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1981 Troy-Bilt "Horse" restoration photos

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L Thomas

05-20-2008 16:46:05

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Hey all, I thought some of you might like to see these photos. This was my Dad's old tiller that he bought new in 1981. The entire tiller was torn down, sandblasted to bare steel and then re-painted in Massey Ferguson red. The motor was updated to a modern coil and a minor re-build and carb work. Other than some replacement parts, new grade 8 hardware where visable and sundry items, it is all original.
PS, if anyone has a line on 1980's Briggs & Stratton decals, please let me know!

The decals are NOS from the mid 80's and never installed (Thanks Dad!)

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07-13-2008 01:59:36

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 Re: 1981 Troy-Bilt "Horse" restoration photos in reply to L Thomas, 05-20-2008 16:46:05  
Some pics from Germany, maybe someone is intrested in:

You can make postings there in english, too I guess.

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Norm in Alabama

07-12-2008 13:27:04

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 Re: 1981 Troy-Bilt Horse restoration photos in reply to L Thomas, 05-20-2008 16:46:05  
EL TORO- I have a 6hp Horse and I am going to put a 8hp Briggs on it . Did you have any trouble putting yours on? I hopr it is a simple replacement. Let me know.

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L Thomas

06-02-2008 19:13:05

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 Re: 1981 Troy-Bilt Horse restoration photos in reply to Weldin Man, 05-20-2008 16:46:05  
How do the wheel weights attach to these rims? Mine do not have holes in the rims "ala lawn tractor style"

Interesting question, because I just found this free on the side of the road over the weekend! I need to make the bracket that stays on the push bar when not in use, but other than that it's all there and in really good shape with no holes! I will sandblast and repaint it to match, but what is the chance you would just find one with "FREE" painted on the blade while not really looking for one! :D

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L Thomas

05-21-2008 05:47:52

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 Re: 1981 Troy-Bilt Horse restoration photos in reply to Mitch in Mayo, 05-20-2008 16:46:05  
Nice job! Mine had the bigger 8hp I/C Briggs. I think your's would of been the 7hp one, Right? It was a hard choice between the Farmall, the MF and the IH reds.. :lol: One of those $10.00 cans of paint was going to have to work!

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El Toro

05-21-2008 08:39:38

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 Re: 1981 Troy-Bilt Horse restoration photos in reply to L Thomas, 05-21-2008 05:47:52  

They used 7hp Kohlers and 6hp Tecumseh engines. The 7hp had bar tread tires like on your tiller, but the 6hp tillers has the diamond tread. That 10hp has electric start, if I had know how easy it is to start I wouldn't have bought it with electric start. They used 8hp Kohlers and 8hp B&S
I bought a new tiller in 1991 that was black, that was Gardenway's 25th anniversary tiller. It had the 8hp Kohler. Hal

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06-01-2008 11:06:33

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 Re: 1981 Troy-Bilt Horse restoration photos in reply to El Toro, 05-21-2008 08:39:38  
I have a Dean Keith 8hp Kohler 25th anniversary Troybilt It still runs very good. It came with the bumper, wheel weights, etc.

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El Toro

05-21-2008 04:09:15

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 Re: 1981 Troy-Bilt Horse restoration photos in reply to L Thomas, 05-20-2008 16:46:05  

It looks new, I used the Farmall red on this tiller. I sold the Tecumseh engine and installed a new 10hp B&S engine. Hal

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