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Posted August 08, 2011 - 07:55 PM

My first diesel conversion after retirement was to transplant a Lister-Petters diesel into a 10-8 Wheel Horse. This turned out to be a very straight forward project. Unfortunately after two years of hard work the differential said enough of this pounding. They use these on the Valdez pipeline. They run 24/7 and burn 200 gallons of fuel every six months. I think that translates into just over a gallon a day. Lister told me they were designed to run 10,000 hours but they are finding that 40,000 hours is not unusual. They are only serviced twice a year when fuel is flown in. Seems incredible to me. I do know that a one gallon fuel tank last many hours when working the tractor.
I have several short videos saved to my computer and photo bucket but I'm not smart enough to get them on here. The sound of this engine running is music to my ears.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 08:14 PM

Here ya go Chris! Photobucket doesn't work on the GTT pages, but Youtube does.

DieselWH1001.mp4 video by cmvans - Photobucket

http://s857.photobuc...ieselWH1003.mp4

http://s857.photobuc...ieselWH1002.mp4

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 08:17 PM

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 08:21 PM

That is an awesome sounding engine. Really scoots along, doesn't it?

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 08:28 PM

Holy Cow do we get fast results here or what? I think my whole life has just been exposed:blush2:
I don't have the foggiest idea how you did that but thank you. Hopefully I can get some photos of the Bolens conversion later.
Thanks for your help!

P.S. I'm going to have to transplant the Lister-Petters again:booboo:

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 08:30 PM

Holy Cow do we get fast results here or what? I think my whole life has just been exposed:blush2:
I don't have the foggiest idea how you did that but thank you. Hopefully I can get some photos of the Bolens conversion later.
Thanks for your help!

P.S. I'm going to have to transplant the Lister-Petters again:booboo:


I went to MT & dug till I found one of your pic links, then got into your Photobucket! LOL

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 08:31 PM

Holy Cow do we get fast results here or what?


Yep, GTT give you answers fast! You're gonna love it here Chris!

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Posted August 08, 2011 - 09:19 PM

Chris, :welcometogttalk:


First off, WELCOME to GT talk. I'm glad your here.. If it was my tractor, I would find another transaxle for your horse. But thats just me. I bet that a very strong tractor you built there, good looking machine..:thumbs:


BTW, Thank You for becoming a GTT supporter !!!!

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Posted August 09, 2011 - 04:06 AM

Chris, sounds like a real good engine. What is the HP on it? Glad Daniel got the video up,thanks for that. And a great big Thanks for becoming a supporter. This is a great site and conversions like yours will draw some attention. Thanks for posting this one. I'll be watching for the transplant.

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Posted August 09, 2011 - 11:38 AM

At 3000 rpm the engine is rated a 8hp. I'm running it at 1500rpm and at the speed it is rated at 5hp. I don't know how Lister comes to that figure but I know that we have not been able to stop this tractor engine combination. We have even used it to bury wires out to the hangar pulling a subsoiler across a packed gravel driveway. It will literally dig itself into a hole in high range, second gear. This is why I'm looking for another tractor with a stronger transaxle. If you look at the photos you can see that the flywheel is very larger and heavy. Lister told me the crankshaft weighs as much as the flywheel. Impressive piece of machinery.
This is the subsoiler. It will dig approximately 14" into the ground. My grown Son was standing on the weights feeding wire into the trench at the time.
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Posted August 09, 2011 - 12:02 PM

Wheel Horse has one of the heavies trans axles ever built. The only other brand, in my opinion that would be heavier, is older models of Cub Cadet. They used same tranny and rear end as the full sized cubs did.

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Posted August 09, 2011 - 12:38 PM

I have several cubs but they are all hydros and I don't want to waist hp turning the hydro. I do have a Kubota G3200 with a manual transmission which is starting to look like a good candidate.
Thanks for the information. Half the fun is finding the right (hopefully) combination.

PS. The engine in the G3200 is missing parts that's why I'm not leaving it as is.

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Posted August 25, 2011 - 10:09 PM

Wheel Horse has one of the heavies trans axles ever built. The only other brand, in my opinion that would be heavier, is older models of Cub Cadet. They used same tranny and rear end as the full sized cubs did.

Look on eBay for Joe's Outdoor Power. They sell a lot of Cub stuff... I got a 102 transaxle from them a couple years ago for $85 plus shipping.

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Posted August 26, 2011 - 11:24 PM

Thanks Smitty. I pulled the engine from the Wheel Horse a couple of days ago and it is now setting in a different tractor. I'm afraid the W.H. will get parted out. I hate to go through the work of replacing the rear end just to have the same thing happen again. Hope to have the Lister Petters turning dirt again by next week sometime. Right now I feel a chest cold coming on so I don't know how it is going to go. Hope it is a false alarm.

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Posted August 27, 2011 - 12:22 AM

wonder if the lister petters are like what i see in sailboats around here . lots of donors if that is in fact the case




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