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David Bradley Model 917.61201 'Dusty' the 'Hoveroni'


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#1 MGP59DB ONLINE  

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Posted March 05, 2016 - 10:23 PM

I know you don't care for these ... I couldn't help it .

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I fell in love with this .

 

My Brother calls it a Hovercraft/Zamboni ,

LOL  :bigrofl:

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I am going to go thru this thing and mow my yard with it !

It is just so cool . :smilewink:  

 

 


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Posted March 05, 2016 - 10:26 PM

I think it's cute.
Glad it found a nice home.
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Posted March 06, 2016 - 12:12 AM

I think it's cool also, and I love your brother's name for it .


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Posted March 06, 2016 - 02:48 AM

That's so darn cool and retro looking. I have never seen one of those before. It must be from the 60s or possibly late 50s I would have thought?
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Posted March 06, 2016 - 05:16 AM

You'll be the talk of the neighborhood on that! I think the conversation will mention something about marbles or such!


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Posted March 06, 2016 - 06:49 AM

Who doesn't like those ? Not me ! Just remember if you restore that , heck even if you don't you go to a tractor show with rows and rows of red , yellow and green tractors you would be supprised on how many people stop and ask you about it
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Posted March 06, 2016 - 07:36 AM

I love these oddball small mowers/ nice find!
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Posted March 06, 2016 - 08:07 AM

That is nice, i like it

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Posted March 06, 2016 - 08:43 AM

Thanks for the comments . A little info . Model 917-61202-   36" the schematics have electric start , so this may be a 201

This has the B&S 143402 mechanical Gov. motor on it . 502727 - SN111***  My best guess would be that this is a 1962 (based on the color scheme and Logos) and the engine SN

There is absolutely no information on the internet about this , in fact there is absolutely not another picture of a real one that I can find.

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Recoil start , it has a weak spark but does tickle you . Good compression . Turns easy .

It has a crazy drive set-up on it . but not too awful . Just has to be cleaned and tuned .

The mower deck is tight . so that needs work . The whole thing is just covered in dirt and grease so cleaning will really help it out.

I did find the schematics of it on Sears parts site .

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These will help in resurrecting this .

I was surprised when it showed up ! Bigger than I thought it would be and weighs close to 400 lbs.

This is all here and all original paint as far as I can tell .

It will be a lot of fun to get this going !!

People said I was nuts when I bought that rusty old 59' Suburban . Well I went into the garage and gave it one tug , it started up I drove it out into the street and hooked it to this machine and pulled it into the garage.  

Again- I have no doubt that I can get this going and I think that I have found a very unique machine. 

NO - It is not a GT and is just a fancy lawnmower , it won't plow your fields . Does not have GEE .

But I like it !!


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Posted March 06, 2016 - 09:25 AM

You'll be the talk of the neighborhood on that! I think the conversation will mention something about marbles or such!

Or lack there of....My wife would love that to just ride around



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Posted March 06, 2016 - 10:38 AM

You'll be the talk of the neighborhood on that! I think the conversation will mention something about marbles or such!

:mad2:   wha chu takin' bout Willis? I ain't lost no marbles ?

There is a seat for every ass , and this one fits . :smilewink:


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Posted March 06, 2016 - 10:46 AM

I shall follow this with interest. There are some real oddballs machinery awaiting redemption out there awaiting discovery.

Do you know anything about the history of this machine?

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Posted March 06, 2016 - 08:28 PM

I shall follow this with interest. There are some real oddballs machinery awaiting redemption out there awaiting discovery.

Do you know anything about the history of this machine?

All I know of this one is that the guy I bought it from found it pushed to the curb about 3-4 years ago . It comes out of the 'finger lakes' region of northern NY state.

An area my Uncle says is of an affluent nature .

I finally found the model tag - duh-  On the riser for the deck support.  Model # 917-61201  SN- 1435

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Looked it over better today , it is going to take some work , my Uncle has no doubt about getting this working , nor do I .

I will systematically go thru the workings of it and bring it up to snuff . It has a lot of grease in all of the fittings so I think it was maintained pretty good .

I don't think I am going to , or need to , change the patina(not going to paint it) . It is original and will clean up good. Not perfect but good.

Going to have to pull the motor to get to the points and all . Not that big of a deal nor are the pulleys and chains of the drive too complicated . For some reason one of the chains broke when moving it. But again that is not a big deal , I found the weakest link .

Broke it before I fixed it .


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Posted March 07, 2016 - 01:39 AM

I am glad you are retaining the patina as I think, looking at your photos, it will come up good. Over here in the UK and Europe, I use a product called Owatrol which enhances the patina and also acts as rust preventer. It like giving it a coat of clear varnish.

Here is a photo of using Owatrol on my Bolens round back tiller.

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Posted March 07, 2016 - 04:39 PM

 
OK - I can get a liter of that stuff shipped here . If nothing else comes along . My uncle may have some other free options :D
But that looks like it does a good job !

 


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