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Coldwell Mower with Fuller & Johnson engine

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Old 06-08-2005, 01:21:14 AM
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Well I am servicing out my Coldwell Mower getting ready for the Columbus Nebraska Gas Engine show this weekend and I got some questions. It is water cooled and I drained it all last fall. Is there any reason I can't use antifreeze in the radiator?
It appears the only lubrication for the engine is from the drip oiler (dual dripper) one line to the cylinder and another to the main bearing. No way to put oil in the crankcase just a drain to drain off the excess oil and gas in the crankcase. What kind of oil and weight should I use in the dripper? How many drips per minute? Any other tips to pass along?
I just got it last year on an estate auction and realize now I don't know much about it. Any help would be appreciated.
Steve in Nebraska
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Default Re: Coldwell Mower with Fuller & Johnson engine

The manual says to use a good medium weight oil. Fill both oilers and set them for 15 drops per min. Open crankcase drain every 5hrs, no oil is added to the case.

Get yourself a manual for the ColdWell Model "L" Motor Lawn Mower. It covers all instructions, repair and adjustment. Verne Kindschi used to sell them but believe Starbolt took over all his repro literature so try them.

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Steve, the only problem with anti freeze is that it will damage the paint if it splashes or spills on it. That is with eythylene gycol. do the safer thing. If you must use anti freeze use R V antifreeze. It will hold as low as regular glycol base without the paint damage. I hope this will help a little, good luck in a good hobby. Joe Morris`
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