Fun with the Inty

andyma_gwMay 16, 2010

The Inty is what I call my 77 IH Cadet 80. It is my first sit down mower. I was given it back in 00. It had been outside for a few yrs and the seat was missing. I spent about 75$ to get it moving and replaced the seat with a wicker bar stool seat. It had been re-engined with an electric start, 11 hp B+S l/C vertical shaft flat head. Other than engine parts, I'm on my own. What NOS parts I can find are ridiculously priced. This is just a lawn mower, not an IH Cub Cadet which has quite a following. I have kept the ol' girl going on hardware and baling wire. Jury rig upon jury rig. I snappped the boss for the air cleaner housing off the carb throat, making a 7/16 hole. It ran barely on full choke. I wanted to mow, not hunt down a carb. My grass was getting tall. I mended the hole with some Permatex #2 forma gasket and some mechanics wire. No way was it gonna hold the air cleaner. So I reversed it front to back and drilled a hole new inboard aft corner for an 1 1/2" sheet rock screw going into a wooden block that I use for a stop for the blade clutch. It grabbed about 3/8". I made it through 3/4 of the lawn before the engine sputtered to a stop. I had noticed that the screw was gone. I tried to restart and the starter just whined like the engine had lost compression. I opened up the now floppy air cleaner. No screw, rats. I took off the carb and looked at the intake port. No screw. Off came the sheet metal, the tank, the muffler and finally the head. There was the screw, the head was jammed in the intake valve seat. A gentle pry and I freed the screw. I replaced the head re-using the gasket and did my best to get the head flat and tight. The engine started right up. I used a 3" #8 screw and the air cleaner loved it. So begins another mowing season.

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ewalk

So where did you Buy your Winning Lottery Ticket ? LOL

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 5:27AM
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roadbike

"This is just a lawn mower, not an IH Cub Cadet which has quite a following. I have kept the ol' girl going on hardware and baling wire. Jury rig upon jury rig.
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There was the screw, the head was jammed in the intake valve seat. "

Downtime seems like a problem. Wouldn't either a new mower or fixing things right save time in the long run?

    Bookmark   May 17, 2010 at 10:10AM
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andyma_gw

yah, RB, but where is the fun in that? ;) Keeping free junk going for OPE has been a hobby of mine for 20 yrs. I have a pair of Toro/ LB walk behinds I picked up and got going. I pulled out the Toro and used it to weed whack. Started right up and it ran fine. My regular trimmer is a 30 yr old Lawnboy. It is a little beat up, but runs great too. The latest I found through Craigslist free stuff.
Why buy new stuff with money I dont have when I can rescue throw-aways? I get a warm fuzzy feeling every time I coax an old engine back to life too.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2010 at 7:50PM
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