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David Bradley Model 917.61201 'Dusty' the 'Hoveroni'


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Posted March 09, 2016 - 06:54 PM

I did a little more digging today and found this - out of the  1962 Farm & Fence catalog

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Now they don't say color . And if you compare the side decals it isn't the same -

So maybe this is the 1963 Model . I can't find the book anywhere yet to compare.

Was a pretty spendy machine for those days . Calculated to today .

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Which would make it damn near as costly as the Suburban .

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Posted March 13, 2016 - 10:31 AM

Well , even though it was raining a little bit , I got out the power washer and some cleaners and rags .

The 'Hoveroni' (my brother say it looks like a Hovercraft and a Zamboni mated) was calling my name .

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After

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Engine compartment .

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This is the first once over . Just to get the major stuff off . I will be doing a little more detail as I get deeper into it.

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I just went out to close the garage , next thing I knew I had polished up the front bumper .

I thought this might be a lost cause but I was wrong , pleasantly surprised by how nice it came out .

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Posted March 16, 2016 - 09:50 AM

Well , that didn't take long . :D

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Now I can transport it to my uncles shop where all the good tools are (and knowhow :smilewink: )

 

Too bad these are so unpopular , I think it is a pretty cool thing . And will be a lot of fun to drive around at shows.


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Posted March 16, 2016 - 06:48 PM

someplace here I have manuals for one of those models and the dozer blade. don't remember the models # right now.


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Posted March 16, 2016 - 07:01 PM

Keep a blanky on it! That little feller needs warmth when he's unclothed!


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Posted March 16, 2016 - 08:12 PM

I think alot of us see these types of mowers at swap meets stop and look how cool they are and then keep walking. glad you took an intrest in it and preserving it. now you need a db walk behind and a tri trac
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Posted March 17, 2016 - 05:26 PM

someplace here I have manuals for one of those models and the dozer blade. don't remember the models # right now.

A dozer blade on this would be the coolest ... not too functional but very cool!

 

 

I think alot of us see these types of mowers at swap meets stop and look how cool they are and then keep walking. glad you took an intrest in it and preserving it. now you need a db walk behind and a tri trac

Not sure - Tri tracs - get pretty costly , and Walk behinds are not my thing . Though a DB walk behind can be found reasonably priced . And would be good to have with these. I think I need a bigger trailer already so that first.


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Posted March 18, 2016 - 06:00 PM

I am too easily sidetracked  , I was loading the motor into my Jeep to take it to my uncles place tomorrow , next thing I knew I was pulling pins on the mower deck and off it came.

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It looks rough in these pictures but this is pretty darn solid with only surface rust , the mandrels are solid and tight -  turn easy and the idle pulleys spin free and easy with no play .

I see why you might not see a lot of these anymore , Take the deck off and you have a high clearance off road machine :D

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There is not much left after the motor and deck are gone.

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I hope I can get this back together before the first cut on the grass!!

 

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Underside of the deck.

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Posted April 22, 2016 - 05:13 PM

http://appleton.crai...5542773740.html

I found another one! LOL .

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Vintage David Bradley 36 inch riding mower. Engine runs but is out of the frame. Was using on a wood chipper. From early 60"s ? Has always been garaged. Make an offer. All parts are original. You pick up only, sold as is. 500 or best offer.

 

Anyway - On my machine we got spark and cleaned the Gas system up . I put it back in and it is still a dead stick , sparking plenty but wont even POP with starter fluid ?

We figure that someone had it apart and put the cam in 180o out . Only thing that makes any sense now.

I can see the bolts holding the side cover on are not in original paint , the paint nearby is perfect but not the bolt heads  soooo someone was in there. All I can do is take the thing apart and make sure. Everything else has been eliminated.


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Posted April 23, 2016 - 08:33 AM

http://appleton.crai...5542773740.html

I found another one! LOL .

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Vintage David Bradley 36 inch riding mower. Engine runs but is out of the frame. Was using on a wood chipper. From early 60"s ? Has always been garaged. Make an offer. All parts are original. You pick up only, sold as is. 500 or best offer.

 

Anyway - On my machine we got spark and cleaned the Gas system up . I put it back in and it is still a dead stick , sparking plenty but wont even POP with starter fluid ?

We figure that someone had it apart and put the cam in 180o out . Only thing that makes any sense now.

I can see the bolts holding the side cover on are not in original paint , the paint nearby is perfect but not the bolt heads  soooo someone was in there. All I can do is take the thing apart and make sure. Everything else has been eliminated.

And so it begins... going to get another one? I like the look of them! 


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Posted April 23, 2016 - 12:23 PM

Nah , One is enough of these , it is just that it is the first time I have seen another one.

It says garage kept ??? Looks like it was run hard and put away WET'  - compared to the condition mine is in.

I just hope I can figure this dang motor problem out .

It has to run - it is such a simple thing...



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Posted April 30, 2016 - 07:31 PM

Finally !!  Got the darn motor working , Running like a watch !! I went with a tip from Lauber and put a flywheel and I/C unit coil from a 7HP troy built tiller(mid 80s) on the 1962 DB 5.75 HP points motor. This is a great trick and worked !! Now on with the rest of it. !



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Posted May 12, 2016 - 06:40 PM

Well , Well :D   I got some time (took a mini Vaca this week ) while kicking around and getting things done around the house I was able to get back to 'Dusty" .

With the motor running all else that was needed was a chain for the drive axle . I got that taken care of today and did the final tightening and reassembly of the whole set-up . I could see a slight reverse adjustment was needed while I was going thru the operating systems so I did that while I was at it .

Everything was good to go so while the mower deck was 'drying' I took it for a spin. :smilewink:  :D  :dancingbanana:

What Fun !! It cruises at a whopping 4.5 MPH and has 'Power to Spare' LOL

It really works great at this point , I have the new deck belt and just have to put that back on , and test it out .

I hated to put new paint on this thing but for the sake of preservation I had to remove all the rust from the mowerdeck and then protect it . It is close to the original color as I could get , was a very dark navy blue.

It doesn't hardly show when under the machine anyway But It had to be done.

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I will take some video to show it in operation once I get it together. :wave:

 

Here you can compare the 'before'

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Posted May 12, 2016 - 06:54 PM

Hope you don't get whiplash from all that power and speed!



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Posted May 15, 2016 - 12:38 PM

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Dusty is done and earning her keep ! Notice the nicely mown lawn :D


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