I bought the 1220 in the Summer of 1997 with
the original Tecumseh HH-120 engine.
As it need major repair, the parts was hard to
find and expensive, I began to look for a more
In the summer of 1999, I found was a twin
16 HP B&S (opposite cylinders) in fair shape.
The engine has an one inch crankshaft drive and
can be fitted inside the small tractor with some
adjustement. The installation need lot of fitting;
I had to move the hood up and forward to make
enough space, built two plates to fix the engine
on the frame, used plumbing pipes for the muffler
and the most delicate parts, install a small plastic
gas tank between the engine and the battery with
two heat shield level between the exhaust pipes
and the tank. This last part of the story kept
me always worried even the fact the tank was in
plastic and the two heat shields.
In the Summer of 2000, I was lucky to find
an used Honda GX-390 13 HP engine for $300 CAN.
The four years old engine has an electric
start, a new piston, an 1" shaft and ran
as a new.