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#1 BillTheTractorMan OFFLINE  

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Posted October 04, 2014 - 09:03 AM

Got this for $400. Kind of disappointed, had my dad go look at it for me because I couldn't make time. It runs decent but needs to be completely gone through mechanically before I can use it this winter. It looks nice but its worn.

Needs new seals in the trans
Clutch is worn out and shot.
Mower deck needs work
Amongst other things....

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Posted October 04, 2014 - 09:23 AM

If the engine is good, I'd say you got a fair deal. Compared to ones I've seen, that tractor is in very good shape body wise. If the mower deck body is good, and you just need bearing replacements, that is a pretty simple project. You said clutch is shot... do you mean belt, pulleys, linkages? If the transaxle bearings are good, and you just need seals, that is also pretty easy to do. Most of the Sears tractors listed around my area are pretty worn. The one you bought is very rust free. The fact that all the decals are there and legible says a lot.
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Posted October 04, 2014 - 09:25 AM

Bill, that looks good. And it runs huh?
If the deck isn't rotted out, and the rest is mechanically sound, I don't think you'll make any money, but you're not upside down in it either. I assume you mean linkage when you say clutch?
Look at it this way, you saved another one. :thumbs:
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Posted October 04, 2014 - 12:41 PM

The whole clutch from pedal to belt is shot. The brackets and pivots are so worn its hanging at a angle and ready to fall off.

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Posted October 04, 2014 - 02:09 PM

Bill, if you can find a few washers with the right ID, you can weld them on the insides of the frame and the floorboards.  add many years to the clutch assembly


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Posted October 04, 2014 - 04:09 PM

Bill, if you can find a few washers with the right ID, you can weld them on the insides of the frame and the floorboards. add many years to the clutch assembly

Yeah that would work great but the mechanism that pivots are worn badly too. I'm going to have to pull the engine and go through the whole tractor. Wiring needs work because the safety switches are all bypassed and wires dangling.

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 12:25 PM

Getting it loaded up for the ride home in mighty dodge. Mighty dodge isn't even showing the 1,200lbs in the back.

Used a come along to pull it up for safety reasons instead of driving it. I didn't trust the aluminum ramps so I put boards over the ramps to help distribute the weight.

Total load:
1 sears suburban
1 mowing deck
1 extra tecumseh engine
1 extra heavy duffle bag full of hunting gear (6ft long!)
2 tool boxes stuffed.
1 cooler& grocery bags (had to load up at costco)
1dog kennel for Dixie Lou
1 dog named Dixie Lou

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 08:53 PM

Mighty dodge died on the way home. Alternator quit charging and battery ran down. thankfully I had my jump pack and was able to move it off the highway.

Thankfully I was ony 3 miles from my grandparents farm and was able to steal a battery from a tractor to make it home.

Couldn't get a tow truck in an 80mile radius to help me. Either didn't have a big enough truck to handle it or they didn't do tows on Sunday. Called the local garage with a tow truck and they flat out told me no, we'll deal with it tomorrow.

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Posted October 05, 2014 - 09:43 PM

Man, sorry you had truck issues. That takes some of the fun out of it for sure.

I have driven my van for days on jump packs. :D

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Posted October 06, 2014 - 07:50 AM

Sorry to hear of your woes Bill. It sure looks like a nice tractor, hate to hear it needs a complete going through.

and I thought it was just Fix Or Repair Daily broken on the roads. Hope the Dodge is an easy repair.



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Posted October 06, 2014 - 12:21 PM

Well, mighty dodge has needed a good going through for a while now. I've been nursing it along for too long with bandages and finally it split at the seams. Needs so much work at this point that Im just going to send it in for repairs. I'm figuring it would almost cost me more to take a couple days off from work then to have it go in.

I have 2 sensors giving me check engine lights, a starter acting up, a dead alternator, a death wobble coming from the rear end, a coolant leak, and a couple little things I will address later.
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Posted October 10, 2014 - 01:06 PM

I have some videos up on YouTube of it.

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