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Posted June 23, 2013 - 07:03 PM

Tahoe, you got a deal on that tractor! As for speed, I find that 3 HI is way to fast for me, LOL...listen to me! But, heck, who cuts grass that fast? I don't.



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Posted June 24, 2013 - 08:27 AM

It was a great deal, but since I've had t repalce head/gasket ( $130), rebuild carb ( $25) replace gas tank, and replace the SSI module igntion ( $150) so I've got some money into it now, but it is a worker.

 

Friday I flipped over my parts tractor removed belt and some other parts I needed so maybe if I get some time soon I can get parts cleand up, painted and rearend back under tractor, then onto dash.


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 09:49 AM

Wow, didn't realise it's been so long since I updated.

Not much more has happened, but with rear out, I got new belt on, straightened the bent clutch rod and worked on gas tank. The 73-74's and some 75's had metal tank under hood, I am converting to plastic tank under the seat. I had a good tank, but due to moving it around so much, I somehow bent and cracked plastic nipple on bottom. My fix was a brass 90* and nipple, I found a 1/8 NPT that I used. I had to tear out little screen inside as it was looking rough, then drilled hole just a tad smaller than threads. Heated up hole a little and then let fitting self tap it self. I cooled it down, use some "seal all" and put it together.

The stock Sears tanks come straight out and then the hose was bent to form 90 then up to tank.

I decided to eliminate and go with the 90* fitting so hose would be straigt shot to the front.

I also had to drill frame to allow fitting to slide down. The later models had huge hole already, not mine. I actually cut a keyhole so I can attach hose, then slide it all down through frame with seat in place. Maybe little excessive and not needed, but too late :D  I still need to clean up, prime and paint, but you get the idea.

Once I get tank area finished, I can get rear back in and maybe move on to dash, but plow day awaits!!!!

 

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Got this stuff at Advance Auto, supposedly gas resistant, talk to a few guys and they highly recommend for gas fittings.

 

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Posted October 13, 2013 - 01:48 PM

Go to do a little work, finished putting repairing gas tank nipple that I broke off with a brass angle and threaded nipple. I also had to make a key hole slot for the nipple and hose to drop down through since my tractor originally had gas tank under hood. I also touched up the rear end paint and paint under seat. Put on new belt while it was out also.
Also got a coat of primer on front lower grill. 
Once I got tank in, got rearend bolted back in along with seat.
I will say those 2 front bolt under the tank near shifter tool longer to get in than installed the rest of the rearend in.

 

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gas tank fix and installed

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Posted October 13, 2013 - 05:01 PM

Looking great Marty!  She'll be coming to Ball Hollow next year in style!


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Posted October 13, 2013 - 06:45 PM

Looking great Marty!  She'll be coming to Ball Hollow next year in style!

 

Nope, this one was getting restored for mowing duty, but once I get it together and running, plan is to sell it to fund something else I have in mind.

Or if anyone is interested in it now, it could be for sale!



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Posted October 13, 2013 - 06:49 PM

Nope, this one was getting restored for mowing duty, but once I get it together and running, plan is to sell it to fund something else I have in mind.

Or if anyone is interested in it now, it could be for sale!

 

Well, it'll be in style anyway!  :thumbs:



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Posted October 15, 2013 - 09:17 AM

Do these bigger sears use the same alloy break always for the blades as my st10 did?

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Posted October 16, 2013 - 08:51 AM

Do these bigger sears use the same alloy break always for the blades as my st10 did?

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Uhm, not sure what blades you are talking about...mowing deck? I'm confused on what you are asking about.



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Posted October 16, 2013 - 08:54 AM

David, you mean blade mounts meant to break if they hit something?  The SS &GT models have solid steel blade mounts that blades bolt to solidly....no break-away.



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Posted October 16, 2013 - 09:01 AM

This is a st. I guess I should ask do all st models use the break always? It is it any model with gear drives?

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Posted October 17, 2013 - 09:18 AM

This is a st. I guess I should ask do all st models use the break always? It is it any model with gear drives?

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uhm, still not sure what you are asking David.

The Suburbans all basically use the same frame/clutch setup/rearend/mowing decks, etc. There were some year differences and they stared low Hp in 60's and progressively got bigger in the 70's. They eventually only had 16/18/19.9 in late 70's, the lower hp models were customs only. Customs were little lighter, had different mowng decks( aluminm), lighter rear hubs, etc.

 

The "ST" was a suburban with a single cyl motor. The SS/and later GT's were all suburbans with twins, most had Onans, some found Briggs.

They all use same clutch/brake setup, push in so far it's just clutch, keep going it becomes the brake, all the same with gear drive.

I have no experience with the hydro models.

Mowing decks have a small snubber type brake on the pulleys I think. As Daniel stated, blade mounts were steel.

Rear hubs were originally splined, but then they changed to a keyed design.

 

Hope that answers something  hahaha



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Posted October 17, 2013 - 12:02 PM

The Customs and the Lower model ST's with the flat bar front axels used a blade mount that would shatter intentionally. Kind of a washer with a double d on it to hold the blade and was a safety feature.

As far as the SS, bigger ST, and GT... I don't think any used that unless they were the gear drive deck.
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Posted October 17, 2013 - 12:05 PM

Thanks mh81. That's what I needed to know.

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Posted October 23, 2013 - 07:37 PM

I was looking under my basement steps storage closet for something and picked up an old large coffee can. Opened it up and what do ya know.....all those lugnuts, motor tin bolts, brackets, clips I separated for safe keeping. Why in the world did I ever put them there, I will never know, but at least I finally found them after tearing apart garage and barn


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