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#1 BillTribbitt OFFLINE  

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Posted October 20, 2013 - 09:46 PM

          The guy I bought this from said it was a Montgomery Wards Tractor. It has a Bolens style muffler on the far side.

From pictures I've found, it looks to be a early to mid 60's model. Any help would be great. Thanks

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Posted October 21, 2013 - 12:20 AM

Bill, Welcome to Gttalk. What you have there is a MTD tractor badged as a J.C.Penny Garden tractor. I can't tell from the angle of your photo, but I believe it to be a MTD 990, it is a Hydro? Does it have 15" rear tires or 12's?


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Posted October 21, 2013 - 01:27 AM

Bill, Brian is right, it is an early model 990. It has the three bolt front hubs and will have the better heavier duty rear hubs. The latter 990s lost the three bolt front hubs, had lighter rear hubs and had a gear drive starter. I believe that paint scheme is JC Penny.


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Posted October 21, 2013 - 04:56 AM

Welcome to GTTalk Bill. Nice tractor. The 990 was built for all kinds of brands who wanted a HD garden tractor. I think there is a manual in the Manuals section of the forum.



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Posted October 21, 2013 - 05:28 AM

Welcome to the forum! Nice looking tractor.



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Posted October 21, 2013 - 07:12 AM

:welcome: to the forum. Nice looking tractor you have.
When you get more pics, please post them.

BTW, I moved this into the MTD forum for you.

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Posted October 21, 2013 - 07:27 AM

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Posted October 21, 2013 - 09:23 AM

Thanks for the info guys. It is hydro. It has 27" rear tires. Still trying to get it started. I replaced the solenoid and now have it cranking and plug is sparking a nice blue spark but won't start. I'll post more pics when I can. 


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Posted October 21, 2013 - 09:57 AM

Welcome! Those are nice heavy GT's that is for sure! Check out my post from the recent Plow Day and you will see a Unico 15 version:

 

http://gardentractor...w-day/?p=366864



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Posted October 21, 2013 - 10:18 AM

Thanks for the info guys. It is hydro. It has 27" rear tires. Still trying to get it started. I replaced the solenoid and now have it cranking and plug is sparking a nice blue spark but won't start. I'll post more pics when I can. 

 

Have you tried getting it to fire on Carb Cleaner in the Air Breather? More then likely it will need a good Carb cleaning before it will run good. You might try getting some cleaner into the Carb and see if it will clean it enough to let gas get thru it. Be careful if you have to rebuild that Carb, they are a real bear to get apart and if you don't take it apart correctly, you will mess up the tube inside.


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Posted October 21, 2013 - 11:32 AM

gonna try cab cleaner tonight. It looked like gas was getting to the carb. You could see it looking down the carb.



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Posted October 21, 2013 - 01:47 PM

Make sure choke is working and cable is free. Also make sure the throttle linkage is all free with springs and arms and such. These big Briggs are sometimes fussy. Might try turning the needles out some, then back in same spot, might break loose particles in their ports. AND....sometimes you need to fill tank pretty full to get the gas to flow correct. Make sure if there is a line filter, that it is for a Gravity Feed line, not for pump.  Try spraying a small about of start fluid around intake to see if not getting gas is an issue. NOT Much tho.  Also, might have safety switches in some areas. like clutch and especially the pto lever. They must be off or pressed while cranking to get spark.


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Posted October 21, 2013 - 02:35 PM

That's a super looking MTD.  I've only seen 1 or 2 other JC Penny versions.  Pretty neat!



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Posted October 21, 2013 - 08:59 PM

took the carb off, sprayed it with cleaner, blew it out real good. Put it back on and it almost started!! I think it's flooding too easy. The rod on the back of the carb that has a spring hooked to it and goes straight down. What is it for? Can't get the spring to hook enough to keep it held down when the throttle is in idle position. It should, right?? It almost started when I held it down. Any idea?? How about basic carb adjustments?



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Posted October 22, 2013 - 12:33 AM

While the engine is not running, at full throttle, the linkage will have tension holding the throttle plate on the carb open.

In the idle position, the linkage at the carb will likely be loose.

When the engine is running, the governor will hold the throttle in the closed position.

 

The springs on the linkage rods are to keep the linkages from vibrating open/closed.

 

 

I think the motor is a Briggs with a flo-jet carb.  If you plan to rebuild the carb, here's my favourite go-to site: http://outdoorpowerinfo.com/repairs/  - look at the large and medium flo-jet links and should be able to find a match.

 

 

Welcome to the forum.  You have a really good garden tractor.  Well worth fixing up.






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