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#1 Clint OFFLINE  

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Posted April 04, 2013 - 05:00 AM

Hi guys,

 

I just acquired my first Simplicity riding mower. I don’t know much about the Simplicity line as I collect Panzer’s. I’m up to about 20 of them now. Anyway, the Simplicity is a model 2012. I have no idea about what year or what's be worth. Any help on that would be appreciated. It came with a front blade, mower deck, rear lift of some sort, wheel weights and tire chains. The steering wheel looks as though it has been replaced with a high performance model! Lol. The engine turned over by hand and seemed to have compression.

 

Here are some photos of the Simplicity patiently awaiting my arrival to save it from the weeds and weather.

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It has some type of rear lift assembly. Once I get it running, I may need a shout out on how it operates.

 

I traded a kid a 1974 Dodge Dart Swinger even up for a Case 580 CK tractor with a front end loader.

 

Here are pictures of the Dart.

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Here are pictures of the Case.

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Notice the "Like new" bucket.

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55 gallon barrel full of concrete for counter balance.

 

 

He drove the Dart home and I followed with my truck and trailer to get the tractor. I pulled in his yard and I saw the Simplicity sitting in the weeds. It had obviously been sitting there a while. I loaded the Case on the trailer and then I just had to ask, “How much for the Simplicity?” He thought for a minute and said, “75.00.” I countered with 50 and he nodded in agreement. We pushed it up out of the weeds and loaded it onto my trailer. He dug the mower deck and deck shields out and I was headed home. When I got home I aired up the tires so it was easier to move around.  I will add better pictures of the Simplicity when I get time. I had to take advantage of the break in the weather. I had to cut up and split some firewood for my outdoor wood burning furnace. I thought Spring was here! I pushed the Simplicity under one of my semi-trailer storage units and moved onto the wood splitting process. I also cleaned up the shed and yard a little bit. If I clean it up too much I find I have more room, which gets filled up by another GT! Then it’s back to square one.

 

Well, if anyone has tips, suggestions, recommendation or comments, feel free to throw 'em out there. This is a forum you know!

 

Have a great day guys! I know I did.

 


Edited by Clint, April 04, 2013 - 05:19 AM.

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Posted April 04, 2013 - 05:08 AM

Looks like a little 'wheelin n dealin' going on there!


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 05:36 AM

That Simplicity looks pretty good for sitting outside :thumbs:  good find


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 05:53 AM

Nice grab on the 2012! From what I can see, it looks to be all original except for the muffler. The ID number of the tractor should be 990399 and should be found on the black decal, on the seat deck, behind the seat. I believe production for the 2012 began in late 1966, but most were made in 1967. Check the engine code number for approximate dating of the tractor, if that's the engine that came in it originally.

 

Here's a combined Operator's and Parts Manual that has the #990399 (2012) in it:

 

http://gardentractor...andlord-series/


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:08 AM

:thumbs: Congrats on the additions, sounds like you got a sweet deal. $50 and a trade in, :ok:   Don't know diddley bout smplicity but I think the shape of the steering wheel looks right.? Guys who know more'll probably set you on track. Loookin forward to the updates!


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:08 AM

The wheel weights are worth twice what you payed for it!
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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:34 AM

for sitting in the weeds the simp looks great and that is the correct steering wheel for it cant wait to see more picture of it


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:41 AM

Looking forward to watching the resto.



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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:43 AM

From all of the posts, the steering wheel is correct. It just looks like something this kid threw on there. I will have to take a closer look to appreciate it I guess. I literally only spent time dragging it on the trailer, airing up the tires and rolling it off the trailer. When I get into the thick of it, how do I operate the rear lift assembly? Thanks everyone for the help and "Steering" me in the right direction. Lol.



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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:43 AM

I used to have a similar Dart. Slant six, had to start it with a screwdriver, fortunately the starter was right on top of the motor.


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:46 AM

Looking forward to watching the resto.

 

 

 

Sorry to say, but there are no plans for a restoration at this time. I'll get it running and use it as is.


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:53 AM

From all of the posts, the steering wheel is correct. It just looks like something this kid threw on there. I will have to take a closer look to appreciate it I guess. I literally only spent time dragging it on the trailer, airing up the tires and rolling it off the trailer. When I get into the thick of it, how do I operate the rear lift assembly? Thanks everyone for the help and "Steering" me in the right direction. Lol.

Clint, check out this manual. Says it is also for a 2012. Good luck with it!


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:58 AM

I used to have a similar Dart. Slant six, had to start it with a screwdriver, fortunately the starter was right on top of the motor.

This Dart also had a slant six. The guy before me had it bored .040 over, dome pistons, slight cam, Clifford performance headers and intake and 750 Edelbrock carb. It ran ok, but the body was junk!!!!! I had it on CL for nearly a year. I was ready to part it out and scrap the body.



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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:58 AM

That is a great tractor. I have 6 from that type. The rear hitch works off of the left side lift lever. When using the plow there was a counterweight that went on the hitch to make lifting the plow easier. Check out www.simpletractors.com for history and the sales brochures. You need to check the gas tank as soon as you can. The caps often let water in and rot the tanks and corrode the carbs.

 

Once you get this running right and use it you will love it. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 07:00 AM

I think you did well!  Can't beat an old Simplicity.

 

That Case ought to be good for moving tractors around.  I've used an engine hoist on a Farmall for picking up tractors, a loader would be a better investment.

 

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