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F-12 Where to start the restore process?

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07-14-2001 19:18:30

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I'm starting to restore my F-12 that I just purchased. This is my first tractor that I will be restoring. The engine was stuck, but I got it broke lose by using Kroiloil (think that's spelled right!). I was wanting to tear it down all the way for the expiernce, but some have said to try to get it started first? Any thoughts...

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07-16-2001 14:32:48

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 Re: F-12 Where to start the restore process? in reply to Terry, 07-14-2001 19:18:30  

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07-15-2001 12:12:26

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 Re: F-12 Where to start the restore process? in reply to Terry, 07-14-2001 19:18:30  
It is always good to know what you are dealing with, no matter how far you want to take your project. Assuming you got the engine unstuck without removing the head, it would not cost anything to get it running before restoration. Anything you spend (mag, carb etc) you will have to spend anyway.

When it is running, you can see what needs fixing. Oil leaks, cracks, seals that don't, good tranny, bad tranny, clutch etc etc.

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Michael Soldan

07-15-2001 09:47:20

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 Re: F-12 Where to start the restore process? in reply to Terry, 07-14-2001 19:18:30  
The first thing I want to do with a tractor is get it running correctly. Everyone has different tolerances for what that means. I don't mind a little blue smoke when it starts , I don't want oil burning when it operates. I will decide on rings etc. Then I go over the tractor for leaks after it is running to suit me.I replace seals and repair things that need repair. I add things that are missing such as PTO cover ,a light or a fender or a battery box, anything that needs replaced I would check tires next and then preping and painting would come last after the tractor is complete and running. To me a tractor is no good unless I can get on it and start it and put it to work,so getting it to run right is the most important and starting point for restoration..my 2 cents! Good luck from Mike in exeter Ontario

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F14...It depends

07-15-2001 03:00:42

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 Re: F-12 Where to start the restore process? in reply to Terry, 07-14-2001 19:18:30  
If your goal is to get it running as cheaply as possible, then yes, you should try to get it running first.

If, on the other hand, your goal is to learn as much as you can, do the job as well as you can, and have as much fun as it's legal to have, then a complete teardown is the way to go. The problem is, this can get seriously expensive. I spent over $4000 doing mine, most of it on engine work. I tore down everything except the transmission (trannies scare me, and it worked, so...) cleaned, inspected, repaired and painted everything, and put it back together. Took me just over a year in my spare time, and I'd do it again in a second.

I should mention that mine was in terrible shape, and I had to replace the block (used, $75) the head (NOS, $450) magneto (professionally rebuilt, $225), manifold (new reproduction, $220) and sleeves/pistons/rings (new, $300)

The F12 is a very simple tractor, and an excellent choice for the first-time restorer. Parts are readily available and compared to some tractors (can you say John Deere?) inexpensive.

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