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Hi everyone,

 

Not much of an update on the tractor. I haven't really been working on it, BUT i did find gas tank gauges I been in search of AND they are NOS. We got the last 3 too! My stepdad ordered them for me as an upcoming birthday present......

 

Link to original sales post below......

https://www.ebay.com/itm/234411402174?hash=item36940223be:g:Yp4AAOSwBGRdp4Nd#vi__app-cvip-panel&mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=711-53200-19255-0&campid=5338827429&toolid=10001&customid=130832X1662513X0ae8e06beb6076f8428f419da9f6e0ab

 

Image 1 - BRIGGS & STRATTON FUEL TANK GAUGE. 299992 *NOS OEM PART* L-52

 

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Hi everyone,

Not too much to report but I got very good news. I brought the tractors gas tank to my local radiator shop today to have them fix the holes for me, and I also brought the battery box to a local fabrication shop near me to have them make a piece of metal where the box is completely rotted out.

Making a little progress which I am happy about, more to come on these soon.....

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Hi everyone,

I have a little update on the tractor. My stepdad and I went to the Lebanon Valley Indoor Tractor Expo in PA about 3 weeks ago now, and Lawn And Garden Tractor (L&GT) Magazine was there and I am a subscriber so I renewed my subscription. If you did not know the magazine is teamed up with Hapco tractor parts, so while at their booth renewing my subscription they had a show special on their parts so my stepdad bought me a new steering wheel as a birthday present. The reason he bought it for me was because I was deliberating about it for awhile (as I do with a lot of things) because to me it was the wrong one; it is the correct design but I didn't think it would go on smoothly because it requires a key way like my 10 horsepower has. My stepdad says "I don't think you're gonna find a better deal than that and we can make it work", and took out his wallet. It is a John Deere steering wheel yes, but I will bring it to a machine shop and have them make a key way to fit my steering column......

 

http://hapcoparts.com/steeringwheel.aspx

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I also got my gas tank back from my local radiator shop a couple days ago, and it only cost me $20.00 to have it done and soldered. The repairman who did it said it leaked 3 times, and there was a 3rd hole that needed to be done not just the original 2 like I thought. I asked my stepdad if we could shave the holes down a bit and he said he would leave it alone and not risk doing that and filing it too far and making another hole, so I'll just leave it alone like he suggests. Here is what the tank looks like now.....

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Since getting my gas tank back from my local radiator shop I sanded it all down with a used piece of 60 grit paper, then put 1 light coat of my primer in post 19 on, then sanded it with a new piece of 220 grit paper to try and get whatever rust pits that were there out, then I put another coat of the primer on, then repeated the process a 2nd and 3rd time then that was all I did. I put a total of 3 coats of primer on.....

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Hi folks,

 

A little update on the tractor since last time I primed the gas tank. The weather was great and in the 50's this past Friday so I painted the tank; I think it came out VERY good BUT the top in my opinion needs another coat of paint. Here are some after pictures.....

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Hi folks,

since my last post I have taken the engine off the tractor, drained the black oil, and took some parts off it so I can start the rebuild. I however have NOT started rebuilding it yet though. I also attempted to take the voltage regulator and battery box off the tractor too, but the screws are so rusted they won't come off even with PB blaster on them for a half hour to an hour. That said I will spray the PB on everyday and let it sit all day for a week, and if that does not work I will just end up drilling them out. Here are some pictures......

 

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Man does it look different now without an engine......

 

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Here is the engine now that it is off the tractor. The puddle of diarrhea lookin' stuff in the 2nd picture is what came out of the muffler when it was first set on the ground......

 

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Now that the engine is off, I vacuumed up the rest of the nest in the 2nd to last picture of my previous post. Now that it's time to drain the oil, I put the engine on a ol milk crate we had lying around and let it drain out. When it was done fully draining for about 5-10 minutes I tipped the engine a bit to see if there was anymore oil left. Since this post on the engine I only took parts off it that is all, I have NOT yet started to rebuild the engine. More to come on the engine soon......

 

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Good news; I get to save a little bit a money on this engine build as my stepdad gave me a "new" to me (but used) magneto/coil he had lying around. It looks in good shape and he said it came off a running engine. I believe he said it came off a snow-blower. On the front on the bottom in the 4th picture it says "Ezee-Start Magneto Tecumseh"......

 

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I sanded a part that had a bunch of rust pits in it down with 120, 220, then 320 grit sandpaper then primed it then sanded it again 3 times then painted it the same day I drained the oil out of my engine......

 

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10 hours ago, Stormin said:

Coming along nicely. That's the way. Slow and steady. :thumbs:

 

Thank you, i'm not perfect by any means and i'm trying my best. I just want to take my time and as much as I need on this tractor and do it right the first time. 

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Hi folks,

I'm back with a little older update on the tractor that is going back to post 35 on page 2 here with trying to take the old voltage regulator off. I had to take the seat off to get to it because in my opinion with the seat on, would of been a little bit too tight of a space to work in which explains my 1st an 2nd pictures. As you can see from my photos with the cap off, it is the original regulator as it says "Delco Remy Made In USA" on it and the inside actually looks pretty good in my and my stepdads opinions. I will 95% MAYBE end up just buying a new one for reliability reasons BUT we will see because I want to and will also test the original here to see if it works, and if it does just keep that one on as I like originality......
 

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Again going back to post 35 on page 2 here, now with taking the rusted screws out to get the battery box off. Here is why below; the "culprit" being rust which I do not believe I noticed before when I first bought it from the previous owner. I could not get the screws out even with PB blaster and letting it sit so I will probably end up drilling them out. The fabrication place I am having make my other piece for the top part of the box I will have make me this piece as well; I called them this past week and they said they will have the person making my other call me BUT I still have yet to hear back. That said I will call them this week. The sides have a little rust also BUT not nearly as bad as this though. On a separate note, while I was at it I also measured the part where it is rusted and it measures 5"X10.5". More to come on this project hopefully soon.......

 

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Hi folks, 

 

I got another update on the tractor, but it unfortunately is not a good one. Going yet again back to post 35 on this page; about a week ago I got my new ignition switch I ordered from Norman at ISaveTractors, and unfortunately in my opinion it's wrong. My stepdad however says we could possibly make it work if I can't find a new one like the old original one in the worse case scenario; but positively speaking I think I may have located a VERY close match if not the same one from O'Reilly Auto Parts. (See my link below.) I say the new one from ISaveTractors is wrong because it is a 5 terminal and a click/snap in type of terminal and smaller in size and diameter, and when I got my old original one out I noticed it's a 4 terminal and a screw in type and it's bigger in size and diameter. A comparison on that will be in a another thread.

 

Here is the link for the one from O'Reilly Auto I'm thinking about buying below.....

 

https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/c/standard-ignition/engine-sensors---emissions/switches/switches---specialty--universal-/daed438bf33a/standard-ignition-starter-switch/std0/us77

 

 

The one from Norman at ISaveTractors below. It is a switch for a Magneto ignition like mine BUT you will see the comparison in another post......

 

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Another older update...... it's time to take the old original ignition switch out! I took the switch out the next day or 2 since I got the new switch from ISaveTractors. I would use it to save a little money and to keep as many original parts as possible and I'm sure it is still good, BUT there is a rusted piece of key that is stuck and will not come out in the key hole so it has to go. To get it out was a "nightmare" for me with so little room to work with the steering column in the middle of the switch. I also had to take the starter generator out too. Here are some pictures.....

 

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It's time for the ignition switch comparison that I mentioned in post 50. You can see what I am talking about when I say that the new one is different because it is a 5 terminal and a click/snap in type of terminal and smaller in size and diameter, and when I got my old original one out I noticed it's a 4 terminal and a screw in type and it's bigger in size and diameter. See my 2 pictures below......

 

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