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A Major Milestone -- 1,000 Members Strong....

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Everyone, I just noticed that we now have 1,001 members, even after I just deleted a couple who wanted to be removed after my recent attempt to "bulk mail" the announcement about the club's proposed cookbook.... The interest, information, encouragement and support I've gotten since I started this club and site 18 months ago is simply overwhelming. I'd like to offer, once again, my sincere thanks for your continued support and involvement.... I've never experienced anything quite like this -- I'm constantly amazed! Thanks, once again, and Happy Tractoring! Kent

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Thank you Kent for an outstanding effort and "web product". Your diligence, disipline and hard work are the core of the web site's success. We cannot thank you enough. Steve

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Don't worry about losing members, Mary. It was only two -- we lost far more than that when I moved the site off Yahoo.... (Still don't know if the email reached everyone, though, so your message above is quite appropriate...) If they want to take part, they can. If they don't, then that's O.K. too.... That's why I put the "unsubscribe" part in the email in the first place! I want the club to be those who are actually interested in being a part -- not just "tire kickers and window shoppers".... 8o) Kent

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"SIMPLICITY" take notice there are a whole bunch of us helping keep you "alive and well" thanks to "Kent's" site SimpletrACtors. I wish that I could say that reaching 1000+1 members surprise's me "but" it does not, when you have the friends and leadership that we have "nothing" surprises me anymore. In fact I just keep running out of things to say each and every time "Kent" does something to up grade not only his site but our club for the better of all of us. We all know that "Kent's site" is #1 and not what yesterday's tractors rate's it at. It's time we all take note again and take the time to vote for our # 1 site to make it what it should be for all of the internet to see intead of being rated # 2. Yes "SIMPLICITY" take notice to a site that you should support and recognize even if in name only and to all of us that are supporting you "thanks to our leader and friend Kent". Thanks Kent for everything and the best to all, >>->happyjack<-<< P.S. If it wasn't for my old Simplicity tractor's my daughter would be buying a green and yellow tractor instead of a new Simplicity. Just think of how many other people are doing the same thing when they see the older tractors you manufactured nearly 4 decades ago.

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What a great start Kent! Lets take guesses on how many we will have in another year! I guess 2094 - let this be entered on the official cyber hard drive archives. Great tips there David - we welcome you and your 30 years expertise! I don't know about the model ID (yet) but just check the backlash for the bevel gear box by twisting a side pulley - thousands is very good, hundreds is good, tenths is letting you know to get ready - but depends on how many tenths you have! I would say that the AC 300 series are all similiar with basic engine HP, trans type, and mower size differences among them.

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To Kent and All Members-- I am one of the newest members. Let me say again-- Thank You for the excellent website. My background in small engine repair and rebuild as a hobby (and earlier by profession)-- totals about 30 years. I will try to respond to those with runnability trouble. Mostly experienced with Valve-In-Block engines like: Kohler K series; numerous Briggs and Stratton models; Some Wisconsin; and some Tecumseh models. If I miss an inquiry on runnability, feel free to e-mail me at david.a.sohn@juno.com These tips often help runnability: Be aware that many of the newer fuels are lousy for use in Air- cooled small engines. Many new fuels cause "detonation" effects-- that stresses the engine terribly and shortens its life. Several fuels burn so slowly that the fuel is still burning when it enters the muffler-- this circumstance overheats your muffler; causes reduced power; and can cause backfiring. Cheap, Low octane fuels also may encourage varnish buildup in your carburetor-- and carbon buildup on your valve stems and in combustion chamber. To get around those dilemmas try these ideas: Use the high octane fuels that pass the BMW valve- stem buildup test across 100,000 miles with virtually No valve- stem buildups. Use 93 Octane fuel; AVOID Ethanol- tainted fuel. (I use Amoco 93 Octane). Remove carbon every 100 hours. Ensure proper ignition operation and timing. Ensure your tractor gas tank, Fuel filter; and Fuel line is free of contaminants. Keep carburetor clean and properly adjusted. Store gasoline properly in airtight container. Never use old gas. Store your engine properly if to sit more than a month-- including siphoning out old gas then running engine till dies from lack of fuel in carburetor. Change Oil every 20 hours (or MORE frequent-- especially during cold weather or more dusty environments). Use 30 Wt. Pennzoil summertime; and 10W-30 Pennzoil wintertime. Ensure proper air filter maintenance. On Kohler K- Series engines, frequently clean and Oil (30 Wt) the foam prefilter around the airfilter. Ensure No Dirt is Bypassing the Air Filter. Use of Heavy Grease on the air filter lip may help prevent dirt bypass. Change the paper air filter frequently. On engines with all-foam air cleaner, frequently clean them, dry them properly-- and most important: Oil them thoroughly (3+ tablespoons 30 Wt). Work the oil through the entire filter, and wring out excess. It is the oil that "traps" the dirt going through an all-foam filter. So-- Lack of oil in the foam air filter makes the filter basically useless and lets the dirt go right on into the engine and damage it. On 20 May 2000 I got a basket- case AC 312 est 1971. To get myself ready to recondition it, I have several questions-- I would like to get in touch with those familiar with this model. (a) How would I know if my AC 312 "Product Number" is 1600046 or 1600153? There seems to be no tags on the tractor itself to specify such. Where should I look for the tag? (b) In the current nonrunning, basket- case condition, is there a fast way to determine how worn my bevel gearbox is, and whether it will need further attention soon? (c) How might I obtain a list of the attachment descriptions-- and related Product Numbers for attachments that would fit my AC 312? Do the attachments for AC 310 and AC 314 fit the AC 312? (d) Any particular pitfalls I should be alert to while doing mechanical restoration on AC 312? Blessings to You. David A. Sohn

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congrats on the milestone site and other members very helpful.probaly wondent have saved a 700 from the junk heap if it wasent for your site. trying to get some pics before i start redoing it.amased how well little thing performs jiminpa (HOPE TO GET MY RECIPE IN SOON)

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