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28 years old
Huntington, NY, USA
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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

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Reply rmtalbany
9:11 AM on January 2, 2013 
hi. cool! and hot! i think that equals orange...
i always thought a Gem would be great with a wisconsin twin. is that the original engine or a replacement? if original is that how a lot of them were sold in the usa? do you know what other engines they were fitted with over there?
if the battery is only to run the startermotor, a modern powertool battery would do. they pack a lot of juice into a small unit, should be able to get one to fit in existing toolbox, might have to use a resistor to drop voltage, ask an electrical person. dont know how long it would last on a different charging system.
happy new year Rodney.