Well here's a series of updates. The biggest thing for me with a new to me machine like this is just getting acquainted and finding my way around it. That very much has been the occurrence this week.
New radiator hoses.... aka meet "radiator hose guy"
The lower radiator hose was swelled and needed to be replaced. I would ideally, of course, like to find a factory replacement. I've been trying to find one and asked those overseas such as in Sweden where the HDT is more common if the part numbers are still available but have yet to hear back from anyone. They are not available that I can find (yet anyway) in the U.S. In the meantime, I had to find a solution. I think the guys at my local NAPA nicknamed me "radiator hose guy" as I went in there almost every day this week after work. I went treasure hunting in their rad hose inventory after work for close to an hour on Monday, bought a couple close matches and tried another store. I trimmed down some close alternatives but there has to be at least a little give for any of these to work and there just isn't until they immediately kink. I spent hours online going through auto parts stores' online inventories, ordering them, picking them up the next day only to return them the next... aka "radiator hose guy." Anyway, I had to resort to a flex hose for the time being for that lower one. Unless I want to park the machine and hope someday that I can find an original lower rad hose (which I will continue to pursue), this alternative works in the meantime.
While I had the machine drained of coolant for a week, it allowed me to do a few other things.
Oil/ filter change
She was due for a change! She even quieted down some after the new oil, do love that Amsoil. In an upcoming video I'll go over some of these brackets, but the HDT has all these small to medium sized brackets around the sides near the engine. I began unscrewing the filter and.. stop. This small bracket with the arrow above is a flywheel guard I believe. Anyway, like I said above, I'm just learning my way around the machine and this is a prime example! Next time, I'll know to remove the small bracket before unscrewing the oil filter and making a mess....
Alright, let's get to some fun stuff.... ;-)
Take your pick....
Ah, yes, the wheels. You knew they might make a reappearance somewhere...
Well, that's it for now. Some teaser pics here and there maybe until the next update. I'm going to order a couple new things for it like headlights and she should be all ready to go for snow removal- one of my favorite things! It got here right in time!