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Howdy guys and gals. Been a while since i’ve been on. Started a project which is turning into a small nightmare. Working on a speedex 1240 garden tractor for a family aquaintance. Their father had liquid calcium in the tires and now after sitting 30 plus years some gas leaked out. Had the whole ness dismounted from the wheels and the wheels sandblasted. Back wheels have some pitting but are salvageable. The front wheels however are swiss cheese. Looking for a set of those wheels. Tried everywhere including Jensales in minnesota no luck. Hoping you fellas can help me out or give me some guidance. This tractor has a lot of sentimental value to the family so restoring it is a priority, thanks.

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Why they put calcium in such a small garden tractor for weight is beyond me. Anyways Its probably a 5 lug rim on the back isn't it? those are probably easier to find than the front. The front might require some fabrication of a good rim or maybe another brand used the same rim or you could put on steels if you could find a small set

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Just now, mrsmackpaul said:

Can the outer rim of the same size be welded to the existing  centers

It wont have to be real flash as it is only a a tractor and slow speed

 

Paul

No,the front wheels are complete swiss cheese throughout. The back ones are salvageable. I may have to find a company that can reproduce them. $$$$$

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any pictures or tire/wheel sizes. i HAD  50-60 two wheel garden tractors up till  auction 2011 .  i know one of the tractor buyers; don't know if he still has them or parts . tractors from the '20's- newest was a 1949 

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10 hours ago, mechohaulic said:

any pictures or tire/wheel sizes. i HAD  50-60 two wheel garden tractors up till  auction 2011 .  i know one of the tractor buyers; don't know if he still has them or parts . tractors from the '20's- newest was a 1949 

I will get a few pics and post later. Do you have contact info for this person?

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Sounds like fun best of luck I don’t have a clue how to help you but I’m sure you’ll find what you  need.. I know thier out there  … I used to work with the calcium way back in the early 70s .. bob

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Based on the pictures on line and the manual I found they look like normal garden tractor wheels and tires of the era. Can you post the following information 

tire size

spindle diameter and width 

 

they look like the case, ingersol, wheels I am familiar with

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8 minutes ago, Quickfarms said:

Based on the pictures on line and the manual I found they look like normal garden tractor wheels and tires of the era. Can you post the following information 

tire size

spindle diameter and width 

 

they look like the case, ingersol, wheels I am familiar with

Unfortunately these are model specific. 

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6 hours ago, Quickfarms said:

Based on the pictures on line and the manual I found they look like normal garden tractor wheels and tires of the era. Can you post the following information 

tire size

spindle diameter and width 

 

they look like the case, ingersol, wheels I am familiar with

 

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On 6/2/2022 at 11:44 PM, Quickfarms said:

It looks like a standard 8 x 5 3/8” rim for a 16” lawn tractor front tire

What is the spindle diameter and length and is it centered or offset in the rim

Offset in the rim

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I missed the part of front wheels; sorry.  i'm  thinking rear with stud holes. fronts are easier. shouldn't be quite as difficult to find or adapt a set.

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Now that the tire and wheel debacle is resolved, i’ve been slowly working on the mechanicals. Carb rebuild, fuel tank cleaning, new fuel line with filter. Pulled the head over the weekend and cleaned the top end and head up. Removed a mouse mansion. Waiting on the correct headgasket kit. Still have points to install and flush out the fuel pump. Got the choke and throttle cables freed up and cleaned and painted the battery mount.

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On 6/4/2022 at 5:55 PM, mechohaulic said:

I missed the part of front wheels; sorry.  i'm  thinking rear with stud holes. fronts are easier. shouldn't be quite as difficult to find or adapt a set.

Unfortunately front wheels for a 1240 are model specific which is what created the problem.

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units looking real good. i miss the old walk-behinds i had. suppose to go look at some 60 + yr old " inventory " in a barn this coming  friday/saturday. trying not to get my hopes up. might even be an ole mack in there ; doubt it. would have been this week-end. holiday changed things. it's an "addiction" LOL; catch  the fever you can't stop. some have iron poor blood and those such as myself have old iron in my blood.

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Those newer carbs that Kohler uses are POS in my opinion. I couldn't ever get them to run very good but they are very cheep, $12 on amazon for a new one. I don't have very good luck with carbs anyways.

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Right on man thanks for sharing all that is right up my alley that sucker looks like it’s been sitting a long long time congratulations on your achievements still can’t quite figure out what the problem was with the wheels they don’t look any different than I see you for sale under mini bikes and go karts best of luck let’s get her done … bob

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I’ve got a Montgomery Ward  Lawn tractor 10 horse Briggs & Stratton I am planning on doing the same thing restoration sometimes the wheels of progress turn mighty slow bought it 20 years ago got all the parts about five years ago and it’s still sitting outside too many honey doos  always come first and there’s no end to them gruuuuuuuuhhhhh

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On 7/4/2022 at 6:21 PM, mechohaulic said:

units looking real good. i miss the old walk-behinds i had. suppose to go look at some 60 + yr old " inventory " in a barn this coming  friday/saturday. trying not to get my hopes up. might even be an ole mack in there ; doubt it. would have been this week-end. holiday changed things. it's an "addiction" LOL; catch  the fever you can't stop. some have iron poor blood and those such as myself have old iron in my blood.

I have two eggbeater mowers I have not even seen one in 40 years other than the two I have of course they both need attention good luck on the barn goodies … bob

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