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#1 Kster526 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 03, 2018 - 03:33 PM

Got a call from a friend of mine who acquired this JD 200 and wanted it
out of his Red Shed. Price was great so brought her home for a little
needed TLC.
Gave her a bath and did a little tinkering to see what the engine
status was. Upon battery installation and a few minor checks on the necessary
stuff it was evident she needed some work. Found a bad head gasket and
an intake valve that’ll need replacement. Not sure about piston,think I’ll leave that
until I fix the other two items first.

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Posted June 03, 2018 - 04:48 PM

Not a bad looking tractor!

In the pic of the piston, almost looks like a ring showing there!


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Posted June 03, 2018 - 06:00 PM

That cylinder is definitely egg-shaped from the looks of the gap..  That head has got quite the unique design on it!  Lotta carbon means-  bore time!


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Posted June 03, 2018 - 06:09 PM

Yes the more I think about it I may just pull it out and do the rod and piston .
I’ll hone it and have my brother bring his bore gauge home and measure it for me
before I buy a new piston. Figure if I’m gonna fix it I’ll do it right. Really not in bad
shape for being all original . The muffler cover was in very good shape .
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Posted June 03, 2018 - 06:44 PM

So.....did the wife go out shopping for something she (didn’t) needed also ?
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Posted June 03, 2018 - 06:48 PM

Yes the more I think about it I may just pull it out and do the rod and piston .
I’ll hone it and have my brother bring his bore gauge home and measure it for me
before I buy a new piston. Figure if I’m gonna fix it I’ll do it right. Really not in bad
shape for being all original . The muffler cover was in very good shape .

Is the original muffler there? They are not available anywhere, trust me, I've looked.
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Posted June 03, 2018 - 07:26 PM

Yes I have the original muffler and shroud that came from Mother Deere
I have another 200 that has both also but it’s not in the best shape.

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Posted June 03, 2018 - 10:16 PM

Nice, you have the front attachment pulley. Looks to be a early to mid 70's model judging by the screen side panels. I have a 75 212 with the same panels, later ones have louvers instead of screens. That K181 looks tiny in there!


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Posted June 04, 2018 - 06:34 AM

The top land of the piston is cut back by the carbon build up in the exhaust valve area, exposing the top ring. It probably exaggerates the out of round look. Your measuring equipment will tell you.
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Posted June 10, 2018 - 06:27 PM

We measured the bore today and it’s just a thousandths over what the book says
We’re going to measure piston also when I get it out but right am thinking
a stock piston will be ok.
Just not enough time to spend in the garage with her right now.
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