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#1 mtoney OFFLINE  

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Posted May 08, 2014 - 07:41 PM

This old girl came in to our shop with reported problem of it locked up while he was using it.  It has sat for about a month in line, finaly got to look at it. Owner didnt want to put much into it as he was shopping for a ZTR.  I put a wrench on the crank bolt and sure enough it was locked up solid.  He said no problem, gave him the excuse he needed to go buy a new Grasshopper ZTR.  My boss bought the tractor off of him for a good price and I bought it off our shop for a good price.   I never thought of pulling the pto clutch to check the bearings, didnt smell anything burnt or see any signs of a clutch bearing failure.  But once I got her home, sure enough, the rear bearing in the electric clutch is toast!  The 18hp Vanguard just purrs.   I need to see if I can get replacement covers that go over the indicator lights on the dash, the rubber hood tie downs are gone and I need to start shopping for a PTO clutch.  The mower deck is a 48" and the hour meter shows 468 hours.  Cheers   Mike and Michele T

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Posted May 08, 2014 - 07:45 PM

Looks like you got a good deal.  Nice looking tractor.



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Posted May 08, 2014 - 07:45 PM

She's a beauty ! I looked at one like that last year but no where near  that nice



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Posted May 08, 2014 - 07:49 PM

I am trying to figure out if the Vanguard power plant is a repower or just a very late model Sunstar.  All the others I have seen come thru the shop are Kohler twins, either mag or command series.  The only other Vanguard was a SEW repower kit that I put in at a previous employer.  Mike


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Posted May 08, 2014 - 08:43 PM

I am trying to figure out if the Vanguard power plant is a repower or just a very late model Sunstar.  All the others I have seen come thru the shop are Kohler twins, either mag or command series.  The only other Vanguard was a SEW repower kit that I put in at a previous employer.  Mike

 

The Agco Allis and Deutz versions used Vanguards.   I bet its original.

 

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Posted May 08, 2014 - 08:46 PM

I had one that done the same thing.He should have stuck with the SS IMO....

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Posted May 08, 2014 - 08:51 PM

He wanted a Grasshopper, told him it was worth putting an engine in it.  But he wanted rid on it, and didnt want a Simplicity, Snapper Pro or Scag ZTR, which is what we sell.  Now the shops mechanic has himself a really nice tractor with power steering and a smooth running Vanguard.  Just need a clutch!  Will see what my cost is on one tomorrow.  


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Posted May 08, 2014 - 08:51 PM

Wow, that is one good looking SunStar you got. It should be a great tractor for a very long time to come.



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Posted May 08, 2014 - 08:53 PM

I am trying to figure out if the Vanguard power plant is a repower or just a very late model Sunstar.  All the others I have seen come thru the shop are Kohler twins, either mag or command series.  The only other Vanguard was a SEW repower kit that I put in at a previous employer.  Mike

 

I figure it's a late model, as the dash is also different from the one I had.



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Posted May 09, 2014 - 08:25 AM

I figure it's a late model, as the dash is also different from the one I had.

 

Yup...a late Vanny powered SS is a scarce find.  That one is a real gem!  You did great.



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Posted May 09, 2014 - 06:48 PM

He wanted a Grasshopper, told him it was worth putting an engine in it.  But he wanted rid on it, and didnt want a Simplicity, Snapper Pro or Scag ZTR, which is what we sell.  Now the shops mechanic has himself a really nice tractor with power steering and a smooth running Vanguard.  Just need a clutch!  Will see what my cost is on one tomorrow.

That is a nice looking machine. I think the Simplicity and Simplicity built machines have the best mowing cut in the game.

On that clutch, see if you can get the bearing out and if the housing is not damaged you should be able to press a new bearing or a few bucks, When the bearing went out of my JD 318 Dad went to the JD dealer to get the bearing. The clerk told him they could not get bearings, Iwould ave to buy a new clutch.. Dad told him to check again. Clerk said Ihave been selling clutches for 5 yrs and your right I can get replacement bearings

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Posted May 09, 2014 - 07:58 PM

I did just that, I had to grind three stakings of the rear plate, then I was able to drive out the bad rear bearing. I will take it to the local bearing wholesaler on Monday. I checked today, we cannot get individual parts for that clutch thru any of our suppliers.  Only a new one at well over $300 bucks.   MSRP on that clutch is like $519!!!  I bet the bearing will be $25 or less. I forgot to check to see if I can get new lense covers for my dash indicator lights.  I did order new hood hold down straps.  There are locations for 3 gauges, all I have is the hour meter in the center.  What were the optional gauges?  I guess one could go with cylinder head temp gauges on each side, or a tach.  



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Posted May 09, 2014 - 07:59 PM

There was a fuel gauge option.



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Posted May 09, 2014 - 08:48 PM

I see that, the wiring is there to the tank and a block off plate on the top of the tank for the gauge.  Might have to hunt for one of those.  Maybe that and a duel cylinder head temp gauge in the other slot.  



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Posted May 09, 2014 - 09:00 PM

Voltmeter fuel hour meter




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