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#1 RobR OFFLINE  

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Posted September 13, 2017 - 07:51 AM

After placing a "wanted" ad on our local Craigslist, a guy offered me two Suburbans in rough shape.  The most complete one was a '59 and a '61 parts tractor.  I hesitated at first glance, but "Classic," a very knowledgable contributor on this website, told me to go for it, everything he saw is quite restorable.  His advice was spot on.  I used parts from each to build one good tractor.  The deal also included a mower deck, but no mule drive.  I'll get into that over winter.  I did have to get a new carb for the original engine since the original was warped.  Other than that, new rings, honing, a valve job and new gasket set was needed.  Runs great!  There is something to be said for electric starting because it's a hard pull when starting since your pulling the entire drive system on these tractors.  I tinkered with the clutch adjustment and reverse cable to where it functions properly now.  I just finished yesterday and wanted to share a few before and after photos.  Thanks to OldManMopar for selling me a nice engine pulley.  The original that came with the tractor was functional for driving the tractor, but the outer shave was broken by a previous owner.  I remember these tractors in the Sears Garden Shop when going to Sears with my parents back in the day and always wanted one.  It only took 58 years to finally get one.  

 

 

 

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Posted September 13, 2017 - 07:56 AM

That came out real nice! :thumbs:


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Posted September 13, 2017 - 08:41 AM

Great work! :thumbs:


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Posted September 13, 2017 - 09:13 AM

You did a fantastic job on that machine, it's stunning. My compliments, sir :thumbs:


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Posted September 13, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Oh my!  I just stared at the pics for 10 minutes!  The job you did is incredible.  I want one!


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Posted September 13, 2017 - 11:07 AM

You did an outstanding job on the restoration, Rob! Between the two tractors, there was a good pile of bones to work with. It looks like you just took a trip to Sears and bought it.

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Posted September 13, 2017 - 11:23 AM

That is an nice tractor, you did a great job....and you have turning brakes!


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Posted September 13, 2017 - 11:44 AM

OK, I was staring at these pics again!!!!


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Posted September 13, 2017 - 11:48 AM

Great job on the restoration. You should be very proud of your work.


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Posted September 13, 2017 - 03:00 PM

Yeah man ! classic got good comefrom that's my word btw.
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Posted September 13, 2017 - 04:17 PM

Wow ! What a nice restoration !! I love this model and have 3 of them , none as nice as that one . 

I do have a couple of mule drives for these that have no use ... I might be able to part with one. 


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Posted September 13, 2017 - 10:36 PM

That is one sharp looking tractor!  You did an outstanding job!


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Posted September 14, 2017 - 08:00 AM

Hey guys, thanks so much for the positive comments on my restoration.  It's great receiving such comments from those who are into this crazy hobby that most people don't understand.  I always get "what are you going to do with it" from those people.  Well, I'm not going to sell it to make a profit unless I want to lose money and get paid 10 cents / hr. for all the time into it.  I did have to sell a coupe a while back to make room for a new one and was happy and lucky to pretty much break even on the money invested.  I think most of you would agree.  


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Posted September 14, 2017 - 03:47 PM

Very nice quality restore!   l like it.   :rocker2:






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