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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted March 08, 2014 - 07:46 PM

This 71' Suburban was for sale for 250.00 on Craigslist for a while. There weren't any pics, so I kept browsing passed it. I finally decided to contact the owner and ask him to send some pics. When the pics came, it didn't look too bad, just real dirty and a ripped up seat. He said it didn't smoke or knock when it ran and it had spark, but he stripped out some threads in the carb while rebuilding it. He owned the Suburban since 74'and kept it in the garage most of the time. Anyway, he seemed honest, so I took the hour drive to pick it up. It had an old dead battery mounted on a home made bracket on the hitch, the throttle shaft was very loose, and the flywheel and flywheel pulley were messed up. Well, I brought it home, replaced the flywheel, flywheel pulley, installed a freshly rebuilt Walbro LME carb, and put a new battery in the correct location. The owner was right, it fired right up, no smoke at all, no knocks, and everything works as it should! I dialed the carb in and rode it around for a while with no issues. I'm going to replace all of the idler pulleys, deck mandrel bearings, and all new gaskets and seals in the engine. I want this one to be reliable, since I plan on mowing with it this year.

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Posted March 08, 2014 - 07:51 PM

Sounds like a great deal. Good luck with it.         Roger.


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Posted March 08, 2014 - 07:54 PM

Good looking tractor! Nice price too!


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Posted March 08, 2014 - 08:42 PM

Congrats on a nice grab! :thumbs:  Those ads without pics usually throw me off too.. :(


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Posted March 08, 2014 - 10:28 PM

Nice find on this one. I agree those adds without pics can be decieving. That's how I got my recent find was responding to an add with no pics. I asked the owner did he have any suburbans & his answer was " about 19 & they all run". I couldn't rest until I got up there.  :D Those plows are nice too...heavy duty. Congrats James


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Posted March 08, 2014 - 10:58 PM

Nice, another 12 saved. And a good looking deck as well.

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Posted March 08, 2014 - 11:00 PM

"about 19 and they all run" I would have been restless, too!

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Posted March 08, 2014 - 11:12 PM

I was surprised at the condition of the deck, MH. It looked rusty in the pics, but it's only fine surface rust with no real pitting at all. The wheels have hardly any rust on them either. I have to put the starter belt and cover, and the right side inspection cover back on tomorrow. Now that it runs, I'm going to work on cleaning all of the grunge off of it. It also came with what look to be home made wheel weights, so I'm on the hunt for an original sears pair. Here's a pic of the ones that were on it.

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Posted March 09, 2014 - 06:54 AM

Sweet find!! I always wonder on the no picture CL adds! Paid off for me before!


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Posted March 09, 2014 - 07:10 AM

    Nice, I had one of those.  I used it to plow for a few years then the rear and tore itself apart. 



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Posted March 09, 2014 - 07:11 AM

Looks like a good one  :thumbs:


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Posted March 09, 2014 - 04:46 PM

I spent some time working on the electrical system today, since I had to use a rope to start it yesterday. When I would turn the key, I would get no lights, and it wouldn't crank over. I tested the starter generator on the ground and it worked fine, so I put it back in. I had a new voltage regulator and ignition switch, so I put those in while I was at it. I installed a fully charged battery and walla!...Nuthin'. I checked and double checked the wiring and I had everything right. I even bypassed the neutral safety switch. The ground wire to the battery looked a bit questionable due to the green corrosion at the ends, so I changed it out. Finally, that was the whole problem, and it started right up with a turn of the key.I pulled the light switch and all of the lights are nice and bright.I started cleaning some of the grunge off of it and it's actually in pretty good shape. I still have a long way to go, but here's the progress so far.

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