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#1 aevansgatech OFFLINE  

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Posted March 18, 2015 - 07:20 PM

I'm looking at getting an eighties Ford LT12H for a good price knowing ahead of time that it's not running. Tractor looks great visually but according to the owner it started to leak oil and ran hot one day and no longer starts.

Any idea if this will be a lost cause or are there some common diagnoses for a hot (I'm assuming it's seized) engine?

Trying to get an idea what I may be getting into
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Posted March 18, 2015 - 07:24 PM

Impossible to tell with so little info. You will need to evaluate it when you get to see it. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted March 18, 2015 - 07:26 PM

Thanks Rick. Yeah I know I'll have to see it but what should I look for before purchasing?

I've done the basic engine maintenance before (fluids, filters, some wiring) but never done a complete rebuild.

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Posted March 18, 2015 - 07:28 PM

Whew, expected something else when I clicked on this thread!


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Posted March 18, 2015 - 07:37 PM

This has a B&S 281707, type 1030-01 engine. Maybe that will help with figuring out what may be wrong.



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Posted March 18, 2015 - 07:51 PM

Junk yard engines for the yts are a dime a dozen and I probably have $.15 worth in the shop right now. Just about any BS flathead twin will work. Look for the old murray wide bodys made in the 90's. most of them need tires by now and the wheels are probably rusted to the axles. People will give them away because they think they will have to pay to get them hauled off


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Posted March 18, 2015 - 10:02 PM

Thanks Rick. Yeah I know I'll have to see it but what should I look for before purchasing?

I've done the basic engine maintenance before (fluids, filters, some wiring) but never done a complete rebuild.

A guy called Zippo Varga does a very good youtube series on what to look for when buying a Simplicity/AC tractor. Most applies to most GTs and would be a good starting point for you to learn. When they don't run, they aren't worth much. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 19, 2015 - 07:26 AM

Thanks guys. I'll check out the video by Zippo Vargas

To be honest it's a good price I would take this tractor even if it had no engine.

On another note, anyone have a recommendation of where to rent a truck/trailer for half a day for cheap?
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Posted March 19, 2015 - 07:33 AM

Thanks guys. I'll check out the video by Zippo Vargas

To be honest it's a good price I would take this tractor even if it had no engine.

On another note, anyone have a recommendation of where to rent a truck/trailer for half a day for cheap?

 

See if you can borrow one from a friend/relative. A low trailer may be best since you need to get an unpowered tractor on to it and the extra height of a pickup bed makes the job that much harder. 


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Posted March 19, 2015 - 08:46 AM

Not sure on the truck part, but Uhaul rents the little open trailers for $20 a day


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Posted March 19, 2015 - 03:12 PM

Hay zippo done a video on you tube on my Allis Chalmers B-210 He is a stand up guy with a lot of info to share.
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Posted March 19, 2015 - 05:52 PM

You can buy one of those trailer kits from HF and set up your car to pull it. Once you have done it you will wonder how you lived without it. To make life easier, rig up a winch to pull things onto the trailer. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 20, 2015 - 11:57 AM

Got a friend to help me with his truck, but we are gonna do without a trailer. He has a ramp and ratchet straps so I hope it's not too much to get it up there.

 

For reference, on a hydro, you can disconnect the transmission right? On my 16H the transmission release below the seat doesn't seem to do anything



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Posted March 20, 2015 - 12:13 PM

Some have to be held in while pushing, not real handy. Make sure the brake is adjusted properly and not locked. 

2 guys should be able to pick up an LT and put it in the truck. Ive done it 100 times


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Posted March 22, 2015 - 05:28 PM

Success! the transmission release worked well and despite a flat front tire we were able to roll it up the ramps into the bed of my friend's F350






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