Never owned a JD, but always admired the older ones; and when this showed up for sale nearby, I stopped to see. Lady knew nothing about it; just getting rid of some of her late husbands toys; so I gladly took it off her hands.
It starts easily, and due to the straight exhaust system it sounds awesome...Everything seems to function properly; hydraulics front & rear; with front lift blade & 3pt rear.
I want to change the fluids, filters & plugs, can do nothing until I find out what motor I have. I have not been able to find a motor # visible anywhere on the engine.
I'm beginning to think that it has been re-powered and was being converted to a pulling tractor. I don't know what he did with the deck, as it is not on the property; don't know why he has traction tires on the front end, now why he has a foot operated throttle (see photo) that works independent to the regular throttle.
It appears to have a oil filter (photo) off right side of engine; yet I find no mention of a 317 with oil filter, and some of the other engine components do not match the photos of other 317 engines found on line.
Look these photos over; give it a little thought; and help me figure out what the hell I have bought.
Edited by Texas Deere and Horse, January 30, 2012 - 09:20 PM.