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#1 VSTROM803 OFFLINE  

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Posted July 03, 2012 - 09:45 AM

Hello, I have a 917.57562 and was wondering if the engine that is mounted came on it. The eng model # is 500 306281 and the serial # is 1502936. This was an economy model tractor with no hood. The gas tank is monted above the stater rope side.
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Posted July 03, 2012 - 12:58 PM

The 106022 is thought to be the correct engine for a 62 tractor, however you do see some with a 106024 engine whiich is more commonly found on roto-spaders. Someplace out there is a list that converts the sears 500 number to briggs ones, but i dont know where any more.

This tractor was featured in the 53' sale brochure as "good" , in the theme good,better,best. It came out with a spring clutch, no hood, no handle grips, fuel tank mounted on the engine, and was sold for a few dollars less than the 51 model(better) and the 560 super power model(best). The 51 and 62 units used a model 6 briggs, and the 560 used a model 8 briggs. There was also the model 561 in which the early ones used a AU7, then went with an AU8 Continetal engine.

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Posted July 04, 2012 - 05:37 AM

The owner said it was the original but, after 60 years it can sometimes become he said she said info. Everything else seems correct though. It still has the two groove pulley with the wide belt drive between them. I don't know if DB started their serial #'s with 1 or 100. This one is #101 so I guess this model came off the line pretty early.

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Posted July 04, 2012 - 10:21 AM

Your tractor, nor any DB carries a serial #. The factory used a series #. The differance being you cant track the build date of a model. The series numbers works like this. They start at 100 and go to someplace in the 300's on most tractors. A 101 would be early in the production. The tractors were built in batches of an unknown number of units, several times during the yr. No one knowns how many tractors were ever built total, but say the batch contained 10 units, then the next one contained50 units. Each batch would be a differnt series number. A great amount of research has been done on this over the yrs, numbers collected, but they were never able to tell when a tractor was built or how many of them.

I've had some interesting ones here over the yrs. One time i had a 51 model and a 560 model that both carried a 235 series number. The last time i parted out a 51, its series was 120, and by puilling the flywheel off the engine i found it was a 1946 model. So by this we could quess that all the series numbers below 120 were built in 1946/47.

There are a number of poeple out there collecting series, and later serial numbers on DB items like the Tri-Trac, the Suburbans, and at least one guy is doing all the walk-behind units. It could take yrs to come up with a complete pattern of the models.
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Posted July 05, 2012 - 05:28 AM

Seems like a mystery. I have a lot to learn. I do enjoy finding these little tractors, getting them going for service and talking to the folks that have them. This is more fun than the history classes I had in high school.

I guess the motor I have on this tractor is not the original but, I'm not sure.

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Posted July 05, 2012 - 01:11 PM

Most of these don't have the original motors. They didn't have a lot of power when new a lot of these got repowered.

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Posted July 06, 2012 - 04:12 AM

I found the Sears/Briggs conversion chart. (http://www.oldengine...ype_numbers.htm) According to that the engine that is mounted is a Model N. This engine may have been robbed from another sears product.
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