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#1 classic ONLINE  

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Posted July 16, 2014 - 06:33 PM

Just got this heap off of Craigslist 4 days ago, beat up, not running, and some minor surface rust issues. After removing pine needles, acorns, leaves, replacing some parts, and scrubbing it down, it's alive!
The frequent heavy rains have washed out the driveway, so I went about making repairs with the Big Ten after work today. The little tractor runs great, and is fun to operate. I'm totally impressed with this machine. Here's a pic from four days ago, and a couple of pics I just took a half hour ago, as I was fixing the driveway.

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Posted July 16, 2014 - 06:54 PM

Looks great ! dang good tractor, not bad at all for a junker, i need to do that to the driveway too.

 

I like that plow, spring loaded.


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Posted July 16, 2014 - 07:18 PM

Where in NY are you I really like the Allis's, look,s like a real worker
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Posted July 16, 2014 - 07:26 PM

Thanks Trowel. That plow works great moving that shale around, and I had no trouble with it tripping. The engine runs great, but it does let out a puff of blue smoke once in a while. The piston is still std., but I could see that the ring end gap was a little wide on the top ring when I had the head off. The bore is clean, and the piston is still pretty tight in the bore. I'm going to order an NOS std. Piston, rings, and a std. rod and freshen it up. The valves are quiet and still tight in the guides.
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Posted July 16, 2014 - 07:32 PM

I'm 50 miles south of Albany T Guiles. The Allis is working out great and plows better than my Sears Suburban 12's. I was plowing the gravel uphill without wheel weights and it did well, but the weights will help out a bit, I'm sure.
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Posted July 16, 2014 - 07:45 PM

I just looked at the front of the plow and noticed the dry dust line near the top of the plow blade. I didn't realize I was pushing that much gravel. The top left corner of the plow was bent when I got it, so I have to straighten that out. Here's the homemade little dump cart that came with another Big Ten I picked up.

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Posted July 16, 2014 - 07:59 PM

Yeah, you see why i was so thrilled when i got the Allis B10 and Squire 9, dang good tractors, simple, well built, strong, no flashy frills, looks like the farm tractors.

 

It is so neat that the 24 engine can still be fully rebuilt and at a fair price, man, a cart behind a rider is a wonderful thing for hills, up and down, forget the wheelbarrow.


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Posted July 16, 2014 - 09:15 PM

Yeah, you see why i was so thrilled when i got the Allis B10 and Squire 9, dang good tractors, simple, well built, strong, no flashy frills, looks like the farm tractors.
 
It is so neat that the 24 engine can still be fully rebuilt and at a fair price, man, a cart behind a rider is a wonderful thing for hills, up and down, forget the wheelbarrow.


Amen, brother. I keep my eye out for generators (not running I hope!) with that motor. They're out there, and usually they have very few hours on them.
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Posted July 17, 2014 - 12:42 AM

I don't know what kind of cleaner you used on that tractor but it did a fantastic Job. I've never seen anything rejuvenate a seat like that. You will have to let us know what you used. PLEASE! :smilewink:  


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Posted July 17, 2014 - 04:34 AM

Amen, brother. I keep my eye out for generators (not running I hope!) with that motor. They're out there, and usually they have very few hours on them.

Allis B10 has one in it, 1966 233431, swapped the crank out for the straight shaft.


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Posted July 17, 2014 - 05:33 AM

The GT looks real good and the stinger on the back looks great. For doing the driveways, you want to try an Earthcavator, a midmount blade, or a York Rake. The plow exaggerates bumps but the others diminish them. That cart looks similar to others that I've seen. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 17, 2014 - 09:47 AM

I was only able to salvage one arm rest pad from the original seat assembly, and the seat pan was in pretty good shape. I changed out the hood, rear fenders, and the front rims, tires, and wheel bearings. I used S.O.S. pads to clean the rust and grime off of everything, including the chrome, painted surfaces, and the seat. S.O.S pads bring the faded paint back to life. I'll be spending more time on it to get it as clean as I can. Here's a pic of the hood after cleaning most of the rust off with S.O.S. pads. You can see the many rust spots on the area that wasn't cleaned yet.

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 11:13 AM

Boyscout, the blue Suburban 12 is what I normally use to fix the driveway. I mounted an IH york rake to the Sears hitch and it does a real good job. I've been on the hunt for a mid mount grader blade for the big 10, but I haven't found one locally. The lift handle and plow design on the Allis works much better than the Sears and is stronger and stiffer. There is a huge difference between the two.

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 06:56 PM

I got a chance to do some mowing after work today with the Big Ten. It mows fine, and the engine stopped letting those puffs of smoke out of the muffler. I'll have to finish up the rest of the yard tomorrow.

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Posted July 17, 2014 - 09:26 PM

Looks great ! out of all the attachments the mow deck is a fav and blends right in with the tractor, built right over the deck.

 

Sometimes a good hard run is needed to bed the rings back down but check the oil any way, the Squire did the same but burns a little over time, were i live is all hills so she works mowing up hills.


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