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#1 pumpkintoter OFFLINE  

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 08:07 PM

ok heres the scoop a buddy of mine just gave me a 2001 (i think) jd gator 6wheel version with a bad motor. from what i can tell it originally had a liquid cooled kawasaki engine in it but someone along the way put a 16hp kohler in it which is now blown up. i was wondering if its worth my time to even mess with this thing and if so should i try to go back with the water cooled, or air, or just put it out to pasture? thanks fellas for any help..

oh btw not sure if this is in the right area if not you mods can move it :D

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 08:14 PM

I would put in another air cooled engine and either use it or sell it. Even if you bought a 500 dollar engine I would expect you could sell the entire thing for that or more.

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 08:14 PM

Congrats! I think the best choice of engine would be out of a 300 series JD.

:poke:

Just kidding, this may be an excellent candidate for something unique. Diesel, electric, could be fun...

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 08:19 PM

ha MH81 thats why i originally got it, looks like the same engine on my 316k.. diesel would be cool but way too pricey

if i fix ill keep it. what would be the best way to find a engine for it?

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 08:24 PM

what would be the best way to find a engine for it?


Call Bob (BHTS) and see what he has for running engines. Also check local paper for any old gt with the right engine orientation and a bad transaxle.
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Posted October 09, 2011 - 08:51 PM

i guess i need to tear the motor out of it and do some measuring.. this will be my first real project it will definately be interesting

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 08:58 PM

Well, you can't beat the price tag!!!!!

Does this have the cv transmission (like a gas golf cart or a snowmobile)? If so, the two selection factors for a replacement engine are what will physically fit in the space, and the shaft size - these were mostly 1 inch shafts they used in these if I recall....

Reason I ask about the shaft is a friend of mine was trying to repower an older gator, and had set up a kohler magnum engine for it, but the shaft size was wrong and getting new pulleys with the right shaft was going to be a big cost...

Anyway, good luck with the new find!

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 09:00 PM

WOW....FREE??? I many times get good deals, but not free!

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 09:21 PM

WOW Free Can't get any better.

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 09:32 PM

yeah the transmission setup is alot like a snowmobile

Yup FREE!! i couldnt believe it either he has a newer one also when this one blew up he just didnt want to mess with it.. now dont get me wrong she isnt going to win any beauty pagents..

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 09:39 PM

Sounds like a great project and a useful ride when you get it done! congrats and keep us up-to-date with your progress! I'd like to find something like that myself...and that's my kind of price range too!

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 09:46 PM

WOW....FREE??? I many times get good deals, but not free!


:ditto:

Hope you get it up and going.And :wewantpics:

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 09:54 PM

dont worry there will be plenty of pics..

Hey Bhts you wouldnt happen to have a nice repower plant laying around would ya?

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 10:08 PM

No chance of rebuilding the Kohler?

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Posted October 09, 2011 - 10:14 PM

not real sure yet i just dont really have that kind of time since i work all the time but im going to look at it.. im thinking it might just be faster to slap a repower on it.




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