Yellow Fever

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Throttle shaft

Postby randys444 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:17 am

Previous to installing the JLO, the motor was bench tested a couple of times. The last time we ran it we noticed that the throttle shaft was broken off were the keeper clip holds it into the carb.We were always operating from the idle adjustment side. I tried a couple of sources to find a replacement but came up empty. Snocatpete suggested to use a shaft from a different model Tillotson and customize it to make it work, so thats what I did. Luckily I found a local small engine shop in town which had a HL292 of off a old cement saw. I bought the entire carb. for $10.00.
This worked very good and was pretty easy to do. Thanks Pete for the suggestion. I have ran the JLO since and it works great.
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Here is the used throttle shaft next to the old one. You can see were the end is broken on the original.(The groove is the weak point)
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The throttle plate on the HL292 was smaller than the HL186 (original). I used a fine tooth hack saw blade to cut the thin groove slightly wider in both directions.
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I had to drill a hole in end for the spring. It was easy to drill. Just used a hand held rechargable drill while it was in the vise.
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Throttle shaft

Postby randys444 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:20 am

Here is a picture of the reworked shaft in my original carb.
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Happy to have this fixed before all the snow melts here.
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Muffler Mount Bracket

Postby randys444 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:42 am

It was suggested by Barrie to change the mounting bracket location on the muffler. The original brackets were mounted to the rigid part of the engine frame and the vibration over time would crack the material. The fix is to change the mount to the cylinder head area.
Across from the spark plug you can see one of the 3 S.S. buttonhead bolts I used for the fuel tank mount.
The black firewall is so shiny it looks like a mirror in this light.
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Here is the new brackets welded to the muffler and bolted to the new standoffs.
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These are the standoffs I made. The end on the head is a M-8 thread. The bracket end I used a 5/16-18 thread. Also pictured are the original brackets I didn't use.
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Final Assembly

Postby randys444 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:43 am

Had a busy week. Everything coming together nicely. Still have to install the starter recoil.
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Detail pics. The 2 wire plug is for the hood. Same plug for the seater.
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Motor installed and all wiring, fuel line, choke and linkages are finished.
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Final hookup on the brake. Made a new one piece clevis to assemble the cable. Set screws come in apposing each other to pinch cable nicely.
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Final Assembly

Postby randys444 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:18 pm

Starting to look like a 444. Just about complete, have to install the starter cable and recoil.
Wish I knew how many hours went into this project.
I bought it 4/16/16. A little less than a year for the restoration.
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Should be on the snow very soon.
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I like the nice straight lines it has with the track supports in and the reinforcing rod for the fender.
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Re: Yellow Fever

Postby myoldhus-ski » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:49 pm

Looking great Randy! Have fun. Hopefully your snow conditions are better than here. The snow is now so hard it is live driving on concrete.
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Recoil

Postby randys444 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:24 pm

I got my starter/recoil issue finally resolved this weekend. Just posted some info on Q&D about Hus-skis. The recoil was bought separately from the JLO. Ended up reversing the recoil, getting a longer cable, needing an intermedite plate and buying new pawls,caps and springs. Everything is working nicely now.
I was excited to be getting this done and forgot to take some internal pictures.(wanted to do that).
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I made some new bushings for the firewall and dash as were the existing holes were quite big grooved out.
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Learned alot about recoils the last couple of weeks.
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My pull handle isn't original, might change that in the future. I made an alum. insert with set screws to hold the cable in this handle.
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Re: Yellow Fever

Postby DAN THE MAN » Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:05 pm

Hello RANDY
Beautiful job.

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Finished 444 Restoration

Postby randys444 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:34 pm

Finally got the 444 out of the workshop. I knew it would be a happy machine with ALOT of T.L.C. I would like to thank all the people on this forum for the endless information, advice and access to parts. Especially Barrie, Peter and Bruce. Without these guys I would have never gotten this project done this fast.I have met a lot of wonderful people while doing this 444 and that alone has been worth all the late nights in the shop. My brother Mark is the one that gave me the yellow fever, in starting our grandfathers 600. Hopefully we can get another project to work on in the future. Thanks Mark for all your input on this job, couldn't have done it with out you. Lastly my wife who has been very patient and encouraging during this process,( think she was happy to get me out of the house.) I spent more than I expected but she didn't say a word .This let me do the quality job that I envisioned this Hus-ski could be.
Hope everyone enjoyed my postings as much as I enjoyed sharing my work with everyone. Thanks Randy
Here are the pictures of the finished product.
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Fun in the snow

Postby randys444 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:48 pm

I just got this finished right before a nice snowfall, might be our last of the year as our temps are getting warmer. It was a perfect time to see how it performed. Mark and I both got to run it a couple of times this past week and are happy with how it runs and handles. It would been a long summer of waiting if I couldn't drive it this winter.
Also another pic. at the end of were this 444 started.
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So happy it snowed
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Had a second snowfall this week.
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Waiting for a make over.
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