First off let me thank everyone here who has contributed information to this site. I've been searching for information for my first SA 200 for the past week or two.
A little background
I aquired a SA 200 from the back of an old welding rig. It was a 1979 Ford F350 in running but not great condition. The welder had not been run for at least 6 months according to the previous owner. The carb was in pieces and all of the wires on the front side of the engine were slightly charred. (six months my butt) He told me that it still turned and that it would start and run if the carb was re-assembled and installed. I took his word.. loaded up that monster, and headed home.
The hard part was trying to refrain from starting it until I got all of the bugs worked out. I didn't want to be throwing money away if this thing was junk. Well Tractor Supply had a carb kit with the needle seat and float bowl gasket. They also had a new sediment cup. (this is still an issue) The one on my machine was less than perfect and I suspect this may be the reason for the burned wires. (gas leaking on a steel deck, you get the idea) I also replaced all of the burned wires, changed oil and filter, flushed cooling system, new battery and battery cables, and changed the fuel filter. I also took the brush covers off (I don't know what they are called) checked for mice, bugs, burned wires, anything that looked strange. Nothing looked out of place so here goes nothing.
I pulled the choke, poked the start button and away she went. I checked the outlet and nothing, welding cables, nothing. Remembered seing something about them sitting for to long that they loose the magnetic field. Tryed that, OK now the grinder goes but no weld. Flipped what I think is a remote selector switch and now she welds. Beleive it or not the auto throttle works as it should.
1 What pressure radiator cap does it use . Mine is junk
2 how can I figure out what year it is. There are no #'s on the face plate other than SA 200 F163
I think its between 1973-1979 because the lugs are bent toward each other.
3 Hrs between oil changes?
4 why was the radiator covered I mean CLOGGED with what looks like oil residue. Crankcase breather? front seal? is there known problem with this?
I have already ordered the CD from weldmart.
Any help would be appreciated and I"ll get some pictures up when my camera comes home.