Now comes the fun part.
Mounting the new engine required the purchase of four M8-1.25-25 and one 5/16-24-1 3/4 bolts. Each was installed with blue loctite to help prevent loosening from vibration.
The drive and driven pulleys had the rust removed and drive surfaces polished.
From this point, assembly was pretty straight forward.
During the comparison I thought that the bumper would have to be modified but it cleared the OHV cover with adequate clearance.
I was not able to use the handle mounted throttle as the new one is "reverse" and needs to be longer - that can wait for now.
After adding engine oil and changing transmission and tiller gear oils, I gave it a pull. It started and ran well on the second pull. I ran it for a half hour then changed engine oil.
Out to the field and I now have a tiller that runs well, has lots of power and didn't cost an arm and a leg. I did have to defeat the low oil level switch due to the angle the engine is at when tillling. We'll see how that works out.
As for the old engine, I guess I'll put it on craigslist uless any of the forum members would like it, it can be had for the price of shipping.
Thanks for reading!
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