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Nuzzy

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Nuzzy
So, I've long dumped far too much money and time into my old jeep, never finding myself "done" or satisfied. Sometimes it's driven me to the verge of madness, staying up late researching, learning... Last year we moved out into rural Michigan and got our first rider, a Home Depot baby Deere thing. Obviously nothing to get excited about, so I never did XX( However, the tides have changed. We recently picked up an AC 912 Hydro for snow plowing duties and so far I'm in love. Of course this poses a problem because now I can see myself going down the same road with the GT as I did my jeep :p For starters, here she is. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09221Medium.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09227Medium.jpg[/IMG] Engine was already pulled at the time of pics because 10 minutes off of the trailer after bringing it home, she threw a rod sm02 Now, while I'm waiting for my new piston, rings, rod, and carb kit to show up, I figured I'd better give the rusty old snow plow some lovin'. After work I swung by Tractor Supply and grabbed some primer and "Allis Chalmers Orange" rattle cans. How it started [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09231Medium.jpg[/IMG] I think only two or three bolts survived intact during my disassembly. The rest snapped from rust abuse B) [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09235Medium.jpg[/IMG] Grabbed one of the big grinders from work to help speed things up. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09237Medium.jpg[/IMG] No this isn't a bad pic... It was THAT hazy OO My lungs suck right now. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09238Medium.jpg[/IMG] Mmmmmmmm... Shiny... [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09240Medium.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09243Medium.jpg[/IMG] After everything got primered and the grinding rust dust settled, I went to town painting. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09250Medium.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09252Medium.jpg[/IMG] Prolly did 4 or 5 coats. Would have been better if it was warmer in the garage, but hey, can't complain. I do have one big problem now though. I like how it turned out well enough that now I want to strip the tractor itself and paint the whole damn thing :D

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Nuzzy
Of course I can't stop there! Next up will be redoing old cobbled together wiring and fuel lines. And then who knows... Will be fabbing up a sleeve hitch shortly and then implement time!! Maybe a carryall of some sort, a boom for picking up big rounds while firewooding, an actuator to power the whole deal... I'll be reading as much as I can find to see what y'all have done and created to give me ideas 8D

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perry
use that Allis to run over the JD :D. it looks like you are hooked. it wont stop there you WILL have more orange tractors showing up in your garage. i see one promblem with your painting....overspray. everything in your garage is gonna have a orange tint. where are you located in MI. im in auburn hills. nice buy on the Allis. they are great tractor 8D.

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johnmonkey
Great pics , thanks for sharing, what engine was in the 917? I have one with a kt17 series 1and it also has a blown rod. Are you rebuilding the kohler? JH

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Originally posted by perry
i see one promblem with your painting....overspray. everything in your garage is gonna have a orange tint. where are you located in MI. im in auburn hills. nice buy on the Allis. they are great tractor 8D.
Yeah... Overspray is an understatement. :p Luckily most of it dried before falling as beautiful orange dust. We're over in Allegan.
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Originally posted by johnmonkey
Great pics , thanks for sharing, what engine was in the 917? I have one with a kt17 series 1and it also has a blown rod. Are you rebuilding the kohler? JH
Not sure about the 917 as I'm still a newbie. I know this 912 has a Kohler K301. The rod didn't wreck a whole lot when it blew, so I got lucky there. Was looking to do a full tear down/rebuild, but after contemplating, it would really need boring to do it right. So I decided it wasn't worth it for this engine at this time. There's only a very slight lip and ovaling of the cylinder. I'm just going to pop in a new rod and piston/rings and run 'er for the time being. If I do a full rebuild, it might as well be a bigger motor so I'm keeping my eye on craigslist :D:D

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Nuzzy
Couldn't help myself. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/IMG00891-20091002-2042Medium.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/IMG00902-20091003-0244Medium.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/IMG00903-20091003-0254Medium.jpg[/IMG] And the wiring is terrible so that is definitely all getting redone. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/IMG00895-20091003-0139Medium.jpg[/IMG]

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Michiganmobileman
Welcome fellow Michigander! Yep a fresh coat of paint on one part can lead to more. I think you caught the fever. Enjoy the tractors they will take lots more abuse than the newer stuff, I have a 919H in my collection that is my main work horse. Greg

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B-16_IC
I wish I had your ambition! I am much better at buying them than actually getting anything done.B) I started 12 yrs ago with 2, now am currently sitting at 10! And that's subject to change at any time.:D

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Originally posted by comet66
Welcome aboard! At least these take up less room than the jeep. So you can fit more in the same space.:D
I do feel bad for the poor jeep since now it's looking like it'll spend the winter outside under a tarp sm02 We are planning on building a big shed that'll fit either the jeep or tractors, but that won't happen 'til next summer. Oh well, I'll cheer up every time I walk out into the garage, fire up the Allis, and go to work plowing :D

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goatfarmer
Allegan is a nice area! My father in law has a cottage south of you, near PawPaw. Nice 912. One tractor is a good start.

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Nuzzy
Well, I am sufficiently covered in paint after all that. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/IMG00907-20091003-1744Medium.jpg[/IMG] And I must say, I never would have guessed I'd find myself using my trailer tie down straps to hoist a tractor up in the garage in order to paint the underside :o) [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/IMG00912-20091003-2302Medium.jpg[/IMG] Better pics (not crappy cell camera) to come in the next few days when I start reassembling. :D

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SmilinSam
All you need is a big shop fan to suck all the overspray out the door as you spray before it settles on everything. Makes a world of difference.

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Willy
If You have paint left over you could paint the kids wagon.:D:D Looking good,one of these days you won't feel right unless you have grease under your nails and over spray on your shoes. Good luck with the overhaul.

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Originally posted by bigtenboy65
yeah while your at it just paint the deere orange too
Wouldn't that just be masking the problem...? :D

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Originally posted by OrangeMetalGuy
Why does that thing look pink?
For some reason, the flash on my cell phone camera always makes oranges and reds look pink. Since the regular camera was down in Cincinnati for the weekend, pink pictures had to suffice sm02

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Chris727
Nice tractor! I hope you're wearing a respirator when you paint indoors. My machinist only charges $30 to bore a cylinder and $10 to hot tank the engine, IMO, rebuilding the 12hp right would be worth the difference, besides you already have it apart anyway. Depending on where you are getting your parts it might be possible to exchange for oversized. A lot of people think they need bigger engines, I think you'll find a properly rebuilt 12hp will run circles around the new 20+ hp engines on the newer tractors. Also make sure you get a new governor shaft, they tend to wear out and cause a major oil leak, also check your carburetor throttle shaft. They wear out badly on Kohlers, causing dirt to get sucked in, resulting in major engine wear. Thanks for the pictures and keep us updated. -Chris

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Got motor parts today so stayed after work and put it together. Once back at home I crammed some food, lit a fire to warm the lady, and headed out to the garage to my unassembled GT. I then assembled, using all new hardware as I went (including throwing away any remaining clip nut thingies and replacing them with good old fashioned nuts and bolts). [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09266Medium.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09272Medium.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09277Medium.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09284Medium.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/DSC09283Medium.jpg[/IMG] For the most part, I'm pleased with how it came out. The hood could be better but I had started to run out of paint (Who woulda thought 8 cans of primer and ten cans of paint wouldn't be enough...) so that'll get some more coats in the next few days. I want it nice and shiny :D Otherwise, just have to put shrouds back on the motor, torque the head bolts, rtv the oil pan and add oil and she can go back in. Carb rebuild kit should show up tomorrow or the next day so then I can hammer that out and the new wiring. Now that it's 2am, I suppose it's time for a shower before bed just so I can wake up and do it all over again tomorrow :p

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Just got a new seat today from Northern Tool since the original seat was pretty wrecked. I'm keeping the shell though, as I'd like to re-foam and vinyl it at some point. And finally got the carb rebuild kit the other day, although one of the separate gaskets was back ordered :(! Current goal is to have it running by this weekend. :J

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