1979 Montgomery Ward Lt 16hpbig red montgomery ward
Posted September 12, 2012 - 08:54 PM
Posted September 13, 2012 - 09:48 AM
yeah, i spent about 3-4 years on it, and i hated to see it go, since in my area they are a rare tractor, everyone wants it, but i like it too much, it goes wherever i want it to go. Very loud as well. almost got a V twin for it until i found out the motor mounts are farter appart then the old opposed engines. also at low RPM they tend to rattle. opposed twins seem very well balanced and no rattling.
I have the old wheel weights somewhere, 75 lbs each. It is a real work horse, and after the work is done i take it through mud and whatnot, it doesn't quit, and it's very good on fuel. built like a tank, in a small package.
Posted September 13, 2012 - 10:33 AM
Posted September 13, 2012 - 11:37 AM
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EDIT: I'm thinking of adding a hydro pump underneath on one of the belts, do i can eliminate the old manual lift and that stuff. also thinking about adding a 3 pt hitch on it too maybe.
Another edit: After tinkering, I compiled more info on these LT models. Upon observing the old transaxle next to an old MTD hydrostatic, i noticed how the pulley is in the exact position so it is very well possible to convert to hydrostatic. which eliminates the need for the pump idea.
BTW, i am very impressed by my 17.5. It seems to have endless power, it hasn't given up yet, so i might enter it in the local tractor pulls. I want to show what an old Gilson can do.
Edited by bigredward9, September 13, 2012 - 11:54 AM.
Posted September 13, 2012 - 02:51 PM
Posted September 13, 2012 - 04:45 PM
I should have specified the hydro tranny i mentioned earlier.
It's one of the side pulley models, i just wanted to clarify that so i don't cause any confusion.
Top mounted pulleys won't fit due to the clutch being set the way it is.
I should also mention the transaxle I have if from a newer late 80's wheel horse.
So wheel horse tractors can have parts crossed over easily without mods, exept for reusing the Gilson axles because the wheel horse wasn't wide enough for the bolt holes to line up.
I hope this is helping others who want to get more from their old Gilson/ Ward LT.
As a side note, So far after running it enough, I learned what these tractors can handle. They seem rather flexible compared to most MTDs i've had. Of course that's like comparing apples to oranges. For an aging tractor it's holding it's own, has enormous power, and it seems to do circles around my bro's 16hp ingersoll 4020, and that's hydrostaic with the big tires.
I'm impressed, i didn't expect that 17 to do that good, especially for a 1 banger. I've gone all through it, so if anyone has a similar model and needs help, i think i can help.