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Posted August 15, 2011 - 04:38 AM

Nice old tractor! Looks to be the same chassis as my Wizard 16HP 42" cut rider. I like these because everything is steel. Mine has the Briggs & Stratton 16HP vertical-shaft engine and a peerless 800-series trans - a 5-speed. Drivetrain is all 100% operable. The deck had a broken blade hub which is hard to find, but it runs beautifully. Got it for $50.00, added gas, and the grandkids took it over from there. Welcome and enjoy!

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Posted August 15, 2011 - 05:12 AM

BigAlum,welcome to the forum.Glad to have you with us.

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Posted August 15, 2011 - 05:17 AM

Welcome, earthworm and BigAlum. Happy you found us.

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Posted August 21, 2011 - 05:17 PM

Looks almost exactly mine. Mine is a Wards Power Kraft (gilson) model GIL33891A, ser 2067L1747. It was sold new in 1983 but was mfg in 1982 and was left over. It has the 16 HP B&S twin cylinder mod 402707 engine, and Peerless 801-006 5 spd transaxle. B&S and peerless parts haven't been a problem but some of the tractor parts have contributed to the grey on my head. I had the good fortune to purchase some of the quick to wear out parts from Wards before they bailed. This old tractor is tough and strong. my craftsman twists and turns and leave a very uneven lawn but this thing has a frame that won't give at all. nice even cut every time. I have an old snow blade I keep thinking I'll make fit but my wife needs something if I even look towards the garage.
From the closness of the model numbers, I'm guessing yours is not much older than 1982. Hope you enjoy yours and the parts are there but you might want to befriend the oldest parts guy where you shop. wouldn't hurt to learn everything you can about parts and cross referencing and after market parts either.

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Posted August 21, 2011 - 06:01 PM

Welcome, Earthworm and BigAlum, I think you will find these folks great and enjoy the forum.


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Posted August 22, 2011 - 06:35 AM

Welcome, Earthworm and BigAlum, I think you will find these folks great and enjoy the forum.


Be sure to stop by the Members Intro area and introduce yourselves for a proper welcome.

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Posted August 28, 2011 - 05:38 PM

At this point you probably already know more than you want about this thing. It looks exactly like mine except the engine and color. Mine is a model GIL33891A and was made in 1982 for Wards. It has a B&S 16 hp twin cylinder engine. I would guess yours to be the same or very close year model. Bought mine from the original owner after he used it one season so I'm pretty well acquainted with it and may be able to help or advise with it. I have a manual with part numbers, etc., except for the deck. Let me know if I can help. (If you haven't burned it yet.) Threatened to burn mine more than once but after almost 30 years I've spent too much for that and no one else wants it.

Edited by wallycb, August 28, 2011 - 05:44 PM.

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Posted December 17, 2011 - 10:39 AM

I have a similar tractor in parts but can't figure out pulley config. can you take a pic of underneath rear drive pulleys?

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Posted December 17, 2011 - 12:09 PM

:wave: gusd Welcome to GTtalk! It's great to have you here with us! I'd like to invite you to head on over to the "member introductions" forum and tell us a little about yourself and your hobby! Some pics of your collection would be a plus too! Thanks for signing up!

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Posted February 11, 2012 - 02:56 PM

<p align="center"><strong>Gilson Serial Number Decoder – Late 1975 Production and Newer</strong></p>
<p> </p>
<p>According to Gilson Service Bulletin #116 Dated December 4, 1978 It<br />
gives the following explanation.<br />
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<strong><em>“In late 1975, we changed to a nine digit serial number.<br />
Example,<br />
Serial number 8365B1 569<br />
<br />
1st digit - calendar year 8=1978<br />
2nd through 4th - calendar day of the year 12/31=365th day of the year<br />
5th digit - manufacturing assembly line B<br />
6th digit - workshift of the day 1st shift<br />
7th through 9th digits - consecutive serial number of the unit<br />
manufactured that day on assembly line B. (serial numbers run 001<br />
through 999)<br />
<br />
Each day of manufacturing has a repeat of the last three digits, but<br />
the calendar day (digits 2 through 4) changes. This system allows us<br />
to identify year, date, assembly line, shift, and time of day of<br />
manufacture by serial number.”</em></strong><br />
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The other thing you can check is the shroud of the engine. The code<br />
on the shroud can tell you the manufacture date of the engine.</p>