Saw this on CL in Walla Walla Washington (yes, that is the real name of the town). The owner said it was a 149 and I was looking for a good used 14 hp motors to go into my 149 which currently has a 12 hp motor. The owner said he had bought it as a project for him and his son but they just don't have to time to work on it. He was going to put a Landini diesel engine out of a 3500 watt generator in it. The price was right so we drove the 2 hr round trip to pick it up. It came with a mower deck, which I believe to be 50 inches, and it's in good shape. Somewhere along the line somebody painted the tractor all one color and covered over all of the engine and tractor serial numbers. The paint is so thick you can't even feel the embossed number on the rear transaxle. I will use some paint remover to see what I can figure out from that. Because I don't have any numbers and the engine looks like it is the 16 hp motor, based upon the cooling shroud that hold up the muffler and the size of the air cleaner, I think this is a 169. I know that the engine could have been replaced so I won't know for sure until I can see the serial number. If it's a 169 then it's an even better score because they sold 129000 of the 149 but only 23,000 of the 169 (Base upon tractordata.com).
Besides the paint being all screwed up, the muffler looks like it's off of a motorcycle. The engine ran fine until it was time to load the tractor and we couldn't getting it running again so the carb needs rebuilt. The trans tunnel cover is missing the hydro release lever. The steering column is missing the upper bushing so the steering wheel flops around. It has the hydro sleeve hitch but the front pto is all messed up. It also needs a new battery and ignition switch.
I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the tractor if it is a 169. I hate to part it out because they're not as easy to find. Tell me what you think!
Edited by Mark 149 J., Today, 01:43 AM.