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#1 Ianhw77k OFFLINE  

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Posted August 14, 2014 - 03:29 PM

Hello, my name is Ian, I am from the south east of England and I have just been offered an old Homelite T8 tractor mower with cutting deck and a tiller attachment.

I've just been searching the internet for information and found this place. This will be my first project of this type as usually my brother and I restore old stationary engines, we even have a few American examples including a 1929 Kohler 4 cylinder and a Briggs model RC from 1931.

 

I will do my best to put up some pictures of the Homelite now and ask if anyone here has any information about it, like age, who made it (I believe it is a Simplicity model but not quite sure), where I might be able to download any manuals etc etc.

 

Thanks for looking.

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Posted August 14, 2014 - 03:51 PM

I just found & uploaded the parts manual for your tractor.  You can find it HERE.  Your tractor model number is 1600123 (Simplicity Number)  No owners manual show up.


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#3 Ianhw77k OFFLINE  

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Posted August 14, 2014 - 04:06 PM

Well that's a really good start, thank you very much. :thumbs:



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Posted August 14, 2014 - 04:33 PM

Ianhw77k Welcome.   I think I have a Owners manual for that tractor. I will have to get into the files to see for sure. I may have a parts breakdown also. It will be a couple of days to get it located. Looks like a good project for you. Over here you don't find them i that kind of condition. You also don't find them with the rock guard on the mower deck.                                                                                  Roger.


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 05:08 AM

Welcome to GTT. One word of caution, the tractor is supposed to swivel just under the front of the seat. If it doesn't, it can be a big project to fix. If it works right, keep it well lubricated. Easiest test is to jack up one front wheel by an inch or two. If they both come off the ground evenly then the swivel is stuck. Look at our Manuals Section for more info. Three free downloads per day. Look under Allis Chalmers, Simplicity, and Other. Other has a parts manual and several mower manuals for Homelite. You will find that little tractors are fun.  Good Luck, Rick


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 05:40 AM

Welcome aboard mate nice Homelite !
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Posted August 15, 2014 - 05:51 AM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! Nice looking tractor!


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 06:35 AM

:welcome: to GTTalk, looks like the guys are already getting you great help.
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Posted August 15, 2014 - 06:42 AM

Welcome to the forum, Ian! Nice looking Homelite.
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Posted August 15, 2014 - 08:04 AM

:welcome:


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 09:23 AM

Welcome to GTtalk Ian.  In the pictures the tractor looks to be in good shape.  Let us know how the project goes.


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 10:33 AM

PM sent.                                                                     Roger.


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 03:50 PM

Thanks everybody, nice to meet you all.

I haven't managed to get this baby home yet as I'm under strict instructions to clear some other projects out of the way first to make room in my small workshop. As for the swiveling of the seat, I saw something about that in a youtube video. I think it may be stuck but it was difficult to tell as the seat was wet and covered in slugs!

This mower was dry stored for a long time in a garage but it has spent the past two years or so outside, badly covered with a small tarp. The guy has been asking me to take it away ever since he had to move it. I am surprised at the standard of the paintwork, I was thinking it would need painting but on further inspection, I think it may look better in original, working clothes.

 

I plan to show it at the local steam and country shows that I and my young family like to go to, we usually show engines so this will make a nice change and the kids are already asking if they will be allowed to drive it. I also hope to earn a little money mowing the odd paddock and use the tiller attachment for my allotment. The main work seems to be a bit of rust removal and treatment underneath and freeing off all the linkages and pulleys that are a bit stuck. The engine was apparently smoking a bit when last used so that may need looking into. I'll start with some fresh oil and gas and see where we go from there.


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 05:29 PM

Thanks everybody, nice to meet you all.

I haven't managed to get this baby home yet as I'm under strict instructions to clear some other projects out of the way first to make room in my small workshop. As for the swiveling of the seat, I saw something about that in a youtube video. I think it may be stuck but it was difficult to tell as the seat was wet and covered in slugs!

This mower was dry stored for a long time in a garage but it has spent the past two years or so outside, badly covered with a small tarp. The guy has been asking me to take it away ever since he had to move it. I am surprised at the standard of the paintwork, I was thinking it would need painting but on further inspection, I think it may look better in original, working clothes.

 

I plan to show it at the local steam and country shows that I and my young family like to go to, we usually show engines so this will make a nice change and the kids are already asking if they will be allowed to drive it. I also hope to earn a little money mowing the odd paddock and use the tiller attachment for my allotment. The main work seems to be a bit of rust removal and treatment underneath and freeing off all the linkages and pulleys that are a bit stuck. The engine was apparently smoking a bit when last used so that may need looking into. I'll start with some fresh oil and gas and see where we go from there.

Sounds like you have a good plan, one step at a time, we can and is willing to give good advice regarding the tractor.

 

Looking forwards.


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Posted August 15, 2014 - 06:28 PM

:welcometogttalk:  nice looking tractor , good luck with it.

plenty of guys here to help answer questions ,so don't forget to ask if you get stumped . Tom


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