I wouldn't touch it unless I knew what the model and serial number was off the plate. Its pretty doubtful that the original owner got it in 58, as the first ones didn't hit the Sears stores until Jan 59. They were still testing them in 58, and that tractor had a BKN on it, instead of the later Briggs. I own 2 of the 59 models, one is old and the other is later in the yr. My older 59 is untouched and has a 1313 serial number. So far its the oldest one I've found in the last 15yrs. A guy in WI tried to sell me one with a hood that he claimed was 1295, but he would never come forth with a picture of the data plate. I used to keep detailed records of all of the 59's I came across, but haven't kept up with it in the last 5 yrs. The highest number I found was in 3800's.
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Posted January 29, 2014 - 06:38 PM
Posted January 29, 2014 - 06:56 PM
I stand corrected, was off by a year or so.
Jeff, the hood still holds the DB casting, did't they run with that to 64 ?
The mule drive for the deck is the straight one and the mower deck with the bars.
Posted January 29, 2014 - 06:57 PM
Posted January 29, 2014 - 07:31 PM
He bought it from a guy who THOUGHT he bought it in '58. I told him he could date the machine easier/closer with the numbers on the engine.
Sorry I misunderstood the guy when I called.
Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:23 PM
Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:30 PM
The db casting on the hood is only there for 59, 60 and some of 61. A 618 tractor has a completely different two piece oval hood with the db on it. 622 is the last oval hooded unit, made in 1962 and is blue/white not gold and blue. With the ease of replacing the engine, the best way to date the tractor and know its model is by the data plate on the left side of the tranny. Older models had a brass plate, new one used an alumnim one.
Getting yrs wrong on these tractor is the normal, most people see one and think its a 59 right off, but they are 7 models of gold and blue, 59-61, that all look pretty much the same to someone not familiar with them.
Posted January 29, 2014 - 08:45 PM
When it comes to Suburbans you are the man to ask,
I should of known better then to throw out a year before you looked at it, the seller did not know the numbers when asked.
When i see a painted tractor questions are to be asked, it looks complet and worth it but that is me.
Suburban 7 is 59-60 right ?
Edited by trowel, January 29, 2014 - 08:48 PM.
Posted January 29, 2014 - 09:37 PM
A suburban 7 is 1961 tractor, and the only DB rider to be sold with a factory BKN engine. It is gold and blue and looks real nice with my Dump Rake behind it!! Its model 619.
Posted January 29, 2014 - 09:45 PM
That does look real nice, blue came out nice.
The one Keven sent you, thought that was the 7 but if that took the Winnie engine then which one was it, the 59 ? remember it having the briggs 14 and a mower deck.
Model 614 ?
Edited by trowel, January 29, 2014 - 09:46 PM.
Posted January 29, 2014 - 10:05 PM
the one I brought from uncle kevy, was a 629, the first model to have a foot brake. Its one of the 725 tractor, bigger, than the early ones. I also got a blade and a blower.
Seem like to me he had one that had been in a fire, that one was an oval hood. I think Chucky got that one.??
My 7, came from the far side of Ohio, and was in boxes. Later I found an original factory NOS recoil for the engine. All DB tractors came out with either a recoil or el start/with a cup. None of them came with just a rope wind like the walking tractors
Posted January 29, 2014 - 10:18 PM
Ah, yes, so the deck was for the one that was in the fire, i uploaded pics of that tractor cleaned up and painted from the Northampton show, called it Blondi, gold as could be, the steering wheel is still bent/out of shape from the fire, the tractor looked like hell but everything was there and fine, think it was the 1959, Chucky got that one, i turned down the other one for the Handyman that was rebuilt/painted this past summer, that one has the deck, straight mule drive, 8 inch moldbord plow, 3 point hitch and i think dozer plow. Aluminum engine so it must be the last oval hood one, had the DB casted to the hood.
Keven never did anything with the tractor, only the walk behinds, was glad to see you get it.
What ever happened to the DB Yahoo group, use to read up on the posts from you guys but in early 2000 it started to slump.
Dell Sasser's site disapered too, heard he fell onto hard times, he really had some nice stuff.
Keven still moderates one of them, we were just talking a little while ago.
Edited by trowel, January 29, 2014 - 10:21 PM.
Posted January 31, 2014 - 07:20 AM
Posted January 31, 2014 - 07:25 AM
Yes, never thought of that. I wonder about the air cleaner also, I have a "59 db suburban and
the air cleaner is under the hood.
Posted January 31, 2014 - 08:51 AM
He says it has "G7 HP 3 SPEED-HI-LOW" ??
I thought these all had forward/reverse with the variable speed pulley
Yes, same variable speed pulley from the walk behinds, lot of people who don't know anything about tractors with it mark it as high/low gears/speeds.
I thought the early ones had the air cleaners out of the hood but not sure, Jeff (lauber1) is the person to ask.
See you are in Ohio, if interested make sure the seller gives you the engine and tractor serial/model no., it has been painted and decaled so you never know what could of been changed.
Edited by trowel, January 31, 2014 - 08:52 AM.