Read the magazine article about Jim's Repowering
"Repowered Equipment works better than new"
main components of the
Engine Repower Custom Installation Kit" -
Muffler - Exhaust manifold - Rear stub shaft kit - Oil filter auxiliary kit -
Oil filter adapter plate - 12 Volt relay - Choke cable assembly - Yokes and U
joints - Adapter bushings - Each installation kit is put together for
each application. We have some parts machined for us and we have special
wiring kits produced for us. Included in my kit is
the $200 oil filter bracket and auxiliary kit.
We offer experienced,
professional installation. We
don't just sell small engines and repower kits, we repower all kinds of
equipment at our shop. For those of you wanting the do it yourself
project we have toll free telephone support. Replace your tired Kohler or Onan engine with a Vanguard!
Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 16 HP Vertical engine- $900
Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 18 HP Horizontal engine- $1300
Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 18 HP Vertical engine- $1100
Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 23 HP Horizontal
Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 31 HP Horizontal
Briggs and Stratton Vanguard 35 HP Horizontal
Jim, Thanks very much for your assistance in getting my
Cub Cadet running again. The
Vanguard engine runs great. It's lighter and more powerful than the
original engine and I saved about $1000 by installing the Vanguard
myself. The adapter kit you sent worked perfectly. Your help and
advice on the 800 number made everything go well. I was really
impressed that you were available any time I had a question. I would
certainly recommend you to anyone wanting to install a new tractor
engine whether they wanted to do it themselves with your help or
have you do a custom installation. Thanks again.
Stop by and Jim might just do some wheelies for you with his John
Deere 140 just to show you how powerful these engines are. We
all know, it's all about the power!
Parts for the Vanguard engines are
easy to find unlike many of the "other" brands.
|Easy to Repower|
|Uses an oil pump
so the engine|
won't run dry on hills
Lightweight-Feels like you have power steering|
produce less emission|
|We also repower
with the Briggs and Stratton Vanguard Engines in
Bobcats Skid-Steer loaders,|
Would you like
help deciding? Give Jim a call:
Jim has overhauled, repaired, and repowered Briggs, Kohler,
Onan, Tecumseh, Kawasaki, Wisconsin, Yanmar, Craftsman, and Honda
Torque spec charts
New! Case Garden Tractor Repower/Engine Swap
These engines are perfect for you "Do it Yourself" people. If
you have good
equipment but the engine is
tired or has quit, you will love how it performs after a
repower with one of these Briggs
Vanguards. Jim has done hundreds of
transplants and specifically loves the Briggs and Stratton Vanguard
engines. They have worked great for repowers for regular
small engine applications, for
garden tractor pullers, and Hotrods
(Mini Rods). He will put together a custom repower kit for
your particular application. You'll have something to brag
about when you're done. These engines have proven themselves
"Knows his stuff" when if comes to installing any kind of small
engine in any type of
equipment. He asked someone
from Montana why he called us, he said "They told me you're the
one who knows." We have shipped these engines as far away as
Alaska and Hawaii.
John Deere 400
had a 20 HP Kohler engine and we repowered it with the 23 HP
overhead valve, VTwin engine.
Commercial lawn mower-repowered
with an 18 Horse Power Vanguard engine.
This John Deere 317
had a 17 HP Kohler engine & was repowered with a 20 HP
Simplicity garden tractor
repowered with a 23 HP Vanguard engine. Original engine was an 18 HP
was repowered with a 23 HP Vanguard
engine. It replaced a 20 HP Kohler engine.
Case Garden Tractor
has the new Case engine repower kit. Our shop installed a 16 HP
Vanguard engine. It had a 16 HP Onan BM43
If you would like
to read even more about small engines and repowering them go to
our web log and visit the
Small Engine Repower category
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Q: Since the engine in my
John Deere 318 does not sit exactly
in the same place, does that alter the belt size driving the mower
deck, etc? Do I use the same muffler and exhaust pipe that I do on
the Onan? Is the starter and solenoid part of the package?
A: With my
kit I have the Vanguard engine shimmed up to the same specs as the
old one. Also included is a new muffler and manifold. There are only
about 4 wires to hook up to the Vanguard engine. It depends on the
serial number, if you will get a solenoid or not.
Q: When I replace the Onan with the Vanguard I understand the
kit you provide has a PTO bushing and longer cables. Is there any
fabrication or welding required to replace the engine?
A: On our
earlier set up you would have had to weld the driveshaft but now I
spent a fair amount of money on each of these kits to eliminate
Q: I have 1970 John Deere skid loader with a 23 horsepower
Onan engine, what would be a good replacement for it?
A: I would
repower it with the 23 horsepower Vanguard engine.
Q: How do I know if my original engine is a horizontal or
vertical shaft engine?
engine is a vertical shaft engine when the engine shaft is sticking
out the bottom of the tractor. It is a horizontal shaft when
the shaft is pointing out the front, rear, or the side of the
Q: I want to repower a John Deere 400. How is the Vanguard
engine a better option than a Honda 24 Hp?
A: To start
with you would pay less for a Honda, but cheapest is not always
cheapest. I had a customer that bought a Honda and had it for about
2 months and he came back with internal problems, so gave him
another new one. About 4 months later he showed back up again with
that Honda and sure enough, he had problems with it again. This time
he took out a Vanguard engine and then about 12 months later he
showed up again, but this time he came to buy a second Vanguard from
me because he liked it so much he bought another one for a 2nd
machine he owns. He said he would be back for more later as he had
another machine down. I've found Honda parts hard to find and not
enough dealers. If you do find the parts you'll have to wait for
them. Another example, I have a Vanguard air filter for $9. Check
and see what the cost of a Honda air filter is. I think they are
around $30. The Vanguard engines are good cold weather starters. I
am not anti Honda, they are good engines, I'm just very sold on the
Q: I have a Bolens 1455 lawn tractor with hydrostatic drive,
It's about a 1968 or 1969 model powered by a 1 cylinder Wisconsin 14
hp model S14D engine where the crank has a flange on one side of the
motor and a shaft on the other. will your adaptor kit work to fit
the Briggs and Stratton Vanguard engine to this tractor?
A: Yes, we
can get our kit package set up for your application. Our
installation kit and 18 HP engine package is what I would recommend.
Q: I have a 70's Cub Cadet 1000 garden tractor a with 3 speed
manual transmission. As you know these little tractors are tough and
built like a brick outhouse. I would like to repower it and
eventually equip it with hydraulics, 3 point hitch and front end
loader. Do you think this will be possible?
A: Yes, we
have the Vanguard engines in stock to go into your tractor and we've
done the repowers ourselves on Cub Cadets. You can add hydraulics on
this unit if you do a lot of plumbing. I also have a used front end
loader in stock that will go on your tractor. It is amazing what the
sturdy little tractors can do.
Q: I have a 1970's model Speedex 1632 with a blown 16
horsepower single cylinder Kohler. Do you have a new retrofit?
we install the new V-Twin overhead valve Vanguard engines and then
you really have something. They are 40 to 60 lbs lighter and
when you get one of these installed you will almost think you have
Q: Jim, have you had any success in repowering John Deere
210, 212, 214, 94 216 garden tractors?
we have repowered a fair amount of the 200 series John Deere garden
tractors and they work out very nice.
Q: Is it feasible for me to repower my Cub Cadet 1811 lawn
tractor with the Vanguard engine? The original engine is the Kohler
M18l. My repair shop says it needs
a valve job.
A: I would
not spend any money on that Kohler engine, it is not a quality
engine to start with. If you get into a V-Twin, overhead valve,
Vanguard engine you will be starting out with everything new such as
the carburetor and the starter. Also this is a much more advanced
engine with an oil filter and oil pump and other features. I can get
you into the Vanguard engine for not much more than the cost of just
a valve job.
Q: Any options to repower a John Deere Gator 4X2?
I have the one with the Kawasaki 10 HP engine. It is very slow
on the hills. I have added what I call Gator boost which is a
governor override but still the unit is underpowered.
A: I have put a V-Twin engine in the
John Deere AMT 626. We have the Vanguard 18 horsepower engine or the
23 horsepower engine. Either engine should give all the power you
Q: I have a 1964 Allis Chalmers B10 lawn tractor that has a 9 HP
cast iron Briggs engine that I am thinking of either rebuilding or
repowering (it's original and tired).
Do you have an engine repower kit with a Vanguard engine for it? If
so, what have you found that works (hp?) and what are the general
What type of fabricating/changes will I need to do? Like re-drilling
the base? Also I have a front shaft coming out of my tractor, will I
have that with the Vanguard engine too? I know it is twice the
horsepower, but I believe those old cast iron engines gave a whole
lot of torque. Can I expect the same type of power out of an 18
horse Vanguard engine?
A: You can
put in a V-Twin Vanguard, 18 horsepower engine. Most people who
attempt the repower are successful. If you need to you can call me
as many times as you want on my toll free number with any questions
or problems you might run into.
You will have more torque and also more horsepower on the 18
horsepower engine. If you would like more power we also have a 23 HP
Vanguard. Yes, you would have to drill holes to mount the engine.
The Vanguard shaft length is 3". If you need something longer I can
also help you with that, if it is a problem.
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Q: Jim, do you have a repower kit for a 1991 Toro 416H?
Onan does not make a replacement engine.
we repower that tractor with the 18 HP or 23 HP Vanguard engine
Q: I am looking to repower my mid 70ís Sears ST 16 (Single
cylinder OHV 16 HP Tecumseh engine). Iím thinking of using a Briggs
Vanguard engine. Have you sold any engines for repowers on the
Sears? The engine sits sideways with the drive pulley on the right
side. The same garden tractor was also sold with an Onan Twin
cylinder engine as the model GT 16 garden tractor.
A: Yes, we
can repower that tractor with the V-Twin overhead valve, 18
horsepower Vanguard engine and it will work fine. I have repowered
Craftsman tractors before but they have been vertical shaft engines.
I have however repowered quite a few set ups that had your same
original engine, the Tecumseh.
Q: I have 1970 John Deere 110 lawn tractor with hydralift
which bolts to the top of the Kohler engine, I believe it is an 8
horse engine. Do you have an engine repower kit for this tractor?
What engine do you use?
I do have an installation kit for the new style John Deere 110. In
respect to your hydraulic pump, you would have to build a bracket
for the pump. We also have a stub shaft available if you want power
out the flywheel end. We use the Vanguard 18 horsepower engine to do
Q: Do you have a repower kit for a Ariens GT17 garden
this is a neat garden tractor to repower, we have done a number of
them. The Vanguard engines fit in nice and neat and you
will almost think you have power steering when you get done.
Q: Jim: I have a John Deere 140 garden tractor and would
like to repower it over the winter. The tractor is in good shape, I
would just like more power and smoother operation. I thought the
v-twin Honda engine would be a good way to go but see that you use
the Vanguard engines with great success. Does the electric clutch
fit the Vanguard engine with no problem?
A: We have already put the Honda
engine in the John Deere 140 garden tractors. You have to bend both
frame rails. The Vanguard engines fit right in with out any frame
alterations, plus the Vanguard is a top quality engine. When you get
the Vanguard in a 140 garden tractor it will almost feel like you
have power steering with the weight differences between the two
engines. The electric clutch bolts on to our Vanguard engine. We
usually put in the 18 HP Vanguard engines in the 140's. That will be
a very smooth running tractor when you get done.
Q: Can you change a 317 John Deere KT17 Kohler to any
other kind of engine? I have a 317 John Deere garden tractor in
excellent condition can't find an engine that will last. Looking for
an Onan engine or whatever exchange to replace this KT17 Kohler
have done dozens of these John Deere 317 tractors by converting them
to the V twin, overhead valve, Vanguard engines. When you get done
it looks just like it is factory installed. The engine is lighter
than the old one so it almost feels like you have power steering.
This is the only way to go.
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Q: Would like to install a Vanguard 14HP horizontal engine
into a 15 year old Honda. The Honda also has a horizontal 13HP
water cooled engine with 1" shaft. We would like the Briggs to
have pressure lube-filter, fuel pump-no tank, 12V electric start,
and remote throttle-choke. Are we asking for too much?? We have full
access and capability for modifications. Could you offer
suggestions along with a quote for this engine or your
recommendation. Briggs preferred.
A: These V Twin, horizontal Vanguard engines work very
well. I can supply you with engine pressure lube, oil filter, fuel
pump, electric start, and with heavy duty alternator charging
system. We also have remote throttle and choke. We have the Vanguard
18 HP engine and can ship to anywhere in the US.
Q: I have an old Jacobsen
16hp garden tractor originally equipped with Kohler k341 series
horizontal shaft with front mount electric clutch and shaft drive to
It has a bolt up flange mounted to the flywheel to transmit power to
the transmission. The clutch mounts forward and attaches to the
shaft side. Just curious if there is a replacement Briggs engine ,
say a 18 to 23 hp or so that would bolt up the same as my K341
Kohler engine. I love the shuttle transmission and want to put this
one back into service soon before the transmission goes bad sitting
idle. Any recommendations?
I do know that a new Kohler K341 16 HP engine will probably run
about 1200 plus dollars locally. I have checked recently. I also
know that the newer high HP production engines are quite cheaper per
A: Yes we have already put
our V Twin Vanguards engines in the Ford garden tractors that are
made by Jacobsen and it works really nice. We have the Vanguard 18
HP and the Vanguard 23 HP engine and the engine
Q: I need to replace the
14 HP Kohler engine in my John Deere 140 garden tractor. Are there
any engines that will work? I still want to mow and till with the
Yes, a 140
John Deere garden tractor well
earns it's way to get a nice engine transplant. The engine we use is
the V Twin, overhead valve, Vanguard engines. It fits in the 140
real nice. I would recommend the 18 horse power. My own John Deere
140 garden tractor has the 14 horse power in it. We use it all the
time and have for 38 years. These engines are very good winter
time starters, nice smooth, quiet running, and they sound like a
baby Harley Davidson.
Q: I would like
to know if you ever tried to stuff the Vanguard 23 hp engine in a
Cub Cadet 1250-1650 series lawn tractor. If not, what would be the
largest engine then? Also, what kind of problems might be incurred,
like cutting into the frame, any other modifications, etc.?
A: We have put in the 16 and 18 HP Vanguard engines in
the 1250 Cub chassis. I have not put in the 23 HP as no one has
asked me to yet. The main difference on the 23 HP Vanguard engines
is they have an oil cooler on the side and I am almost sure that
will not fit. The 16-18 HP engines just fit in the frame rails. It
is well worth the effort to put in these Vanguards.
Q: I Have a
1993 TORO 616Z with a 16 HP ONAN twin engine. I was given a near new
14 HP Vanguard twin. Both engines are Vertical shaft. If the
Onan ever blew up, or needed replacement, I wonder if the Vanguard
engine could be a "drop in replacement"?
A: The mounting holes wouldn't line up, so you would
have to drill mounting holes. You probably would have to "make over"
the exhaust system. You would have to do some wiring to convert from
an automotive type of ignition system to a magneto type of ignition
system. So no, not drop in, but doable.
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Q: Would you have a replacement engine that would fit a
682 Cub Cadet lawn tractor with a KT17 Kohler Engine?
A: Yes, we put in the V Twin, overhead valve, Vanguard
engines that are a much better quality engine than the KT17 Kohler
could think of being. They fit in nice and neat. All the panels go
back on and look like a factory job. When you get it done the
Vanguard 18 HP has all the power that the KT engine had. We also
have an 18 HP available that puts out a short 20 HP.
Q: I have a 1983 Snapper 1855, great unit, but
the old Onan getting tired. the engine model is bg-ms-3272a. Are you
familiar with Snapper lawn tractors? Do you have a replacement
engine kit? It is a horizontal twin with pulleys front and rear.
A: Yes, I can help you out with a 18 HP Vanguard engine for
Q: I have a John Deere 111 lawn tractor with the
original 11 HP Briggs and Stratton engine in it. I would like to
repower it with something in the 16 to 18 HP range. Either a single
or twin cylinder engine. Have you ever repowered one of these
John Deere 111's ? What would you suggest I use ? Do you have an
engine repowr kit available to fit my needs ? I considered the V
twin engine but was not sure it would fit. Will it fit without much
modification to the tractor? It appears to me the hood would have to
be modified ( cut away) for clearance. Is this correct? The other
main concern I had was fitting the exhaust in the tractor. What is
your experience with these issues as well as any others you
encountered. What is included in the engine
Will I be able to use the existing engine mounting holes?
A: Yes we have repowered the John Deere 111 lawn
tractor before. We use the V Twin, overhead valve, Vanguard engines.
The John Deere 111 is a fairly easy job to do. The exhaust system I
have will clear the hood. You should not have to do any cutting. The
kit has an exhaust manifold, muffler, muffler bracket, hardware,
choke cable, and throttle cable. Sometimes you can use 2 of
the existing holes and have to drill two holes. Sometimes none of
them line up and you would have to drill all four of them.
Q: I am interested in constructing a log splitter that
would mount to the front of my John Deere 318 garden tractor. I plan
to power the hydro pump off of the PTO clutch. I know that John
Deere offers an attachment log splitter which is only 10 ton. I am
concerned that the two stage pump will need more power than the
electric PTO can transmit. Is this a logical concern and is it
conceivable that one belt will be able to supply enough power to the
pump without slipping or will more belts be required? I also have a
poorly running John Deere 300 garden tractor and would like to know
if you have repowered one of these?
A: You do not have to worry about the electric clutch. If you
hit some heavy going with the mower deck it will kill the engine
which means the clutch did not slip and the belt did not slip. It
does not take that much power to run a 2 stage hydraulic pump, one
belt handles it fine.
The 300 John Deere garden tractors are really fun to repower. You
get rid of the stump dancing Kohler that shakes from left to right
and back to the left. Another thing is that the new transplant
weighs 40 to 50 lbs. less which results in it feeling almost as
though it has power steering.
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Q: Do you do repower an
Alles Chalmers 917 Hydro lawn tractor?
A: Yes, we have done the repowering on these tractor
tractors before. It works out real nice. The tractor also steers
easier when it is done.
Q: Do you know the firing
order for a VH4D Wisconsin engine?
A: I looked up the firing order and what I found said
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