My name is Bob and am new to the Sears Suburban riding mower line of tractors. We have purchased 2.5 acres in the White Mountains of Arizona and are building a house. I was getting some ideas for riding mowers when I came across the Sears Suburban line of older mowers. I really liked the ST16 and ST12 mowers so I started checking Craig's List while visiting our daughters in Missouri. I found a person who had at least 100 mowers on his property so I called him and asked. He had a 1973 ST12 that was complete (even had the key) but didn't run because of a bad carb float that is split at the seam but if I replaced that, it would run. He was asking $200 for it so I went into Kansas City to see it. It was indeed complete with mower deck and it was all original including the seat which was in very good condition. The only piece that is missing is the removable 1/3 part of the lower grill because it used to have a snow blower. The pulleys are still there but no blower. I bought the tractor and we loaded it up in the back of my truck for the 1400 mile trip back to Arizona.
My plan for it is to, first, see if I can find a float or carb for it to see if it really runs. Second, put one of the single cylinder 10hp diesel engines on it and clean it up while doing that. I want to get/make a three point hitch with electric lift along with with some farm type implements for the back like a blade, harrow, rake and drag for use around the property.
My question is, I want to find the 1/3 piece of the lower grill so it will look right. Is the lower grill for the ST16 the same as the ST12? They look the same but with out measuring them, I don't know. Glad I found this forum and will be checking it out a lot for references.