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Sears Suburban 12. Restore Or Part Out?


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#1 VaridriveGT14 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 05:59 PM

Here is my 1966 Sears suburban 12. the engine is blown but what do you guys think? should i restore it and try to find an engine? or part it out on ebay or through the forums?? let me know what you think?

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 06:05 PM

Well that tractor looks to be in pretty good shape, looks like it's all there and not beat up at all so I say RESTORE it.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 06:11 PM

I agree restore it, somebody will have an engine for it.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 06:16 PM

If I were you I would find a motor and restore it !!! But if you happen to part it out I would be interested in starter/generator !!! :)

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 06:29 PM

A lot of the answer depends on you. How much does this tractor mean to you? Do you enjoy tinkering and bringing old machinery back to life? If you are looking for an enjoyable project with a tangible payoff, then go ahead and restore it. You might not have to find an exact replacement engine. I think I would make a decision about the engine first, get that in hand and then start the restoration.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 06:52 PM

Howard, you said it right there. Varidrive, it all hinges on you and what you want to do! If you don't have much in it and can afford a different engine, then I would get it running again.

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 06:55 PM

Restore it for sure, looks to be in awesome condition!

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Posted April 07, 2012 - 08:00 PM

I'm a little partial to Sears, so my vote is a little biased, but I say the old girl deserves a transplant. Not many made with the flat fenders and it looks to be pretty complete minus the ticker.

Thanks for the pics. BTW, it must've had a snowblower on it at one time or another, missing the little grill piece where the belt went and the chute adjusting handle support is still on it.

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 06:20 AM

I'm biased to begin with. I like to see them restored and that one looks like a good candidate.

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Posted April 10, 2012 - 06:00 AM

Well thanks for all the input! .i wanted to restore it myself. just wanted to see what the forum thought! im currently restoring my 1978 Sears GT14 so this girl will have to wait till shes done. but i have decided she will be next! i cant stand to see an old girl get crushed/scrapped/parted/or just rot in my yard. so she will be the next project
there has got to be a good HH120 Tecumseh out there for her. im old school and i dont belive in repowering with a chinese harbor freight engine.just not my style and im not gonna go into an argument of the benifits of cheap harbor frieght engine. i dont like em.anyways thanks to everyone!

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Posted April 10, 2012 - 06:15 AM

MH81 you asked if it had a snowblower it did! i have 2 of them . the guy i bought it from said his kid blew it up snowblowing. probly didnt chek the oil cause the crank is scored. hopefully this machine will power the snowblower again! that is if we ever get snow again!!
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Posted April 10, 2012 - 06:23 AM

here are the snowblowers

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Posted April 10, 2012 - 11:06 AM

I'm glad you decided to find a new engine. With two snow blowers, you certainly will have a great unit. I'm sure winter will make up for it's shortcomings this year. Good luck on the restore.

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Posted April 10, 2012 - 11:13 AM

...there has got to be a good HH120 Tecumseh out there for her.


MH81 you asked if it had a snowblower it did! i have 2 of them .


Boy, I wish we lived a little closer... We might have been able to do a little horse trading. :D

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Posted April 11, 2012 - 04:52 AM

haha haa sounds like u would love to trade a blower for an engine??? too bad i was in philly last oct...we could have found some common ground