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PostSubject: WheelHorse C-81   Sun May 28, 2017 11:19 pm

Got this old 1978-79 wheelhorse from a family member today. Was told something broke in the engine a long time ago, but it's been sitting inside a shed since then. Not completely sure what my plans are for it yet, that all depends on how bad the engine is.









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PostSubject: Re: WheelHorse C-81   Mon May 29, 2017 8:22 am

A K181, nice! 8 horse? I cant remember what those were rated at. The trans and drawbar on that thing look indestructible!
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PostSubject: Re: WheelHorse C-81   Mon May 29, 2017 9:30 am

Kohler K181's were rated at 8hp Smile That looks in really good shape for it's age man!
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PostSubject: Re: WheelHorse C-81   Wed May 31, 2017 7:15 am

The good news is that it runs, the bad news is that it makes a very unhappy sound when it does
https://youtu.be/zlOuOBr7yes
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PostSubject: Re: WheelHorse C-81   Wed May 31, 2017 8:21 am

Ooooh, that's bad. Sounds like a worn crank journal or rod bearing.
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PostSubject: Re: WheelHorse C-81   Wed May 31, 2017 8:44 am

Oh I'm sure its fine Wink

I would see about finding a new rod bearing (or rod if they're one piece) and maybe machine the crank. Rings are likely fine if it runs that well other than the knock. Those older engines were kind of underrated, so 8 hp might be more like 12 or 14 nowadays
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