CPR for a CASE Trencher, hope I can save it
Found this for sale on a country property, the owner told me "Well, it ran fine when they left it here 10 years ago" Ah, ok, well you all know how it goes, if the price is good enough I'll move it from your yard to my yard... So we agreed on a price, I bought it (first) and told my wife (second), smoked a winch getting it on the trailer and towed it to my house.
There is a picture before I dragged it off with a Kubota.
-It's a Case
-20+4. Has a Wisconsin 18 hp engine.
-Lot's of country yehaw "mods" from previous owner.
-There was squirrels living in it.
-Looks very sun baked, especially hydraulic lines, but I don't see any fluids leaking.
-With a new battery it turns over freely, but there are no spark wires. The previous owner told me that even with spark wires it wouldn't catch. He said he thought it was a bad magneto.
-If I engage the hydraulic pump and crank the starter it turns the digging chain, so the system seems more or less intact.
Not sure where to go from here, I have not owned or worked on a trencher or Wisconsin motor. Seems simple, I don't want to invest a lot of money in it but you know how that goes...
So first off I think I'll just clean everything up so I can get a good look, grease and lube all the fittings I can see. I got a simple owners manual with it, but it's not great on details.
Oh the keys he gave me have a beer bottle opener attached to them, works for me. Not that I'll be drinking and driving a trencher, but I bet I'm destined to have a few cold ones while tearing into this thing.