I have 210 hours since I went through the engine. New pistons, sleeves and lots of other stuff. Like a new machine.
Crank had to be turned ten thousandths on the main and thirty thousandths on the rods. This is the last trip for the crank. Next build will require a new one.
purchased a rod, but the machine shop performed magic on the old one because they said the new one was a different weight.
Anything behind the engine worked "as it should". I cleaned the wasp nests and dirt dobber nests out of the brake assemblies and they "work" I guess.
Changed the fluid in the tranny as I did not know it's age. changed some rubber pieces on the shifters to keep the rain away.
Everything back there worked fine. I really didn't know how worn down the PTO splines were until I purchased a few more toys with splines on the receiving end...
It will work for me, but I would rather perform preventative maintenance when I can instead of CORRECTIVE maintenance when I have to.
I can't read the hours on the old tractor meter and I don't know how many years they ran it with the cable snapped. I had to dig a piece of the cable out of the cam.
The tires I think are from 1987 and have a few weather cracks to the cords, but the new tubes hold air. Maybe next year will be the tire year.
It has already paid for itself mowing vacant lots here in town since I am between Dallas and Ft Worth. Not many tractors out mowing around here. With my 40 hour job and mowing when I want to, I can turn away work if I have to.
it runs a bush hog squealer 720 (purchased from previous owner)
a 72 inch finish mower new from tractor supply.
a wallenstein bx42s wood chipper new from woodward crossing in PA?
a post hole digger new from tractor supply
a 72 inch bush hog box blade (purchased used)
and when it feels right, it has an alamo 88 inch flail mower that weighs 1135 pounds according to the book. (purchased at auction) The flail mower was one of many auctioned by the city of Dallas after they took possession of the Dallas Naval air Station in West Dallas.
Bottom line, I have used it some, but the years before I got it probably did not see much rest. When I was 10, I was driving that tractor while the owner was following me on foot spraying peach trees. I know it was a PTO pump because he was not happy that I was not keeping it at 1700 RPMs. The throttle would still creep down when I got it years later. tighten one bolt and it will hold RPMs now. And the owner had 3 boys who are friends of mine. I hear stories of spending days on the tractor bush hogging the farm. I am amazed at some of the things that have been run over. I know he used it full time for ten years after he retired from Bell Helo. The boys tell of him starting it in the morning and since it did not charge the battery (don't know details) he would run it idling through meals and everything. When I got it, the gen was now an alternator and was just an idler for the water pump belt. that works now too.
I tried to post a picture last night, but the computer won the argument!