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#1 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted November 01, 2014 - 03:53 PM

The "Old Girl" <---, is HOME! What a score!  All the manuals, Snow Blower and tire chains to boot! I have moved Her inside and will start with removing Her deck, and PB Blasting every bolt I can find. Sorry for the over size pictures, I forgot to re-set my camera. The PO said he moved here from Illinois, I guess you need something like this up there. While moving Her into Her place in the shop, She roll's free, and the steering fells tight (no slop). Man, She is bigger than the Ford LGT-145, and I can't believe I scored all the original manuals.   

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Posted November 01, 2014 - 04:03 PM

Blue, green, red, and white. Yep, it's a keeper.


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 04:39 PM

Congrats, Larry! Glad you got some manuals to go with it too!


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 05:43 PM

That is a great score Larry and on top of everything else it does have the N52 big block that all the Onan guys drool over.


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 05:47 PM

Hi Larrybl, congrats on your new tractor, when you get it cleaned up and running I'll bet your going to like it. Yep its always nice to get the original manuals even though one can get replacements its a great feeling to have the originals at least to me don't know why but it is.


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 06:20 PM

Deck removed and soaked in PB, Stored for now. It is pretty rusted and the belt cover will need a lot of TLC. The outer mandrills are froze, I pumped them full of grease. I'll come back to this later. Checked the oil, full and clean, Air filter is present but will need replaced, Battery won't take a charge. Looking through the brochures and I will stick with the original colors, not sure about the hub caps. Neighbor said he can help with the decals :dancingbanana:

   

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Posted November 01, 2014 - 06:22 PM

Man Larry, I hope you don't mind me coveting your old girl... Great haul with the tractor and with the manuals and the attachments. I've never seen the manual in the lower left. If you ever get a chance to scan it I would love to see it.
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Posted November 01, 2014 - 06:41 PM

Sweet score Larry. Like Alan, I am a little envious also. 

 

If it follows the Sears production, the plastic gas tank under the seat puts it at a 1975. 


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 06:47 PM

I would Change the Oil now before you try to fire it up.

 

I just got a Cub Cadet 1440 cyclops that sat for a bit and checked the oil in it.Looked super clean but drained it anyway.I ended up getting about 1/2 a cup of water and dirt out of it.Oil floats on top of water and dirt will settle to the bottom of the water.

 

I ended up flushing the engine out with Kerosine.and installed a new filter on it.Hey got the tractor for $40 with a bad tranny and busted hood but I now have a good running 14hp Briggs V-Twin vanguard and 4 good tires and rims to put on something.To bad someone robbed the PTO off of it and cut up all the wiring but I'm happy with the parts.

 

 

Never trust Oil if it sets for a few years.

 

 

That's a nice old Roper and a big old Onan.Should make a heck of a nice tractor when your done with it.


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 06:49 PM

That is the Brochure.... In Color!

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Posted November 01, 2014 - 06:52 PM

Very nice!! Congratulations!
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Posted November 01, 2014 - 06:54 PM

EricfromPA, This will be a frame up restore. I will change the oil, and fire the engine just long enough to see if I need to re-ring or re-build. I lucked out on BMP with it needing only a lite hone. The Craftsman 18hp twins both had to be bored 0.020 over and new pistons, valves, and rings. I'll post a vid once I get to the point of cranking this beast up to see what the next steps will be.. 


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Posted November 01, 2014 - 07:33 PM

I think you did just fine, Larry!

 

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Posted November 01, 2014 - 08:14 PM

Ooooh, color all the way through.
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Posted November 01, 2014 - 09:33 PM

I am out of PB, and need to pick some up tomorrow. Hood and Grill are removed and separated. All the fasteners are bagged and labeled. Just sitting now studying the construction of the old Girl. They didn't skimp on the metal on this one. Transmission does shift, but sounds a little dry. I may try and source some mufflers and engine gasket kit, carb kit, and fuel pump kit.

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