood.  If hp is not used sensibly it will tear things up.


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 09:46 AM

How a tractor performs has a lot more to do with the gearing than it does hp under the hood.  If hp is not used sensibly it will tear things up.

chieffan is right you can get a lot done with a stock TRA-10D on a 1050 its all in using the gearing properly, there is plenty of power for all the attachments and towing things.

 

Try this :

http://gardentractor...e-2#entry826751

Sorry for confusion

Thanks WrenchinOnIt for posting that link from Husky, I was just visiting Husky on Saturday and had a chance to see his Briggs twin conversion on the H14. Beautiful work, it looks factory, nice detailing, but according to Husky it took months and months to do the conversion and restore.

 

If you are doing it on the 1050 I don't no how much more benefit you will get out of it because it is a gear driven machine the gearing is what gives you the torque and power. Husky did it on a hydro unit which has the ability to use the increased HP more efficiently. I know my H14 was upgraded to a XL OH160 Tec engine in the late 1980's and it will use every bit of HP that that 16HP engine will put out because of the foot pedal control. You can go from zero to full power by just pushing the pedal all the way forward in a matter of a second, it will dig a hole with the rear tires before it will bog down. From what I have read on the specs if it was reliable info those Eaton 10's can handle up to 50 HP, they are very rugged hydro units.

 

Maybe Husky will chime in or someone else who has done a similar conversion.

 

Again good luck with your project.



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Posted March 14, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Hi ekmann999 I would think that a Briggs L head would be a fantastic conversion on a 1050. That 1050 is geared low so you'd be well powered with that 18HP. Even the 10HP and even the old 8HP had a ton of pulling power. The foot print should be the same as what mine was in my original H14. I did have to make some motor mounts and I cut the tower sides to fit around my dual exhausts. The link to my post pretty much outlines what I had to do to make it work.

 

All in all I love the conversion. Those L heads are known to be pretty reliable. You can find them in the 1980's Craftsman tractors. Mine has been great and runs so smooth. It's carb is apart at the moment. It would not run any longer even with the choke on. Upon splitting the carb I found that the main carb body gasket was completely gone on one side due to age. I have a new gasket on it's way I think that will cure the problem.

 

One hint, if you do the conversion find yourself a large frame hood and use that instead of trying to add length to the tube frame hood. It would be a LOT easier to cut the large frame hood to length than to fabricate and weld in an addition to the tube frame hood like I did. I did not think of it until after I was done and looking at my parts 1886 tractor hood gave me the idea. Best of luck with yours.


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 01:43 PM

I have a Bolens 1256 that I put a Briggs Vangard 16 hp ohv engine in.It fits very nice and runs very good.


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 03:41 PM

I have a Bolens 1256 that I put a Briggs Vangard 16 hp ohv engine in.It fits very nice and runs very good.


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 05:04 PM

I have a Bolens 1256 that I put a Briggs Vangard 16 hp ohv engine in.It fits very nice and runs very good.

Do you have pics you can post of you 1256?


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Posted March 14, 2018 - 05:06 PM

Do you have pics you can post of you 1256?


Pics would be great.....

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Posted March 14, 2018 - 05:47 PM

Here are a few of the 16 I put in a 1253. Motor bolts line up with original holes and Original pulley works as well. You will have to get creative with battery or gas tank as there is only room for one under the hood.

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Posted March 14, 2018 - 06:28 PM

Here are a few of the 16 I put in a 1253. Motor bolts line up with original holes and Original pulley works as well. You will have to get creative with battery or gas tank as there is only room for one under the hood.

Looks like it fits pretty good, did you have to modify anything besides the gas tank and battery to get it to fit?



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Posted March 17, 2018 - 08:19 AM

The hood hinge stop I had to fab up. I used a couple tube frame hood brackets and the bracket off the original engine that was bolted to the head

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