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    Resurrection of Cadet 85

    Well figured I'd drag this thing along with me over here. Those that know about it, forgive me for reposting something you all have read. I'm going to start this thread from the beginning, for those that may be new, and have interest...

    Boy, don't know what I was thinking, maybe I wasn't. But we dragged the 85 out of the barn today, and I guess I'm going to try and make it a mower again.
    Guess it would be nice for mowing under the tree branches, being it's nice and low.https://www.onlycubcadets.net/forum/...s/Biggrin2.gif
    Stared out today, getting the deck off, and now soaking the steering column, to remove it to get the body off. Then, see where we are from there.
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    They can't all be turn key.
    Make the best of each and every day.
    Todd
    Original's Start to Finish vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAoUNNiLwKs

    #2
    Just a little on what went down today. Got the steering wheel off. Tried the shaft and wheel together, but the shaft wasn't budging. So the "tub" came off to reveal a, let's say mess.https://www.onlycubcadets.net/forum/...s/Biggrin2.gif
    Pulled the cover off the engine to reveal another mess. Seems there will be more of them before I'm done. Some good news, it will turn over, spins pretty good, but, no spark.https://www.onlycubcadets.net/forum/...lies/bash2.gif
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    They can't all be turn key.
    Make the best of each and every day.
    Todd
    Original's Start to Finish vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAoUNNiLwKs

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      #3
      Well, it was a balmy 50 degrees today,https://www.onlycubcadets.net/forum/...s/Biggrin2.gif and figured, good day to pressure wash the 85, and get wet, from the knees down. Soaked right through my "boot blankets.https://www.onlycubcadets.net/forum/...ScrewLoose.gif
      Didn't help, that the wind was out of the east...
      That son of a gun was a pig. Took a couple hours to get the majority of the grease and oil off.https://www.onlycubcadets.net/forum/...lies/bash2.gif
      At least, I can now see what I'm dealing with...https://www.onlycubcadets.net/forum/...s/beerchug.gif Good thing, all that crap, did good at preserving the paint. Well, kinda.
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      They can't all be turn key.
      Make the best of each and every day.
      Todd
      Original's Start to Finish vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAoUNNiLwKs

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        #4
        Back at it today. Needed to get some of the "gunk" off the engine before tearing into it, so back at the pressure washing. And unlike the last expedition, today it was down right cold. 33* cold...https://www.onlycubcadets.net/forum/...ScrewLoose.gif
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        This gallery has 4 photos.
        They can't all be turn key.
        Make the best of each and every day.
        Todd
        Original's Start to Finish vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAoUNNiLwKs

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          #5
          Okay, we are up to date now.
          After taking the head off, and visually looking at the piston, and valves, it's not going to go back into this machine. The piston is as sloppy as a, well let's put it this way. Be like throwing a bowling ball down an isle, and hoping you hit the sides. It's just SO worn out. Valves are burnt bad. So I'm thinking this poor thing was so overheated, nothing escaped it. Oil was some of the worst smelling burnt oil I've ever smelt.
          I've done some checking for a replacement, and that didn't go well. Most anything has the 1" shaft. And I need the 1" and cut down to 7/8" where the pulley attaches.
          So today, our buddy Cory (Greenstripwideframe) contacted me with a guy on Craigslist who had one. SO I called him, and wouldn't you know it, it has the 1" cut down to 7/8". Here's where I would go WHOO/HOO, but he don't know if it runs. It came from an estate sale where he bought a box of stuff, and this was part of the box full.
          So he said he's see if it turns over, and try and fire it up, and get back to me. Thought that was nice, at least he was honest that he never tried it. I told him what I was doing, and he seemed to take interest. Plus, he's a good haul from here. So time till tell...
          They can't all be turn key.
          Make the best of each and every day.
          Todd
          Original's Start to Finish vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAoUNNiLwKs

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            #6
            Hopfully he can get er going for ya. That would make this sooo much easier.
            I wonder it the original fuel tank will bolt on to the new motor. If not you'll have to fashion something up. Duct tape and hay wire!!!
            Cory.



            One piece at a time...

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              #7
              Originally posted by Greenstripewideframe View Post
              Hopfully he can get er going for ya. That would make this sooo much easier.
              I wonder it the original fuel tank will bolt on to the new motor. If not you'll have to fashion something up. Duct tape and hay wire!!!
              Talked with the guy last night. He's bringing the engine down from Sturgeon Bay, to Fleet Farm and handing it over to Nancy tomorrow. And even taking $10 off because he don't know if it'll run. Said it turns over, has spark, but don't have a tank to check if it'll run. (okay) Guess he never heard of adding fuel to the carb...
              Anyway, your other question. I took the brackets off the old engine to put on the "new" one for the fuel tank. So, it should mount up fine.
              They can't all be turn key.
              Make the best of each and every day.
              Todd
              Original's Start to Finish vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAoUNNiLwKs

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                #8
                Good deal! I bet it will run.
                ~Jonathan
                Oblong, Illinois

                Just because it's old, doesn't mean it's obsolete!

                I've got a lot of Cubs in the barn....but I have more implements/attachments!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by J-Mech View Post
                  Good deal! I bet it will run.
                  Well I hope you're right.
                  Most times I would say, if they got spark, they'll run. But after the one that was in it, "run" can mean many things.
                  They can't all be turn key.
                  Make the best of each and every day.
                  Todd
                  Original's Start to Finish vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAoUNNiLwKs

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                    #10
                    Its gotta be better than the old one.
                    Cory.



                    One piece at a time...

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Greenstripewideframe View Post
                      Its gotta be better than the old one.
                      Well Cory, I think two pedals or a hand crank would be better than what was in it.
                      We shall see in the next few days...
                      They can't all be turn key.
                      Make the best of each and every day.
                      Todd
                      Original's Start to Finish vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAoUNNiLwKs

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                        #12
                        Todd I been enjoying following this one! I bet you get lucky on that replacement engine! For what it's worth I used to have those cranks turned down and re keyed.. so it can be done if you can't find one.. but as dad say's "that's alot of sugar for a nickel!".. so maybe you won't have to do that!

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                          #13
                          Thanks Jay, hoping you are correct.
                          Actually, should have bought a loto ticket. As this crank is the exact one to what I have. 1" cut down to 7/8". So even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once and awhile.
                          They can't all be turn key.
                          Make the best of each and every day.
                          Todd
                          Original's Start to Finish vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAoUNNiLwKs

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                            #14
                            Well yesterday I messed with the "new" engine. It turned over, and had good spark. So today I cleaned up the engine, changed the oil, and got it to start by squirting fuel in the carb. So I removed the needed parts and pieces from the original engine, and attached them to this one.
                            Couldn't fill the fuel tank to try it. OUT OF FUEL.
                            So that'll have to wait till another day...
                            Called my cub dealer to see if he had a kit for the carb, cause it's getting removed and cleaned before going any further.
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                            They can't all be turn key.
                            Make the best of each and every day.
                            Todd
                            Original's Start to Finish vid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAoUNNiLwKs

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                              #15
                              See, I figured it would run! That's good news!

                              I hate it when I run out of fuel...... especially in my truck. $75 f***ing dollars later....
                              ~Jonathan
                              Oblong, Illinois

                              Just because it's old, doesn't mean it's obsolete!

                              I've got a lot of Cubs in the barn....but I have more implements/attachments!

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