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#1 MyTractorsSexy OFFLINE  

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Posted November 28, 2016 - 04:53 PM

Hello everyone.  New member here.  New to David Bradley's but not tractors.  Got a garage full of Red ones and Green ones.  Always wanted a 59-62 Suburban though and just found one.  1961 Suburban.  Very original, but missing the starter motor, belt, and two idler pulleys for the belt.  Any idea where I can find this or anyone that might have these in their parts pile willing to sell?  Also looking for a rear trailer hitch or 3 pt system and a mower deck.

 

Here's a few pictures, since everyone likes pictures.  Plan is to go through it mechanically and use it.  Needs new front tires, steering tightened up, belt system is stiff, but complete, and the engine has no spark.

 

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Posted November 28, 2016 - 05:10 PM

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Posted November 28, 2016 - 05:32 PM

Welcome , Great find !! Parts will be hard to find but there are some around if you keep looking .

Looks like a very complete machine ,except for the parts you mentioned. 

I may have an extra trailer hitch laying around - the 3 points are not easy or cheap to find.


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Posted November 28, 2016 - 05:36 PM

:wave: Welcome to the forum! Nice machine. Give the folks a little time to see this. Also, might want to start a wanted ad in the classifieds!


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Posted November 28, 2016 - 06:17 PM

Welcome aboard, nice GT I'm told there a bit cumbersome to operate, however I would not turn one down.
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Posted November 28, 2016 - 06:25 PM

Welcome aboard, nice GT I'm told there a bit cumbersome to operate, however I would not turn one down.

Thanks Hank.  I can see how that would be true.  Lots of levers.



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Posted November 28, 2016 - 07:12 PM

Nice project.

here's the link to mine. feel free to pm me.

http://gardentractor...suburban/page-1

as for spark, check the points under the flywheel.

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Posted November 28, 2016 - 08:06 PM

Nice project.

here's the link to mine. feel free to pm me.

http://gardentractor...suburban/page-1

as for spark, check the points under the flywheel.

Thanks jabelman.  I've seen your thread.  Very nice.  Did you use the Ebay decals?



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Posted November 28, 2016 - 11:13 PM

That's a nice DB. My '59 needed some work when I picked it up, but it cleaned up pretty good. I haven't fired it up in a while, I should start it and run it around a bit. That will be nice since it has the electric start option. I never really looked into it, so I'm not sure of the correct starter generator. I'll look it up when I get a chance. The Delco part number has to be available somewhere. Engine parts can be found if you are planning a rebuild, and that engine should have a cast iron sleeved bore. Keep us posted on how you make out, and we'll help you through any problems that you may run into. I don't find mine awkward to operate, but it does have a different feel to it when driving it. Setting up the belt drive system to work correctly takes some fine tuning, but that's about it.
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Posted November 29, 2016 - 06:12 AM

yes I purchased the set off ebay, no complaints they went on and set nice. the white and red are 2 decals so it took some time patience.
the delco remy as classic said let's try get the part number I might have the number somewhere. I think briggs used the short style ones for these. and there are left and right spin directions

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Posted November 29, 2016 - 09:35 AM

Nice find, especially being so complete and with turning brakes! :thumbs:

 

If that's the original muffler, its probably worth as much as the rest of the tractor.


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Posted November 29, 2016 - 09:39 AM

yes I purchased the set off ebay, no complaints they went on and set nice. the white and red are 2 decals so it took some time patience.
the delco remy as classic said let's try get the part number I might have the number somewhere. I think briggs used the short style ones for these. and there are left and right spin directions

The parts list I've seen shows the starter as an Auto-Lite starter.  Discontinued, but I have another guy who says he has a local electric supply that can still get them and is looking into it.  I'll also need the two idler pulleys and the clutched drive pulley that goes on the starter.  All is discontinued.

 

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Motor-Electric Starter (12 Volt) (Electric Auto-Lite No. Med. 4001)

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http://www.partstree...starter-rewind/



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Posted November 30, 2016 - 07:46 AM

I went thru 6 starter motors before getting enough parts to make a good starter for mine. I only use it after the engine is hot and I know the battery is hot. The starter wasn't big enough to do the job if you ask me, or may be they are just to old now. I'll look if I have any of the extra stuff, but not thinking so. I sold off the parts starters.

Think I have some 3 point parts also.


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Posted November 30, 2016 - 05:35 PM

I totally forgot about that style starter until looked in my db book and briggs books. I think I would switch it over the delco remy starter generator and voltage regulator, those parts you can find.

and that's why I prefer rope start

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Posted December 01, 2016 - 05:15 AM

I totally forgot about that style starter until looked in my db book and briggs books. I think I would switch it over the delco remy starter generator and voltage regulator, those parts you can find.

and that's why I prefer rope start

That's option one.

Option two convert to basic pull start.

Option three find another generic starter that will work and build the correct pulley system.

Option four hold out for the correct starter, although I understand they are weak and worthless.






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