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79 AC 712S Original Owner

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IronPony
I was able to find the original owner of my 79 AC712S. The place where I bought it used also had the original AC Operator's Manual which had the original owners name written on it. The tractor had an Iowa implement company sticker on it. So, I went on the internet and found this guy still living in the same town that the implement dealer was located in, in Iowa. I called and talked to him. Said he gave the tractor to his son when he sold the family farm several years ago. His son sold it to me through (consignment) this hardware store in Souix City, Iowa. He told me that the tractor had only been used to mow grass, never had an implement on it and that the chains and snow blade that I got with the tractor were not part of the consignment deal???? I can't wait to get ahold of a rebuildable K301S or a good one to change out and rebuild the original. Wish I had some $$$$ so that I could do it now. Dan[url="pop_download.asp?mode=Edit&dir=howlanddm&file=475"][/url] www.family-fishing.com

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powerking_one
Dan, If you or someone you know will competently help you out by rebuilding the engine, you can save some real change by going with one on those off-shore Kohler rebuild kits (O.S. pistions, rings, valves, gasket set) for about $75-$100 on eBay; people are always putting them up. Aftermarket undersize rods are also available in the $25 range. In theory, a worst case scenario rebuild (including boring, crank turning) and just parts could put you right around $200. Quality on this parts/kits seems very good. My $0.02 worth, Tom(OK)

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HubbardRA
I just paid $120 for an oversize piston for a 14 Hp Kohler. This came from Kohler. Factory parts are expensive. It only cost $50 to re-bore the cylinder. I wish I had known about these kits at the time. I have not been frequenting ebay. Rod H.

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Roy
Some years ago one of my younger brothers put a Chevrolet piston in a Kohler engine. Said they were identical and it worked. Maybe someone that knows both Chevies and Kohlers can provide some insight on the possibility.

Roy

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Dutch
Roy, I've heard of mechanics using other parts when an OEM part was no longer available, but why would anyone use a Chevrolet piston if a Kohler piston is still available?

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