Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Acquisition: Craftsman

Model 917.257644

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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.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tractor Snatcher

Added a one way, load only,  winch to this old trailer.  Lowered the hitch to level the best as much as possible.

The winch mounts to 3 1/2" carriage bolts with the heads ground down.   The bolts are mounted to a 3" thick wood block that mounts to the trailer hitch with the center bolt and an additional bolt on the other end.

Winch works well but I need to build a fold up tail gate/ramp.  It works fine  if I use the metal ramps from the car trailer.

Works fine off a car battery.  Loaded one tractor using the battery from the tow lawn tractor.  Still had enough charge to restart the tractor.

This trailer could be a foot long for tractors with a font bumper but even they fit with the rear wheel about 1/2 on the trailer bed.  A ramp might fix that too.

Need to get a picture or better still a video of a tractor being loaded.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rigid hone info

Found this on a sunnan site today regarding their rigid hone.

[QUOTE]Optimum RPM is calculated by dividing 1200 by
the bore diameter in inches... for example: 1200 ÷ 6 inches = 200 RPM;
or dividing 30,000 by the bore diameter in millimeters... for example
30,000 ÷ 150 millimeters = 200 RPM.
If the power source is a drill press or other rigid stroking device, make
sure your portable hone is equipped with two universal joints to provide
full floating action at the honing head.[/QUOTE]

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Getting tired of having the engine shop in the wood shop.  Need to clean the south garage so I can move the engine shop back there.

I have a pickup engine on a stand stored in the south shop and would like to move it to the east shop.  If I can manage it I plan to add a rear ramp to a small trailer that will let me roll it on.   The longer ramp would also make it good for hauling lawn and garden tractors.


Friday, February 5, 2016

The blog layout is evolving.  It now uses a page each for the tractor and engine index.  In time I hope to get most engine and tractor specific content out of the blog and into the specific engine or tractor page.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

My wrists are quite messed up so I will not be doing engine work for a while.  But here are some ideas.

Place the engine originally from the DYT4000 in the LT1000(2).  Remove the head check the bore again and set the valves with the flywheel mark.

The JD140's owner is talking like I can have the tractor.  It looks like Jack's has the piston and rod.  Needs to be 20 over.  Not sure if piston includes rings and need to check the crank etc.

See if I have a spare steering wheel to fit a JD.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Today I torqued the briggs 6.5OHV to 210 in lbs and then removed them because I neglected to use anti-seize.  When I got to about 180 with the anti-seize on the bolts it did not feel right.  It felt like they were stripping the threads.   

I checked the internet and sure enough they said that any sort of lubricant will cause the bolts to thread in further with any given torque.  The one place I check suggested 25% less torque when using anti-seize unless the spec is given for use with it.

I backed the bolts off and ran them back up to 150.  I think they will be alright.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Over time I want to create a page for each project.   Regular blog posts will be used of more general stuff.

Given that I am the only on reading this blog it should not be a problem.

Right wrist is messed up so bad I can't use the hand.

No water or sewer in the house because an attempt to fix the sewer took out the freshwater lines under the house.  Need to fix them and figure out how sewer snake got from the sewer pipe into the crawl space.