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#1 BairleaFarm OFFLINE  

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Posted July 29, 2014 - 06:34 PM

I almost cried. 35 years the mower has been mowing. I was mowing tonight and the gt started running ruff. I drove it to the shop to change the filter since I've had some dirty fuel issues. About the time I got to the shop it was running hot. I could feel it on my feet. I opened the hood and poof. It was ablaze enough I had my son get my phone to call the fire department. I had it under control enough we didn't need to call.

Battery melted, wiring gone, tank gone, belts gone, engine locked up, heat cracked the intake so the carb fell off.

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I know the rear end is junk so what do do?
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Posted July 29, 2014 - 06:36 PM

I think I'm going to use this frame, deck, and 3ph and build a gt.
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Posted July 29, 2014 - 06:41 PM

Sorry to here of this, good thing nobody hurt. Why not fix what's damaged and put it back in service.

I saw a post somewhere of a member with 2 - 990s for sale.

http://gardentractor...118-2-mtd-990s/

 

I do have a spare fuel tank for it.


Edited by DH1, July 29, 2014 - 06:45 PM.

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Posted July 29, 2014 - 06:43 PM

Bummer!

Back in 1995 while mowing with my Bolens G14,  it caught fire.  I wasn't too happy at the time but later decided that was the best thing that could have happened to it.

That Bolens hasn't made me mad one time since then...... 


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Posted July 29, 2014 - 06:45 PM

Upon second look the dash also melted. I have zero tractor funds. I do have 10 years worth of tractor parts laying around. I won't decide anything until I get it in the shop and get it torn apart
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Posted July 29, 2014 - 06:47 PM

Everything happens for a reason. I believe that in every aspect of every part of my life. I just try to find the positive side of the bad things that happen.
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Posted July 29, 2014 - 06:59 PM

Man sorry to hear that. I think I would of cried. I would suggest letting it set a bit to see if the engine is locked or just something else. Maybe you could find enough parts through guys here to help get it up and running a gain. Just a thought. Good luck keep us informed.                                             Roger.


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Posted July 29, 2014 - 07:11 PM

Wow! Really sorry to hear about this but I'm glad no one got hurt.

I know the GT funds aren't there right now but realistically, you could probably buy another one of these in good working order for less than it would cost to piece meal this one back together. Plus you would have this one for parts.
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Posted July 29, 2014 - 07:15 PM

Ebay the good parts, junk the rest!  C'mon, sometimes you just gotta Let Go and move on. Would be cost prohibitive to rebuild. You could buy another running one for the same money IF you REALLY had to have a 990. I sold mine for $300, bet you can't fix this one up for that or less. LET IT GO! Turn history page and go to another one of your brands, and forget the MTD.


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Posted July 29, 2014 - 07:17 PM

David, I know too well how it feels.  Watched my Honda Scrambler 90 burn when I was barely a teenager.  Watched a 5,000 bale stack of straw bales burn 25 years ago, hit by lightning the night we finished the stack (no insurance....gonna take that out the next day), then a few weeks ago, watched my our barn burn along with 125 rolls of hay, and our beloved Massey 175...only the barn insured.  SUCKS!  I'd find another 990.  Be patient...they're out there.


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Posted July 29, 2014 - 07:41 PM

Sorry to hear your tractor burnt, but glad no one was hurt or any other part of your home/garage was damaged.

 

My insurance agent once told me that a mower was a necessity, therefore my home-owners insurance would cover the loss.......BUT since I have 10 or 11 GT's (lost count) I don't know if he still feels that way!


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Posted July 29, 2014 - 07:43 PM

Nasty. Sorry to hear that. Hard to say what to do. All good replies. I would let it sit for a few days and think about it. Don't junk it to soon !!! Noel.

Good point about the insurance.

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Posted July 29, 2014 - 07:55 PM

I think I'm going to use this frame, deck, and 3ph and build a gt.

That's the way to bounce back! I agree with the folks who say to sleep on it. Then let us know which way you decide to go.


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Posted July 29, 2014 - 08:01 PM

I agree park it, count your blessings especially since no one was hurt or fire spread somewhere else. I myself love the 990. Parts are are out there so be patient & keep us informed. By the way sometimes the bearing seals will melt & make you think the engine is locked.

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Posted July 29, 2014 - 08:11 PM

Damn the starter/gen is also locked up. With the rear end messed up I just don't feel like it's worth fixing. To get it running good again I'd need the dash, tank, hydro, regulator, redo the wiring, find another carb mount, all the belts, and redo the wiring. Got the thing pushed in the shop. The ramps don't seem steep until your pushing your gt. I dunno, tomorrow is a new day.
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