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Found This Early Model 990 Sitting In A Pole Barn Waiting To Go To Scrap.


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#1 rustyoldjunk OFFLINE  

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Posted May 24, 2014 - 11:05 PM

I was delivering a mower,when I spotting this 990 sitting inside a big building with bird poo all over it so I offered him a little trade in on the mower and brought it home. This makes at least the 7th one that I have had. It needs an engine but I just happen to have a cast iron 16 HP Briggs sitting on a work bench. This tractor is in good shape and looks to have spent most of it's time stored inside. It is a early model with 3 bolt front hubs,heavier steering gears,and the heavy duty rear hubs. The plastic dash is even in good shape. He gave me the starter generator and PTO with it.Not sure when I will get time to do anything with it but I couldn't pass it up. Here are some pictures before and after a quick pressure washing. If you happen to be wondering,that tiny engine is a smaller aluminum Briggs that they transplanted into it.

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Posted May 24, 2014 - 11:23 PM

Not too bad!  At least the rear wheels look like they are on right, ha! What you have to give or what you selling for which ever way it is going?


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Posted May 24, 2014 - 11:27 PM

I'm not sure what you are asking ,Grumpy.



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Posted May 24, 2014 - 11:37 PM

For sale or you bought? was question. Guess you changed orig posting for more info or else I'm kinda nutty in my sleepy state! SO, where in IN are you?  Think I asked before, but forget. 



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Posted May 25, 2014 - 01:01 AM

I just took it as a partial trade on a mower that  sold. Its not for sale at this point but maybe for interesting trades...



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Posted May 25, 2014 - 06:52 AM

Nice 990. Good save. If that one is low hours it will make a nice base for a complete restoration. 


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Posted May 25, 2014 - 07:22 AM

Nice find & a good story too. I love these barn stories. You got the belt guard too, can't tell if you got the tool box. Is the white hood original, any indication what brand this one had. Sorry about all the questions just excited, these are my favorite GT.


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Posted May 25, 2014 - 08:51 AM

Nice find....Love the Pink Vette!


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Posted May 25, 2014 - 09:16 AM

Nice find....Love the Pink Vette!

 

I figured that was the trade.  :D


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Posted May 25, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Nice find & a good story too. I love these barn stories. You got the belt guard too, can't tell if you got the tool box. Is the white hood original, any indication what brand this one had. Sorry about all the questions just excited, these are my favorite GT.

I was surprised to see that it still has the drive shaft guard too. It has a tool box but it has a big hole cut in it. It looks like someone repainted the hood. The decals appear to still be under the paint,so I may try to get them uncovered. Another nice thing about this tractor is the model tag is still intact. So many of them are gone on these tractors.


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Posted May 25, 2014 - 08:19 PM

That's not the factory tool box, some one probably cut the hole in to get to the rear diff. dipstick.Is the dipstick on a plug or does it have the tube with black cap and stick? Does it have the hole in the left frame rail? If it doesn't , it is 75' or later, the black steering wheel cap leans towards 75 or later.


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Posted May 25, 2014 - 10:06 PM

That's not the factory tool box, some one probably cut the hole in to get to the rear diff. dipstick.Is the dipstick on a plug or does it have the tube with black cap and stick? Does it have the hole in the left frame rail? If it doesn't , it is 75' or later, the black steering wheel cap leans towards 75 or later.

You are correct,it's not the factory tool box.I haven't checked it close enough to know exact year but It is an earlier one. it has the early style rear hubs,early style steering gear and early style front hubs. The last of the 990's had cheap rear hubs,cheaper steering gears,and no front hubs. They also lost the starter generator bulge in the grill because the last of the 990's had a gear drive starter. BTW there were a total of three regular 990 grills (excluding other brands,such as White,and Columbia). There was a low mount starter generator bulge,a high mount bulge and one without a bulge for the gear drive starter versions.


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Posted May 25, 2014 - 10:42 PM

My 79 has a clear steering wheel cap. So ha lol. Clean looking 990

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Posted May 27, 2014 - 09:17 AM

79' Was the first year for the cheap hubs on the rear , MTD was building the long frames at that time and the stamped hubs were used on them as well, 78' was the first year gear drive long frame and 79' for the hydro.






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