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Posted January 02, 2016 - 02:53 PM

This was local. 42 miles from home. This is the second Columbia I have seen in this area. Must have been a dealer close by.
Supposed to run, but for now goes behind the shed. I saw one on a trailer up in Dover, Pa several years ago, then Daniels Unico caught your eye, then the red Ranch Kings made me look again. VTXrider has had some nice ones a well.
Let me know what it is missing. I know someone made a foot pedal for speed control (I did get the handle with it). Dash is busted. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1451764281.905440.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1451764311.115780.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1451764331.679353.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1451764361.587065.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1451764387.661321.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1451764414.863676.jpg

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Posted January 02, 2016 - 03:44 PM

Looks like it's all there, I think it's an early model with the scissors lift.

No hand control on the hydro somebody made a foot pedal for it, and I think you have a nail/screw in the right front tire.

 

Does it run?


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Posted January 02, 2016 - 03:49 PM

Yes, looks complete! Usually at least the belt guard is missing.
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Posted January 02, 2016 - 04:34 PM

How many more are you buying this weekend?


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Posted January 02, 2016 - 04:53 PM

Looks like it's all there, I think it's an early model with the scissors lift.
No hand control on the hydro somebody made a foot pedal for it, and I think you have a nail/screw in the right front tire.

Does it run?



Not sure if it runs- supposedly it will. I do have the hand control handle.
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Posted January 02, 2016 - 04:56 PM

How many more are you buying this weekend?

Kenny I did not plan on buying this. My normal scan of craigslist this morning resulted in this purchase. It was too close and too tempting not to get. I got to cut down a small scrappy tree and some brush behind my temp shed, so I can hide my long term projects. I am not looking on the Internet for sale ads for the next 3 weeks.

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Posted January 02, 2016 - 05:21 PM

Kenny I did not plan on buying this. My normal scan of craigslist this morning resulted in this purchase. It was too close and too tempting not to get. I got to cut down a small scrappy tree and some brush behind my temp shed, so I can hide my long term projects. I am not looking on the Internet for sale ads for the next 3 weeks.

Yeah! Right! :watch_over_fence: :watching_you:


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Posted January 02, 2016 - 07:21 PM

Those had a tool box, more of a tray really, between the rear fenders.
You had to remove it to check the hydro oil.
Often did not get re-installed.
Yours is missing.
Columbia was sold in Canada.
Yours may be an illegal immigrant
Looks to be in real good shape!
Mine had a massive mouse nest behind the flywheel!
Yours is 1975 or earlier based on the three bolt front hubs.
Your dash isn't as bad as most!

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Posted January 02, 2016 - 07:46 PM

Nice one, and yes mostly complete and not bent up. Dash is normally broken, but yours looks good in gauge area. Even has the orig top-link on 3pt!  Foot pedal is good idea, just needs better one made. That stick on side is too short and far to reach to be comfortable on these, plus they get sloppy. I Like it! 


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Posted January 03, 2016 - 04:44 PM

Those had a tool box, more of a tray really, between the rear fenders.
You had to remove it to check the hydro oil.
Often did not get re-installed.
Yours is missing.
Columbia was sold in Canada.
Yours may be an illegal immigrant
Looks to be in real good shape!
Mine had a massive mouse nest behind the flywheel!
Yours is 1975 or earlier based on the three bolt front hubs.
Your dash isn't as bad as most!

Joe

Might want to get that tractor a 'green' card!


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Posted January 04, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Great find and I am excited for you. The 960 - 990 machines are hard to pass up. Your Columbia looks good. Can you give us the particulars like if it has a mower deck or other accessories? Can you tell us the price you paid? Also I see the stickers are still on the lower dash and may help with determining the year.

 

The coil ignition is not factory and may be an indication of past magneto trouble.


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Posted January 04, 2016 - 12:43 PM

Has mower deck less the gear box- have the shaft he just had taken off the gear box for another mower. $260 - I will try to post the numbers from the stickers- I forgot to get them yesterday

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 03:51 AM

I can't see the hole in left frame rail, which would make it a 75' or early 76', by 77' they used a different muffler.

Not all tractors came with the tool tray, it was an option, by 75' the tool tray had a hole cut out to remove the dipstick, so you didn't have to remove them.

Nice tractor, good one to restore, The one you saw at Dover would have been one of mine, have owned up to 3 at different times


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Posted January 05, 2016 - 07:21 AM

So this thing free wheels way more easier than my other hydros- should I be concerned?
I am not able to get to the tractor till Saturday, I will take pictures of the deck and get the serial numbers then.

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Posted January 05, 2016 - 08:34 AM

So this thing free wheels way more easier than my other hydros- should I be concerned?
I am not able to get to the tractor till Saturday, I will take pictures of the deck and get the serial numbers then.

It should be a 2 speed differential with a neutral.  In neutral they roll super easy!  Hope it's in neutral, as it shouldn't roll so easy if it's in gear.


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