Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Massive Shop Rearrangement

We have all heard that metal and wood working don't play well together.  To get ready for the lathe's arrival I am moving most everything.

Current
East Shop: woodworking, foundry, salon tables
South Garage: tractors, power equipment, and toys
North Garage: stained glass, metaphysical,  sheet rock and insulation

Desired:
East Shop: metal working, stained glass, store
South Garage: Woodworking
North Garage: Foundry, sheet rock and insulation
East House: salon tables

I estimate 2 weeks.  

Although less than ideal for various reasons it the best I can come up with at this time.
I may have to scrap some of the salon tables.  The north garage has a leaky roof. and not much in the way of electrical wiring.  Will have to make it work.

It would be better to have the woodshop in the North garage and the Foundry in the South Garage but I would have to move the sheetrock and other stuff stored in the north.  Still maybe the better idea.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sindey Lathe

Unless something goes south we will be getting a 16x? Sidney lathe.  The lathe has been sitting outside and will need a fair deal of TLC prior to going into service.











Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Troy Built Tiller Electric Start

I was gifted with this troy built tiller.   The stated problem was that the transmission was locked up. It looks like the ignition has been converted to solid state maybe an automotive setup.  The first step is to identify the engine.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Alkota High Pressure Steam Cleaner

No it not for cleaning carpets.  Its used to remove grease and grime from engines and other equipment.   It will even strip paint.

The unit belongs to a friend who has no place to store and very infrequent use for it.  It has been run in the past few years but I don't know exactly when.  This may wait till spring as I imagine one has to winterize it to keep the pump(s) from freezing.

The Alkota company is still making machines so the next step is to contact them for a manual.  I have not found a data plate so it could be interesting.

Upholstery Machine






Not exactly a Zombie Engines sort of thing but this week we got to make a check mark on my wife's bucket list by landing this sewing machine.  I believe its a Consew.  Who knows maybe we can reupholster a GT seat.
At some point I may get a bolt of canvas and make up custom covers for things like swamp coolers and AC units.   Maybe go nuts and make some for the big shop tools.  Whoo Hoo

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Old Ranch King aka MTD





Picked up this tractor today.  Mainly to see if the pickup mounted crane would handle it.  It managed but just.  Needs to be reinforced.

This is a bit of a strange tractor.  The grass catcher feeds out both sides of the deck.  It is a variable speed drive which I'm not found of.

The owner said someone welded on the exhaust and that caused a major oil leak.  That lead to knocking.
Need to decode this plate.
Took a few more pictures.

Weight Bracket


Grass Discharges on Both Sides of the Deck

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Why Do I Blog

I mostly blog for myself.   My memory does not work quite like it should.  The blogs help me track my project progress.   Makes it a lot easier to pickup where I left off and its fun to go back and see what I would not recall without the blog.

If anyone else finds my blogs worth reading so be it.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Craftsman Garden Tractor

This summer I was gifted with a 26HP V Twin Kohler powered Craftsman GT.  Have not opened the engine but it seems a rod is broken.  It came with rims but no tires.  Rear tires showed up later.  Not sure what that was about.

Today I tried mounting the rear tires and failed.  Have one on the rim but have not gotten it to seat.  I put stretchers in the other to move the bead further out.   It has worked in the past.



Saturday, September 23, 2017


The stretchers worked.  Yesterday I managed to get both rear tires on and inflated.

















Today I washed up the front rims and mounted 18.5 x 8's.  They are a bit on the large side but I like that.  The front wheels have brass bushings instead of plastic.   One of them was missing so I borrowed one from another wheel.  Found it when I put the front wheels on.  Seems the wheel turned on the bushing.  I wacked the rim to get the bushing to stay put.

I will have to move or remove the frame mounted muffler.  I like the look of it maybe just move it up to clear the front wheel.

The back tires have 4 of 5 lug bolts each.  There should be a 9th lug bolt but I imagine its on the ground under the tractor.  The front wheels need the clips to hold them on,



For kicks and giggles I set the hood in place.

I am toying with the idea of using the briggs 21HP single that is now in the silver LT1000, It is overkill for a yard tug and it came off a 50" deck yts so it should be ok for this tractor.  That would let me get this going without digging into its twin 26HP Kohler.

If it fits I have a little 7HP from a RER that would work well in the silver LT1000 yard tug.  Not sure about the crank shaft.



So the next step is to drag out the little 7HP and check then shaft size.  I suppose I could always use a different pulley.  Which leaves the question of does it still run.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

I borrowed and cut down a motor mount plate from the first YTS3000,  It still needs to be adjusted a bit to allow the engine to sit where the clutch will work with the existing belt.

Pulled the little RER motor and it looks like the shaft is too short to work on the LT1000.    Its also smaller.  Maybe too much work to do this.  So the silver LT1000 will either go into storage unless I can find a motor for it.

Put the retainer clips on the front wheels and pushed it back around to the front of the garage.  It will be easier to mount the engine plate there.  I need to pull the front axle to remove the remaining kohler engine mount.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The engine plate has been notched to allow it to move further back on the frame.   The Kohler front mounts are holes drilled in the plate that supports the rear of the front axle.  They will have to stay put if I ever want to put the Kohler back on.

I'm a little shy of wiring in the briggs engine but heck that is something I should be able to do.

I don't want to pull the engine out of the LT1000 till I feel confident that I will get the GT working.    I've located the pulley for the engine.   At least I think I have.  I'm also fretting about running out of space to store tractors.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hydrostatic Tiller




Picked up a Case garden tiller.  Model K74,  It has a hydraulic motor.





Friday, September 15, 2017

1914 Buick Distributor

Attempting to loosen and remove the distributor from a 1914 Buick at the Cimarron Heritage Center.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Cart upgrades

My 4 wheel cart died 2 years ago.  Recently one of the wheel barrel tires on the two wheel card died.  I'm tired of the crappy carts.

I replaced the 2 wheel cart tires with a pair of smallish rear lawn tractor tires. The axle hubs were the right size but too long.  Used an angle grinder to shorten the rim hubs by about 1 inch out the outside face.  I like it.



The original wheels were the type used on wheel barrels and generally only last a two or three years.

The four wheel cart is a much larger problem. 


The frame is weak the wheels are crap.  In this image the front end was already cut off.   It too was way too weak.

The new frame is from the first YTS3000 lawn tractor acquired and dismantled maybe 2 years ago.  It had a very poorly designed steering arrangement so the front axle and linkages will come from the original opposed twin Murray, the 40 inch deck unit.  

The rear axle is from another scrapped tractor.  The axle only had reverse and forward because it was coupled to a variable speed pulley setup.  The rear wheels drive the shaft original used by the disc brake rotor.   I removed the gears connecting the differential to the input shaft.
Welded the Murray front axle assembly to the bottom of the craftsman axle pocket.  The rear axle will get risers to bring the frame level.

The frame is too long for the bed from the trailer it is replacing.  Have to decide if I want to cut down the frame or make a new bed.



The handle and bed/box will come from the original wagon.  

Saturday, September 23, 2017


The bed has been cut.  Still need to join it together and workout the attachment from the handle to the tie rod or king pin.





Monday, August 21, 2017

1919 Avery C ?

First off this tractor belongs to the Cimarron Heritage Center  in Boise City Oklahoma.   I am helping with the identification for now.

First 2 small images to share on smokestack.




Now the full sized images











Video of similar tractor on youtube

Carl Nitzel's 1921 Avery Tractor.





This one is not identical but has some elements in common.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

MF12



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.