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#1 EricFromPa ONLINE  

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Posted July 10, 2013 - 04:46 PM

I've been looking for one of these for a while.I got my Snapper LT16 cheap and threw $87 worth of parts into it to get it working the way it should.I guess it was to NEW for me,I really like the 60s and early 70s GTs.I traded it for this old Sears + he gave me $50.

 

The front tires are toast and the shifter spins 360 but it will go in gear.This has the same Peerless 4 speed that was in the JD 100-200 series.The pin in the shifter needs replaced,they are very easy to fix though.It seems like it wan't used or Abused very much.Oil is clean but old and needs changed.PO said it last ran 3 years ago.It was a 1 owner tractor that was kept in an old barn all of it's life.And I had to drag it out of the old barn so this is truely a Barn Find.

 

 

Enough chit chat here's some fresh barn find Pics.Well sort of I stuck another set of front rims and tires on it.I will most likely keep them on it but paint them white.

 

I'll post more Pics when I get it cleaned up and running.

 

 

 

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Posted July 10, 2013 - 05:17 PM

That's a very nice tractor you drug home.  :thumbs:

 

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Posted July 10, 2013 - 05:18 PM

those front tires were toast! That was a great find and you got a great deal. good luck getting her running!


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 07:11 PM

I always liked these....the front end reminds me of an Edsel.
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Posted July 10, 2013 - 07:18 PM

Great tractor, nice find.

As for the tires, think tubes would do? :rolling:

Thanks for introducing us to "10"
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Posted July 10, 2013 - 07:43 PM


As for the tires, think tubes would do? :rolling:

 

With a little black silicon to fill in the cracks!  :D

 

I like that style sears tractor.Great find


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 07:50 PM

Nice GT great find

 

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Posted July 10, 2013 - 08:06 PM

Nice Barn Fresh Sears!! Anxious to see it cleaned up and running. Roger.


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 08:54 PM

Very nice!  Can't wait to see it...  :thumbs:


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Posted July 10, 2013 - 09:53 PM

Cool looking tractor!


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 12:01 AM

Great tractor, nice find.

As for the tires, think tubes would do? :rolling:

Thanks for introducing us to "10"

 

lol a little beyond tubes,BUT there happens to be tubes in both of them.I think they have bigger holes in the tubes than the tires do.I hit them both with air and the tires just stood there laughing at me. :shoot2: :rolling:

 

 

I'm going to put a set of 23x10.50x12 turf tires on the rear.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 12:40 AM

lol a little beyond tubes,BUT there happens to be tubes in both of them.I think they have bigger holes in the tubes than the tires do.I hit them both with air and the tires just stood there laughing at me. :shoot2: :rolling:

 

 

I'm going to put a set of 23x10.50x12 turf tires on the rear and slide the hubs in a bit so they clear the gauge wheels on the deck.The hubs are adjustable on this little monster.

 

Hmmm... Maybe when I get mine mowing and all figured out I can bring it over for a "play-date"...  :D

 

I think I'm going to make a set of guage wheels... Can you tell me how much clearance there is between the bottom of the deck to the bottom of the wheel?  Thanks.


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Posted July 11, 2013 - 09:21 PM

Today I got the shifter fixed,Cleaned the carb,got the 23x10.50x12 tires put on and took the covers off of the gear boxes on the deck.Gears look great in both of them so I filled them 3/4 full with some nice fresh grease and put the covers back on.

 

I also went through the entire electrical system and to my surprise,everything checks out other than a loose battery terminal connection.

 

Had to finish cutting up the big cherry tree that fell yesterday afternoon after a freak wind storm took it out.We lost power from 6:30pm to around 1-1:30 am yesterday.Wind took out several big trees up the road and 1 tree took out a telephone/light pole.

 

 

 

Just went and got some fresh gas so I'm going to try to fire it up in the morning.

 

I'm going to have to move the Left gauge wheel bracket out to the corner of the deck to clear the tire,the right one has about 3 inches of clearance.

 

Couple of Night time pics. 

 

Doesn't the rear of the tractor look alot better with the Wider rims?

 

The rear tires that I took off still had some of the little rubber tits on them yet.That was a pleasant surprise.They're a little dry rotted but still very usable.

 

If your wondering what the rims came off of,they're off of a big Craftsman II GT18 that I got the other week.It's all beat to heck.Steering gear is stripped,starter is burnt up,coil is burnt up,tranny is good and the block is good but the rest is most likely going to go away.

 

 

Dane,Gauge wheel brackets off of a suburban deck should fit.They look to be identical.Ethan has alot of sears burb decks laying around.Mine are level with the bottom of the deck.They have several holes in them so you can adjust them or use bigger or smaller wheels.

 

I only have 1 wheel but it's stamped on the side.Check the last 2 pics.

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Posted July 11, 2013 - 10:32 PM

Nice Custom10XL Eric! Congrats! I do like the look with the bigger tires. Keep up the good work, it is coming right along! :thumbs:



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Posted July 13, 2013 - 03:04 PM

Well I got her running.Runs really good but I forgot to clean the 2 small Idle jets back near the butterfly.So it surges pretty bad while idling.But it does not smoke at all and seems to have really good power.

 

I have to take the belts off the engine pulley and hit the pulley with a wire wheel.There's alot of rust buildup on the pulley and the belts don't like to release from it.Makes it kinda hard to get into gear.

 

And lastly I need to drain the transaxle and flush it out really good.I don't know how it got in there but it has alot of water in the rear.I'm not going to run it any more until I get it taken care of.All the gears work fine.The detent ball and spring seem a little tight but that may clear up after I get some gear oil in it.

 

Does anyone know what for gear oil it takes and how much the rear holds? I have some cheap Coastal 80-90 gear oil but I don't think I have enough.

 

 

Boy If I knew it would fit under the hood without cutting,I would take the 18hp briggs out of the GT18 and stick it in the 10XL.That would be 1 Beastly little tractor lol

 

 

I Hate these LME carbs,what a pain in the butt :hitting_self_roller:


Edited by EricFromPa, July 13, 2013 - 03:14 PM.





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