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jerry.a.johnson

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Stevenovick1: :) I think we all had an Ava! Kind of a crush, but with a healthy dose of fear...since she could have kicked our butt at anytime. :)

Greg: Wasn't running when I got it and as I mentioned when I got the hood and heat shield off it was easy to see why, looking at the wiring. Thought about just doing a few simple things but I knew my cousin had worked it hard for a lot of years. He took pretty good care of it, kept it garaged, etc. but decided it was going to get a complete refurbish. And since he just gave it to me that allowed for more room to spend money on it.

Mainly waiting on parts right now. Got most of the rubber mounts, switch, harness, etc. And this weekend will be busy with mowing using my fleet of MTD variants I've re-furbished. So might not get much done on Ava this weekend. Hoping to get the engine cradle mods all done though.

We have a family ranch that my great-grandparents from Sweden homesteaded in 1901. We mow around all the old barns and open areas, a big area around my sawmill, miles of roads, etc. to keep the fire danger down through the summer months. So Ava will see plenty of use later. But keeps me busy mowing every other weekend for a few months.
 

jerry.a.johnson

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It's been awhile. Figured I better post an update or you guys will think I kicked the bucket, or gave up.

With all the heat out here in the west, I can only work in my shop for 5 or 6 hours in the morning before the heat drives me out. Number of fires all around, so the air is thick with smoke. And because of that my real job has been intruding on my fun time. A number of 13 hour days for a few weeks. And then normal summer stuff, like hauling hay.

But Ava is still slowly progressing. Engine cradle done and just needs final coat of paint. Block is all stripped down (except for the governor, which has a replacement coming). All ready for some serious cleaning and painting. Crankshaft is at the machine shop getting the Kirk Balance Plate installed. Cylinder and crank were in good shape so standard piston and rod ordered. Actually everything was in good shape, including the valve guides. Maybe the old girl didn't have as many hours on her as I thought.

Looks a little sad in the engine stand right now but no where to go but up right now!

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dschwandt

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Should have had the machine shop tank that block and mic it as well for out of round and taper.
 

jerry.a.johnson

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I mic'ed it for out of round and taper and everything looked really good. I like the tanking idea. Problem is he is really backed up...months out on any significant stuff. Thought he could get my balance plate installed between jobs in 3 weeks or maybe less. He's highly recommended but because of that is slammed with work right now. Seems to be a recurring theme in our area right now.
 

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Most good machine shops are swamped with work. I had a Briggs L head block in for 10 over bore job and took 4-1/2 weeks before I got it back. But it was worth the wait to get it done right as it is back in the 782 and runs real nice now. Yea I know, 782's didn't have a Briggs in them they had the Kohler KT17 - mine like most others self destruct.
 

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Jim Koenig Halfway between Harvester, MO and Cadet, MO
I used to live a couple of miles away from the best machine shop for racing stuff in the area. If I brought in my Kohler stuff, and told him I was in no hurry, he would think it was cool, and jump right on it. If I said I needed it in a hurry, he would take weeks. That shop is now long gone, and sorely missed.
 

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