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 Post subject: 800 Special
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 11:20 pm 
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I have an 800 Special , we got it new in '71 from a dealer that sold
Harley Davidson bikes -and these tractors, but it might be a '70 model.
The Briggs & Stratton 8 HP motor broke(rod out the block). I would like
to repower with a larger motor, maybe rebuild a 12 HP K-301 Kohler. I
see these iron motors from Wheel Horse models, there is one on Ebay
now, item 160717971198

Would a K-301 be a good motor for this tractor? The clutch needs
to be replaced now. I believe that the transmission is the Peerless 1400.
I am open to swapping to the uni-drive transmission if I find a donor
tractor, but I'd probably want to rebuild that tractor too.

We used to pull a plow with the 8 HP Briggs. No more plowing duty
but a little more power is desired so that the RPMs can be kept low.

There are no problems with the gearbox. I'd like to keep an original appearance
and powder coat everything, with new decals. It has the 36 inch deck with
three blades, which needs new bearings. I will probably replace the original
turf tires with ag style tires as I won't be mowing my lawn with any tractor
(its rocks upon boulders).

Tim


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