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#1 Bigdaddypowerking OFFLINE  

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Posted July 13, 2015 - 12:17 PM

Hello GTTalk! This is my first post, having joined the forums today, and I'd like to share my restoration with you guys. I first purchased this 1973 Powerking 1614 Economy tractor with hydrolics for 350$ on December 14th, 2014, and since then I've done a fame off restoration on it. With school and all it has taken me a while to give the tractor the love and care it needs from sitting in a barn left for years and being 42 years old. I haven't found too much online about these tractors, so that gives me the idea that they're sort of rare? After doing many hours of research I found that they went out of business a while back. I've had so many great times during the restoration but the best is still to come! When I mouth it the piston was cracked in two so I bought a new one and did a complete overhaul on the 14hp Kohler K321S engine, so I haven't completed the wiring to crank it yet. The restoration is nearly complete and I would like to thank everybody on the forums for the help they've provided to me! I will keep you guys updated on how the tractor is when I have it 100% complete, and here's some before and after pictures, cause who doesn't like those?😉

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Posted July 13, 2015 - 12:54 PM

Looking good kind of sideways :D  and a big welcome to the site. :dancingbanana: :good_job:



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Posted July 13, 2015 - 01:15 PM

:welcometogttalk:



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Posted July 13, 2015 - 01:20 PM

I like it. What color is the paint you have on it? I'm going to be painting mine soon.

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Posted July 13, 2015 - 01:38 PM

One of my favorite tractors. Looks great, welcome aboard.



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Posted July 13, 2015 - 02:02 PM

You're doing a nice job.  It's refreshing to see someone using an actual original paint scheme and not going off in different directions.  Not that there's anything wrong with "making it your own" but so few try to bring them back to the way they looked from the factory, it's just nice to see.  If you are near Fayetteville, I know a guy who could really be of some help to you but you don't really look like you need it.


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Posted July 13, 2015 - 02:07 PM

Welcome to GTT. Very nice job. If you need manuals check our Manuals Section. Do you have any shows coming up in your area? That will be admired. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted July 13, 2015 - 09:54 PM

Boy howdy! that is coming out nice, welcome to GTTalk.

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Posted July 13, 2015 - 10:46 PM

Thank you all very much for the welcomes to the community! Apologies for the sideways pictures, I posted it with my iPhone and didn't know how to fix it😁
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Posted July 13, 2015 - 10:49 PM

Welcome to GTT. Very nice job. If you need manuals check our Manuals Section. Do you have any shows coming up in your area? That will be admired. Good Luck, Rick[/quote]

Reply: Thank you so much, I've been looking for my year model for a while and have no luck until your suggestion

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Posted July 13, 2015 - 11:20 PM

Pharmer and David, The paint I got for my tractor is Tisco TP140SP Flambeau red Industrial Enamel paint, and it is the exact correct paint that the tractor left the factory in Waukesha Wisconsin in 1973. I made the tractor as correct as possible down to the decals. The paint isn't the easiest to find, but eBay is a good place to find it, and I hope to find a show soon, because I'd like to show its uniqueness off a bityes I'm near Fayetteville and I'm always up for netting new people with strong interest in tractors and mechanical things like me
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Posted July 14, 2015 - 06:23 AM

Welcome to GTT. Very nice job. If you need manuals check our Manuals Section. Do you have any shows coming up in your area? That will be admired. Good Luck, Rick[/quote]

Reply: Thank you so much, I've been looking for my year model for a while and have no luck until your suggestion

If you are looking to verify the year of manufacture, post the serial number that is right between the headlights.  If it is a 1973, then the model of tractor is simply Power King if you want to be that accurate.



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Posted July 14, 2015 - 07:55 AM

If you are looking to verify the year of manufacture, post the serial number that is right between the headlights.  If it is a 1973, then the model of tractor is simply Power King if you want to be that accurate.


My serial number is 28187 and I looked it up on the chart and I believe it was made around September of that year, I'm aware of the company ditching economy because they thought it sounded cheap, but I don't know exactly when they did that

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Posted July 14, 2015 - 08:10 AM

My serial number is 28187 and I looked it up on the chart and I believe it was made around September of that year, I'm aware of the company ditching economy because they thought it sounded cheap, but I don't know exactly when they did that

Yeah that's a little fuzzy but it happened in the latter half of the 70's.  This company didn't just pull the trigger and change things.  They were gradual about it so as to use up old stock.  Take your 73 for instance.  You may find one out there that was made after yours but has the older sheet metal.  It's just the way they did things.  I also have a 73 that I have been working on but you are making far more progress than I.


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Posted July 14, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Yeah that's a little fuzzy but it happened in the latter half of the 70's.  This company didn't just pull the trigger and change things.  They were gradual about it so as to use up old stock.  Take your 73 for instance.  You may find one out there that was made after yours but has the older sheet metal.  It's just the way they did things.  I also have a 73 that I have been working on but you are making far more progress than I.

I'd love to see some pictures of your 1973 powerking if you dont mind. I know, from what i understand the powerking company has never been very good at record keeping or anything of that nature.







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