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#1 dryrun OFFLINE  

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Posted December 02, 2010 - 03:52 PM

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found this down the road the other day, owner wants too much right now so got to let him stew a little while

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Posted December 02, 2010 - 06:15 PM

Looks like its got some potential.
Keep us posted on what happens

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Posted December 02, 2010 - 06:19 PM

Looks like you could make something out of that.

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Posted December 02, 2010 - 08:23 PM

That would be a neat project. I see it has the electric starter setup on it which is an option and worth quite a bit just for it. Good luck in your hunt!

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Posted December 03, 2010 - 12:15 AM

It was made in Albany Georgia in 1961. Good luck acquiring that-un!

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Posted December 03, 2010 - 07:44 AM

Its also looks to be an LI, it want run you to death trying to keep up with it.

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Posted December 05, 2010 - 01:16 PM

How much are they askin for it?

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Posted December 06, 2010 - 06:33 AM

He wants two hundred now. Only has mower deck, no other attachments. Cannot tell me when last run. missing hood.

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Posted December 06, 2010 - 08:16 AM

Sounds like a decent deal. The few I have picked up only needed the points cleaned and gapped to start running. It seems like the gas tanks alway have a leak. If you are in no hurry you may hold out until you find one with a govenor. That and an Swiftmatic changed my opinion of these machines, mine is now a pleasure to use.

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Posted December 06, 2010 - 07:59 PM

I would like yas to explain more about the Swiftmatic. I am guessing by what has been said that they didn't have a governor on some of the older ones or was it an option? If they didn't have a governor was it only controlled through static position of the throttle? What about when it would go under load?

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Posted December 06, 2010 - 09:10 PM

The tranny's in these are the exact same as in the riders correct?

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Posted December 06, 2010 - 09:49 PM

The swiftmatic is a differential that is added to the standard L transmission. When activated it will cut the ground speed in half of the standard L. That gives you a Low/low, Low/hi. when its deactivated (unlocked diff) it gives you the standard L tranny speed back witha Hi/hi, Hi/low. Think of it as a two speed rearend except it is all done within the differential. When the swifty is engaged the speed drops to that of an LS. The PTO output shaft is not affected by the swifty it is still controlled by the Hi/LO range selector for the tranny.

Its my understanding that when the L made its debut it was mainly used with attachments that did not require WOT and were happy with the low RPMs. You had to juggle the throttle when needed. With the addition of more and bigger attachments the govenor was becoming a necessity but was always an option during purchase.

I can tell you that using the sickle mower you dont need a govenor, trying to use either the rotary plow or brush mower the govenor makes a huge difference. I have two L's, '47 and a '58, and I can tell you that I did not like using them even though the '58 had a govenor. They ran me to death, they beat me when using the rotary plow, they dragged me down when trying to use brush cutter. I was going to sell them both and find something else for the areas I was going to clear out. A friend from the other board was parting out some of his parts machines and offered me a swiftatic setup. I installed it on the '58 L and it made a world of difference. I now enjoy using the machine, it just works me instead of beating me.

As far as the riders go, some have the same tranny but I do not know which models that would be.
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