steamup wrote:I had an older Bowens tractor once. I was putting $2-300.00 per year into it for parts towards the end. It was burning a lot of oil near the end. Finally, not enough compression to start and run good. I could have replaced the motor cheaper than rebuilding it but decided to cut the stings and dump the thing. It was nothing but a headach and a money pit plus part were getting hard to find.
I had another briggs single cylinder horizontal shaft engine that was well used when I bought it. Got several more years out of it but finally after pricing repair parts, I ditched it and bought a new engine. It was going to cost a couple of hundred buck in parts to rebuild the engine and I could buy a new engine to replace it for under $500.00.
There is a point that it just isn't worth keeping it alive. You just have to figure out what you time is worth and what that point is.
Well, the only real reason I'm even considering repairing it is because like I said, it was my wife's father's. He had two. This Craftsman from 1993 and a Cub Cadet 127 from 1972. I really liked the Cub but it had some major issues and was going to cost a lot of money to fix. I gave it away a few years back to someone I know very well and gave it a good home. My wife does not want me to do the same with this tractor. I'm really thinking it's just a head gasket but you guys are saying no but I'm not getting any other possibilities of what the problem is. At some point I'll just get annoyed from going back and fourth on it and I'll junk it. I asked here for other possible problems it could be before I go ordering parts.
"Find the cause" doesn't really help if there is no starting point. Do I just tear it down and hope I discover the problem or is there a specific part I can start with? Like I said, I know nothing about this engine or tractor. I mean there has to be a set of common causes of problems with these engines.
Just called Sears just to get an idea of what I'd be looking at if I just wanted to replace the engine. Good news it's in stock and still available as is all of the parts for it. Bad news is that a brand spanking new engine is $1,280.13. I'm pretty sure a new tractor could be had for that price. Maybe I'll dick around with it a little and end up telling my wife it's going to the scrap yard.