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Posted April 06, 2015 - 10:33 AM

Is there anyway to tell the year? I have a couple serial number plates on the back. Would those help?

Eric

If you could post the numbers on the tractor & the engine would help. Because of the lower S/G bump on the grille & the three bolt front hubs my guess would be 76 or 77. They normally have two ID stickers on the lower part of the dash box where it meets the tunnel. The engine ID is on the shroud.

 

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Model lower right side of dash box model #.jpg

 

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Posted April 06, 2015 - 08:28 PM

The bolt on front wheels and the scissors deck linkage both changed right around that time period.  In fact the '76 manual shows the quick attach deck linkage so it would have to be pre-'75.  The starter bump moved from high to low between the '72 and '73 models according to the manuals.  So '73 to '75.


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Posted April 06, 2015 - 09:37 PM

So, I found 2 tractor tags. Both under seat just before where the toolbox mounts. First pic is the one on the left. Second is the right tag. First one looks like 8D 5843. Second is 141-990-205. Does this mean anything to anyone? Haven't checked the engine yet. It has no spark and will not crank with key. It will crank if I jump to the starter/gen, but no fire. Stopped before dismantling so I can finish my 420.

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Edit: sorry for the image size. I usually log on from my phone and now notice what my phone does to the pictures haha. Hope you got a big screen. Any mod help?


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Posted April 06, 2015 - 09:41 PM

I can assume this is originally a Farm King branded machine. I'm gonna do some cleanup and maybe some paint. Seeing as how complete and fairly decent shape, I think it deserves it. Maybe repaint the red and find some decals. Would be a easy summer project. I don't plan a complete tear down. Any places to look for decals? Also, wondering what other options I have for colors/brand I could go with? I know Unico , Wizard, Jc Penney, and Farm King. What others?

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Posted April 08, 2015 - 08:04 PM

Thanks for the pictures of your MTD 990, Eric!


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Posted May 11, 2015 - 10:31 PM

Just a little update. After finally working the bugs out on my previous project, I moved on to this. I just wanted to get it running and driving. Install the ags and maybe even get the deck running.

I put the battery in and found I had no power to anything through the key switch. After some hunting, I found the power source for the switch cut and dangling behind the dash. Once I repaired that, things started looking up! It will now crank with the key and the headlights work! No spark but that's gonna be tackled tomorrow. I plan to clean the points up and pull the shroud to check the coil. Hoping to be running tomorrow evening. Anyone have a good shroud laying around with the 16hp sticker still intact? This one looks like someone used it as a stepping stool.

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Posted May 11, 2015 - 11:02 PM

May have a good shroud laying around with the 16hp sticker still intact, will look tomorrow for you, remind me if you can.


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Posted May 12, 2015 - 06:32 AM

May have a good shroud laying around with the 16hp sticker still intact, will look tomorrow for you, remind me if you can.

Thanks Brian. I'm hoping it'll be a good runner. Then I may lay some red paint and add some new decals. Pretty it up a little.

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Posted May 12, 2015 - 07:40 PM

This is a little unrelated to the work I've been doing. I'm just curious if anyone knows of a narrow front wheel source to run some tri ribs on the front and still keep the 3 bolt hubs?

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Posted May 12, 2015 - 09:21 PM

This is a little unrelated to the work I've been doing. I'm just curious if anyone knows of a narrow front wheel source to run some tri ribs on the front and still keep the 3 bolt hubs?

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Maybe Miller tire??


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Posted May 12, 2015 - 09:30 PM

I haven't checked there yet. I've heard some early snapper rer used a narrow rear in a 3 bolt pattern. I have yet to verify it though.

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Posted May 12, 2015 - 09:39 PM

My poor shroud. I think someone tried to pry it off. Only 2 bolts holding it on.
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I sanded the points. Still no spark. I'm now going to clean up the coil and flywheel. See if that solve my issues. Wish me luck!

Eric

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Posted May 13, 2015 - 11:22 AM

That is a little rough!


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Posted May 13, 2015 - 01:41 PM

Eric, here's 2 bad photos of my shroud , it's straight, but decal is about gone. Paint may match.

 

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Posted May 16, 2015 - 10:46 PM

Well a little update.

Tonight I decided to swap a Kohler battery coil on. Figured, if I get spark with it on the points then it's the coil. Sure enough, it fired right up. No smoking or knocking. Ran really great. Like it never sat. Hydro worked and saw the lift cylinder moving. Although nothing lifted. I haven't looked but somehow the cylinder is not connected under there. I will check it out tomorrow. I'm gonna probably just leave the coil on it. Makes it easier of I have to mess with it again. Keeps me from pulling the frontend if I have coil issues down the road. I now need to figure out what wire from the switch has power while cranking and running so I can hook the "new" coil up to power.

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