Not a good idea. An engine that runs too cold is almost as harmful as one running too hot. Also believe it or not it can also cause severe "hot spots" in the cyl head as well due to too much circulation and cavitation.Already spent enough on this old tractor i picked up not running with blown head gasket ,headgasket,water pump,timing belt. and $500 later not even sure if it will run.Can i run it with no thermostat?
Yeah for testing purposes but not if you're actually going to put the machine to "work". That is when you could see trouble...it'll be fine to run it briefly, if you want to first make sure the engine is functioning ok, before putting out the money for a new thermostat...
Look up a thermostat for a Honda Gold wing motorcycle. Some of the older Honda cars used the same thermostat. That's where you can find an aftermarket one, but you are better off using the genuine Honda part. They are a lot better, even though they are a lot more expensive, they are more accurate temperature wise when operating and built with higher quality materials so they normally last longer.Are there aftermarket or other brand name thermostats for the Honda 4514 ?I don't feel like paying $75 for a Honda one
Be prepared to spend lots of $$$ I had the same deck. Tried to buy blades. I can buy 3 OEM Kubota blades for my 60" Kubota belly mower for the cost of one Honda blade. Best of luck. See of you can find blades from Predator. Outstanding blades and may be cheaper than Honda as welli found one at Napa for $12 .It's a gates thermostat .Same heat range and diameter.From the 80's lol . I did try it with no thermostat till the thermostat comes in in a couple of days.It ran ok and got the blades turning then shut it down .Still a few bugs to iron out but no leaks anywhere. Does anyone know what blades are used on this?It's a 42 inch deck.Surely they must be available somewhere else than Honda
IDK that I would blame "Honda". These things get into certain ages and over the years people who have no business even touching a tool are into them and doing who knows what. That's the worst part about getting used equipment.Guess will have to fiddle with governor arm.Didn't expect this from a Honda