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#1 Paulgo ONLINE  

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Posted August 27, 2016 - 03:04 PM

I picked up this Sears SS/16 twin # 917.25950 to get the Onan engine for one of my Bolens. Tractor sat for many years in a barn. The fiberglass hood front has the traditional broken hinge. Original owner parked it when he got tired of the hood flopping around. Still had mower deck mounted and a snow thrower sitting nearby. Took a few minutes to prime the carb, but then the engine took right off. Feeling a bit guilty about swiping the Onan. Tractor and attachments are in pretty decent shape. Built in the USA for export to Canada.

 

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The engine is a direct match for my Bolens QT16's. I can then part the Sears out or mount up a Briggs 16hp I/C, repair the hood, and sell it as a worker. The 2 cyl. I/C was used on these, so it should be an easy bolt in. Changing engines would ruin its collector value, but does that really add much more to the resale price for one of these? Thoughts?

 

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Posted August 27, 2016 - 03:25 PM

I think I'd be on the hunt for another engine



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Posted August 27, 2016 - 03:54 PM

I think I'd be on the hunt for another engine

You mean sell this tractor intact? I don't know that it has enough value to justify giving up that Onan. I love my Bolens and the thought of stashing an extra engine...


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Posted August 27, 2016 - 05:34 PM

I think that I would find another engine also. I would hate to remove it from a tractor as complete as the SS. Without the original engine It is pretty much a parts mower.


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Posted August 27, 2016 - 05:55 PM

I just went through that but without any attachments.  PO drove the Sears on my trailer.  Onan came out and in my QT16.  Parted the sears out and only sold the gas tank so far.  Fenders and foot rest in nice shape but no interest.  I wouldn't hesitate to pull that Onan and put it in the Qt.


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Posted August 27, 2016 - 06:05 PM

The mower deck and snowblower are nice and solid. Can probably sell them, and the tractor frame, for not much less than as a complete working set. Hence, the "tractor guilt" in my title. Hate to break up a worker, but good Onans are getting harder to find. That is why I mentioned the possibility of mounting a Briggs on it. I have a couple of those sitting here that would get it back up and in business...



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Posted August 27, 2016 - 07:40 PM

Stick the briggs on it and use it. I would. I love those sears tractors
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Posted August 27, 2016 - 08:19 PM

Stick the briggs on it and use it. I would. I love those sears tractors

I ran Sears Suburbans for a lot of years. They do the job, but it is a lot of work. When the last one wore out I fell into my first Bolens. Foot pedal controlled hydrostat, power lift, and shaft driven implements have spoiled me. Won't be going back to a Sears...



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Posted August 27, 2016 - 09:14 PM

That's a pretty complete old suburban to scrap out even if you put another engine on it you still got
another tractor to use or sell wish I could find one that complete we got a scrap yard here that runs
24/7 I haven't been able to find nothing in my area but scrap

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Posted August 27, 2016 - 10:30 PM

I just went to a garage sale today and inside these people's garage was a Roper 16T (same tractor built as a Roper FOR Roper/ not as a Roper built for Sears) transaxle was sitting out next to it, sign on it says they had additional attachments included (that weren't within sight at time I was there)  had a 16HP opposed Briggs on it, engine was clean/not all grungey) and masking tape price-sticker said $300....

Roper was known for this.... most Ropers built and sold under their own name had Briggs engines from what I have seen,  yet Roper equip sold under the Sears name was much more likely to have a Tecumseh or an Onan on it.  

and on so many of the tractors that meant a cast iron Tecumseh which I would have thought that even 40 years ago, would have cost them more to buy from the supplier than a typical Briggs....

 

on a side note,

I  knew some people that used to work at the Roper plant.  I live a few miles from one of the old plants,  and about 6-7 miles from where the lawn equip, and prior to Roper, the David Bradley stuff was made. the one 3 miles from me was recently levelled to a bare concrete slab/ I'm talking like over the past month to 6 weeks.  Man that looks weird being gone! The temporary fence is still bordering the site on the sidewalk......

a guy that lives a few miles the other way from me that used to work there, bought out several truckloads of lawn equip left overs, back in the late 80s and much of the 90s he was the go to guy for  NLA parts around here, some years ago he sold what he had left to a guy about 75 miles south of here.. about 10 years ago I was able to go thru the left overs at the guy 75 miles away's barn, I don't remember much that stuck out in my head that he had that would be what I would call "desireable"

 at that time, he did have a pile of NOS Tecumseh engines mostly aluminum vertical 3-3.5hp stuff.... no HH or OH series stuff. 

the other thing I remember was a whole bunch of new tires that even though they'd been stored out of the sun, even then they were 15+ years old..... I would expect that another 10 years later, that they would be plenty dry rotted by now and probably useless....


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Posted August 28, 2016 - 06:36 PM

I will repower this with a 16hp 2 cyl. Briggs I/C, fix the hood, and sell it as a worker.

 

Paul






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