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#1 Captain OFFLINE  

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Posted October 23, 2015 - 11:18 AM

Hey all, my first GT and my first post! My wife and I bought 31 acres last year and I've been wanting a tractor but can't afford one. I wasn't really thinking about going the GT route but a friend hooked me up with his parents Sears SS16 for free so how could I say no?

His parents bought it brand new in the 70s and kept it in a shed all the time. I'm pretty sure it's been painted at least once since new but there is VERY little rust on it and no rot. Came with a 3 point hitch, plow, disk, dump cart, and mower deck that all appear to match the tractor. They also look to be in great shape. It also came with an aerator and a thatcher (not sure what that is for) that seem much newer. I have the original owners manual for just the tractor (none for the attachments) and it's a 91725752.

It hasn't been run in years but was running when parked. My buddy said he's taken the motor apart twice but I didn't ask what/why he did that. Here is what I plan to do to it. Any advice or links to threads with info would be greatly appreciated!

1) Drain and flush the gas tank. Anyone know if I can do that without taking it off? There is definitely stuff sitting in the bottom of the tank. And some really old gas!

2) Take apart carb because some little metal shaving fell down it when I opened up the top of the air filter. Anything in particular I should replace when I take it apart? Do I need to buy gaskets? If anyone has a link to a good thread about how to take it off/apart I would love that!

3) Drain and refill engine and transmission oil.

4) New air filter and foam ring around the filter.

5) New battery and spark plugs. Battery looks really clean but I imagine it's no good if it's been sitting for 3-4 years. Might try to charge it before I replace it.

6) New front tires because they are cracking.

Pics coming very soon!!!
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Posted October 23, 2015 - 11:31 AM

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Posted October 23, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Damn... Not sure why they came out sideways. I held my phone straight instead of wide view in hopes that wouldn't happen!
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Posted October 23, 2015 - 11:36 AM

Welcome!

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Good choice for a first GT, free makes it even a better choice :smilewink: Great choice with all the accessories.

 

If it is an SS, it should have a Twin Onan, good old motors, but rebuild parts can be expensive.

 

1. you maybe able to remove gas line and let it drain in a pan. It's not hard to remove the tank if under the seat, the top bracket and rear panel and it can be wiggled out.

 

2. If an onan, I recommend removing carb from intake, there is a couple tiny passages that usually need cleaned but requires carb removal. It basically is gaskets.

The fuel pump may need rebuilt too. The diaphragm can dry out and not pump. Take it apart and soak in motor oil for 15-20 mins sometimes swells it and they will work again.

 

3. Tranny oil takes a while, drain plug on bottom ,fill is behind left tire, takes forever. You can also remove one of the 4 bolts that holds in shifter to allow it to vent. Takes 5 gts of non detergent W30

 

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Posted October 23, 2015 - 11:37 AM

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Posted October 23, 2015 - 11:40 AM

Stupid question number 1... What does SS stand for?

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Posted October 23, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Stupid question number 1... What does SS stand for?

 

Some will say "sears suburban" other say "super suburban"

in the late 60's Sears had both models, for example, one called a "suburban 12" the other called a "super suburban 12 or SS12" . Only the supers had the "SS12" badging, the regular ones would state Suburban12. The supers then had extra options, wood grain dash, wider tires, longer footboards and a cig lighter.

The carried the name SS in the 70's for the Twin cylinder models. The singles were called for example "ST16"

 

 

Looks like you might have the 48" deck, with chute and a 5 blade disc, both can be hard to find

 

It has been repainted, the whole tractor should be yellow.

 

Your model number indicates a 1974 tractor.


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Posted October 23, 2015 - 12:06 PM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! Great looking tractor and implements. On the pics being sideways, that is not uncommon. The software may put them in upside down.


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Posted October 23, 2015 - 12:12 PM

Hello and welcome  :wave:



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Posted October 23, 2015 - 12:16 PM

Welcome to GTT. You are off to a great start. Checkout our Manuals Section for the Engine Manual. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 23, 2015 - 12:23 PM

Nice tractor, great price! I would always recommend rebuilding a carb when getting older machines that haven't run in a while. You will need a carb kit and some solvent to soak the carb in, not the gaskets or rubber just the metal parts. Have fun and welcome to the worlds most aaddictive habit I mean hobby! You will own five by this time next year. Good luck.
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Posted October 23, 2015 - 12:43 PM

Stupid question number 1... What does SS stand for?

Heck of a great deal you got there!

SS is acronym for Super Sport!.  Nice tractor. The carb is very easy to take apart and reassemble...even I can do it.  Front tires on my Mighty SS16 been cracked since I bought it...I will wait till the tube pops out before splurging on new ones. Good luck on the battery.


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Posted October 23, 2015 - 02:25 PM

Easiest way to refill rearend/tranny

remove the whole shifter its a little tricky to get at the bolts but can be done and fill through

the hole where the shifter was and it will take the 5 quarts the manual calls for

remove the fill plug behind the wheel for venting

 


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Posted October 23, 2015 - 05:15 PM

Very nice GT and all the attachments! Sure can't beat the price either.

:welcometogttalk:  and :thank_you: for the  :camera: 



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Posted October 23, 2015 - 09:26 PM

Great tractor, I'll give you double what you paid!





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