Hello all, new here and with a quick google search, ive found these forums and now i am a member. I am 29 y/o union electrician in St. Louis. I have owned a couple of deere's before, one being a 140 h3, the next a 210, and a 317. I recently picked up a 318 for 500 bucks off craigslist but its going to need a full restoration. I got it running but the pan is completely rusted as well as a few other things. Frame is in good shape and i just started looking into it. Has a 50' deck and thats about it. Previous owner got it from a old folks home who contracted out there work and had no use for the machine anymore. He had it for a month and didnt want to fiddle with it (he has a mint 318 already) so he put it on craigslist. From what I have found is its a 1987, its only been serviced by John Deere and it has had the engine replaced at one point. So here come the questions....
1. When the 318 is running the power steering works as well as the rear hydraulic piston, but the mower will not move. I inspected the 2 valves under the seat and it appears thy are stuck in the down position. Will these need to be replaced? Is this why the mower will not move forward? I can push it by hand but its not easy.
2. I am going to run larger wheels and tires, most likely going to go with a 455 rim and a 26x12x12 bar tire in the rear, and I found a set of rims off a 400, with a 18x8.5x8 for the front. With this setup will I have rubbing issues? Will I have to mount the rims so it has the stance wider to the outside? Lastly is this the best way to have the mower sit level?
3. What advantages does a electric fuel pump have to the stock vacuum pump? Is it worth the switch if my vacuum pump is working fine?
4. On the positive lead of the battery cable there is a smaller red cable that comes off the terminal as well but someone along the way just put a wire nut on it. Where did this wire go?
I would appreciate feedback and I will be taking numerous pictures along the way and sharing them with the forum. Thanks again!
Last but not least, a pic of the machine..