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Old 10-02-2017, 11:58 PM   #661 (permalink)
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Cool project. I bought the magazine in '82 but never built a Centurion. You are getting some amazing mileage with 35 year old technology.

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Old 10-07-2017, 09:48 PM   #662 (permalink)
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Replacing the Original Centurion's water pump.
The original water pump is externally mounted on this Kubota D750.
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This particular early Kubota D750 was thermosiphon cooling which would not have been adequate for this application. So, to address this, R.Q. Riley added a water pump and thermostat.
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The water pump itself is still relatively cheap if purchased brand new (under $25 USD). And the thermostat is about another $7.
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In the last photo you can also see a new oil filter (it's red). While the water pump was off, I replaced the original Kubota oil filter.
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Another project done.
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Old 10-08-2017, 04:14 AM   #663 (permalink)
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Interesting. I'd better confirm my D905 doesn't have such a water pump setup...
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Interesting. I'd better confirm my D905 doesn't have such a water pump setup...
You should be ok - this thermosiphon setup was found on early Kubota engines. They have since included standard style water pumps on these engines.
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Replacing the original Centurion's radiator.
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Due to age and debris in the cooling system, the original radiator was in need of a replacement. Replacement radiators are more like "close approximate matches" which is good enough.
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With the new radiator in a test run was in order. No leaks and the little Kubota runs supreme!
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Addressing the original Centurion's charging system.
Somewhere along the line, the wires connecting original Kubota dynamo to the rest of the car's electrical system were removed.
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In the hunt for these wires, it was also noted that the dynamo's voltage regulator was also missing.
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Using Kubota's factory wiring diagram, it was fairly easy to make a new wiring whip and connect it with the new voltage regulator.
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The story continues....
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-Centurion's oil filter-
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In the previous posts, the external water pump (and hardware) was removed for replacement. During this time it was discovered the original oil filter was still intact. With this easy access replacement of the original Kubota oil filter was next on the list but it was not without it's own little challenge!
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The auto parts store had a valid part number for a Fram oil filter replacement. Next to the original Kubota filter there is a small height difference - but it's enough to cause a problem - once installed, the filter contacts the shock tower.
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Back to the auto parts and this time I brought the original filter and spent some time comparing it to the ones on the shelf.
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Luckily a cheap Purolator was stocked and fit perfectly!
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New oil and filter... onward ho!
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