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« on: October 10, 2017, 07:40:55 AM »

This is my first post on this site, I acquired my BGSH about 25 years ago and it has be in my quonset ever since.  The engine was half ripped apart at that time and missing parts.  I removed it at that time and found it to be in ruff shape.  As time pasted an older friend of mine told me he had a 27 Massey Harris Combine in an old shed with a Hercules engine in it.  He had purchased this machine new and the engine was original.  Massey used the Hercules engine for one year.  He never told me that I could take the engine out.  Again time pasted and as he got older one day he said "you better get that engine" which I did with the help of my Son-in-law, he passed away about 8 months later.  It was also stored in my Quonset for many years (maybe 10), last week I loaded it and took it from the farm to my home and am now starting to work on it.  It appears to be a perfect fit as best I can see.  I haven't  even checked to see if it will turn over.  Over the years I have placed diesel fuel in cylinders and also a mix of ATF and Acetone. 
So that is my story, I have never driven a crawler and am how 72 years old so if I plan to drive this one I better get to it.
My BGSH has the serial # 8C960 and looks to have been built in 1946.  I don't know much about it, it never has had a blade on it and appears to have only been used as a pull crawler.  The sheet metal is in good condition, I will see if I can post a few pictures in the future.  One thing I know for sure is I have a lot to learn about this machine, any advice you guys have will be greatly appreciated.   
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2018, 02:07:59 AM »

Fantastic history, now we need pictures, well done for having the foresite to lube the pistons and bores while it has been waiting.
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2018, 10:46:34 AM »

Its been quite some time since my first post.  Summer gets busy and now the weather has turned cold, 1 this morning.  I am going to try and post a few pictures of the progress made this pass summer.  Didn't get as far as I wanted, thought I would get the Hercules engine in the crawler but didn't make it.  Now I can't find all my pictures, so if the first picture posts you can see what I found when I took the engine apart last Nov.  I will find the more recent pictures and get them posted so you can see how things are going.
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« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2018, 12:51:35 PM »

Found my pictures, engine is ready except the carb had to be finished.
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2018, 12:53:07 PM »

two more photos.
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2018, 09:20:16 PM »

Keep the pictures coming, can't wait to see it completed.

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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2019, 10:53:43 AM »

The progress is very slow this winter, its just been too cold.  Shop is nice and warm but one has to get there.  Have gotten a few smaller pieces taken care of.  Battery box is now done and stored away and am working on the carb.  Just got the kit this week.  I did want to put the Tillotson back on it but have now given up on it.  Put it all in a box and maybe someday someone will need parts from it.  I am going to use a Zenith Carb. that was on a newer Hercules JXC engine, the engine I rebuilt.  I will post a few pictures of the Battery Box and the Tillotson Carb.  I took pictures of the Zenith and then accidentally deleted them.  Stay warm everyone.
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2019, 02:05:04 PM »

hi hsaele12,

It is warming up, please get busy, you are almost there. I would like to see it run too. I always wanted to try farming steep sidehill with a BGH. I think it might be better than a Cat.
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My first tractor when I was 16 was a Cletrac AG. Later came a HG which I put a dozer blade on. I farmed side hills with the AG and cut and raked hay with the HG. Later I sold them and have all Cats now. I still have a lot of respect for Cletracs.
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