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#1 DB1 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 02:20 PM

HI Ya'll,
Does anyone have information of the Wonder Boy 500. I would like to know the year it was made. This one does not have a joy stick for steering.
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Posted April 08, 2012 - 04:52 PM

Here are the pictures of the Wonder Boy 500. It has a Briggs and Stratton engine in the rear.
The B&S engine Model # is 142302 Type 502039 Serial # 280771
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Posted April 08, 2012 - 06:09 PM

Changed the recoil and it started right up. It doesn't smoke and runs great. Shakes you up a bit when driving it around. This boy was built to last.

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Posted April 08, 2012 - 08:58 PM

That's a pretty cool little rider you've got! Sorry that I can't help with any info at all, but I wanted to say that it's a great find and keep us posted on what you find out about it.
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Posted April 08, 2012 - 09:40 PM

From the pictures it looks like a model 600 from 1962 or 1963.
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Posted April 09, 2012 - 04:48 AM

DB1,that's a neat looking little machine.
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Posted April 09, 2012 - 05:47 AM

That's a cool little critter. I like the frame. Sharpen the blades and lets see how it mows!
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Posted April 09, 2012 - 07:44 AM

As far as I know, there wasn't a Wonder Boy 500. The first Wonder Boys to have a steering wheel were the 400 and 600. Yours appears to be a Wonder Boy 600, as Kris said. I believe these were built starting in late '61 - '64. Model # (ID #, Product # or Mfg. #) should be 990230 for the rider and 990153 or 990244 for the 32" mowing deck.

Yours looks to be a great candidate for a restore. Congrats.

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Posted April 09, 2012 - 08:18 AM

I stand corrected the emblem is 600 and 990230. The serial number is 6200. So, could it be a 62?
It was so dirty and it is very scuffed up when we hauled it in it looked like a 500.
Thanks achomesteader.

Yes, the blades need sharpened dull as can be.

My son is pleased with his mower. We bought it for him as a project tractor. It is a great one to learn on. It is wonderful to see him turning wrenches instead playing computer games.
Thanks for the replies guys.

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Posted April 09, 2012 - 10:14 AM

The serial number is 6200. So, could it be a 62?


It could be, but as far as I know, no information linking serial numbers to build dates has ever been released by Simplicity. If you contact Simplicity Mfg., I doubt seriously if they could and/or would give you the exact year that your particular Wonder Boy was built.
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Posted April 09, 2012 - 10:25 AM

Thanks, I had a feeling that information was under lock and key by the company. So many of them are cloaked with these garden tractors. It is really that big of secret? I wonder what the reasoning is behind it.

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Posted April 09, 2012 - 11:06 AM

There is a sticker on the lawn mower with 3 patent numbers. Does anyone know how to look up patent numbers? I used to be able to but something changed in the system.
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Posted April 09, 2012 - 05:26 PM

Parts tree has the parts diagram for the 600 at http://www.partstree...onderboy%2C+600

I have a 1957 WonderBoy 4hp model # 990120 with the tiller steering and a 4hp Clinton. I have the set of three manuals that are supposed to cover all of the older rear engine riders. 150 or so total pages so if you need something I can scan the pages you need and send them to you. The attached photo is barn fresh as I got it with a B&S 8hp on it and except for the correct engine and "hood" still looks the same.

There is a good web site that I believe gives the years and I'll keep trying to find it.

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Posted April 09, 2012 - 05:43 PM

Found it http://simpletractor.../simplicity.htm

Not sure about the serial number to years but a lot of info on the simplicity and other tractors/mowers it you click the "home" tab, including Allis-Chalmers, Deutz-Allis, Agco-Allis, AGCO, Massei-Ferguson, Homelite, Wards, J. C. Penny and TECO.

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Posted April 09, 2012 - 06:22 PM

There is a sticker on the lawn mower with 3 patent numbers. Does anyone know how to look up patent numbers?


Here's a link to the Patent office's website: US Patent Office
I believe that you just type your patent number in the search box.
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