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#1 RAJ OFFLINE  

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Posted March 06, 2016 - 01:56 PM

Just picked up this old Cenex tractor yesterday. Runs pretty good and even has the original seat without any cracks. Needs a little TLC but looks like it will clean up really nice. The hydro is surprisingly stout. The biggest issue is the frame is cracking in front of the front axle and needs to be reinforced. I don't know if it's a common issue but I think the stress of steering with a loose center pivot greatly contributed to the cracking.

 

It is model 130-760-095 and I am having a hard time finding a manual or parts list. I think I read that the -095 stands for Cenex. I haven't checked the engine serial for a model year yet but I'd guess late 70s - early 80s. It's pretty neat for a low end MTD model and should make a nice mower for the summer.

 

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Posted March 06, 2016 - 02:05 PM

Started tinkering on it yesterday. The deck needs a new spindle assembly but came with the new parts. My 3 year old son is testing it out already. He gets just as excited as I do when I bring a new tractor home, no matter the make.
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I cut up some angle iron from an old bedframe to use for reinforcement.
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Hopefully it will be strong enough with this modification. I'll need to pull the engine and front axle to do it right.

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Posted March 06, 2016 - 02:50 PM

Hi RAJ, that tractor looks just like the one I had other than mine had the opposed twin B&S in it and your wheel covers are much nicer, there was a B&S opposed twin on K bids that just sold at Loretto.MN it was a 16.5 hp one. Didn't see any cracks in the one I had, your angle iron repair should do the job.


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Posted March 07, 2016 - 11:20 PM

My best guess on a year for this tractor is 1980 based on the engine code of 80022011. Should mean the engine was built on 2/20/1980 on the (11th line?) according to a Briggs data decoder. It's amazing to me to think that this tractor is getting close to 40 years old.

Does anyone know any history on Cenex offering lawn and garden equipment?
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Posted March 08, 2016 - 03:44 AM

The base model had a fairly long run, from 78' to 88 or 89. wide variety of engines sizes and trans options.

Would love to find a sleeve hitch for one of these.


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Posted April 06, 2016 - 12:21 PM

Started tearing it down today to fix the front end. Once I got the axle out I found several more cracks and previous repairs. The rest of the tractor is very straight so I can't quite figure out why this area is in such tough shape if it's not a common weakness. I may need to make a couple more reinforcement plates to make it a bit stouter. I'm not ready to give up on it yet.
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Posted April 06, 2016 - 07:36 PM

Got three pieces made so far, might add a couple more in front and back of the axle pivot bolt. Hopefully this will hold everything together. The bedframe channel is a lot heavier than the frame material. Thinking it would be best to weld all the cracks, then weld on the reinforcements.
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Posted April 06, 2016 - 10:23 PM

Looks good so far. Kinda wonder if maybe someone had a blade mounted on it that caused the cracking. The reinforcement you are installing should take care of any future issues.


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Posted April 07, 2016 - 02:37 AM

Looks good so far. Kinda wonder if maybe someone had a blade mounted on it that caused the cracking. The reinforcement you are installing should take care of any future issues.

 

Agreed, I have a couple of this base model tractor in various horse powers and trans type and have never seen the front ends beat up like that. Are you sure you didn't get this one from the demo derby Jordan ?


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Posted April 07, 2016 - 11:55 AM

All I can think is someone ran into something with the front wheels repeatedly, but even that doesn't much make sense. Looks like the original tires, which are in great shape and even the deck and linkages don't appear to have been beat up or welded. Hard to say if it was attachment related. The rest of it is so nice, definitely no evidence of demo derbying...

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Posted April 07, 2016 - 12:03 PM

Maybe they were poping wheelies :D looks like your getting repaired good will be stronger than new.


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Posted April 07, 2016 - 12:06 PM

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Posted April 07, 2016 - 06:37 PM

A friend suggested that maybe it was dropped during transport or unloading from new and the cracks grew. I think that's the best theory yet. I need something that is simple to operate for when my wife decides she wants to mow. I sold my John Deere 245 and Cub Cadet 2165 and replaced them with a red Cub Cadet 782D. It's going to make an awesome mower, but it is better suited for a more "experienced" operator with a more complicated starting procedure along with the responsibility of watching engine vitals, not to mention the smell of diesel exhaust... I love it but I know she finds it less than appealing

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Posted April 26, 2016 - 07:42 PM

Finally had some down time at work from the rain. Got all the plates welded on, just need to clean up the beads and give it a little paint. If the frame breaks again, it won't be here. The frame itself, although cracked on both sides was still pretty solid. The C-channel that the pivot bar fits in was the worst of it. If I had the material, I probably would have cut it out and replaced it but this fix should outlast the rest of the tractor.
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Posted April 26, 2016 - 07:49 PM

Hi looks good as you say will out last the rest of the tractor. If it ever warms up here in MN for a couple of weeks straight your going to need it. Have you seen the B&S 18 & 19 HP engine on CL would be easy to install now. :dancingbanana:


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