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Old 03-19-2014, 08:06 PM   #1
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1975 Troy-Bilt Horse 6hp roto tiller


I bought this machine new in Oct 1975, used it sparingly for a few years, then put it in storage under a tarp in the back yard for 35 years.
I am now looking to revive the beast - need to re-inflate D-shaped tubeless tires, drain 35 year old gas from tank, clean and rebuild carb for Tecumseh engine, install new drive belts, etc, etc. - any tips and parts sources?
Troy-Bilt factory (Troy NY) used to offer complete rebuild for 1/2 new price, but that was in the 70s - lawnmower shops charge a mint and I would like to do as much as I can myself. Any ideas would be much appreciated - thanx

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did you take the plug out, put oil in the cyl and try to turn it over ?

35 years, its probably junk. unless you live in the desert.

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did you take the plug out, put oil in the cyl and try to turn it over ?

35 years, its probably junk. unless you live in the desert.
Thanx for your reply - haven't oiled the cyl rings yet, but will do that before trying to move any internal parts - oil replacement in engine and gearbox a must for sure! :o]
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I see little hope without a complete rebuild.
By now the rings are rusted and stuck into the groves, all the fuel lines and carburetor are toast, old steel fuel tank is rusted.
That's one tool that it's a whole lot cheaper in the long run to hire someone to do or just go rent one.
Any gas powered tool that gets used once a year is going to be trouble every time you go to use it.
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I see little hope without a complete rebuild.
By now the rings are rusted and stuck into the groves, all the fuel lines and carburetor are toast, old steel fuel tank is rusted.
That's one tool that it's a whole lot cheaper in the long run to hire someone to do or just go rent one.
Any gas powered tool that gets used once a year is going to be trouble every time you go to use it.
Thanx for your input - if the old machine is indeed toast, I'll offer it to the local vo tech school for their small engine repair class - maybe they can turn it into a class project JK
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http://www.troybilt.com/webapp/wcs/s...lt-_-troy+bilt
Check your local lawn and garden also as I've got parts for mine (1983 magnum horse model..8hp Kohler) locally .
Seafoam in the carb...new rings ...you may get lucky.
I'm still using my original belt..maybe yours is O K.
Gearbox ..if it's holding oil I'd leave it alone...or consult the factory as I've heard they're very fussy on the compatability of oil used.
If I remember right Troybuilt went bankrupt several years back and MTD bought out the assets.
I doubt that they offer the old half price rebuild any more.
Hope it's salvageable as they were big $$ back in the day....and worth it.
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That is (was?) one of the strongest tillers made----I think it's worth restoring--or at least giving it your best try-----that takes a standard engine--if the engine needs to be replaced---
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Wow! Sincere thanks to everybody for the good ideas and encouragement.
DIY members are a diverse and knowledgeable group indeed!
I'll post more questions as I proceed with 'project rototiller revival'.
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Thanks, I used one of those for years---It survived the rocky soil here just fine---tough machine---
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How's the restoration going? It is definitely worth getting going again. I also have a 75 Horse I that my father bought new that I restored a couple of years ago. The second engine it was on blew out, and the tiller sat outside for 8 years. I drained and replaced the gear oil, air in the tires, then put a Harbor Freight 6.5 hp engine on it for $99. Only needed to use metric mounting bolts for the engine, everything else bolted right on. Was able to till right off the bat.

Did a full restore after that, replaced every bolt, nut, washer and seal, new tines and powder coated it.

There is a yahoo group, troybilttillerclub that has good info, and I learned a lot from mytractorforum.com. Plus they have manuals you can download, etc... Actually have a build thread on it there.

And custompartsinc.com for bearings, bolts and such and they do a good job of cross referencing.

Prior to restore.


With the new engine


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That looks sharp! That one is older than 1975 I think---
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I had a brain fart, but you are correct Mike, that is a '73. How could you tell?
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I've been around for a while---and owned one a little newer than that one---

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