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Posted August 24, 2020 - 05:57 PM

What cca was the stock battery? Going to grab that.

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Posted August 24, 2020 - 06:03 PM

I would go with 300cca or higher , dont get one below that



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Posted August 25, 2020 - 12:38 AM

I spent a bunch of time tonight just cleaning things with a microfiber towel and brass brush.

I actually can't believe now that I am cleaning it, just how nice this thing really is. All the rust is surface rust and coming right off with a tiny bit of brass brush scrubbing. Then I wipe with microfiber and tire cleaner (not shine) and it looks great.

Also I think its wrong but the shifter is labeled with scratched numbers and shows the blocked off gear as reverse not 3rd. I thought that gear was 3rd can someone confirm? If so that really sucks because I will need reverse and thus maybe a trans.

I came inside before taking photos or a video, I will do that tomorrow.

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Posted August 25, 2020 - 10:57 AM

Progress so far...

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Posted August 25, 2020 - 11:51 AM

I took some photos of my shifter. Shifted the lever into all four positions and felt it go into gear in all four. My numbers are worn off so no help there.

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Posted August 25, 2020 - 12:01 PM

I took some photos of my shifter. Shifted the lever into all four positions and felt it go into gear in all four. My numbers are worn off so no help there.

 

You would really be amazed what a basic brass brush on that exhaust muffler will do after 30 seconds of brushing.... Yours also looks nice. I supposedly have tires coming today so I should be able to test it out if I get them mounted up. More pics! I don't mind you posting them in this thread.


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Posted August 25, 2020 - 03:08 PM

I'm not sure if they ever put numbers on the shifter itself. Here's what mine looks like:

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Posted August 25, 2020 - 03:21 PM

I see why I could not find the shifter numbers. It was on the part that is broken off. I don't know where the chrome shift knob came from but I like it. I also got a good snow blower but have very little use for it in Tennessee. Saw a video of a guy in Texas using one on a bunch of cactus. LOL. 

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Posted August 25, 2020 - 03:42 PM

Shame about the broken fender, but that's pretty common on these machines. Thankfully mine are in great shape. I'd love to find a snowthrower attachment but it's not a priority. I have plenty of other snow removal options. We're known to get a bit of the white stuff up here in New Hampshire.  :smilewink: 



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Posted August 25, 2020 - 04:47 PM



 

 

I see why I could not find the shifter numbers. It was on the part that is broken off. I don't know where the chrome shift knob came from but I like it. I also got a good snow blower but have very little use for it in Tennessee. Saw a video of a guy in Texas using one on a bunch of cactus. LOL. 

That was Member larrybl here.



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Posted August 25, 2020 - 06:02 PM

Up and forward is reverse, up and backwards is first, down and forward is second, down and backwards is third
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Posted August 25, 2020 - 06:48 PM

Best news ever! Took off the bolt and the trans is fine! I have all the gears!

There's no brake attached to the lever... So the pulley hits the other pulley. this means that the transmission spins pretty fast from the belt even with the clutch in and it grinds the gears bad.

So I definitely need to not drive this until I get the brakes fixed so that the trans stops when I shift gears.


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Posted August 25, 2020 - 06:48 PM

With the way this thing turned so sharp I can see now why someone would want to slow it down this could easily throw you off.

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Posted August 25, 2020 - 08:02 PM

I also got a good snow blower but have very little use for it in Tennessee.


Man I would *love* to buy that snow thrower from you. It's the main reason I got mine and can not for the life of me find one.
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Posted August 25, 2020 - 10:09 PM

I have no idea  what the thrower is worth, but the distance from Tennessee to Michigan could get expensive. I would be willing to sell it. If it snows deep enough for me to need it here in TN, I am not even going outside.






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