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#1 JohnWR ONLINE  

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Posted April 27, 2020 - 05:35 PM

So i picked up a Johnson Workhorse 14 off facebook the other day and then the very next day i picked up this HT23 with a freshly rebuilt K582 in it. Guy had 2800 in parts receipts. engine has about 5 hours on it, it was rebuilt and then the guy inherited a kubota and never used it anymore.

 

This loader in rough all 4 main bushings need to be replaced i have oversized ones to install already, they are 1" OD and .5" ID by 2" long. My plan is to bevel the hole and get some good welds in there. I have seal kits coming for the cylinder thankfully they were all stored collapsed. the pump bracket is missing i plan to remake this and used a side load pump.

 

This is the pump i was thinking is 4 GPM enough?

 

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Here are some pictures

 

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Posted April 27, 2020 - 05:43 PM

Congrats!! Thanks for sharing the pics. With some work, you'll have a very capable loader tractor. Keep us posted on your progress.
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Posted April 27, 2020 - 05:54 PM

I'm jealous! :worshippy1:


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Posted April 27, 2020 - 06:36 PM

I'm jealous! :worshippy1:

Times two

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Posted April 27, 2020 - 06:55 PM

nice score- I have a similar loader on a 1477- does a lot of work for me (when I get a chance to use it) 


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Posted April 27, 2020 - 06:57 PM

Congrats on your new Bolens large frame package! :thumbs: With a little work, you'll have a very capable outfit there.


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Posted April 27, 2020 - 06:57 PM

of course, now you're making me think I need to check out the bushings and be sure they're not in a similar condition 


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Posted April 27, 2020 - 07:23 PM

Congrats!! Thanks for sharing the pics. With some work, you'll have a very capable loader tractor. Keep us posted on your progress.

 

Thanks i will be updating this as i go.

 

I'm jealous! :worshippy1:

 

 

Times two

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Don't be too jealous as this loader is pretty used and abused.

nice score- I have a similar loader on a 1477- does a lot of work for me (when I get a chance to use it) 

 

I'm hoping this will save my back some pain.

 

Congrats on your new Bolens large frame package! :thumbs: With a little work, you'll have a very capable outfit there.

 

Thanks it's gonna take a lot of work but it will be worth it.

 

of course, now you're making me think I need to check out the bushings and be sure they're not in a similar condition 

The 4 pain bushings are all broken and spinning and every pin hole needs to be welded and re drilled.


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Posted April 28, 2020 - 12:09 AM

Nice finds. You must be one lucky guy to get two scores like that right in a row.

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Posted April 28, 2020 - 06:30 AM

Nice finds. You must be one lucky guy to get two scores like that right in a row.

The loader was pure luck i saw it a a second after it was posted in the facebook group. The HT23 was a waiting game, the seller started 2 years ago at 2800 and has been slowly dropping i paid 1200 and i thought that was fair as it doesn't have P/S cruise or transcooler.


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Posted May 04, 2020 - 06:00 PM

Did a little work on the ht23 this weekend. Changed the hydro fluid and filter, I had to removed the filter housing and cut the filter off it was so frozen on. I also cleaned the carb and now it starts and runs like a dream. I installed a new fuel cap I got from rick and I also have a 3 Point hitch coming as well. I also managed to get this muffler off Facebook market place for 20 bucks. It’s burnt out and I’m gonna try and cut the original muffler out and replace it.
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Posted May 04, 2020 - 06:21 PM

Wow, you didn't waste any time, you're on a role! Nice upgrades and finds. Before long, you're going to be up and running.  :thumbs:  :thumbs:  Thanks for the update.


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Posted May 06, 2020 - 06:31 PM

Wow, you didn't waste any time, you're on a role! Nice upgrades and finds. Before long, you're going to be up and running.  :thumbs:  :thumbs:  Thanks for the update.


Thanks so much I wish I was going faster but I have a turbo ventrac I’m putting a engine in at the moment that has taken most of my time.

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Posted May 06, 2020 - 06:38 PM

Well goodies showed up today. Finally was able to get my hands on a 3 point hitch.

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Posted May 06, 2020 - 07:19 PM

Nice! That looks complete, even an anti-sway bar. Does it have the position lock? I've got 2 HT hitches and no position lock. Is that the hitch I saw for sale on eBay?
You are on your way to having a very useful tractor. My HT23 does tons of work for us around here.

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