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    Default ford 8 hp riding mower

    my mother in law has one of these and it smokes and uses lots of oil, my question is is it worth rebuilding?, can i get parts for the mower and so on. its kinda cool.

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    Default ford 8 hp riding mower

    my mother in law has one of these and it smokes and uses lots of oil, my question is is it worth rebuilding?, can i get parts for the mower and so on. its kinda cool.

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    Default Re: ford 8 hp riding mower

    I don't know about your tractor, but when Ford first came out with their line of mowers I bought one brand new. I liked it because of all the zerks and it looked quality made, problem was the Ford engineers made these things greatly underpowered. They shudda put on less zerks and more hp! Mine was I think 11 hp which was about 1/2 of the hp it needed. After one excruciating season of slow cuting it was gone, no fond memories of that blue dog!

    What I'm saying is with 8 hp I kinda doubt you'll be very happy with performance after spending a lot of cash re-building it. Just my thoughts. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: ford 8 hp riding mower

    I don't know about your tractor, but when Ford first came out with their line of mowers I bought one brand new. I liked it because of all the zerks and it looked quality made, problem was the Ford engineers made these things greatly underpowered. They shudda put on less zerks and more hp! Mine was I think 11 hp which was about 1/2 of the hp it needed. After one excruciating season of slow cuting it was gone, no fond memories of that blue dog!

    What I'm saying is with 8 hp I kinda doubt you'll be very happy with performance after spending a lot of cash re-building it. Just my thoughts. [img]/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: ford 8 hp riding mower

    Probably depends on which 8hp engine, and which year or vintage is the riding mower.
    My late good friend had Ford lawn tractors, and he went through a lot of engines and engine work. Don't recall which engines.

    I've had good fortune with the old 8hp Kohler engines with cast iron blocks. In the process of rebuilding one now that was in my Dad's 1964 Deere 110. It was the same K181S that was in my 1968 Wheel Horse (which is still mowing and blading snow).

    Any more details for us? Mower model number, serial number, and year; engine make, model and serial number?

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    Default Re: ford 8 hp riding mower

    Probably depends on which 8hp engine, and which year or vintage is the riding mower.
    My late good friend had Ford lawn tractors, and he went through a lot of engines and engine work. Don't recall which engines.

    I've had good fortune with the old 8hp Kohler engines with cast iron blocks. In the process of rebuilding one now that was in my Dad's 1964 Deere 110. It was the same K181S that was in my 1968 Wheel Horse (which is still mowing and blading snow).

    Any more details for us? Mower model number, serial number, and year; engine make, model and serial number?

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    Default Re: ford 8 hp riding mower

    Many of the older (1960's) Ford LGT's were made by Jacobsen, and had an identical Jacobsen counterpart. If the engine is a Kohler K181 horizontal single, the tractor is one of these models and is definitely worth rebuilding/refurbishing- it's essentially a Jacobsen Chief 800, and they are awesome machines.

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    Default Re: ford 8 hp riding mower

    Many of the older (1960's) Ford LGT's were made by Jacobsen, and had an identical Jacobsen counterpart. If the engine is a Kohler K181 horizontal single, the tractor is one of these models and is definitely worth rebuilding/refurbishing- it's essentially a Jacobsen Chief 800, and they are awesome machines.

    -Fordlords-



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    Default Re: ford 8 hp riding mower

    next chance i get ill take a picture and post it. i think the engine was brigs and stratton and the mower a 30 inch cut.

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    Default Re: ford 8 hp riding mower

    next chance i get ill take a picture and post it. i think the engine was brigs and stratton and the mower a 30 inch cut.

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