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#16 classic ONLINE  

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 08:04 PM

Yuck blue, HA! I'm thinking the original seat cover must have been florescent lime green or something of the sort. The David Bradley script and DB on the hood have a florescent red orange look. Here's a pic I took after seeing what the Pontiac blue would look like on one of the pitted rims I won't be using.

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Posted August 25, 2014 - 08:10 PM

LOL, the original DB guys coined that back in the days, im just carrying on the traditions.

 

That is close to the original but then again i am viewing this on a computer not in front of me, just from what i see it seems too light or something, the original the guys matched was a little darker i think.


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Posted August 25, 2014 - 08:21 PM

That Pontiac blue has sort of a greenish tint and is too dark, Trowel. The original blue is a little lighter without the greenish tint and is bright. I had to partially remove one of the rear tires from the rim and the blue on the inside of the rim is exactly the same as the blue on the hitch in this pic.

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Posted August 31, 2014 - 06:46 PM

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Posted September 01, 2014 - 09:29 AM

Thanks for sharing Trowel, I appreciate it. The old belts were slipping a bit on the tractor, so I replaced all three of them. I made a few adjustments to the cable and variable speed shifter, and also cleaned up the variable speed pulley. This pulley had some drag when turning it by hand, due to some tacky old oil and grime. This drive system is pretty simple, but everything has to be just right for it to work as it should.
I rigged up my IH york rake to the hitch, installed wheel weights, and took care of the ruts in the driveway after the rain. The tractor did a good job and has a unique feel to it with the big flat steering wheel and the skinny round hood.
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Posted September 03, 2014 - 05:47 AM

Your welcome, there was many more threads out there someweres buried in computer world regarding Suburbans.

 

Not like the Simplicity or Bolens but regardless a very well built tractor.


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Posted October 07, 2014 - 06:54 AM

I figured that I would update this post since I spent some time working on the tractor. I removed the brake bands and degreased the linings. After adjusting the brakes, I repainted the rear hubs and brake assemblies. I replaced the rear rims with an identical set that I had that were rust free after installing new tires and painting them. I installed new front tires on the split front rims, after filling some pits in one of the rim halves. One of my front wheel retaining caps was heavily rusted, but I found a nice one to replace it on ebay. The exhaust valve was tapping due to the lash being out of spec, so a buddy of mine refaced the valve so I could set the lash. I replaced the head gasket, valve cover/crankcase breather, and installed an NOS fuel shut off assembly. I repainted the seat and the engine and cleaned up the original throttle and choke cable assemblies. I also repainted the steering wheel center and spokes. I managed to find an original pair of wheel weights that need to be painted and installed, and I ran across a '59 Sears catalog with a pic of the tractor on the cover. Once I finish painting the plow, I'll post some more pics.This has been a fun project so far.

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Posted October 08, 2014 - 11:10 PM

Nice DB Classic, it looks so nice, the paint touch up looks good. I have one but the PO changed the engine to a B&S model 14 and I have no hood or grill. It was the first GT I bought and got me infected but I think I'm getting better.

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Posted October 09, 2014 - 12:39 AM

Thanks MNGB. Actually, I liked the look of it when I had the hood off. Parts do pop up from time to time for these, so you may end up finding a hood and grill. That model 14 is a good engine, too. You know there is no cure for the affliction, right?
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Posted October 09, 2014 - 04:58 PM

"You know there is no cure for the affliction, right?" Yes I'm hopelessly afflicted now have 6 Suburbans the DB a GT5000 and a Power King. But I maybe building up some inmunity somedays I go without looking on CL's. Heres a couple of pics of the DB, and yes the model 14 is a great engine.

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Posted October 09, 2014 - 06:14 PM

Glad to see the results, looks great all painted up.


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Posted October 09, 2014 - 09:13 PM

Just as expected Jim a "Classic Job". This was a great find for you knowing how you like to keep things original. I hope you kept the original DB belt :) Is there a history on how these two colors were chosen.

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Posted October 09, 2014 - 09:25 PM

Thanks Sawdust, lots of work, but lots of fun! Met some good folks along the way, too. I don't know much about the color choice, but Sears seemed to like the combo. I think I read something about an anniversary of some sort regarding the colors, but I don't know if it was a fact. I found other sears products that were blue and gold also. Some sears toy trucks from back then had light blue trailers attached to them.

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Posted October 19, 2014 - 05:05 PM

I finally got around to painting and installing the original wheel weights.The wheel weights were a 15.95 option in the 1959 Sears catalog. The catalog part number was 32 HR M9805F.

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Posted January 28, 2015 - 01:07 PM

You have done a great job on this machine ! I just picked one up this week and started the cycle all over again !

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