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Long awaited



Everyone has them if they admit it. My money pit long-term project is about to get re-started. I've been lurking around eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and on-line classifieds. Patience... I won the Ebay auction the February 16, shipments only on Fridays and for some reason not on all Fridays...Confirmation received item was shipped March 1 from Portland OR and on March 8 the box arrived via Old Dominion at my work in Jefferson City, MO.6B11CE31-A6FD-4E42-BF61-1E839B0B63A4.thumb.jpeg.36873324721d87f4a12a381d37d7db9b.jpeg


Box unloaded in the shop.



Lots of screws and staples



Contents and project hint



Contents revealed: Kohler CH-18  that has been setting in a warehouse with some parts taken off. I worked out a deal to trade the vendor the muffler I didn't need or want for a valve cover that was robbed for parts. Got lucky - was supplied with a newer one with yellow o-ring. A3E95D06-23B0-4BAD-B0E4-5F1E90300BA8.thumb.jpeg.d325a7e26190990230b88640cfbf04d6.jpeg


Engine is 2004 vintage. Its clean inside but I'll run the first oil a short time and change along with filter to rid of dirt and dust particles that I am sure have accumulated.



Modifications begin. I have most of the parts needed to make it Simplicity worthy



Will change out ignition coils with newer Kohler replacements I have on the shelf. F0AE0990-7404-44F8-8AB6-6DCDE93DE8A4.thumb.jpeg.5b45d091dc54d4813e9429d99251d102.jpeg


Ordered inspection plates from OPE Engines and headed to Destin, FL. Project to resume upon return




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Hello, Good to hear you got an engine . Is that a power steering  Sovereign ?  What parts  do you need ?

I have an extra aluminum  Drive shaft adapter ,that bolts to the kohler flywheel .

Thanks Ken in Mi

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Gene I'm very happy for you!  That was a GREAT find!

Now if you chose, you can take your time sorting through the old Command & not feel "Under the gun".


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On 3/17/2019 at 5:58 PM, maxwood said:

Hello, Good to hear you got an engine . Is that a power steering  Sovereign ?  What parts  do you need ?

I have an extra aluminum  Drive shaft adapter ,that bolts to the kohler flywheel .

Thanks Ken in Mi

Yes it is a power steering Sovereign @maxwood. I ordered the access panels for the blower housing; not sure I am going to mow with it much but these dudes kick up a lot of dust & debris and I want to be able to blow it out. I have an aluminum connector. I will need to pick up a grass chopper screen and blower housing for the engine I have at the machine shop. Also will need to pick up an oil drain valve.  

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