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#1 rustyoldjunk OFFLINE  

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Posted July 02, 2015 - 10:10 PM

Or well,whats left of it. I probably should have passed on it but in over 20 years of garden tractoring it is the first that I have ever saw in person. I like the fact that it has the Dana 20 rear axle setup and it has the cast metal dash that the gear drive tractors didn't have. It sat behind a barn for 15 years. It is in sad shape and its a shame because it appears to be a fairly low hour tractor. It sat with no hood exhaust or air cleaner. Take a look at the pictures for the results. Everything on it is stuck. I had to force the oil dipstick out and I still haven't gotten the trans dipstick freed up. It is in very rough shape but fixable. The engine,I won't be using... This is pretty much a complete tear down put back together tractor. With the price of Onan rebuild parts I think a used Onan or Briggs twin is the way to repower when I get to that point.

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Posted July 03, 2015 - 02:58 AM

It's a shame that its been abandoned, but it's found a good home now.
If I could suggest getting the pump and drive motor torn down and soaking in some oil. With it sitting outside like that, there has got to be water in the oil. (The reason mine was parked)

What's the rod sticking up by the oil cooler?

Good luck, I'll be following.
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Posted July 03, 2015 - 05:25 AM

Sad to see such a tractor in that condition.


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Posted July 03, 2015 - 11:23 AM

Oh, and don't forget to download the user's manual that Kenny provided in the other thread.
It was invaluable, the scribbled belt in the margin is even the right one.
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Posted July 03, 2015 - 11:45 AM

MH your post and the info in it from you and Kenny will help alot. This one is a planned keeper to add to my Sears collection. I will get the pump off and apart and start soaking it. I'm sure there is water in it too. I think the rod by the oil cooler is the mounting bracket for the oil cooler cover. I have the battery tray,oil filter cover,and oil cooler cover,they just aren't pictured. MH thank you and Kenny thank you too. MH don't be surprised if I have questions for you here or in PM as I go thru the pump and drive motor.


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Posted July 03, 2015 - 12:16 PM

Jim, just trying to help folks in your position get along. I'm just happy we have a great forum to compile all this info at!


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Posted July 03, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Me too Kenny,without forums like this one and great people in the hobby like yourself that go the extra mile for others in the hobby,it would be a lot more difficult to and much more time consuming to get the needed info to go thru a tractor like this. I remember in the 80's and 90's chasing hard copies for info. Thanks again for your efforts Kenny.


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Posted July 03, 2015 - 06:10 PM

Me too Kenny,without forums like this one and great people in the hobby like yourself that go the extra mile for others in the hobby,it would be a lot more difficult to and much more time consuming to get the needed info to go thru a tractor like this. I remember in the 80's and 90's chasing hard copies for info. Thanks again for your efforts Kenny.

I will chase down any manual I can to get a copy for the members here!


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Posted July 03, 2015 - 08:29 PM

I didn't have much time to mess with the tractor today. I pulled the engine off and drained the rearend. Water came out with a few spots of trans fluid. I have about anything that should move on the tractor soaking in PB Blaster. I want to look the manual over tonight before I start pulling the pump and drive motor. MH the bracket that you asked about is not for the hydro cooler cover. I don't know what its for. Now i'm curious too.

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Posted July 03, 2015 - 08:54 PM

Well, that looks familiar.

The drive motor and rear end is easiest if you take it all out as one piece.
Fewer bolts holding this in than a gear drive, I think.
Haven't found the model serial tag yet on mine, does your have one?
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Posted July 05, 2015 - 12:51 AM

Well, that looks familiar.

The drive motor and rear end is easiest if you take it all out as one piece.
Fewer bolts holding this in than a gear drive, I think.
Haven't found the model serial tag yet on mine, does your have one?

You answered the very next question that I had for you MH. Mine doesn't have a tag either that I have found. I think it was right in front of the oil filter and is gone but the rivet holes are there. I am going to try to get time to pull the rearend out tomorrow. I did take a look at the cylinders of the Onan today,they are pitted bad. I didn't get a hood or upper grill with the tractor and will have to find one for it but it will be a while before I get to that bridge.



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Posted July 05, 2015 - 06:17 AM

Where did you think it was?
If i am understanding you correctly, Mine has a cover over the cooler that hides that area.
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Posted July 05, 2015 - 10:35 AM

I will grab a picture today to show you where I think mine was. I was beat tired when I made the post last night. I meant right in front of the hydro filter.



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Posted July 05, 2015 - 07:39 PM

I managed to get the rearend out today. It was a bear to get out. Nuts that were factory fastened on the back side broke loose on a couple so out came a grinder and for one I had to use a air chisel to get to it. There were hydro fittings that wouldn't break loose and I ended up having to take the rear deck mount bracket off to clear the hoses that wouldn't break loose to get the rearend out.I also had to pull the steering fan gear to clear things to get the rear out. Once out I pulled the hydro pump off and put it on the bench and started taking it apart. Next I will pull the drive motor and pull it apart.I have at least one metal line that is rusted thru and the dipstick is still stuck in the axle. MH what do you recommend soaking this stuff in before I start cleaning ? Here is some pictures of todays mess as you can see I don't have much space to work in. I need another building or less tractors. The first picture is of where I think the tractor I D plate should have been. This will be a learning experience for me. My first time inside a hydro.

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Posted July 06, 2015 - 05:57 AM

Wow, great news that all your pieces are free.
A little cleanup in the cylinders and you'll be better.

I was soaking mine in a mix of ATF & Kerosene.
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