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Posted July 10, 2014 - 08:23 AM

Hi there!

 

My father bought a SS12 back in '68 when we lived in Oakland County, MI.

I was born in '69 so I grew up on that thing.  Learned to drive, mow, blow snow, etc...

When he retired from GM in the early '90s he gave it to a friend of his.  This fella then moved to TN.

I've been thinking about that little tractor for some time now and decided to track it down.

I found it!!SS12.jpg


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 08:35 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! I'm glad you found it and shared that with us. Lots of folks here that know about these tractors, so help is a question away! I like the weights and mower it has on it! Good luck with it!


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 08:45 AM

Great that you were able to track it down.

Did it have the sickle mower on it when you were a kid.


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 08:46 AM

Wow, phenomenal find! Very happy you were able to find an heirloom piece.
Oh, and :welcome: to GTTalk!
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Posted July 10, 2014 - 09:18 AM

Welcome to GTtalk.  Great you found the tractor, was it hard to find?


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 09:19 AM

Welcome and cool find. 

 

I thought my 68 SS had a lot of rust. I was thinking for a moment you were wrong and that was a standard 68 orange suburban, but it's just rusty.

So, what are you plans for it? does it still runs? All attachments still with it? 


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 09:33 AM

Welcome to GTT. Congrats on saving some family history. Check our Manuals Section for 3 free downloads per day. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 09:37 AM

Welcome to GTTALK.


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 10:08 AM

great story! congrats - and welcome to GTT


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 10:16 AM

Wow! Ruff!  My dream would end after seeing that in that condition. Not like one remembered at all. Sicle makes it more rare, and LOVE those weights on bar in front. If keeping, do a complete tear-down and blast and paint each piece and assemble as you can. I have done that and not too hard. Biggest issue is getting the lock rings off and the cross shafts out for the pedals and controls there. Take your time, lots of penetrant and might need some careful heat app. DON'T bang too much with hammers. They bend and the ends mushroom real quick and then the lock rings and levers won't slide off at all. You have to remove the pedal shafts to get the side foot rests and panels off I believe is what I ran into. AND, the levers on those same shafts each have a small key in them which makes it hard to get off and won't turn to move until you are off that key. Keys need to come out to remove the shafts thru all the parts and body panels.


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 11:09 AM

It is hanging out in the shop I work.  We are a used machinery dealer so taking things apart and fixing them is par for the course.

When my dad had it he had the mower and a snow blower but not the sickle.  He had a buddy (different from the one he gave it to) up the road who had a SS12 also.  They also shared a few other attachments between them.

 

I checked the oil, cleaned the carb, slapped on a battery, cleaned out the gas tank, replaced the fuel lines, and put some gas in the tank.  Wah-La!  Fired right up!  The transmission works in all gears.  Brakes not so much.  One wheel hub cracked.  One oil seal on the axle is weepy. The engine has been replaced with a Tecumseh OH140.

 

Going to need a bit of work yet. 

I plan to keep it.  The sickle was the only attachment that was with it.

It wasn't too hard to find.  Facebook helped with that.  (I dislike fb though)

 

Heath


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Posted July 10, 2014 - 11:16 AM

Some more pictures after I picked it up.

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Posted July 10, 2014 - 11:27 AM

She needs some cosmetic help, but MAN it's nice to have some family history.
The parts you need are out there. If not local, then our site sponsors can help you.
As for the brown, she's earned her spots... No biggie.

The OH140 is a more responsive engine. Tips for longevity: keep fins clean, run it just a little rich, and a splash of smokeless two cycle oil won't hurt her a bit. (The valve seats are an issue here and can loosen under heat, eventually causing damage.)
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Posted July 10, 2014 - 11:27 AM

Wow, I don't think I've ever seen one of those with a broken grill, must've gotten hit pretty hard. 

I can see all the blue in those pics, looks a lot like the condition of mine.



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Posted July 10, 2014 - 11:54 AM


The OH140 is a more responsive engine. Tips for longevity: keep fins clean, run it just a little rich, and a splash of smokeless two cycle oil won't hurt her a bit. (The valve seats are an issue here and can loosen under heat, eventually causing damage.)

 

What he said.

The 14's don't seem as prone to dropping valve seats as the 16's for some reason from what I read, maybe cause the 14 has smaller bore/less compression and builds less heat, I dunno. 






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