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#1 scojoskel1989 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 30, 2016 - 03:09 PM

Hi everyone.  New to this website and forum, but I like what I have been reading and seeing in everyone here. For about 7 years now I have had a 1966 Sears Custom 6 that dad picked up from the old neighbor gentleman.  The tractor was always very well taken care of and kept inside.  He bought the tractor new along with a factory blower unit and cab encloser.  The former owner replaced the factory engine with a direct replacement because he was having carburetor issues.

Now this is where I need opinions.  I want to restore, rebuild and replace the tractor, snowblower unit, and rebuild/reuse the original engine.  I have the capabilities along with the factory manuals to help, but I would like to know from everyone else your thoughts and opinions regarding the original engine.  I truthfully would like to keep to re use the original engine, but is it powerful enough to move snow?  Anyone with this experience please chime in.  Is their any engine of larger size from another Sears tractor that would bolt in and work out better?

I will be getting pictures this weekend along with serial numbers.  Thank you for reading.


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Posted December 30, 2016 - 05:39 PM

Welcome to GTtalk!

Sounds like a fun project. I don't know much about the Sears, but usually extra hp helps for a blower.

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Posted December 30, 2016 - 05:46 PM

I am a huge fan of the old Sears Suburbans and customs they are well built tractors and live up to what they are designed for. Although my instinct would tell me that 6 hp is not enough to push through and blow snow something tell me not to doubt these things and what they can do. I know that 6 hp would be plenty for plowing with out a doubt on a sears its all about weight and traction and torque and the gear boxes on these are bullet proof just about.

 

 

I was working my 2 sears today and even with 24 plus inches in some areas they just kept moving snow flawlessly. Mine are both 12 hp but on my plow I doubt I ever use 5. See if you can find a youtube video of your tractor in the snow many times seeing it work really helps you know what it can do , or not. 


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Posted December 30, 2016 - 06:29 PM

Welcome to GTTalk ! I did have Custom 6 but only a mower I'm sure there are members here who have them

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Posted December 30, 2016 - 09:55 PM

I had a seven with a push blade. It did very well considering that it was a very light garden tractor

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Posted December 31, 2016 - 03:36 PM

If it's work your after there's no replacement for displacement,if it's original you want there is no replacement(6hp on the hood with 8 under it usually gets ag. tires and a good hook lol)
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Posted January 01, 2017 - 06:48 AM

If it's work your after there's no replacement for displacement,if it's original you want there is no replacement(6hp on the hood with 8 under it usually gets ag. tires and a good hook lol)

Ag tires are horrible in the snow. 



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Posted January 01, 2017 - 03:42 PM

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Posted January 01, 2017 - 03:44 PM

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Posted January 01, 2017 - 03:46 PM

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Posted January 01, 2017 - 04:42 PM

Wow, she is in pretty good shape, isn't she?

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Posted January 02, 2017 - 04:06 PM

I tried posting this is the diesel repower forum, but can't for some reason.  Is there anyone out there with a resource on where to buy either a Yanmar or Launtop engine?  Thank you for your time.






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