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#1 dynamark380 OFFLINE  

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Posted May 03, 2016 - 05:16 PM

I just bought a 1976 MTD 990 16HP hydrostatic. It was my uncles tractor he past away last fall. I am thinking about restoring it. I could use some advice and ideals about how to go about it.

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Posted May 03, 2016 - 05:23 PM

Those 990's are impressive tractors.
Also, :thumbs: on you getting your Uncles tractor.

I would get the mechanicals working, work it a little to see what else it needs then do the restoration.
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Posted May 03, 2016 - 05:32 PM

Looks over the threads here and study, lots of things worked on and fixed right way or Better!  Plastic dashes are usually broken, none available, so be careful with whatever part of that is still left. This running?  I would do as noted above, power wash, lube up things to move again and get running first, see how it works. Be aware there is a two spd rear and has shift lever on right fender front. MIddle is Neutral and needs to be there to push around. If testing, needs to be in one of the ranges or you won't move. Nice to have the blade. Not sure what you have on back in pix. 3pt hitch there.  I can't tell if you have the quick-tach system for attachments or scissors lift. You have deck then too??  This one even has the often missing Belt Guard on the pto belts, heh! Tool box would have to go if Mine!


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Posted May 03, 2016 - 06:34 PM

It is running and driving. He had a small engine repair business he ran and the was the work horse of his place. The thing on the back is a boom for hauling junk mowers out back.
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Posted May 03, 2016 - 07:00 PM

Looks like a well loved old beast. Definitely worth restoring if for no other reason than the family history. 


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Posted May 03, 2016 - 08:38 PM

The above advise is spot on, when you tackle this project take (lots) of pictures before taking it apart. Use zip lock bags for nuts and bolts and parts that will fit in them marked from where they came. Take your time and good luck with the resto.
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Posted May 03, 2016 - 09:09 PM

If I inherited a family piece from somebody i liked i'd keep and use it in his memory.  Your tractor looks cool, a nice time piece.   i'd change the necessary fluids, filters, plugs, check the wiring and use it around the property for a while.  Then maybe you will get some ideas about changes.  "they're only original once" .. good luck


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Posted May 04, 2016 - 06:01 AM

Welcome to GTT. You have a really good GT there and I hope that you enjoy it. One thing that worries me is what happened to the other things in your uncles shop? The manuals, tools, parts, and other machines are valuable and should not be thrown out as most often happens. If you need Manuals check our Manuals Section. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 04, 2016 - 07:07 AM

:welcometogttalk:  Nice 990! Looks like a good solid tractor that just needs a little tlc.



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Posted May 04, 2016 - 07:52 AM

Welcome to the forum.

 

Your tractor is a good restoration project. Parts are still available although some are getting hard to find. The manual will have much of the maintenance information you will need.

 

The steering can be a weak area on the 990 if it was not greased and oiled. Grease and oil the PTO, steering, lift and brake linkages front to back.

 

Do a search in the MTD forum here in GTT and at My Tractor Forum for "MTD 990" and there will be plenty to read. Many members have posted their restore and repair projects and the many questions that are answered.

 

GL, the 76' has the quick attach carriage lift, bearings in the front spindles, and the heavy rear axle hubs. The plow looks to be the older style heavy blade and sub-frame adapted to connect to the newer style carriage lift. It does not have the front guide brackets for the plow so I am wondering how it is stabilized side to side.


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Posted May 04, 2016 - 08:18 AM

Nice tractor! :welcometogttalk:



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Posted May 04, 2016 - 06:05 PM

Welcome to GTT. You have a really good GT there and I hope that you enjoy it. One thing that worries me is what happened to the other things in your uncles shop? The manuals, tools, parts, and other machines are valuable and should not be thrown out as most often happens. If you need Manuals check our Manuals Section. Good Luck, Rick

Unfortunately everything in the shop is now gone. The women he married 2 years ago auction everything off last week. That is how I got this tractor. I tried to get as much I could. I paid $450 for it and I also got a parts tractor.

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Posted May 04, 2016 - 06:22 PM

I look at the steering gears and they look a little worn out.0430161659-1.jpg

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Posted May 05, 2016 - 05:33 AM

Clean them up and shim them so that they are tight and see. Somewhere in our Manuals Section is a set of 3 MTD shop manuals that cover alot of the repairs in detail. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 05, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Good looking project it's a shame you had to buy it but be glad you got it. The 990 is my favorite GT. Like mentioned parts are out there, good manuals available on here. Search out all the 990 projects. I studied them intensely before I took mine apart. A lot of help on here when you get started just don't be afraid to ask. If you want inspired look at my rust bucket in my avatar at what I had to work with...just one part at a time. :D  Keep us posted.


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