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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted November 18, 2012 - 08:08 PM

I went over to a gents house today to pick up my new to me ST16. It's been parked outside for the last 3 years (when they couldn't get it to start - again) and it has been hidden from traffic for all that time by the motor home. He decided to move the motor home over and the next day, I was driving by. Guess what caught my eye? :D

While I am unable to say what I payed for the package on the grounds I may incriminate myself and my wife can use it as evidence against me, I will say it was fair in both directions.

In the package:
ST16 Group (Custom).JPG
1973 ST16 Sears with the 16Hp OHV Tecumseh
39" Snow Blower (not used much)
42" Mower deck (savable, probably could be used right now)
Manuals for the Tractor, Engine, Blower, and mower.
The 1973 Sears Ranch Living catalog that it was ordered from.

I think I may have found why they said it wasnt running right, then just quit...
This is funny looking gas:
Gas (Custom).JPG

and this is what the carb looks like because of said "gas"
Carb 1 (Custom).JPG Carb 2 (Custom).JPG

What I wiped off the float with my finger.
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They said they had problems with water in the gas for years and decided to put in a bowl to try to combat the problem. Obviously done by master plumbers :smilewink:
Gas Line (Custom).JPG

I had it running on gas with the choke on after a rudimentary "On the tractor" cleanup.


Like my temporary Gas Tank? :loosing_it:

I'm just going to hit my knees tonight and thank my maker that the engine had spark. :beerchug:

He has another tractor he wants to sell me... We'll see after another paycheck or two, he said he'd keep it for a few weeks.

As for the hauling, Ryan was invaluable to his decrepit old man. I almost didn't even need to be there :D
Thanks son, I would've had a tough time without you.


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Posted November 18, 2012 - 09:01 PM

That pic of the carb opened reminds of the mechanic's line: "Here's your problem, right here."

I guess that solves the argument on whether a small engine will run on goat piss or not.

Edited by Cat385B, November 18, 2012 - 09:02 PM.

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Posted November 18, 2012 - 09:18 PM

That pic of the carb opened reminds of the mechanic's line: "Here's your problem, right here."

I guess that solves the argument on whether a small engine will run on goat piss or not.

Thanks! Now I have to clean the coffee off my computer screen! :bigrofl:
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Posted November 18, 2012 - 09:24 PM

Congrats!! That looks like a great haul!

That carb sure looks interesting! Is that spaghetti sauce on the float? Also could you save that Orange paint in the jar for me? It looks close to Jacobsen Orange.

Oh yea I almost forgot! I love the fuel system plumbing! I would add a guard though! I would hate to see you snag that sediment bowl on a branch and ruin such a fine plumbing job! :D
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Posted November 18, 2012 - 09:25 PM

Sounds good for something that's being sitting around for 3yrs doing nothing. Good Stuff. :thumbs:

Can you do a build thread on the fuel line, how much you want for it?
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Posted November 18, 2012 - 09:56 PM

Sounds nice. Just think what it will sound like with a good off the tractor carb cleaning,
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Posted November 19, 2012 - 04:48 AM

Nice score. Time for the lemon juice bath on that carb. I think the plumbing job is a 'one-of-a-kind', better save it.
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Posted November 19, 2012 - 05:34 AM

Alan,nice purchase,congrats.
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Posted November 19, 2012 - 06:20 AM

Nice find! The tecumseh having spark is a wonderful thing! That tractor is a real workhorse, the snowblower is a good attachment for it. Hard to find too.
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Posted November 19, 2012 - 07:39 AM

Nice find Alan. I'm amazed that the engine would run at all given the gunk that must have been in the carb. It looks like they used the gas tank to clean their paint brushes.
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Posted November 19, 2012 - 10:25 AM

Congrats Alan.That engine sounds good.
You'll have all dialed in in no time at all.
That fuel line setup, looks like a kindergarden project. Yep, you need to hang that on the wall in the shop.
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Posted November 20, 2012 - 08:30 AM

Great find Alan! That snow blower should see some use up in your neck of the woods. I'll bet you'll have that thing purring and ready for plow day by the spring.
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Posted November 21, 2012 - 08:48 PM

Last night I boiled the carb in Vinegar. Ewww, that was nasty, but it worked. With minimal washing and scrubbing afterwards, it was a passable carb again. Spent some extra time triple checking all the little ports and blowing them out with air, then carb cleaner, then air again.


This is about a third of what I tried to strain to show you...

PICT0025.JPG

the first two were epic failures involving coffee filters. Don't ask, but my counter smelled like old gas and fair french fries for a while last night.


Tonight, I had an errand to run up at the farm, so I took the carb with me. Put it on and after a little cranking and fooling around with the jets, I took it for a drive with a temporary Gas Tank.

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Man is that engine smooth. I still have to find a decent gas tank or get this one cleaned out (if I can) and replace the light switch, then I can get on some minor cosmetic stuff. So far, I am very happy with my latest find.



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Posted November 21, 2012 - 08:55 PM

That's great to hear, that you're getting time to work on your stuff, and it's turning out to be a winner. :thumbs:

That sure is a lot of crap, that came outta the carb.
You shouldn't have to do a really super good job on the tank cleaning job.
There's enough room in that fuel line setup, to put in about 6 more inline filters. :rolling:
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Posted November 21, 2012 - 09:19 PM

Will that old gas even burn? That is nasty.


Nice tractor.





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