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PostSubject: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:08 am

well I finaly found my workhorse tractor! I was able to get a ford yt18h from 1992 for 120$ without the engine, luckly i had rebuilt a engine over the winter a briggs 20hp oppy, This replacement engine is 2 hp more and 100cc's larger that the original kohler. the transaxle is a Eaton 850 with a charge pump and a filter the trans can put out 800 pound feet of torque at 20hp and has a high price if it breaks so hopefully that doesnt happen. i will post photos in the morning so be ready!
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:39 am

Can't wait!  I hope the image server behaves so we can see them!

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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:49 am




These are photos after I had gotten the tractor, the seat pan weighs about 50 pounds and when I got it the pan wasn’t on.
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:54 am

Very nice.  Looks to be in really good shape too!

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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:07 am

Yah it’s realy great the only rust is where the battery is otherwise all the bearings and everything looks like it was assembled yesterday,


This is the rear axle it has a 2 gallon hydro resivour and the 5 gallon fuel tank is quite literally the engine seat pan.






This is the engine I rebuilt I’ll get a video of it running soon!
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:22 am

Nice rig you have there! I always really liked the hood styling on those tractors, pretty cool looking.

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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:57 pm

Nice tractor! Is the hydro hand operated or a foot pedal? I like that shiny oppy Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:10 pm

the hydro is foot operated and it has an interesting way to put it into neutral, its a choke cable that goes down to the bypass valve, so theroreticly i can put as much rpm as i want into the input.

here is the pully diagram, there is a double stack pully in the center because the engine is lower than the trans
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:20 pm

I recommend watching this the video series on this build if you haven't already.  He did a pretty good job.  Good luck on your build.

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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:32 pm

ok thanks i will!
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:56 pm

just a small update, but ive had some major issues with my opposed briggs the piston rod cap for the bottom cylinder came loose and destroyed the inside sending bits of metal everywhere and destroying both cylinders. becuase of that ive upgraded to a kohler V-twin.

so far ive noticed 3 things that are different, i have "full pressure lubrication". that will greatly benifit the lubrication of the engine (poor lubrication probobly killed the briggs). i have an oil filter (the briggs didnt have this). and a ton of wiring becuase of the amount of switches, ampmeter, electric pto, etc. (as seen below)


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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:57 pm

video of it running to come soon!
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:16 pm

This looks like a good time to brush up on your electrical skills.  I like how you have a Kohler stuffed in there now.
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:05 pm

The Kohler is definitely stuffed in it I had to bend the steering arm in 3 places to get it to fit, and had to switch the side that the drain plug was on.
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:35 pm

Here is the new engine running! https://youtu.be/vuVaNjY185A
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:41 pm

Sounds great!
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:50 pm

Nice... sounds good too.

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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:15 pm



I need help, does anyone know what kind of hitch this is? -new Holland and Mesick's have nothing for it either.
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:42 pm

IDK, but what do you want a drawbar?
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:21 pm

im just trying to find out what it is bc i have lots of 3 point attatchments (mower, blade, scrapper, etc). im looking to see if i would need to adapt it to a sleeve hitch or i would be able to put on a 3 point kit
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:25 pm

Well if you can dream it, you can build it.  It kinda looks there's two mounts there for lower link arms.
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:36 pm

update on the ford, im going to be taking it apart and future proofing it for anything i can throw at it. going to take the seat pan, steering colum and panel off so its going to be pretty bare bones for me to work on. i am going to be looking into either new tires or chains, i will be getting a new seat (due to the condition of the current one) and i plan on repainting the ford as well. photos to come tommorow
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:48 pm

Yeah stripping it down to the bare chassis and working your way up from there is a good plan.  That's how Mud Rat sits.
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:18 pm

im also going on messicks and newhollands part websites to look for flaws and ways of adjusting the frame and trans height
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PostSubject: Re: Ford YT18h WorkHorse   Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:23 pm



on my ford the frame is adjustable to im going to try and see what i can do with it.
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