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Posted December 06, 2011 - 02:14 PM

The little tractor drove out of the garage under it's own power today.
This engine hasn't been run since the 70's and it wouldn't start when I first tried it.
Turned out the points were stuck open.
Once I got them working, it started right up and ran good with no smoking or knocking noises.

So I hopped up on the seat and backed her out to get these photos of it setting outside with the engine running.

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There are a few bugs to work out. .....
The clutch doesn't release all the way and either the generator doesn't work or I got the volt meter hooked up wrong because it's not registering any volts.
The engine suddenly quit running when I was driving it back in the garage and wouldn't start back up and I haven't taken the time to find out why yet.
All an all, it was a good first run.
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Posted December 06, 2011 - 02:38 PM

That's good news, Ray. Looks good sitting in the drive. I'm sure you'll find the bugs.
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Posted December 06, 2011 - 05:54 PM

Looking great Ray. If your wiring is correct then you can review my article "Testing a Starter Generator" in order to determine if the generator half is working. good luck
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Posted December 06, 2011 - 06:34 PM

Monumental moment. Great job. Looks really good in the driveway.
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Posted December 06, 2011 - 07:16 PM

Ray it looks great !!! Kind of reminds me a little of the first automobiles . Al
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Posted December 06, 2011 - 07:31 PM

Ray it looks great !!! Kind of reminds me a little of the first automobiles . Al


It probably drives like one too. LOL When no springs and steel on all four corners it's sure to ride rough.
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Posted December 06, 2011 - 08:31 PM

It would take all of the fun out of it if it just started and ran great! Nice work Ray. It looks great sitting in the driveway! I'm sure that you'll conquer the bugs in no time at all!
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Posted December 07, 2011 - 12:20 AM

Nice Ray I like the looks of it.
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Posted December 07, 2011 - 05:09 AM

Man Ray,is that ever cool looking.
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Posted December 07, 2011 - 05:57 AM

Cool looking machine. I'm sure you're happy that you know it works. Thanks for taking the time to take pictures and post updates.

To have the thing just die and not restart is strange. I've had spark plugs go bad on me and do that, and coils that needed a ballast resistor die cause I didn't put one in, or the points stuck, but that would be strange. Does it have a magneto or is the spark run off the battery.

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Posted December 07, 2011 - 08:16 AM

Well the engine stalling yesterday was easy to fix.
The problem was a screw loose in the operator ... I hadn't put enough gas in the tank and it ran out!
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Posted December 07, 2011 - 08:19 AM

Well the engine stalling yesterday was easy to fix.
The problem was a screw loose in the operator ... I hadn't put enough gas in the tank and it ran out!

But those are the easy problems to fix(once we figure it out):smilewink:
Nice job Ray, looks great sitting outside!!
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Posted December 07, 2011 - 04:56 PM

Worked on the "bugs" today and got them all straightened out.

I made a flat metal bracket that bolts on the inside of the clutch pulley.
This bracket is bent on the end so it goes under the belt with about a 1/4 inch clearance between it and the belt.

Then I made another flat metal bracket that bolts to the top of the frame rail and fits over the transmission pulley.
This bracket also has about 1/4 inch clearance between it and the belt.

Here are the two brackets with the clutch engaged and the belt running.

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When the clutch pulley is raised up, the bracket on the pulley grips the belt and holds it up against the bracket that is over the transmission pulley.
This stops the belt from moving so the transmission can be shifted easily.
It works good !

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Next on the list was checking the charging system.
I switched the wires on the back of the volt meter but the volt meter still didn't work.
So I removed the volt meter and used a jumper wire to check it across the two terminals on the battery.
It reads a good 12 volts on the gauge so I'm assuming the volt meter is OK.

I then checked the wire from the regulator with a test light and it lights up when the engine is running.
So I took the old ammeter that was on the engine and hooked it up to the wires.
As you can see here, it is reading a charge with the engine running.

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Do volt meters not work with starter/generators ?
This is the first volt meter that I've tried on anything.


A member on another forum said that the step with the open bars on the ends gives him the willys and he thought it would be good to edge that with something less likely to bark my shins on.

So I took another look at that today.
I had rounded all the corners on each of the flat bars so there weren't any sharp edges but he's right that it could still do some interesting damage if I slipped and came down hard on it.

Here is the revised step with a rounded edge on it.

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Posted December 07, 2011 - 05:23 PM

Just as I suspected! You've got a handle on those pesky bugs! Great work Ray!
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Posted December 08, 2011 - 03:13 PM

Very clever belt brackets, those are way cool. I think a volt meter shouldn't be in line with the generator, just reading voltage from the battery. I think one side should be grounded. And I do like your shin protector, that will still hurt but shouldn't take as much hide off. Looking great as usual, Ray. Thanks for sharing all your builds.
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