Figured I'd start a new thread, since I found I do NOT need a new engine after starting the other thread: Need a new v-twin mower engine- Briggs 44Q777-3137 any good?
I'll be posting pics of the repair process here in the future. You can get the jist of the story from the aforementioned thread.
Did a leakdown test the other day on the cylinder that's guzzling oil. Had 40% leakage, all coming out of the valve cover/crankcase. Did a wet/dry compression test to rule out the rings - the wet test wasn't much higher than the dry, so between that and Kohler's CV730 reputation, it's pretty much a slam dunk head gasket job. No point in even removing the valve cover to watch - I'll do that when the parts come in.
Ordered up a 24-841-04S kit, and it should be in next week at some point. Less than $50 .... vs. $700 for the cheapo Briggs engine ... or $1,700 for the cheapest replacement Kohler.
I've bought and owned cars for YEARS that cost 3x less than that damn Kohler engine!!
Anyway, I'm a happy camper because I saved a SHITLOAD of money!
Stay tuned for the teardown. Should be some interesting comparisons between the #1 & #2 cylinders. My call is, #1 is going to be blacker than *censored*, with coked up oil all over the piston crown, and the head and valves. #2 should be somewhat normal. Can tell just by the condition of the spark plugs.
Big thanks again to Rob for smacking me verbally up side the head to wake my ass up before I wasted a big stack o' cash!
Oh ... and I didn't have to pull the tractor out after all. I brought the heat to where the tractor was instead of the other way around.