Joined Nov 11 2012
27 years old
Huntington, NY, USA
I am 23 years old, and have a passion for older machinery.
When I saw a Howard Gem come up for auction nearby I had to have it.
I bought this 1973 Howard Gem (Series V) G24 from a fellow named Roger who was the original owner. He used this tiller from the date of purchase to till his 15 acres of land four times a year up until 2008 when I bought it from him. Roger was 94 years old at the time of purchase and was rather surprised to see a young fellow like me buy it from him.
I went through the engine, 18.2hp Wisconsin TJD, rebuilt the carburetor, adjusted the valves ported the intake manifold, glass bead blasted the head, and installed a new flywheel fitted with a ring gear and 25 amp stator. I fitted a starter motor to this unit, but have yet to wire up a permanent battery to my gem. I am thinking of making an identical tool box for the left side rock guard to house the battery???
I love this machine and have recently purchased a second 24" gem powered by an 810cc Howard twin cylinder engine.
I have videos of my Howard Gem's on youtube. My youtube username is screaminjimmy6V53T
Christopher Kouttron in NY, USA