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#1 motobreeder ONLINE  

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Posted January 28, 2012 - 11:24 PM

Picked up a sears SS/16. This thing is a brute.

The 16hp Onan is HUGE.

These pictures are from the ad:
sears ss-16 left side.jpg
The yellow "shell" is a wooden block holding the hood off the battery.

My son took one look at it and declared it as his.

A few things to work out:
On idle the engine surges or hunts. Reading, it sounds like an air leak after the carb.
Need to investigate a ticking sound.
There's a mouse nest beside the carb. - see if runs better without it.

Eventually, I want to find a mower and set this up to cut grass.

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Posted January 28, 2012 - 11:41 PM

Nice catch. Good luck with your work.

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Posted January 28, 2012 - 11:48 PM

Nice looking tractor. A bigger Suburban is on my want list. That will make a great mower for you too.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 12:11 AM

Does that say CF TUG on the sides?

Canadian Forces?

Looks like a military paint job.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 01:43 AM

I'm curious, but CF-TUG was hand-written. I'd expect the CF to include an asset number.
Paint was done using a spray can - there's plenty of over-spray.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 05:16 AM

Looks like a pretty good tractor.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 05:28 AM

These old onans are amazing. It's hard to really work one unless you add several hundred pounds to try to get enough traction. I have a 16/6, pulling some logs for firewood this past summer/fall, I'd traction out and the engine never even grunted.

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Posted January 29, 2012 - 09:20 AM

Great find.

I am picking up one the end of February that was advertised here. Hope it looks at least as good as yours.

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Posted February 05, 2012 - 02:00 AM

Nice machine, 1973-74 model. The first two numbers in the engine serial number will give you the year.
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Posted February 05, 2012 - 08:46 PM

Just ran out to the garage - the first 6 digits of the engine serial number are: 067366.....

Funny thing. I started the tractor to warm up the oil before changing. As I had posted earlier, on idle the engine was hunting quite a bit.

Changed the oil and removed a large squirrels nest. Now it idles as smooth as silk.?!? Not sure what I did - but I'll take it.

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Posted February 08, 2012 - 10:10 PM

That is a 1973 engine. Tractor was most likely made in 1973 as well. I would spend $18 on a brass float for the carburetor, preventive maintenance. Found here: Onan Engine Caburetor BRASS CARBURETOR FLOAT 146-0380 B | eBay
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Posted March 16, 2012 - 03:32 PM

Called the local Cummins/Onan dealer for a carb kit and float. Good thing I was sitting.

Carb kit: $170.70

Float: $134.50

I see no justification for that kind of pricing. I highly doubt the parts cost 1% of that to make.

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Posted March 17, 2012 - 06:06 AM

Try here:
http://www.gphope.com/store/31
I've gotten a few things from him. Great service and decent prices.
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Posted March 17, 2012 - 11:11 PM

Running the SS/16 around the yard and ran out of gas. After re-filling, it wouldn't run - the float was plugged. Pulled the top off the carb and cleaned out the needle and seat.

While I was there, I decided to try adjusting the low-speed jet. It was bottomed out. Twisted it out a couple turns and the hunting at idle problem has gone away completely. Nice to know that problem's solved.

Put in new plugs - Champion H10C. Hopefully that's correct.

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Posted March 18, 2012 - 07:12 AM

Great find! I love the older ones!




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