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allis chalmers simplicity 710 700 712 716

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#1 Mark 149 J. OFFLINE  

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Posted January 18, 2016 - 03:04 PM

When I purchased my AC 710 this past December I looked for information about it on the web. I eventually found a owners and parts manual for a simplicity 7000 series(the AC was made by Simplicity) at the Simplicity site. I was surprised to see that there was not a lot of information about the AC gt nor did there seem to be a lot of people collecting them as the earlier AC gt. If you have any of the AC 700 series or Simplicity 7000 series add a post and picture to let everyone know about this very stout gt. Maybe it's just because the tractor is not as old as the 60's era tractors that do seem to be so collectable. I could be wrong about this?
Here's a couple of pictures of mine. I just got it running on Jan. 15,2016. I don't know how long it sat for but I would say about 10 years. It's in good shape. The 10hp Kohler runs very strong and smooth. I don't think the carb. had been touched sense it was installed from the factory so I took it off and cleaned it. I had to replace the float because water had gotten into the bowl and frozen squashing the float. It had a lot of rust where the battery had been. I think a battery had broken and the acid ate away at the battery tray metal. I've neutral the acid and rust and sprayed it with AC orange that rust-oleum makes. I bought it from Homedepot.com. The seat has one tiny hole. I had to replace the amp. meter. I found an exact replacement from a tractor place that I can't remember the name right now. I still need to find out why the transmission won't shift from high to low. If anybody has dealt with this please let me know so I can save some time. I also want/need a rototiller attachment for it.
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Posted January 18, 2016 - 03:13 PM

Hmmm...maybe just dumb luck right now?  Seems to me, the 700 series is about as collectible as anything else, and I sure see plenty of them.  Good old workhorses.  Some guys have fleets of these, in various stages of restoration or original work clothes.  The B series tractors will likely always be the most popular with Allis garden guys, simply because the majority of 'collectors' like the vintage appeal they have.  There are plenty others who wouldn't touch a B series over the comforts of a 700 series.

 

Personally, I favor the 900 series, when I'm not playing with the older iron.


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 03:16 PM

Mark, you haven't seen my Alice yet then. She's a little different from your's now, but started life as a 716 6-speed. I still have the stock rear end out back.

You say yours is not switching from Hi to Lo? Have you looked over the whole linkage and set-up? Seems to me all that happens to change speeds is moving the drive belt from one set of pulleys to another.


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Posted January 18, 2016 - 03:29 PM

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You say yours is not switching from Hi to Lo? Have you looked over the whole linkage and set-up? Seems to me all that happens to change speeds is moving the drive belt from one set of pulleys to another.

I had a question about this, does the tractor have to be moving to shift it from hi to low? The linkage looks complete.

I haven't driven it yet because it doesn't have a battery yet. It will turn off as soon as I remove the jumper cables. They want $90 dollars for a battery for this thing and I don't have the money right now.
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Posted January 18, 2016 - 03:33 PM

I would think it would need to be running, but don't know. When I got mine, it didn't have an engine. First thing I did was remove the rear end to install the Hydro!



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Posted January 18, 2016 - 03:39 PM

Maybe I'll steal the smaller battery out of my sons AMF and try shifting it on the move.

Buy the way Alice is sweet!!!

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Posted January 18, 2016 - 04:04 PM

Thank you!



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Posted January 22, 2016 - 04:02 PM

You get a battery at Wally World for about $40.
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Posted January 22, 2016 - 08:57 PM

It's suppose to take a 26D battery, which is about the size of a small car battery.  At most places they want $80 to $100.  The battery cables have the typical car top post style.  I've thought about changing the cable so they're like the typical lawn tractor style.  I'm putting my of my money into my Cub 149 FEL.  Needs a lot of maintenance that the previous own did do.  The parts are not cheap on it.



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Posted January 22, 2016 - 11:00 PM

No, the correct battery is a 22NF, BUT, you don't need to use one. You will be fine with the 23.99 Special @ Rural King or WallyWorld with 325 CCA and flat posts. You can spread the existing battery cable ends apart to fit them over the flat post battery.  I have been using these in multiple tractors and usually get between 3-4 years out of them. Another alternative if you want to stick with a larger battery is a group 51R.  What makes the 22NF correct is it has tabs on the sides which the OEM battery retainer fit over to hold it in place.


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Posted January 23, 2016 - 02:25 AM

Great idea with the battery terminals!

Thanks for the recommendations on the batteries.  I think I will try the special at WallyWorld.  3 to 4 years out of any GT of LT battery is about the norm.







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