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#1 coinman66 OFFLINE  

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Posted June 29, 2015 - 01:54 PM

Is this mower worth restoring? I can get it for $50. Doesn't run I was told. Can u get parts or decals for it? I read where they were made in Pontiac,Illinois. I wonder what year it is?
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Posted June 29, 2015 - 02:15 PM

I wouldn't restore it.  Clean it up and get it going.  Parts are going to be NLA unless you can cross it somewhere else.


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Posted June 29, 2015 - 03:54 PM

Get the numbers of the engine and that may help date it



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Posted June 29, 2015 - 04:29 PM

I see the big ones at shows all the time, very few if any of these smaller ones.  Think value-wise is great buy for rarity.  The engine will not be hard to fix, just a Briggs. Anything else depends on whether they used generic off the shelf bearings and shafts and such or if all specific made. I bet just good cleaning and repair would make it work. Fix the engine to get running first, then oil up all the drive stuff and let soak long time before trying it out. Might need to replace a chain or belt or such if rusted up or torn. Think it would be neat project, long as you don't get frustrated early working on the problems and lack of info on them. IF you need something quick to use, Don't buy it. If you just want something to play with and can take time, go for it. I don't believe this is all that old. The company used modern twin engines in those bigger units, some had a jeep like body on them and some not.  I see them at shows here in INdiana lots of times, so they are out there.


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Posted June 29, 2015 - 04:30 PM

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I'd get it. Neat little mower, shouldn't be to hard to get going. If the motor is indeed bad, a replacement could come from any lawn mower.



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Posted June 29, 2015 - 07:16 PM

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I have a walk behind version that I bought new in 1974, as you can see the deck rusted out while it was setting for a number of years. Last winter I repaired the deck and have use it a number of times to mow a steep bank at the in-laws. The only part that should be a problem is the drive wheel in the first picture and I have been told that a drive wheel for the older snapper mowers will work ( never checked to see if that is true). I worked on them in the late 60's at a lawn mower repair shop they are good units. I will try to get some better pictures tomorrow.

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Posted June 29, 2015 - 07:24 PM

http://www.collector...ini-jeep-mower 

 

This is the unit glgrumpy is speaking of as the large ones


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Posted June 29, 2015 - 09:01 PM

That is the only Riding mower that my dad owned. It was fun to drive and if you leaned back a little you could  pop a wheelie. Just didn't do it in front of dad. :D


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Posted July 01, 2015 - 06:46 AM

That is the only Riding mower that my dad owned. It was fun to drive and if you leaned back a little you could  pop a wheelie. Just didn't do it in front of dad. :D


Wonder if I can find a service\parts manual for it?

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Posted July 02, 2015 - 12:52 PM

Engine dates it to 1982. So now I wonder if they made them up to 1982?




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