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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted January 31, 2014 - 09:12 PM

Found it two weeks ago locally for sale. The price was 450.00 and the seller didn't want to drop the price. I'm working on my Cub Cadet loader project and really didn't need the Sears to distract me...Well you know how that goes, ha! I called the guy with the Sears this morning and he still had it, so I headed over to get a closer look. It is actually in better shape than I thought! I figured it would smoke, rattle and knock when he finally got it started...nope, ran smooth and quiet and burned no oil! It runs smooth on partial choke only, so I'll be going over the fuel system for starters. I asked him what his bottom dollar was on the tractor and he said " how bout' 225.00 with the deck"? Sold, I said.
The previous owner did a quick spray job on it, so I'm planning on fresh paint and decals, tune up and fluid changes. It's missing the side panel on the left side, just behind the engine and a bolt here and there. All of the lights and electrical system work, though. Here's a few pics.

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Posted January 31, 2014 - 09:18 PM

Very nice score :thumbs:  you got the deck also, sweet.


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Posted January 31, 2014 - 09:21 PM

Great score, the tractor looks like it's in great shape.


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Posted January 31, 2014 - 09:25 PM

The deck alone is worth what you paid and both the deck and tractor look to be in good condition. Great deal.
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Posted January 31, 2014 - 09:42 PM

Supoer buy!!!!


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Posted January 31, 2014 - 09:55 PM

The owner was a super nice guy, and he accumulated a lot of stuff from doing clean outs. He had a quadruple bypass a while back and has no need for the tractor or the snow blower I bought from him, and the other things he gave me. He wouldn't let me give him any more money, so I'll find a way to pay him back. I got some ideas already.

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Posted January 31, 2014 - 10:22 PM

Nice looking gt. It has a good home now and I suspect that is what the previous owner wanted.
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Posted January 31, 2014 - 10:39 PM

Heck of a good find there!  Great tractor!


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Posted January 31, 2014 - 11:12 PM

I really like these old Sears tractors. I've been plowing my driveway this past winter with a 69' Suburban. This 69' was bought new by a neighbor down the road from my parents house. It was a summer home and was abandoned many years ago. I remember seeing the orange tractor when I was a kid, but forgot about it until another neighbor bought the house and started renovations. The tractor sat in the basement, unused for at least 30 years. I know the guy well who bought the house and he sold me the 69' for 150.00. It came with the rear lift, sod buster, mower deck, and front plow. I got it running, but it smoked like mad and the SSI quit due to a shorted out wire. When I took off the head, the bore looked great, but when I removed the piston, the rings were froze in the grooves. I just bought an NOS Tecumseh std. Piston and rings from ebay, and I'll have the original motor back together shortly.For now, I'm using another HH120 Tecumeseh on the 69' from another Suburban. Here is a pic of the 69'. The man I bought the SS/18 from sold me the snowblower, and gave me the compressor in the pic.

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Posted February 01, 2014 - 01:09 AM

I really like these old Sears tractors. I've been plowing my driveway this past winter with a 69' Suburban. This 69' was bought new by a neighbor down the road from my parents house. It was a summer home and was abandoned many years ago. I remember seeing the orange tractor when I was a kid, but forgot about it until another neighbor bought the house and started renovations. The tractor sat in the basement, unused for at least 30 years. I know the guy well who bought the house and he sold me the 69' for 150.00. It came with the rear lift, sod buster, mower deck, and front plow. I got it running, but it smoked like mad and the SSI quit due to a shorted out wire. When I took off the head, the bore looked great, but when I removed the piston, the rings were froze in the grooves. I just bought an NOS Tecumseh std. Piston and rings from ebay, and I'll have the original motor back together shortly.For now, I'm using another HH120 Tecumeseh on the 69' from another Suburban. Here is a pic of the 69'. The man I bought the SS/18 from sold me the snowblower, and gave me the compressor in the pic.

Not sure how you ride on that? Or do you mean the orange one in the background? :D
Great story, glad you were able to rescue it.
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Posted February 01, 2014 - 01:20 AM

Found it two weeks ago locally for sale. The price was 450.00 and the seller didn't want to drop the price. I'm working on my Cub Cadet loader project and really didn't need the Sears to distract me...Well you know how that goes, ha! I called the guy with the Sears this morning and he still had it, so I headed over to get a closer look. It is actually in better shape than I thought! I figured it would smoke, rattle and knock when he finally got it started...nope, ran smooth and quiet and burned no oil! It runs smooth on partial choke only, so I'll be going over the fuel system for starters. I asked him what his bottom dollar was on the tractor and he said " how bout' 225.00 with the deck"? Sold, I said.
The previous owner did a quick spray job on it, so I'm planning on fresh paint and decals, tune up and fluid changes. It's missing the side panel on the left side, just behind the engine and a bolt here and there. All of the lights and electrical system work, though. Here's a few pics.


Nice looking 18, good you got the deck.
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Posted February 01, 2014 - 03:02 AM

I don't know how the green one works, I'll have to ask my girlfriend. I only know how the orange one works, HA! It's a great hobby getting these old machines back in shape and putting them to use.

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Posted February 01, 2014 - 06:36 AM

Nice, nice tractor. They are really hard to find here.


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Posted February 01, 2014 - 06:45 AM

That is a good looking SS/18. Great score on that one!


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Posted February 01, 2014 - 08:26 AM

Nice looking tractor and good deal.   Looks like someone figured a way to get more life out of that old seat too. :thumbs:


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