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#1 ericjr16 ONLINE  

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Posted March 03, 2017 - 08:37 PM

My friend who gave me the John Deere 180 his father owned messenged me and asked if we are in garage. Came 10 minutes later with this Craftsman. The machine has a blown engine he said and wanted us to buy it. Dad did him haggle and got it for $50. We have the same engine in shed so that should be good. The ignition ket switch was missing so I got one out of parts pile. Tried the engine with jump box and sounds like both rods snapped. Will look into it later. It has grass packed everywhere! No bagger but will keep mount.  Only thing done today was swap out front tire that goes flat in minutes.

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Posted March 03, 2017 - 08:54 PM

Last summer I swapped a opposed twin into the same style mower. Made $600 I got the mower for free and $100 for the running engine made a nice $500 profit. 


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Posted March 03, 2017 - 09:40 PM

I bought a good one just like it last fall for $250. Cant wait till it warms up this spring to flip it. They are going around $600 here too


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Posted March 03, 2017 - 09:46 PM

Makes you wonder just WHAT situation could cause to blow these new engines! If clogged with grass all-over and in engine, Maybe got hot?  I bet one of those owner's that never checked oil or changed, long as it ran, kept using?  Tractor looks nice and is newer, might be a good rig.


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Posted March 04, 2017 - 05:10 AM

Nice score Eric! I'm working on a newer MTD to sell soon. Had to buy some parts for it. I'll have less than $250 in it.


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Posted March 04, 2017 - 07:00 AM

Hi guys, yea oil looks real low and of course fresh! Oil filter at glance looks original. I looked fast underneath as it was hard to push. Even brake is almost covered in grass. Good points are hour meter only shows 35.1? Deck has new spindles with new gator blades. Already made my $50!


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Posted March 04, 2017 - 09:09 AM

good score thanks for the post with pictures.


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Posted March 04, 2017 - 09:56 AM

good score thanks for the post with pictures.

Thanks for looking! So cold today that no washing of machine! Brrrr! Lol


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Posted March 04, 2017 - 04:02 PM

Thanks for looking! So cold today that no washing of machine! Brrrr! Lol


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I am sure as soon as it warms up you will have it looking good.


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Posted March 04, 2017 - 04:08 PM

I am sure as soon as it warms up you will have it looking good.

Thank you, God willing it isn't bad. No idea on hydrostatic of course. We will see.....


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Posted March 06, 2017 - 08:06 AM

We worked on it yesterday but was side tracked by hose failure on lift, was scary when 4' stream of trans fluid shot across garage! Dad ran to get hose made and I stripped engine down, both rods broken. A lot of great parts though!! :) We swapped engine with good V-twin in shed and it did not even need carb clean, just new fuel line from tractor to carb. Runs good and I found out what the wiring is hanging, must be safety wires as none work! I'll have to sort that as I am wiring man.

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Posted March 09, 2017 - 07:35 AM

Well pulled it into garage and found the wires hanging are for seat switch, repaired them and zip tied them better to frame. Now everything works. Washed the engine and hood and tried buffer on hood. Cleaned up ok but need to paint the fender!

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Posted March 23, 2017 - 07:43 AM

Got the body off it yesterday. Dad painted it and the deck was done a few days ago. He found a close match to factory tan. These seat pans are tougher to remove! Alot of work to take off and to access fuel tank. Changing fuel line and pressure washing is next.

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Posted March 26, 2017 - 08:25 PM

Worked on it today. Changed drive belt and fuel line. Mounted fender and deck and drove it out. Might need some work on left kingpin, bushing is worn.

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