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#1 AZGreenBob OFFLINE  

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Posted January 29, 2015 - 03:53 PM

Just purchased a White GT1855 that I think is either a 92 or 93 model.  This one has an 18 HP Vanguard V-Twin in it that is being rebuilt at a local machine shop.  It was very tired and needed some serious TLC.  One thing I need to know is how do I actually tell the year of the tractor?  The motor is a 93 model.  The silver tag under the seat has not been readable for a long time.  I have replaced the bearing sleeves in the front wheels.  This tractor has 1" axles not the 3/4" supposedly in the '92.  I think it is a 93 but the owner passed me a manual with a 92 number on it.  Also, what fluids are safe to use in it since SAE 20 wt is impossible to find for the transaxle.  Thanks for the assistance.


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Posted January 29, 2015 - 04:02 PM

Sounds like a healthy tractor. Have you tried shining a light sideways across that silver tag? Or out in the sun looking at it from an angle?


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Posted January 29, 2015 - 06:45 PM

Hydraulic oil spec'd ISO 68.

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Posted January 29, 2015 - 11:41 PM

I saw on RFDTV they were made by MTD. One heck of a gt. Do you have any pic's?



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Posted January 30, 2015 - 07:28 AM

I had a chance to buy one nearby for $400, with 3 point hitch and scrape blade a few months ago but wanted power steering so I waited for Deutz Allis 1920. Great tractor though.


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Posted January 31, 2015 - 07:48 PM

Any pictures?

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Posted February 01, 2015 - 05:18 PM

Got this one for $300 with 50" deck, 54" front blade and 3 point.  Was running but very bad.  Both head gaskets bad.  Engine at shop for rebuild with complete valve svc, new rings, bearings and oil pump , just to be safe.  Should be running in about 2  weeks.  Not pretty but solid.  Anybody ever run hydraulic fluid instead of 20 wt in transaxle?  Can't find 20 wt to save my life.  Pictures when she's back together.  Looking for decal kit and a photo for a pattern as I will be repainting after cleaning the surface rust off. 


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Posted March 04, 2015 - 08:32 PM

20 wt oil is available at Tractor Supply, that is where I get mine for my 1655.

 

Also dont forget to change the filter while your in there, Purolator # L14670


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Posted May 05, 2015 - 06:57 PM

I just got an 1855 givin to me from my sister. Once I figure out how to post pictures I'll put some on here
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Posted May 06, 2015 - 10:03 AM

I just got an 1855 givin to me from my sister. Once I figure out how to post pictures I'll put some on here

:wave: Welcome to the forum! Start a new thread when you post the pics, please. Pic uploading isn't hard, check out the link in my signature.

I got to see one in person this last weekend. Healthy looking machine!



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Posted December 03, 2016 - 01:16 AM

Been gone from the forum a long time. The GT ran fine for several months after the rebuild then blew the hydro seal on the drive shaft. Nearly impossible to get the square cut seals but I finally got them and hope to have it back together in a week or so. Painted unit with 3 coats of gray primer and 3 coats of gray enamel. Still looking for a decal kit or photos that I can use to have some made. Any help on those out there? Will do fluid change on hydro when I change the seals, found ISO68 at CAL Ranch before they discontinued it. Hope it does well. Will try photos when I get it running and out of the shed.

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Posted December 03, 2016 - 05:46 AM

Found some pics here!



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Posted March 12, 2017 - 05:15 PM

Got the new seal in after many days of hunting and waiting for shipment from Eaton.  Buttoned it back up and fired up the rebuilt 18 HP Vanguard V-Twin with less than 15 hours on it.  Engine fired, let it smooth out for several minutes and no odd noises from Hydro.  Lifted the deck and watched fluid shoot past the new seal.  Anybody got any ideas about what to try now?  It does not leak past seal until load is applied, i.e. lift or drop deck/3 point or move tractor forward or backward.  I have another seal and I may try to replace it once more.  I did  refill the tranny as I had drained it during the repair and put a new filter on.  The unit now shows about 2/3 quart over full.  I was not sure if I ran it long enough to refill all the lines, filter and tranny.  Will drain out about 1 quart and try again but I think once it leaks it always leaks.  Would really like to complete this tractor rather than having a 900# paperweight.  Any help appreciated.


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Posted March 12, 2017 - 05:27 PM

Dang it! So the charge pump seal is leaking with pressure applied?  You either have a bad shaft there or a major restriction downline is my guess.


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Posted March 13, 2017 - 11:31 AM

KennyP;

 

Do you have any experience with this type of hydro?  Any solvents I can use to clean and flush unit?  There is also a pressure relief valve in the hydro but I don't know if I am good enough to get to it and do anything with it.  Any ideas on where or what kind of restriction might be in the system?  I really don't want to part this thing out but I don't have many other options at this point. I don't think a new shaft is available anywhere.  One other thing,  System was overfull about 2/3 qt after I ran it.  Deliberately overfilled by a quart to allow for empty lines and filter.  Do you think that may have caused the problem?  Shaft looked fine when I pulled charge pump.  I also have another shaft seal that I could try in case the one I put in was bad or damaged.  What do you all think?






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