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PostSubject: Moto-Mower progress pics   Wed 01 Jul 2009, 11:50 pm

Well its been awhile since I've shown any progress on my 10 hp Moto-Mower. As of today its pretty well reassembled. I acquired a replacement transaxle as the original had a blown reverse. I finally got that painted and got everything bolted up today. Now, it just needs some electrical and other small repairs and maintenance for the engine, and the gas tank reinstalled and it should be back up and running. Here's a couple of pics with it all reassembled. My repaint job on the transaxle looks like crap, but it will do for now. I also installed the sleeve hitch bracket I had, but I don't have the sleeve hitch itself.



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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Thu 02 Jul 2009, 12:02 am

Looks real good Evan. Glad it's up and going again. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Thu 02 Jul 2009, 10:58 am

A fine looking machine evan,can't wait to start on mine.I need to fire it up and run it,haven't done it since I brought it home,that was in march I think KW
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Thu 02 Jul 2009, 11:39 am

Looks good are you going to restore it or leave it
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Thu 02 Jul 2009, 4:05 pm

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Looks good are you going to restore it or leave it

I'm going to leave it the way it is...its all original except the transaxle.
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Wed 08 Jul 2009, 11:59 pm

Well today I spent a little more time trying to get this thing finished up. I reinstalled the gas tank, and then removed the shutoff because I knew it was plugged. Turns out the little screen inside was plugged solid. So after cleaning that up I went to work on pulling the head. The threads inside the spark plug hole are a mess, so they need to be repaired, and I figured everything under there needed a good cleaning. I'm also gonna get a new head gasket as this one had some leaks. Here's a few pics:



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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Thu 09 Jul 2009, 12:34 am

definitly ,looks like its been leaking evan,man it makes me want to tear into my motomower but never can seem to get a minute.I've got a rearend out of a simplicity 4211 right now and still trying to finish up the 717.
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Thu 09 Jul 2009, 9:23 am

Is that a Kohler in there?....My Ford 14 hp Kohler looks like it is leaking there too. maybe I need a new head gasket.
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Thu 09 Jul 2009, 12:54 pm

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Is that a Kohler in there?....My Ford 14 hp Kohler looks like it is leaking there too. maybe I need a new head gasket.

Yeah that's a Kohler. Its a 10 horse. I'd say this one definitely needs a head gasket. This engine really hasn't ran much at all for about 13 years, other than for a few seconds on some starting fluid.
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Thu 09 Jul 2009, 4:54 pm

Clean everything up nice maybe you will find it to be a std piston gotta watch the mud on the head that will make it run hot quickly.. post more pics of it cleaned
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Thu 09 Jul 2009, 10:39 pm

Today I took the head to a reputable guy who rebuilds engines. He rebuilt the engine in my Bolens tractor before I owned it and also rebuilt the engine in my dad's 8n. He is going to install a heliocoil for me. He also had a new head gasket waiting for me when I got there. I'm gonna pick it up Monday, so it should be up and running next week finally. lol!

Anyone have any tips or recommendations for properly cleaning the carbon buildup off of the piston and valves?
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Fri 10 Jul 2009, 10:21 am

You know ev I installed a heli coil for the first time a few weeks ago in a boat motor.I was surprised it was actually really easy,you just had to take your time and make sure everything was done true and straight like tapping the threads,I blew out the inside of the head every few turns to make sure no shavings were left in the engine.I never done it before never seen it done so had nothing to go by lol.I was a little nervous at first i'm not very confident when I know nothing about something especially when it was not my boat motor lol.They have taken the boat on the water 3-4 times since it was done and said the motor runs perfect. KW
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Fri 10 Jul 2009, 10:46 am

Evan, I use a small wire brush to get the big stuff and then the rest with Brake Parts Cleaner and a rag. Dad used his pocket knife (dull) to clean off some of the cakes on buildup. Yes he uses his pocket knife to scrape stuff with, hence it is always dull. lol!
Also, make sure to clean where the gasket seats. Really easy Evan, and if you need a munual I can send you the one Larry sent me. It has the torque values and bolt pattern for torquing. We always do half the value the first lap, then the full torque value the second. I usually make a third lap just for fun. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Sun 12 Jul 2009, 8:28 pm

Well the block surface is now cleaned up, as well as the back shroud and cooling fins. It definitely was a mess, and could probably use a bit more cleaning to be perfect, but it looks much better than it did. I'm suppose to pick the head tomorrow and then will reinstall it and give it a whirl.

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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Sun 12 Jul 2009, 11:44 pm

Looks good is there a stamp on the piston???
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Mon 13 Jul 2009, 12:19 am

You inspired me to get my old motomower out evan and run it,I forgot that it is in really decent shape,motor runs awesome can't wait to start on it.Are you totally redoing yours or just getting the motor is shape for now?
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Mon 13 Jul 2009, 12:46 am

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You inspired me to get my old motomower out evan and run it,I forgot that it is in really decent shape,motor runs awesome can't wait to start on it.Are you totally redoing yours or just getting the motor is shape for now?

Good deal Ken!!! I'm just getting the engine up to speed right now, as well as the transaxle. I don't plan to ever paint either one, seeing as how they both have most of their original paint. I'm hoping to take them both to the tractor show this weekend, so hopefully I'll have it ready to go this week!!! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Mon 13 Jul 2009, 12:49 am

Evan(PA) wrote:
Motomow wrote:
You inspired me to get my old motomower out evan and run it,I forgot that it is in really decent shape,motor runs awesome can't wait to start on it.Are you totally redoing yours or just getting the motor is shape for now?

Good deal Ken!!! I'm just getting the engine up to speed right now, as well as the transaxle. I don't plan to ever paint either one, seeing as how they both have most of their original paint. I'm hoping to take them both to the tractor show this weekend, so hopefully I'll have it ready to go this week!!! lol!

Fixing one up for me to drive around at the show too I assume? Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Mon 13 Jul 2009, 1:09 am

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Fixing one up for me to drive around at the show too I assume? Very Happy

Sure Buzz, I just hope I can take both Moto-Mower's. It'll be nice to have 2 tractors there to do a little cruising around anyway! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Moto-Mower progress pics   Tue 14 Jul 2009, 12:05 am

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Looks good is there a stamp on the piston???

Larry, I went out and checked to see if there was a stamp on the block, and there was. This is what was stamped on it: MS-35903-1. Does that mean anything to anyone? Thats the best I could make out anyways.
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