I just bought an older Troy Bilt Horse SN 201114

marblehead_2009December 2, 2009

I just purchased an elderly Troy Bilt Horse, which is something that I have always wanted to have. It is not in running condition and it looks pretty sad, but the engine turns over and it seems to have good compression. This unit is a two speed job, and it has two drive belts. The unit is equipped with a Kohler 7 HP K161 engine. The engine SN is 7329148.

I hope someone can give some good hints on how to restore this beast. I would like to take it apart and paint it and get it running.

I am most curious as to when this unit was manufactured. I have downloaded manuals for a tiller that appears identical to this one as well as the manual for the Kohler engine. The Tiller manual was for a Horse I.

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The Kohler # shows it to be a 1976 build. There are Troy focused web groups out there which may be more helpful. Congrats on your purchase! I know if it were mine I would start by seeing what shape the carb is in and getting it up and running just to get a feel of things.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2009 at 11:11PM
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Thanks for the update - my plan of attack will be cleaning or replacing the carburetor, then tracking down a tire! This unit is actually looking better and better, since finding out how old it actually is!

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 6:10AM
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There is an excellent Troy Bilt Tiller Club in the Yahoo forums.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 8:31AM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

I've never saw 2 belt with 7 hp engine allway been 4 speed with one belt but I don't know everything about troy bilt horse.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2009 at 3:02PM
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The older ones of this vintage have two matched belts-later ones had just one belt. I have a '75 or '76 6hp that I restored this last summer. The carb was the worst part to clean up-it was totally gummed up. The engine only needed new points and a plug to get going again (well, and a new head gasket,too).
The main shaft running from the lower pulley to the tines had very excessive play in the bearings,and I had to get shims to get rid of the play. The front seal needed replacing,too.
Be sure that the gear oil you use in the transmission is compatable with brass gears and bushings.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2009 at 9:53PM
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