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#1 Nashcub OFFLINE  

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Posted October 08, 2013 - 08:38 PM

OK... Go ahead and laugh, considering my "Talk Me off the Cliff" post...

 

Brought the 1977 Sears Suburban GT 18/6 home today. Needs a good cleaning, but overall in pretty nice condition. Hour meter works and shows about 400 hours.

 

Should definitely run, but it does have a few issues to resolve before it's fully functional again. I know nothing about Onans, so this will certainly be a big challenge for me.

 

Got quite a few interesting pieces with this tractor (extra parts, original receipts, manuals, etc.), but the one thing that really stands out is the front blade. From what I was told, the PO used it once to clear his driveway, but it left marks on the pavement. So he removed it and never used it again. Also, the replacement deck was purchased in 1995 and is next to new!

 

And for all of those that are questioning my desire to downsize my herd... NO... I will not be keeping this one! -lol  I'm looking forward to learning more about the Sears Suburbans and will tinker around with this one. Ultimately, I just don't have the space for it... There are a couple of nice Cub Cadets spending the night under a tarp this evening to make sure Suburbasaurus stays warm and dry. 

 

Super cool tractor! Can't wait to get it running again!!!

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Edited by Nashcub, October 08, 2013 - 08:38 PM.

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Posted October 08, 2013 - 08:42 PM

Wow that is one nice sears. Hopefully it will be a simple fix to get it running again. Personally I would keep that one, you will probably never find another as nice as it is again.


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Posted October 08, 2013 - 08:58 PM

Very nice looking Sears. I wonder if the hour meter has been around once. Looking at the tractor I don't really think so.



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Posted October 08, 2013 - 09:08 PM

That thing is really nice. I agree that you won't stumble on many in better shape, especially the 18/6. It was a one year tractor and that engine is one of the better ones for power. Its a snappy son of a gun, later 18hp tractors used a different block and werent as responsive IMHO.

The blade is new, the deck will mow well, the tractor is just getting broke in... Yep, if it were in my garage, it'd be staying.
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Posted October 08, 2013 - 09:25 PM

What a beautiful tractor. Your really stumbled onto a treasure there.

I would be concerned about one thing though. That oil drain valve looks like it might have a rubber seat in it. You might want to change that valve so you don't loose all your oil and damage that jewel. 


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Posted October 08, 2013 - 09:25 PM

That tractor looks like it is in fantastic shape.


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Posted October 08, 2013 - 09:29 PM

 That is a beautiful old Sears! :worshippy1:

 

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Posted October 08, 2013 - 09:41 PM

Thanks, ALL!!!

 

It is definitely in nice condition. I assure you that it will not be doing any work under my watch. It's a gem...

 

Just wish I knew more about the Onan engines. I'm ok with Cub Kohlers, but leery about this Onan beast. Had a few JD's with Onans in the past, but never did any tinkering on them. I am quite certain that this is a runner bc the PO mowed with it a few years ago before it went into storage.

 

Fuel line is missing and some wires disconnected from the engine. I will do what I can to get it to fire, but I will also try to bring in professional help. No way that I will chance screwing up this gem.

 

Cvans- Glad you noticed the spigot for an oil drain. -lol I will be replacing all fluids and will definitely see what is up with that mod! Gotta love the fact that the PO painted it to match the engine! -lol

 

On a more serious note... I do believe that it is evidence that the PO serviced the crap out of this thing. It has been well cared for since original purchase. I really don't believe that it has ever felt a drop of rain. However, there is definitely some rust bubbling on the tunnel cover. Don't know if I can get a NOS decal to R/R that. Would be nice...


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Posted October 08, 2013 - 09:42 PM

Nice tractor. Onans are extremely simple and easy to work on. 



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Posted October 08, 2013 - 10:32 PM

Where does this wire go??

 

I know there is a simple/logical answer, Just don't want to connect to the wrong terminal.  

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Posted October 09, 2013 - 04:11 AM

Very nice looking Sears.

Plus you got all kinds of goodies with it. Your storage problem is like mine....It is just too small!



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Posted October 09, 2013 - 06:23 AM

Very nice!   That was a good fall off a cliff!

 

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Posted October 09, 2013 - 06:42 AM

Where does this wire go??

 

I know there is a simple/logical answer, Just don't want to connect to the wrong terminal.  

Is that the positive or negative side of the coil? They are the same hookup as a Kohler there. That wire could have been for any # of things.



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Posted October 09, 2013 - 06:49 AM

I am thinking that was an add on. Possibly a bypass line? When you turn the key on, you should have +12 there. When you turn the key to the start position, a different set of contacts in the switch provide +12 there while you start the tractor. On my 18, the switch wasnt providing power to the coil during start... Unless you turned it JUST right. It may be you have a bad ignition switch or a bad safety switch (not sure if the power thru the safety switches goes here or cuts off the solenoid... Don't remember)
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Posted October 09, 2013 - 07:02 AM

Yeah, I was thinking it was to power an add on accessory.






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