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  • As some of you know, I have wanted to stop managing H-M for some time. It's a tremendous strain on my personal life. I want to set up my own shop. In September, September 15, to be exact, it will be 8 years that Hobby-Machinist has been in existence.

    We've seen a lot of changes. In March, 4 moderators left to start their own site. They took some of you with them. So now you have split loyalties. You know who you are. They didn't like my way of managing this place, and thought they could do better without me. They didn't. The only thing holding them together is that they hate me. Their site was down until mid July. That is why I wanted to stay involved on here until they could learn to run this place. But they wanted me to leave right away, without the training part.

    Anyway, I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too. I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation. I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will. Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with. I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons. Other than that, I don't want to know about this place.

    What about the 4 moderators who were disloyal? I don't care. It isn't my call anymore. I would think that, rather than fumble, they ought to come back and do good work. That's up to them. If they want to return to try to lead more members to their site, I am done caring. I suffered too much aggravation worrying about it. I don't plan to spend any more. What they do impacts on them. I have my own opinions including those of you who followed them there. No longer my problem.

    I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.

Kohler 241S 10hp Overhaul

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Dec 19, 2011
Have it apart.Still have removing valves from block to do.

Then it will be completely disassembled.

Local machine shop is doing whatever jobs really should be done before reassembly.

Only took it apart because I THOUGHT governor shaft fell into engine.

Never did find it.One of life's mysteries.:)


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May 4, 2015
Mic the cylinder , has it a lip at the top ? , Governor shafts don't usually fall in without help. Ck the valves , seats , bushing and shaft wear. Timing marks should be seeable on crank gear and the cam gear. I have done a great many of kohlers over the years. In fact have a 12-14HP with the old style trigger electronic ignition, I'm going to do away with it but need to come up with one like Briggs or Tecumseh uses. Trouble is the owner has been supposed to help do it. Been five or more years storing this economy tractor . His electronics and trigger are fine , his stator armature under flywheel has no power output. There two and each one is unobtainable. And used I'm not throwing $300. To get. Do you have the specs on your motor , rebuild kit and gaskets. I may have some in the shop. . When you rebuild it , use good valve shaft grease it's black with graphite in it . I always use white grease in the cylinder and on all bearing surfaces during rebuild . When installing piston offset ring gaps and lots of oil in and on the piston along with the white lube , it'll all thin out and won't cause any problem . You change it out after its run an hour or two anyway. . Old mechanics do know how to prevent damage during rebuilds. I even oil my ring compressor so the rings are coated going in.
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