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#1 1oldbuzz OFFLINE  

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 03:04 AM

Finally got me a 990.

Think I stole it.

Easy part was already done repainted.

Hard part lies ahead teardown and clean the frame and repaint.

go through all pivots and linkages,front spindle upgrade.

you know everything the last owner overlooked.

 

Going to rebadge it as a JC Penny

reason being its been repainted JD yellow,and

Have not seen many.JC Penny tractors

All I need is to find decals.

Pics are off the net and only closely represent how it started

and what I want the finished product to look like

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 06:11 AM

Never saw a JC Penny one so thar going to be pretty cool !

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 06:43 AM

There may be a page out of an old Penny catalog showing it. HDWildBill scanned and posted a bunch for me a couple of years ago. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted March 28, 2015 - 07:48 AM

I wish I got te 990 when I had the chance a few weeks back but bought a Bolens Ride a Matic instead. Looks an absolute steal that one. Look forward to seeing its developments.

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Posted March 28, 2015 - 08:53 AM

Nice find. I hope your restore goes well. Would love to see pictures as you progress.


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Posted March 28, 2015 - 09:43 AM

Congratulations on a great find. I'm just finishing mine up so if there's anything  we can help with just ask. I can't see the rest of your hood badge. It looks like the one I have a Turf Trac ??? The Penny's badge is harder to find. There are some out there you could maybe get the graphics off of so you could have them printed. So far that's the only way I have seen folks do this. Can't wait to see more pics of it.  :thumbs:


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Posted March 29, 2015 - 03:09 AM

I turned it into a pile of parts.

Sorry no pics but we all know what a pile of parts looks like,lol.

 

Surprisingly everything came apart without breaking.

Years of lack of maintenance has taken a toll

Left front spindle was so tight I could hardly turn it,(steered ok)which in turn

took it out on the steering sector.

Hopefully I can rebush rebuild it.

Other than that most of the other pivot points and such aren't the worst for its age.

Now to clean off 35 plus years of grease and grime buildup.

Should have pics of reassembled and painted frame in a few weeks.


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Posted March 29, 2015 - 10:05 AM

Does it have the hole in the frame right in front of the trans axle mount on the right side? If so, make sure you check that area for stress cracks as they most all cracked there from use. I always liked the Penny's paint scheme because it's so different.



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Posted March 29, 2015 - 10:49 AM

No hole  there

Was told this is a 1977

can't prove it by the numbers

they are gone.

But have seen enough posts speaking of this.

Alas I am a welder by trade and I always find myself adding welds

if it looks like it needs.more or better.

Can't believe some of these machines have held together

for 35 plus years with the way some of the welds look!

 


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Posted March 29, 2015 - 01:39 PM

Check your engine code number on the shroud. The first two numbers will be the year of the engine which in most cases will be the same as the tractor give or take a few months.
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Posted March 29, 2015 - 02:22 PM

Check your engine code number on the shroud. The first two numbers will be the year of the engine which in most cases will be the same as the tractor give or take a few months.

 

Yes, the engine is usually 3 to 6 months older then the tractor, unless it was around model year change. But it will give you a close idea of the year model of the tractor.


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Posted March 29, 2015 - 05:38 PM

Check your engine code number on the shroud. The first two numbers will be the year of the engine which in most cases will be the same as the tractor give or take a few months.

Thought of that.

But no tag and no other numbers or codes found yet.

Engine I do believe to be the original.



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Posted March 29, 2015 - 05:40 PM

Your engine numbers should be on top of the fan shroud near the spark plug or on the side of the shoud below the carb. Not a tag but stamped into the metal.


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Posted March 29, 2015 - 05:40 PM

Does it have the hole in the frame right in front of the trans axle mount on the right side? If so, make sure you check that area for stress cracks as they most all cracked there from use. I always liked the Penny's paint scheme because it's so different.

I have a theory on the hole.

need to look at my 960 a little closer to verify.



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Posted March 30, 2015 - 03:22 PM

Hers my theory one the hole in the frame.

I have a 72

and a 74

Both 960's they both have a hole

I do believe this is to access the brake adjustment .

 

Now the 990 frame I have does not have the tell tail hole.

and the brake is father back on the tranny.

however I can see frame extenders were added to the tail end

needed due to the size of the rear end and different mounting.

 

Did MTD realize to late in production and produce a frame without

the hole for the 990's because of stress cracking.


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