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#1 olcowhand ONLINE  

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Posted November 28, 2012 - 07:04 PM

This was in the ebay/craigslist forum, but being it's now in it's new home at my place, I figured to start a thread about it here. I bought this for just $200, and had it in my mind to buy for parts. Some to keep, and some to sell to cover the purchase price. I can use many of it's parts in other project tractors and was my intentions. The seller said engine had issues, so I figured the engine wouldn't be worth investing money into. However, that was not the case, because as soon as I fired her up, it was easy to see the dead cylinder was blowing fuel back out the carb. I first thought stuck intake valve, but then see one of the air filter plate's screws was missing. I pulled the head off the dead side & as I figured, found the screw under the intake valve. Thank goodness the valve nor the seat suffered any damage at all. The screw threads were smoothed down well, but nothing more.

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Since taking these pics, I robbed the battery from my JD212 &put in it so I could drive it. The hydro works smooth & strong. The only thing I can see that doesn't work is the parking brake lock. Everything else works, but still some things need tweaking, but nothing major...adjusting brakes, replacing spring on deck height lock, etc.
So now I have to decide what to do, as I almost hoped something would make it easy to part it out. But it runs so well, just needing the carb cleaned as it surges some. I also mowed a half hour or so with it, and she mows very nice. PTO clutch works perfectly, even the pto indicator light, as well as all other gauges/lights. I just hate to part something that works so well. I'm in no hurry, so I'll figure it out sooner or later.
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 07:18 PM

That's a solid looking outfit Daniel. It does sound too good to part out. Maybe you could spruce it up a bit and re sell it if you don't have a use for it.
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 07:19 PM

Wow! That is what I call a great deal! Glad it worked out for you Daniel!
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 07:51 PM

Awesome on the fix. Glad it is running well for you. I'd see about making a few bucks off it myself. Looks too good to part out.
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 07:54 PM

You MOWED with it?? A bit warmer your way?? I hate when people take really nice tractors of all sizes and just tear them down for parts and bigger money. My opinion is to clean it up and keep it. You CAN keep it up here at my place if no room for it at yours. Course the Wife's car would have to sit outside, but She won't mind! :smilewink:
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 08:30 PM

I seen one of those GT's today on a trailer along with a Farmall Cub....the guy driving the truck had quite the smile on his face like he just stole somethin....how odd I see one again here...
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 08:55 PM

That is the same reason I was able to purchase mine for cheap. People take those screws out to work on the carb and don't use Locktite on them when they put them back in. Mine was lodged under the exhaust valve on the right hand cylinder. Like you there was no damage. There is one thing I will warn you about on that series of tractors. The rear drive shaft universal joint tends to not get lubricated because it is under the tunnel. If it gets too bad the input shaft on the Hydro takes a real beating.
My wife's two cousins are addicted to those SunStars. They have two with loaders and one is being converted to a Kubota diesel as this is written. Sounds like he will be able to complete the project with out modifying the hood. Plus another that they mow with. These are spread out over three locations so it's not as bad as it sounds.
I gave mine to my Son and he has been using it for two years now with a loader and it still runs fine. In the winter he mounts a snow blower on it.
It will be interesting to see what you decide to do with it. Hope you have a big fuel tank somewhere. :smilewink:
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 08:58 PM

Thanks Chris, I'll take the cover off & lube that joint asap! So these Magnum 20's like gasoline like the Onan's huh?
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 09:08 PM

Congratulations Daniel, another fine score. I'm glad it was nothing serious. It's too nice to part out. Take your time deciding what to do with it, it might grow on you.
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 09:12 PM

I don't know anything about Simplicity Sunstars but I think you lucked out on this one with the easy fix on the engine.
Today you paid yourself by using your knowledge.
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Posted November 28, 2012 - 09:16 PM

So these Magnum 20's like gasoline like the Onan's huh?

Let's put it this way, I can't sell them fast enough when I get one in a tractor. Have one out there right now with only 400 hours that runs beautiful I would sell for $450.00 because my gas cans aren't big enough. Those Sunstar's seem to bring good money on the market so I see no reason why you couldn't more than triple your money.
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Posted November 29, 2012 - 04:53 AM

Looks like Christmas came early to you Daniel! Congrats!

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 05:16 AM

Congrats Daniel,nice one.

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 05:17 AM

Sounds like you ended up with a better deal than you 1st thought.
Keep it in 1 piece, use it, and if the right person comes along and has to have it, make them a good deal!

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Posted November 29, 2012 - 05:22 AM

You might find something you want/need and could use it in a trade, too.




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