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Posted July 17, 2012 - 02:24 PM

I found a 317 that looks like a good price going to look at it. If anyone can give me input on what to look for on this tractor the good or bad. That will help me make my choice.

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 02:36 PM

The 317 is a good tractor. The early models used a Kohler Kt17 Series 1 engine that didn't have a fully pressurized lube system. They would starve for oil if they were used on a side hill. Kohler redid their design and made them with a fully pressurized lube system, but the damage was done for Kohler and the JD317. Lots of them were re-powered by the JD dealers with a "B" or "P" series Onan Twin. I own 3 of them currently, 2 with the Series 2 Kt17 and 1 with the Series 1 engine. I use all of them on a regular basis with no problems.

Here is a thread that I put on here to show the differences between the 2 engines.

http://gardentractor...d-ii-engines/

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 04:40 PM

As usual with any older tractor there are some wear items that can get expensive. Check the motor mounts to make sure they aren't broken or cracked. The hydro and steering linkages are prone to wear, so look for jerky hydro operation, creep in neutral and slack in the steering. The front axle pivots tend to wear and the front wheel bearings. The driveshaft couplers/ujoints and the input shaft of the hydro can get worn from many hours use and also from the motor mounts being bad. Some of this stuff is expensive to repair and if all this stuff is worn it's a sign of a tractor with a lot of hours on it.
Electrically the PTO switch and the clutch coil can be trouble areas.
This may sound like a long list but I had to deal with pretty much all that stuff on my 314. If you can take the time to check over these areas then there shouldn't be too many surprises. They are a strong tractor and make a good worker when put in good shape. Good luck
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Posted July 17, 2012 - 06:29 PM

Well here it is. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1342567731.204998.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1342567740.219098.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1342567748.451880.jpg

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 07:31 PM

Looks like it could use a good cleaning for a start. AG tires and wheel weights are a nice bonus. Keep us posted!

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 09:04 PM

Did you figure out what the engine is yet? Nice Ags and rear wheel weights.

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Posted July 17, 2012 - 09:36 PM

Didn't find out which motor yet. But put new gas line from filter to pump & jump start. And the old Jd came to life. The bad thing I didn't know where engine tag was & I degreased motor when I was done all I have is blank tag. So in morning I will be getting any other numbers & looking to see what I can find. It does still need cleaned more electrical work & rear wheel needs valve stem. Then I got to find a seat. This makes 6!Jds 2-110 a 140, 312, 317, lt133. I think it might be time to sell a couple the 110's are going to go love but hydro's got me now.

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 06:05 AM

Went out got pictures of motor I know it a Koehler 17. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1342609374.817650.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1342609406.426847.jpg
But in second picture what is center dipstick when I start it up it blows out that's what the wire is from.

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 05:40 PM

Still need to find a seat. Any ideas?

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Posted July 18, 2012 - 11:09 PM

Went out got pictures of motor I know it a Koehler 17. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1342609374.817650.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1342609406.426847.jpg
But in second picture what is center dipstick when I start it up it blows out that's what the wire is from.


If you can clean the area up in the first picture, I could see it better, but it looks like it is a Series
"1" engine.

On the oil dip stick blowing out, you need to clean the crank case breather, maybe filled with dirt and not letting the crank case vent.
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Posted July 19, 2012 - 12:40 PM

Ok thanks. Got electrical all fixed cleaned everything now putting back together. Will paint later hope to have more pictures later today.

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Posted July 19, 2012 - 01:49 PM

Here is couple more pictures. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1342723750.532775.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1342723763.397821.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1342723780.024833.jpg

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Posted July 19, 2012 - 02:01 PM

Yes, That is definitely a Series 1 engine, you can see the plug is a threaded plus and it has the bolt on cover on the side of the block.

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Posted July 19, 2012 - 02:01 PM

Check out this thread to see the differences.

http://gardentractor...and-ii-engines/
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Posted July 25, 2012 - 06:31 PM

Well got to mow the yard today ran pretty good hydro needs filter & fluid changed.




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