Well, she's home! And I think I found out what the deal was.
At some point in the past, the previous owner's Grandfather had this tractor just stop. He couldn't get it to run again, so he bought a new engine (at least that's how the story went). Fast Forward several years, Grandpa moved into a home, then passed... and this tractor sat in the lower garage not running for ??? many years. This winter he decided to get it running again. The Newer style ign was replaced with the system off the old engine. Still no spark. He lost interest, got laided off & put it up for sale.
I went & got it this morning, we had to push it up the icy drive as I didn't want to get the wife's mini-van stuck. It rolls easier than any tractor I've ever pushed... but I want to do more than push it. No spark situation was the old style coil was bad. He'd gone thru all that work and installed bad parts. The new style stuff was with it & it ohm read OK, so I converted it all back. Still no spark. Upon closer examination of the coil, someone had allowed it to hit the pins on the flywheel. This damaged the pin & turned it in the resin.
Tuning it back & seating it properly allows it to produce a spark.
After getting a pop-pop, I removed the coil & am epoxying the pin back into place.
Here's hoping this is the fix, if not... I'll be doing a conversion or buying another SSI.
Total Package: 1969? SS12, Replacement (great condition) mower deck, Heavy Duty Snow Blade, Extra Engine (complete, no spark), set of owner's manuals, 2 sets of chains, and a mystery Moldboard Plow.
If anyone can ID the year, it'd be appreciated. It's a 6 speed (H/L range) with a Tech 12. Model # is wiped off,
The best I can get with the use of imagination is 917.25350. If that's really the #, then I found a listing online that shows it as a 1968. It might also be 917.25550; 1970
What doesn't jive is that it has the SSI. I thought the 68, 69 had points?
Edited by MH81, February 14, 2011 - 12:51 AM.