Hey all. I've been lurking here for a while and finally registered.
I picked up a 16hp 1972 MW GIL 33144A a few weeks back with a front mounted blade. So far I like the tractor. Some parts of it make my '66 Sears tractor look like a toy! It needs rear tires and a little work. So far I've replaced the ignition switch, gone through all the wiring and fixed a few shorts and potential shorts, and cleaned up the points so it has spark. Engine has excellent compression. The inside of the tank looks brand new, which really surprised me. Carb kit, filter, fuel shutoff valve, throttle and choke cables, and ammeter should come in next week. The only other obvious problem I've found is that I need new bushings for the front spindles and haven't found them in stock anywhere. Tomorrow I'll cross-reference the part numbers and see if there's a substitute. That, and I need either a fresh tetanus shot or a new seat. I think I'll go for both, though.
I've picked up some good info on these tractors here and finally joined in. I'd also like to thank those who have uploaded manuals. These things aren't hard to work on, but knowing the specs and having original part numbers saves a lot of headaches.