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#1 ericjr16 ONLINE  

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Posted October 01, 2016 - 07:15 PM

Hey guys found this tractor on CL last night. Never heard of Wizard, but could tell its AYP. Then see the decal said it was Western Auto? None around here I know of, neat looking machine. Got it for $50! It smokes and has minor issues one of which seems to be blade hitting deck. We found the wrong blades which are for MTD Craftsman! Guy ruined one star mounting them! Any way it does smoke and hoping new head gasket and possibly head swap will cure it!

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Posted October 01, 2016 - 07:31 PM

Wizard IS that store's brand, BUT, didn't think there was any of that store around for many years any more??  Yep! Tractor looks just like a Sears, so AYP seems right. Don't look bad, hope you can fix the little things wrong. What engine is in that one?


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Posted October 01, 2016 - 07:32 PM

That looks like several of the Craftsman decks that I have. I have a few of the older Wizards that were MTD. Western Auto was a good store 25 years ago. They sold Auto parts, sporting goods(including guns), tools and yard care products. Their yard care products were labeled Wizard. Their guns were Westerfield(usualy made by Winchester). They sold Craftsman hand tools later in the 90s and 2000s but have been gone about 10 years in my area. Before taking the engine apart, do all of the maintenance and check the crankcase breather. The breathers often let oil through when they are old. After that add Marvel Mystery Oil to your gas, it cleans rings and valves. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted October 01, 2016 - 07:41 PM

Thanks guys! The engine is a 15.5HP Vanguard Briggs. Thanks for the info on Western auto! I'll check the breather! It sure ran good for once!

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Posted October 01, 2016 - 07:57 PM

I just traded one, craftsmen in red right to the boltles lift off hood, (got a ST 16 and MW hydro 16,go figure) mine had the 14.5 ohv with plastic ring geer
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Posted October 01, 2016 - 08:18 PM

Na that's a blown head gasket.$9-$15 head gasket and $2-$4 valve cover gasket and it won't smoke any more.Valve cover gaskets Always rip on the square top Vanguards when you take the valve cover off.

 

Looks like an AYP built Craftsman.Someone may have put a blade off of an MTD Built Craftsman.Both AYP and MTD make star hole blades but they are slightly different.That's definitely an AYP deck.

 

 

Briggs vanguard with a blown head gasket will constantly smoke and get Worse while going down inclines.More oil will flow into the push rod galley when the head is angled down slightly.

 

If rings were shot it would smoke ALOT on startup and smoke less as it warms up due to ring expansion from the heat.


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Posted October 02, 2016 - 06:19 AM

Na that's a blown head gasket.$9-$15 head gasket and $2-$4 valve cover gasket and it won't smoke any more.Valve cover gaskets Always rip on the square top Vanguards when you take the valve cover off.

 

Looks like an AYP built Craftsman.Someone may have put a blade off of an MTD Built Craftsman.Both AYP and MTD make star hole blades but they are slightly different.That's definitely an AYP deck.

 

 

Briggs vanguard with a blown head gasket will constantly smoke and get Worse while going down inclines.More oil will flow into the push rod galley when the head is angled down slightly.

 

If rings were shot it would smoke ALOT on startup and smoke less as it warms up due to ring expansion from the heat.

Hi Eric! Yea same thought I had as you can hear me thinking out loud when I fired it first time in video. This is first Vanguard with a issue we had. We had three/four so far on Simplicity machines and ran great. We actually have the gaskets in stock for Intek engines for that same reason with those engines! They all seem to need it! Going to try it today or tomorrow! The blades are for the MTD they are the six star and AYP we got is the normal five star, wonder if this was reason guy sold it cheap!?

Thanks man for the tips! :)


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Posted October 02, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Well head gasket was the issue! Cleaned it up and replaced gasket with intel one we had in stock and changed oil. Runs good and no smoke! Changed fuel line and painted muffler and shield. Thank God a good deal so far!


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Posted October 02, 2016 - 02:21 PM

Sweet another one saved.They're really good engines once you get the "bugs" worked out of them.Alot better than those Tecumseh Enduro junkers and easier on fuel than the Kohler commands.But not nearly as much torque as the Kohler command singles.


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Posted October 02, 2016 - 06:56 PM

Here is the video of the Wizard after head gasket repair. Here is the pictures!

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Posted October 02, 2016 - 07:05 PM

My old Wizard garden tractor.IMG_1448.JPG IMG_1449.JPG




Western Auto still operates in some areas.

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Posted October 02, 2016 - 07:32 PM

That is a nice looking machine!!


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Posted October 06, 2016 - 07:23 PM

Well was home with back issues and helped dad some between sitting in chair hanging out! He mounted deck and hitch plate. Installed new seat and reflectors we like to do. I rotary buffed it and detailed the plastics, then waxed. The machine sure runs and looks great now!!

 

 

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Posted October 07, 2016 - 06:23 AM

Looks like a well kept unit.
Nice job.
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Posted October 07, 2016 - 06:55 AM

A lot of work but Dad don't mess around! Only a week turn around!


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