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Posted June 10, 2012 - 05:05 PM

Claimed to be a one year run, then a change of name...

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Posted June 10, 2012 - 05:21 PM

Cool tractor! Looks like it is built like a tank! So they were green before they were yellow, huh?

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Posted June 10, 2012 - 06:26 PM

Looks like its been on pimp my Garden Tractor a long time ago, don't know about the story
maybe one of the Simplicity guys can chime in I believe some changes have been made

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Posted June 10, 2012 - 10:53 PM

Based on what I've learned here, I'm guessing the year might be right.
The gear shift lever is straight. Later models where bent/angled.
Steering wheel is wrong - but the height appears to be short - again an early model.

The muffler is wrong - expected it to be fat/stubby soup can.

The foot rests should be pegs.

The lights might be original.

Can say anything about the paint colour. Expected red, but leaving the possibility open for an earlier colour.

The 10hp briggs looks like a transplant - expected a model 19 briggs (about 7hp).

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Posted June 10, 2012 - 11:01 PM

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(Mfr. No. for Model 700 -- 990169)

» Ground-hugging stability
» Smooth, efficient power flow; three convenient power take-off points
» 3-to-1 steering ratio assures sharp turning, handling ease
» Full 7-hp, 4-cycle Briggs & Stratton engine
» Conveniently located gearshift lever
» Single pedal clutch and brake control
» Easy-lift control lever for attachments
» Foam rubber seat with back rest for driver comfort
» Engine heat is blown away from operator
» Lo-tone muffler

Handles Jobs by the Acre...
Faster... Safer... More Efficiently
No other small riding tractor on the market today offers so many advantages as the Simplicity "700." This smart looking, fast-moving tractor zips through garden and lawn tasks with ease. Saves time, money, labor ... and tempers, too.
Here's easy-to-use power for preparing seed beds, cultivating garden plots, maintaining that luxurious "carpet" look in lawns, whisking snow from sidewalks and drives.
POWER and EFFICIENCY ... outstanding features of the Simplicity "700." a modern, rugged machine manufactured by a company famed for quality lawn and garden equipment.

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Posted June 10, 2012 - 11:03 PM

The Wonder Boy was a rear engine rider.

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(Mfr. No. for Model 575 -- 990154)

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Posted June 11, 2012 - 04:54 AM

If that paint didn't have so much patina, I'd say it was owned by someone who wanted a John Deere... Interesting that he was so specific about the name, age, etc when it's in conflict with Simplicity literature.

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Posted June 11, 2012 - 05:07 AM

Simplicity's first 4 wheel garden tractor model was the Wonder Boy 700. The model name was later changed to 700 to avoid confusion with the Wonder Boy rear engine riders. The tractor in the craigslist ad appears to be a Wonder Boy 700.

Below are two pics showing the different emblems from the Wonder Boy 700 and the 700 tractors. The green paint on the second emblem is not original.

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Posted June 12, 2012 - 12:26 PM

He's had that for sale for a few months now but the newest reposts are the first time I've noticed prices.
Search Harrisburg CL for his phone number and you'll see several GTs including a restored Moto-mow and a Springfield 36.
His prices don't seem too awful bad. The Springfield is tempting at $125.

The guy was a bit curt when I called him, though. I originally saw his Moto-mow ad which mentioned having other GTs for sale so I called him to see what else was available. Instead of just telling me what and how much he told me to search CL. I did find the other ads but without pricing they didn't do much good. You would think since he had me on the line he could at least talk about them.
Oh well.