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#1 JDBrian OFFLINE  

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 07:34 PM

Picked this old 317 up the other day. It's got a lot of issues. The price was great and I finally found an honest seller who would wait for a few hours for me to get there. He told me that he had many emails about this tractor but made them all wait.
It's rough but also has a few new parts. Drive shaft was replaced recently, PTO clutch- entire clutch unit not just coil, stator, battery, ignition switch, voltage regulator and tie rod ends that I can see. It's got a lot of problems as well, too many to list, but that steering wheel is the worst, I think. The metal wheel is welded onto what looks like the steel centre of a wheel that fits a Ross steering gear. It's on there tight and because of the shape of the wheel spokes you cannot get a 2 or 3 arm puller onto it. I'll go into some of the other stuff as I deal with it. Some of it is easy fixes and others not so. I like the old 300 series tractors and this one will be a challenge to put back in shape.


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Posted September 04, 2012 - 07:48 PM

Are those pine needles int there? The air filter has got to be full if theres that much in the compartment

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 07:50 PM

I am hoping for a cheap 317 myself. Great find! Perfect candidate for a re-power. :smilewink:
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Posted September 04, 2012 - 07:52 PM

It's grass. This thing was totally filthy and the engine compartment was full of oil. There was no screen on the belly or on the flywheel so it was eating all kinds of stuff. I found the remains of a plastic bag melted into the cylinder cooling fins.
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Posted September 04, 2012 - 07:57 PM

I am hoping for a cheap 317 myself. Great find! Perfect candidate for a re-power. :smilewink:

This is a 1979 and a series 1 engine. The engine was "rebuilt" about 10 years ago. I have no idea what that involved. It starts easy and puffs a bit of smoke for a few seconds if it's been sitting for a while. It seemed to be running rich as well. After I trailered it home, about an hours drive, it started right up and didn't smoke at all. I'm hoping the engine will last a while before I need to re- power it.

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Posted September 04, 2012 - 08:04 PM

That looks like a decent tractor Brian! Glad that you found an honest seller, there are a few still out there! Hopefully you will get it back in tip top shape...or are you going to use it for parts?
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Posted September 04, 2012 - 08:06 PM

Congrats I do enjoy mine when I use it.
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Posted September 04, 2012 - 10:26 PM

We have 3 of them and love them. Very good GT's, you are going to enjoy it. :thumbs:
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Posted September 04, 2012 - 10:39 PM

Nice 317 love mine. Here is what it looked like when I got it. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1346816242.160575.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1346816259.001143.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1346816275.183049.jpg
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Posted September 04, 2012 - 10:48 PM

Oil everywhere the po must have used a quart every time he mowed. But got it looking and running much better, still need side panelsImageUploadedByTapatalk1346816871.838267.jpg

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Posted September 05, 2012 - 03:21 AM

Congrats, Brian. Looks to have potential. It has found a home where the TLC will flow. Good luck with it!

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Posted September 05, 2012 - 04:24 AM

Congratulations Brian,it looks good.
I once bought a Bolens with the same steering wheel.LOL
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Posted September 05, 2012 - 05:52 AM

Nice 317 love mine. Here is what it looked like when I got it.


I remember when you got your 317. I wish I had those AG's for mine!
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Posted September 05, 2012 - 06:09 AM

The ag's make a big difference to me my yard is not flat & in winter most everything I have to plow is up hill. Can't wait to try it out.

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Posted September 05, 2012 - 06:13 AM

Oil everywhere the po must have used a quart every time he mowed. But got it looking and running much better, still need side panelsImageUploadedByTapatalk1346816871.838267.jpg


I was trying to figure out where all the oil came from. The air cleaner is soaked but the breather does not connect to the filter can like the single cyl. K series. I was going to service the breather but the shield over the exhaust manifold has to come off and 1 manifold stud is holding the clamp with the vent pipe. The nut is frozen so I'm guessing the breather hasn't been serviced for ages. On the other side one of the manifold nuts is not even tightened. It's frozen in place also. Like I said it's got some problems LOL! So how is all the oil getting in there. I took the top off the oil fill port and someone had gouged a gap in the gasket which is then acting as a crankcase vent. That's probably how the oil is getting on the top of the motor. It's like detective work trying to figure out what has happened in a tractors past.


Congrats, Brian. Looks to have potential. It has found a home where the TLC will flow. Good luck with it!



Oh, it needs TLC alright. I like a challenge Kenny. It's like in that old James Taylor song -Handy Man - only for tractors - "I fix broken parts, I know that I truly can"!
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