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    John Deere 318

    So I picked up a John Deere 318 with known motor problems, has 50 inch deck and snowblower. Original older gent that put 1400 into it in 2008. No compression in right cylinder. Pulled it apart and had broken rod. Started pricing parts to rebuild, man ownan parts are expensive! Neighbor can bore, mill crank and do valves. Been looking for good used engines, not really any out there. paid 500 and would have about 700 into motor, thinking that wouldn't be bad for 318 with rebuilt motor. Found one on CL today with a honda gx620 conversion that needs a front clutch., All is there, good seat, wheel weights 48 inch deck, motor will start on fluid, oil looks good, clean air filter. Gave me the honda manual, conversion instructions, and a factory manual. Going to take the clutch off the first one and put it on the second one. Going to keep the first one for parts for now. Did I forget to tell you, got the tractor today for 200 bucks. Guy bought a zero turn and this one has sat inside for a year. What do you guys think of the honda conversions, I've always had good luck with my honda generators. So far I have 700 bucks in both tractors.

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    I repowered my 420 with a Honda from Small Engine Warehouse about 8 years ago. Very pleased with the conversion.

    The concern about your description of the Honda was your statement that it started on fluid. Are you saying that it will only start with a snort of ether?

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    Some of the early Honda conversions had heat issues, but folks seem to like them well enough.
    Im an Onan guy, so personally, Id rebuild it were it mine, but its not.

    Sounds like youll have lots of extra parts around since you have two now!
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    Do you know what years they are?
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    '67 110, '68 side tag 110, '71 120/41 deck "worker," '77 312, '88 318/38 deck/49 blower, 7 & 10 carts, 51SV Chain saw, and a couple of old JD push mowers and a 318 needing a new heart.

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    I think they are 1986 and 1988. Going to pick the 88 up today, I'm going to put the pto clutch on the 88 with the honda motor. Still thinking about rebuilding the ownan motor. Couldn't pass up the 88, honda conversion, factory manual, and rear wheel weights for 200 bucks- needs front clutch to mow.Will post pics when shes home.

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    I am a fan of later machines as they are filled with improvements based on lessons learned on the earlier machines. I have a 1988 318 that I am repowering with a Vanguard myself. I'd certainly pick the later machine with the repower for several reasons - more fuel efficient and quiter come to mind first.
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    john deere 318

    Called Small engine Warehouse this morning with some questions. He said they had problems with the gx670 overheating ( newer style honda motors), but not the gx620. Found out the clutches are different between the honda and ownan, but had clutches for 149.00. Going to see whats wrong with clutch that was on it first. Now that I'm retired I have more time to play, only thing slowing me down is I just had total hip replacement on June 20. Hip feels good, going to pt twice a week. Was walking 2 hours after 45 minute surgery. Getting ready to take the Antique tractors and camp at the Mason Steam show end of month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 82shortbox View Post
    Called Small engine Warehouse this morning with some questions. He said they had problems with the gx670 overheating ( newer style honda motors), but not the gx620. Found out the clutches are different between the honda and ownan, but had clutches for 149.00. Going to see whats wrong with clutch that was on it first. Now that I'm retired I have more time to play, only thing slowing me down is I just had total hip replacement on June 20. Hip feels good, going to pt twice a week. Was walking 2 hours after 45 minute surgery. Getting ready to take the Antique tractors and camp at the Mason Steam show end of month.
    How do you have more time to play since retirement? Since I retired, I find I'm up at 5am and in bed at 11pm with nothing on my "want to do" list done. Family and friends are getting things done though Guess I should move up north where I have no friends or family
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    You got to block out some time for yourself and don't fall in to the retirement trap and be taken advantage of by others.

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    john deere 318

    I seem to stay busy and the list keeps getting longer. Went over to a buddies today to work on my son's jeep. Had to drop the rear axle and cut the frame apart to fix the common rust problems on the jeep TJ. Need to drop the skid plate and fix the skid plate mounts. Got to be running end of August to make the trip to Michigan Tech in the north west corner of the UP. Have to put a floor in my 16 foot fishing boat so I can play in retirement. The list goes on. Now retired what I don't get done today there is always tomorrow. Coming off both knee replacements dec 2017 and jan 2018 (bone to bone)and left hip replacement june 20th of 2018 I'm moving slower but feel a lot better than I have the past 3 or 4 years. I don't know how I got anything done while I was working. Biggest problem is remembering what day it is.
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