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#1 MountainBuzzMan OFFLINE  

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Posted April 25, 2015 - 05:09 PM

Hi Guys,

 

As a fairly new owner of my first sears Garden Tractor, I am looking to learn from the experience on this board.  

 

A little about me.

 

My grandfather owned a 73 or 74 sears with a 16HP onan engine.  Very reliable tractor.  He also bought a Troy Bilt Horse tiller in 73.  My uncle still uses the mower and it just keeps going.   I got the tiller once my dad blew the engine and let it sit outside in the rain for 6-8 years.  He said he was going to scrap it,  so I took it home and completely restored it.  During the restoration process I became extremely impressed at how well designed and built these older pieces of equipment are.  This was about the time my $1,000 big box mower died during its 4th season.  I remembered how smooth the onan engine was and how reliable that tractor was. 

 

So I decided to go old school and get an older Sears Garden tractor with an Onan engine.   So far I am very impressed.  The thing is a tank and has so much power.  My goal is to slowly restore it like I did the tiller.  I want to get it back to brand new. But still try to use it during the summer.

 

I grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina. We grew most of our food. Cows, chickens, hogs and a big garden.  We also raised tobacco for our cash crop.   My neighbor as a kid still used a plow horse for his garden. 

 

I am an Electrical Engineer by trade and went to Georgia Tech. I got out in 1989 and designed pagers and cell phones for Motorola for years. 

 

So that is where my forum name comes from.  I am a redneck and a nerd all at the same time and fully embrace both.   My girls call me a Nerdneck.  The Buzz is from the Georgia Tech YellowJackets and the Mountain is from the Appalachian mountains. "MountainBuzzMan"


Edited by MountainBuzzMan, April 25, 2015 - 05:23 PM.

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Posted April 25, 2015 - 05:22 PM

Welcome to GTT. Sounds like you fit right in here. Relax and enjoy the site. Post pics when you get a chance. Our Manuals Section has lots of information on all kinds of old equipment. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 05:31 PM

welcome to the GTT!!



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Posted April 25, 2015 - 05:50 PM

Here are the before and after images of the tiller.

 

 

 

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Here is the Garden Tractor.  The Picture is from the guy I bought it from.  It is a 1982 model with a 24 horse Onan.

 

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Posted April 25, 2015 - 05:59 PM

One warning, you can never have too many tractors. They become an addiction and you will find yourself thinking up projects to justify another GT with a particular attachment. Thanks for the pics. You did a beautiful job on the Troybilt. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 06:10 PM

Welcome, enjoy the forum.


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 06:19 PM

Welcome to the forum.  You did a great job on the tiller.


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 06:43 PM

Welcome to GTt.  You do some nice work.  The Tiller looks like it just came off the showroom floor.  Looking forward to see how the tractor turns out.


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 06:59 PM

Hey Buzz,, Welcome to Gttalk. Where are you from in W. NC.? We used to live on Lake Nanahala above Andrews NC.. My wife's family is from there and we still have property there and go back to visit 3 or 4 times a year, most Beautiful country in the world in my opinion !! :wave:

 

Great job on the Troy Built restore and man you got a beast in that Sear, is it a FF24? The Biggest, Baddest Sears tractor ever built !!! :thumbs:


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 07:03 PM

Here are the before and after images of the tiller.

 

 

 

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After

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Here is the Garden Tractor.  The Picture is from the guy I bought it from.  It is a 1982 model with a 24 horse Onan.

 

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:wave: Welcome to the forum! That sure does look like an FF24, need better pics or a model #


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 07:05 PM

Hey Buzz,, Welcome to Gttalk. Where are you from in W. NC.? We used to live on Lake Nanahala above Andrews NC.. My wife's family is from there and we still have property there and go back to visit 3 or 4 times a year, most Beautiful country in the world in my opinion !! :wave:

 

Great job on the Troy Built restore and man you got a beast in that Sear, is it a FF24? The Biggest, Baddest Sears tractor ever built !!! :thumbs:

Robbinsville in Graham County.  Just north of Andrews. Well actually on the other side of the mountain from Andrews.  So I guess it is west.   Yes, I could not agree more.  The only place I can completely relax. 

 

Yes I think it is an FF24.  There are not any decals on it.   It has the Eaton 11 Transmission and the Pearless 2500 rear end.  Stout little beast.  The engine sounds great.  Very deep rumble. 


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 07:16 PM

I found a model number.  917.254830  on it.  It was on the divider between the battery and the engine.


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 07:20 PM

I don't see many guys restoring Troy-Bilts.  You did a beautiful job on it.  I'm looking forward to what you do with that Sears!

 

Welcome to the forum!

 

Ben W.


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 07:31 PM

Welcome to the forum Buzz. I've got a troybilt tiller just like that. It's still in the before state. When you want start on mine?


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Posted April 25, 2015 - 07:34 PM

From one Buzz to another Buzz, welcome to the forum Buzz.

So how will we know who is who now? Lol
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