Sunday, May 21, 2017


Sales literature.  Love the baby moon's.

Checked the oil and gassed it up.

The tractor body is mostly in good shape.  The exception to that is damage from a front end collision.

 This home brew muffler has a bit of charm.

Tecumseh 12HP engine.   Its not locked up.

Toolbox under seat.  I don't see any seat suspension.

Engine Model HH120-120045D

June 7

The engine is tossing oil out the exhaust and smoking.  So I ordered a head gasket.  When it come I plan to measure the cylinder bore.   That will tell me where to go next.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Kohler 15HP Yard Machine

Obtained a 15HP yard machine hydrostatic tractor.  It is a parts missing turkey.  Was told there was originally a hydro drive problem when the guy got it and he could not get it to start.

Hood is a busted pile of plastic.

Engine would not turn past the compression stroke.  It was just very dry.  It would turn without the plug.  Put the plug back in dumped gas in the carb and it fired.  It would not run on the carb.

A new carb runs for $50 to $150.  Need to see if the existing one will clean up.

It is hard to see this as anything but a parts tractor.   Maybe this engine can be used on go-putz the little airens rear engine rider.  Gas tank would be a problem.

But I don't trust this engine without tearing it down because it turns so hard when it sits for a while.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Another city auction

Our city sells off surplus equipment every year or three.   I put bids in on a MF 12 garden tractor, 10hp generator with blown engine, 4 cylinder powered wood chipper, and a huge V8 Diesel powered 3 phase generator.

It would be nice to have the Wisconsin powered MF 12.  The 3 phase generator would sllow me to use 3 phase equipment w/o a roto phase converter.

The follow two items are the only ones I really want.

This flat contains an Onam that just might serve as a replacement engine for the 682.

It also has a 10HP briggs powered colman generator with a hole in the block.

The gear driven MF 12 garden tractor.

Results:   Top bid for the MF12 garden tractor with 42 inch deck.  Hitched up the tractor snatcher/grabber and brought it home.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Another carb day.

Cleaned the carb on the Murray 14.5 yesterday.(Murray 14.5/12.5 Hybrid) Was some rust in the bowl and on the bottom of the jet tower.   It ran fine with some 'heat' gas treatment in the tank.  On plain gas it surges or hunts quit bad.   A bit of choke fixes it but that just tells me the carb still has problems.  Put some seafoam in it today but I don't think it helped.


Started on a carb from a craftsman lawn tractor with a 14.5HP OHV.  This is much the same setup as the 14.5 above but uses the newer plastic intake.   It was water damaged but I will try to get it working.   Bowl gasket is shot.  Going to order a new bowl too.  


I was a bit more aggressive in cleaning this one.  Used carb cleaner on the passages.   Going to test it on the 14.5HP Murray because I have to pull that carb back off anyway.

Replaced the elbow and bowl gasket but the needle valve leaks.  

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Murray 14.5/12.5 Hybrid is still surging.  Hit it with carb cleaner again and tried running premium gas with heet and sea foam.   Worked better but not acceptable.

So I installed the XA Nikki clone.  It runs but for reasons I don't understand it does not respond much to the throttle.   Tightened the governor spring a bit to get more high end.  So it has medium to high but no idle.  That may be good enough.

Still need to button up the air cleaner.

1991 K1500

Something a bit different for ZombieEngines.  A 4WD 1/3 ton, V6, 5 speed manual,  GMC Pickup Truck!  True to ZombieEngines standards it was dead, or nearly so when acquired.  AKA inexpensive.

This virtually rust free truck was acquired from someone we know.  The odometer stopped working 10 years ago at 46K.  It was used as a farm/ranch truck.

Shortly after purchase the ignition module inside the distributor burned out.   First I purchased the wrong one.  The next one I purchased lasted about 20 miles.  The screws holding it to the distributor base plate let loose.  Maybe this was why the original one died.  I ordered a better than original AC Delco module and replaced the sheet metal screws holding it down with machine screws and nylock nuts.

The front end is a bit messed up but it seems to be entirely cosmetic.

The brakes are very poor.  You can stop with enough advanced warning.  Not safe in traffic.  When you hold your foot on the brake you can hear a hiss and the engine speeds up.  Thinking it is the brake booster.

When you turn the ignition on or off a troll kicks the dash about 10 time.  Very annoying.  Something with the air blend door I think.

There is another dent above the drivers side rear wheel.

Has a bumper hitch and round trailer wiring connector.


The truck has a toggle switch for power and a starter button in the ash tray.  Kind of interesting but the wife suggested we put it back to factory.    I pulled the steering column apart to get the old ignition lock cylinder out.   YouTube helped with that.

When I exposed the wiring I found this.  I don't see where any wires have been cut but I also don't see how it goes together once I remove the added switch and button.

The blue and black female connectors go to the male connector on top the steering column.  Dropped the column to get better access but it is still tight for my king sized mitts.

It is easy to insert the black connector but the blue one is problematic.  I accomplished it by removing the 'starter switch' from the top of the steering column. 

I managed to get the truck started using the modified old lock cylinder but was unsure if the bits past the lock were not damaged.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The parts in the above image are wrong , they are for a tilt wheel.  Need to order this one.

Today I finished tearing down the steering column,  The videos on youtube must all be for tilt wheels.   Mine had screws from the bottom holding the upper housing to the lower.  There was minor plastic damage where the last guy tried to pry it off, as did I.     Removed the hi/low and ignition switches again.

The gear shown above is missing a tooth in my column.  I am removing the wheel lock mechanism.  It is pushed up by the key switch action and pushed back down by a spring.  The spring is weak.  Getting rid of it may also make the key a bit easier to run.   Yes I am cleaning everything up.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Today and yesterday I put the steering column back together.  Used silicon grease on the moving plastic parts.   There is a bit of a gap between the wheel and column but I can live with that.

Need to be sure that one installs the rod for the hi/low beams and the metal bit that connects the blinker lever to the blinker mechanism inside the column prior to installing the lock plate.

Used a AC Delco switch and the key comes out without the lever mechanism.  So as mentioned above I did not the steering lock pin and the key release lever.

Ran it around a bit, dash cluster not installed, and had a friend verify that the booster is dead.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The brake booster is in.  Works well but will work better when I get around to bleeding the brakes.  Pulled the idle air valve, aka IAC, and busted the clip on its electrical connector.  The gasket between it and the carb fell apart.  Quite brittle.

Engine runs well enough to drive but not great.  Next week I plan to do the plugs wires cap and rotor.  Maybe a new IAC.

Have a out of balance wheel on the left front or maybe it needs shocks.   Will try rotating that tire to the back.

Seems that only the speedo, volt meter and oil pressure gauges are working.  If the others are moving they are not going back to zero.  I figured I would need to get into the dash again.  No big deal but I think they were working when I took it apart.

Removed 2 seat covers which were hiding quilt batting, a blanket, and a pillow.  Found the seat adjuster and now I have enough headroom.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Acquisition: Craftsman

Model 917.257644

Web Image

Picked it up and stored it in the truck.   Starter spun but did not engage.  Owner said he messed up the transmission attempting to fix a broken axcle C clip.

New tires and maybe new belts.

Got rid of dropbox need to setup something else to upload camera images

Monday, February 6, 2017

Moved this tractor to the south garage to work on it.  Fell off the trailer but it is a low trailer.   Maybe the shock did it some good.  The starter worked.  Put some gas in it and it started.  But everything under the thing is messed up.   Thinking I will have to pull the motor and tranny so I can work on it upside down.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Barn Find: 1982 Honda VF750S Sabre

Found this parked in a mostly enclosed car port, I think that qualifies as a barn find.  18,886 miles and last tagged in 2001.

No keys or title.   I think I can get both of them.  Had the plates checked and the bike is not hot.  Things have gone bad sitting but the engine does turn over when pushed in high gear.

For more info see the Honda VF750S page.