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#1 roadranger OFFLINE  

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Posted September 22, 2013 - 08:37 PM

I've just acquired a Craftsman II GT6000 tractor - Model 917 255981 - Ser. No. 110193C  002451

 

Can anyone tell me what year it is?



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Posted September 22, 2013 - 08:53 PM

Does it hav a Briggs & Stratton engine? If so check the first two digits of the code, those will be two last digits of the year it was built. That is how I usually figure it out.

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Posted September 22, 2013 - 09:09 PM

I think you are dealing with around 1993. That's a pretty well built tractor and still has a decent frame to it. It's also a gear drive from what I see, so you don't have the NLA pullies from the hydro to deal with.

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Posted September 22, 2013 - 09:18 PM

Trust us, we are professionals lol.

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Posted September 23, 2013 - 04:59 AM

"110193C"...... November 01, 1993


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Posted September 23, 2013 - 09:56 PM

A late model '93 it looks like.

It's got a M18 Kohler Magnum 18hp Opposed Twin in it, belt drive gearbox.

 

Here it is the day it arrived;

 

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Here it is stripped down later that day to start build of a puller;
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Posted September 23, 2013 - 10:22 PM

That will make a good looking puller, but a couple of things to look at.

The rear hubs on that are probably aluminum and keyed or splined. They will also be held on with c clips. Might want to inspect them.

The rear end on these is a cast aluminum instead of cast iron. WVBUZZMASTER has an alum rear in his and it does fine, but even by his reports, it's starting to sound like its giving up... Keep good oil in there at least.

Last item, the belt routing is obtuse at best... Get a good belt on there and make sure there aren't any places it can jump off (my hydro tends to come off around the rear pulley and it takes someone double jointed to get it out when it happens)

Please keep us up to speed on this. I have used my GT6k for some harsh things, be interested to hear how the gear version performs on the track.



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Posted September 24, 2013 - 07:39 AM

You should do ok. Hubs are splined, not keyed, but being aluminum are known to wobble. Mine have a fair amount of slack, but they are holding up, slack and all. I piled on the wheel weights and move my 6x10 trailer with total gross of 2000 pounds loaded, and it does alright. I would not hesitate to pull with it. The trans is tougher than i had thought originially, but i do not fear breaking it, only what to swap in when i do lol. As for belts, dont worry about those, they dont jump too often, but are fairly easy to get back on.

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Posted September 27, 2013 - 11:11 PM

Thanks for the advise, guys.  Right now I'm putting rubber on it, and will drain/change out all fluids and put in synthetic.

Looking for a Kevlar belt, but I hear they don't slip like a regular belt will, and can tear up trannies.

Need to take the belt out and measure it's length anyway....

Need to round up new air cleaner, new oil filter, and new spark plugs. When that's all done, retune the carb to this altitude.

 

Big headache is to engineer a pull hitch to be perpendicular to the ground, and engineer up some wheelie bars.

Do your Craftsman GT's have a sloped rear plate at the rear of the frame?

 

Jim B.

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Posted September 28, 2013 - 07:17 AM

Yeah, they're sloped. Made for the three point hitch system and would also work with the sleeve hitch.

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Posted September 29, 2013 - 08:39 PM

I'm taking the mower deck and the sleeve hitch off the tractor, maybe someday I'll get permission on this forum to list in the classifieds.


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Posted September 29, 2013 - 09:02 PM

I'm taking the mower deck and the sleeve hitch off the tractor, maybe someday I'll get permission on this forum to list in the classifieds.


The classifieds are free to use for members with 10 posts. You already have 6, only four to go. Look around, you might find something interesting to post under.
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