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#1 Dpregs OFFLINE  

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Posted November 25, 2014 - 11:56 AM

I picked up a 1985 Sears GT 18 with mower deck from CL the other day for a steal (sub $200)! Got there, the tractor ran, cut, everything good to go minus the lights. Got it home, drove it off the truck, ran it up and down the street, and pulled it into garage to see if the bulbs were just bad. When I went to start it up again....squealing...high pitched squealing! I am thinking it is the starter...

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Briggs and Stratton
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Posted November 25, 2014 - 12:01 PM

can't view the vids from work but the unit appears to have been well cared for.
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Posted November 25, 2014 - 01:34 PM

nice buy for the price. If its just the starter gear easy fix.


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Posted November 25, 2014 - 06:23 PM

Definitely sounds like the starter.


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Posted November 25, 2014 - 09:14 PM

Nice find!



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Posted November 26, 2014 - 12:30 AM

Nice find ! The grey Craftsman GT's with the 3 speed hi-lo trans are tough old GT;s and don't get enough credit.


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Posted December 05, 2014 - 12:09 PM

Great deal for sure!



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Posted December 05, 2014 - 12:37 PM

Just did the starter on my GT18 today. Every once in a while I would have to tap it to get it to turn. Unfortunately you have to pull the engine to get the starter off. The commutator was very dirty so put it in the lathe and cleaned it up with a dressing stone. Cleaned the mica grooves as they were plugged. The shaft where the bushings run was caked with sludge also. Cleaned everything up and it runs good now. If your going to pull your engine you might as well change your drive belt at the same time because they are unbelievably hard to do. Takes a 93" x 1/2" belt.

Good luck with your project.


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Posted December 21, 2014 - 06:34 AM

Thanks guys!  Cvans....I should have looked at this thread before finishing :)  

 

SO, I finally got around to starting work on the tractor.  Once I got a look at the starter, I knew!  The nylon gear was totally rounded over.  So, my brother and I started to try and get the starter out without removing the engine, and as you probably know, that was a futile endeavor.  As we started to take things off we found so much caked on dirt and grass and years, I mean like 30 years of NEVER being cleaned or even blown off, of dirt!  We were pulling handfuls of grass out.  There was literally a 1/2" of caked on dirt in the shrouds.  The fins on the cylinder heads were all plugged up.  It was bad.  And of course....I don't have any pics of it :(

 

So, we finally got the engine off and replaced the starter gear, cleaned it all up, I tried to clean the flywheel as best I could because it was dirty, but being new to this game, I didn't know how far to go.  We got all back together around midnight and turned the key....and she started right up.  Purred like a kitten too! 

 

Now I have to find some lift linkages, figure out the lights, and put the plow on I just found for it!  Maybe some new paint and new stickers too :)


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Posted December 21, 2014 - 06:48 AM

Those are good tractors. I have the GT18 and a GT20 (minus engine). The GT20 has the electric lift under it that works great. I hope to have the B&S 18 HP put back together and get one of these two running again. What linkages are you looking for?


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Posted December 21, 2014 - 07:19 AM

I am looking for the mower deck lift linkages.

 

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Posted December 21, 2014 - 07:40 AM

Okay, those are the links from the tractor to the mower lift, right? I am not sure if I have any extras of those or not. Might get a chance to look today!


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Posted December 21, 2014 - 07:44 AM

That would rock!  Thanks man!



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Posted December 21, 2014 - 07:56 AM

If I don't, check out some of our sponsors. They may have them.



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Posted December 21, 2014 - 01:49 PM

I just built a hydraulic lift system for mine and boy is that nice. No more pulling my shoulder out of joint trying to lift that 8hp tiller on the back.  :thumbs:






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