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3-8.  h. - Update (September 01, 2009 - May 15, 2010)
h. - Update (September 01, 2009 - May 15, 2010)

 

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Update October 15, 2009: I have located a few more parts for the RJ since my last update. The first is an NOS (New-Old Stock) exhaust pipe Exhaust Shield (WH p/n: 3588) and the second part is the optional Fender Assembly (WH p/n's: FA-58 Fender Assembly), also in excellent condition. The NOS Heat Shield has already been completely stripped and repainted to match the rest of the machine, but I have yet to do anything with the Fender Assembly.

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December 15, 2009: The engine is still awaiting a K-90 crankshaft, so is also on hold for the rebuild until one is located. I have two K-90 engines now, but neither is usable as-is for this restoration. One engine has a tapered output shaft and the other is a gear-ended shaft for a 6:1 gear reduction unit. If anyone knows the whereabouts of a standard K-90 crank, in usable condition, please let me know.

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February 3, 2010: Got around to refinishing the fenders. Stripped, primed and re-painted. The jury is still out whether the outsides of the fenders will be clear-coated. More than likely when I put them on and see them next to the hood they will need it.

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I also located a local source for the RJ heat shield clamps. Unfortunately I have yet convinced the store owner to tell me where he gets them. I currently have about a dozen and he says he's ordering more. I will post more pictures as soon I can get everything installed. More coming soon......

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 And a few shots of the completed Heat Shield ...
 
    
 With Completed Fenders   
  
    
February 13, 2010: I have located an original crank shaft for the Kohler K-90 (finally). I should have that in a few days and will send the engine to the local High School Vo-Tech for rebuilding (free rebuild for the price of a rebuild kit is a good thing). Now the only part left to locate is the original Belt Guard for the transmission.Since I have already purchased a 0.010 over-sized Piston/Ring set, and a -0,010 under-size Connecting Rod parts with the K-90 Master Rebuild Kit (actually a K-91 kit which is identical) for the rebuilding process. Regardless of the piston bore and crank condition they will be bored and turned respectively to match the kit. This way I know I have a good engine from the start.
   
March 15, 2010: Two implements for the RJ-58 have been completed. A CBR-32 32" Sickle Bar Mower and an SPR-42 42" Snow Dozer Blade.
  
SPR-42 Before RestoreSPR-42 After Restore #1SPR-42 After Restore #2
CBR-32 Before Restore #1CBR-32 Before Restore #2CBR-32 After Restore #1
  
CBR-32 After Restore #2  
   
   
April 30, 2010: Lots of edits for the month of June. Finished the 42" Plow and the 32" Sicklebar Mower. Have also started on the re-assembly of the engine.
Engine Before Restoration Finished Oil-bath Air CleanerTin Cover Mock-up #1
  
Tin Cover Mock-up #2Tin Cover Mock-up #3 
   
May 07, 2010: Engine final assembly started upon arrival of engine rebuild seal kit and carburetor rebuild kits arrived
   
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