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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted February 08, 2014 - 07:57 PM

About two weeks ago, I was at a customers house installing a dishwasher. I was carrying tools back out to the van when my Spidey Senses kicked in. I slowly did a 360, my eyes searching for the reason for my 'tingle' when I saw it.

Like a drowning man's arm sticking up from the surf, a small 8" tire stuck out from under an impressive pile of garage stuff. I asked about the tire and discovered it belonged to his Dad's tractor.

One 1968 Custom 7 (917.25221) has now joined the herd here. The engine pops, but the carb is really gummed up, no gas getting thru the orfices.
Unfortunately, the original deck and blower are long gone, but he said the cart went with it. According to the gent, the last time it moved, Ronald Reagan was in office..and the gas smelled like he was right. He's happy to have more Garage and I'm tickled to have saved another one from eventual scrapping.
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The cart suffered from sitting and has a rust out in the roll over in the back, but I think I can save it.
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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:00 PM

nice looking tennis ball carrier!!


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:02 PM

Nice looking Custom! Always fun to find a new project!


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:02 PM

nice looking tennis ball carrier!!


Yeah, that's covering a greased 2" ball. I guess this tractor has... Oh well, you know.
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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:03 PM

You dog!  That's a nice find!  It's got a good home now.


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:03 PM

Great little score there.
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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:05 PM

That's a good looking machine. You were lucky to find it.
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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:19 PM

amazing how much the sheet metal looks like my 69 XL10


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:30 PM

Congrats!  


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:38 PM

I loved my Custom.  It was a very powerful machine for its size.  All I had for it was a mower deck, which was cast aluminum.   I sold it to a local guy who wanted to get into antique garden tractors. 

 

They were made by Roper.  You've even got the belt cover on the side, which mine did not have. 

 

That was a nice rescue.  :thumbs:

 

Ben W.


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:38 PM

I am jealous. I love the sears customs. Nice looker! :thumbs:


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 08:40 PM

Nice find, looks to be in good shape.


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 09:03 PM

Great looking ole Custom MH. I have to admit I almost like the looks of the Customs better than the Suburbans. How many Sears does that put you up to now ?


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 09:16 PM

Nice looking machine there Alan. You dun good.


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Posted February 08, 2014 - 09:39 PM

Nice rescue & a great story, congrats!


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