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#1 El Exorcisto OFFLINE  

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 08:49 PM

Up til now my Craftsman push mower has worked in a pinch, mainly because I can't bear the thought of laying out a mound of cash on a lawn tractor. On the way home from my grandfather's the other night my dad and I drove past an 80s era GT 18 twin parked at the road side with a "FREE" sign next to it.

It didn't start so we grunted it up the ramps and gave it a once over in the morning. After a new battery, a new piece of gas line, and a new drive belt I have my first lawn tractor. I have the deck, it was just off for the pic (while I was screwing with drive belt tension). From here it needs a new air cleaner, new oil, and a new deck belt before spring. All told maybe $100 invested for a mechanically "like new" GT. I'm really, really happy.

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Edited by El Exorcisto, October 24, 2012 - 08:50 PM.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 08:54 PM

Definitely the best kind :rocker2: I am not familiar with those tractors, does that have a Briggs twin or Kohler?
Looks like it should serve you well. :thumbs:

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 09:01 PM

It has the Briggs opposed twin. I'm probably bringing it home tomorrow and knocking my lawn down for the last time this year. I've got a pretty heavy leaf cover to chop up, too. I can't wait.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 09:03 PM

Best kind of tractor... Free.
Looks to be in pretty nice shape.

Congrats on the LT and on trading exercise for seat time. :thumbs:

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 09:06 PM

Congrats. Great find with a great cost. Are these vertical or horizontal engines?

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 09:25 PM

Free is always the best price. Congratulations on a great find. :thumbs:

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 09:43 PM

wow that is a great find. Those are great engines.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 09:59 PM

Great find, and lot's of life left in it by the look of things. We have a Central Park ( MTD build) around here with a Vertical 18 hp Briggs, works great.

Good luck with it, and have fun chopping leaves into little bits. :-)

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 10:03 PM

Great score there, that is a stout machine that can do all sorts of things, I havent broke mine yet, and I have abused it lol

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 11:06 PM

It's a horizontal engine with pulleys on both ends of the crank. It'll live an easy life owing the lawn, I have a 1946 Case VAC that should be about stitched up by the time I need something to do real tractor work. My David Bradley two wheeler will handle all the ground engagement and snow removal til then, anyway.

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 04:09 AM

Congrats....hate to :deadhorse: , but everyone has said it right....FREE is the best. Looks pretty mean which I like.

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 04:36 AM

I've said it before,and I'll say it again.Free is almost always a good thing.

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 04:54 AM

That's a great tractor you have there. Free is a good thing! It sometimes pays to drive the long way home , you never know what you might find!

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Posted October 25, 2012 - 05:49 AM

Have you got a model # for it (under the seat)? That is like the one I just bought for $30. Those are tough GT's with the 6-speed tranny! Good luck with it!

Edit: Can you get a good shot of the Orange stripe on the side of the hood? I hope to clone that stripe with paint, but a good pic of it would sure help lay out the tape.

Edited by KennyP, October 25, 2012 - 07:13 AM.
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Posted October 25, 2012 - 09:00 AM

Great score there. The Briggs Twin is certainly worth something, as they are a good engine. Have fun with it, the experience is priceless!




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