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#16 superaben OFFLINE  

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:58 AM

That tractor looks like a tank.  Sounds like a great score!!

 

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 08:41 AM

Wow, you're fast!!!

neat little tractor. Seeing your other restores, this should be a nice tractor when you're done.


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 10:02 AM

There isnt much to this little tractor. Came apart quick with no broken hardware.

This will be restoration #3.

Wow, you're fast!!!

neat little tractor. Seeing your other restores, this should be a nice tractor when you're done.



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Posted March 26, 2013 - 11:23 PM

I do not know the exact year, but early 60's as Motomow bought Porter Cable outdoor products in the mid 60's.

 

I believe the purchase was in 1959 (or 1960?).  Moto-mower continued to use the same hood style for a few more years.

 

Saw your post - trying to sell the tractor.  Since you don't have the original 6hp briggs motor, an exact date will be hard to guess.  In your ad, the Porter Cable sticker is on the hood.  I'm guessing 1957 to 1959 (give or take a few years).

 

As for your later comment - things coming apart easily and nothing broken.  Although that's darn good for a >50 year old tractor, I've found that not unfamiliar territory for a Moto-mower.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  I haven't restored my Moto-mowers - just rejuvenated them.

 

If you pull the steering wheel off.  Just be careful removing the roll pin.  The wheel is cast aluminum and spares don't exist.

 

 

Member Motobreeder is very knowledgable on the Porter/Moto/Dura Corp history. I'm sure he'll be

along soon.

 

Does the one in the link below look familiar? Except for the tin.

It was built by Dura Corp, for MF in 1963.

 

http://gardentractor...resto/?hl= mf7e

 

That's a bit glowing - thanks.  I have a few Moto-mowers and I'm really curious about them.  I have spent a lot of hours searching for details.  For all the information I've found, I keep learning something new.  Hopefully I can share something that makes it more fun to own.

 

I'm stoked to see another moto-mower / porter cable being saved from the ravages of neglect. 



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Posted March 27, 2013 - 06:30 PM

I have not been able to find any numbers on the Briggs and Stratton.

I removed the serial tag

TYPE NO. 26717  SERIAL NO. 9429

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Posted March 29, 2013 - 06:12 PM

I dropped the tractor and parts off at the sand blaster today. Should be back clean in 1-2 weeks.



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Posted June 20, 2013 - 01:38 PM

Glad i found this site! I just picked up an old mark 1 porter cable and starting to restore it too. I will try to post a photo.
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Posted June 20, 2013 - 02:00 PM

Hopefully we can find the sheet metal!2013-06-19_18-52-18_335.jpg

Edited by jabelman, June 20, 2013 - 02:03 PM.


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Posted June 21, 2013 - 08:27 AM

Nice tractor, cant wait to see it finished! :watch_over_fence:



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Posted June 21, 2013 - 11:05 AM

Hi jableman,

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

Those GTs are really well built and very simple to work on.

Finding sheet metal could be a challenge.  You will need to find a similar era donor.

 

How is the rest of the tractor - running, working correctly?  You have a lot of good stuff to work with.

Feel free to ask questions.  e.g.: if you haven't rebuilt a briggs carb before, it has to come apart in the correct order or it could be damaged.



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Posted June 21, 2013 - 08:13 PM

Thanks for the carb tip! Did they have a throttle control other than the one one the engine?
This one sat for 25+ years. Motor still "turns".
The frame & trans & steering all seems pretty free. I am trying to locate some photos of the original paint scheme and logo (green/white)? Also if anyone has the sheet metal belt guard and steering cover i would like to contact about getting possible dimesions/template to try make them. Thanks-

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Posted June 21, 2013 - 11:08 PM

For the throttle, I'm not sure about yours, but all of the later ones, the lever was on the sheet metal that is part of the hood.

 

 

Maybe the fellow from the beginning of this thread can help you out with the sheet metal dimensions.

 

If you can replicate the hood, I know most here would be impressed.

 

 

The motor should have model, type, code numbers etched into the shroud - on the top of the motor near the spark plug.  Being an older briggs, you will have to look up the code number to find the year of manufacture.  Could help date the garden tractor.

 

Here's my favourite site for info on taking apart a medium flo-jet carburetor: http://outdoorpoweri...m_two_piece.asp.

 

The rear end uses 80/90 weight oil.  There should be a fill plug that sticks out at the middle-back.  Not sure about yours, there may be a small screw on the back - just over half-way up and on the right of centre.  Fill with oil until it comes out the hole.

 

 

 

 

It's been sitting for 25 years - take your time.

 

It might not have spark.  I would expect that after 25 years.  The points should need a good "cleaning".  I put that in quotes - because to clean the ones on my first 6hp, I put a piece of emery cloth on a piece of steel and gave each side of the points a good rubbing.  Hardest part is that the points are under the flywheel, which is under the shroud.


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Posted June 22, 2013 - 07:11 AM

Thanks again for all the tips very helpful site. The briggs is model 143302 type 502634 which i gather it dates 58-59?? and the serial number of the tractor is lower than other fellows.

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Posted June 22, 2013 - 01:03 PM

jabelman,

 

To find the date, you need the 3rd set of digits (model, type and code).

Here's my favourite site for the date cross-reference: http://www.rucenterp...iggs/data4.html



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Posted June 23, 2013 - 09:49 PM

Sorry guys. My job has been requiring me to work overtime. 60 hours weeks for the past 4 weeks and the rest of the summer dosnt look any slower.

 

My Porter Cable has been sitting in bare metal for about 3 months.






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